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Stiller, Cruise are "Hardy Men"

This is one of those ideas that will either turn out really great, or will stink like "Ishtar." Tom Cruise (who many this time last year had figured might Never Eat Lunch in That Town Again) will team with comedian Ben Stiller for a take on the Hardy Boys as adults. Aptly titled "The Hardy Men," the story will concern the long-estranged brothers, Frank and Joe, who are brought back together in order to solve one more case. (No word on who's playing Frank and who's playing Joe, but I guess it doesn't matter all that much.)

At this point, the project is being billed as an "action comedy" along the lines of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

Cruise and Stiller have apparently been friends for years, stemming from an impersonation of Cruise that Stiller used to do on his old Fox comedy show; Cruise apparently appreciated the parody, and Stiller recreated the bit for a short take-off titled "Mission: Improbable." This will be the first time both actors have worked together, but might not be the last--Stiller's still in-development project for DreamWorks, "Tropic Thunder," might also involve Cruise.

"The Hardy Men" is slated to begin production in 2008.

Source: Variety.

Posted by on February 13, 2007 3:30 PM
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I just read the story of Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller teaming up for "The Hardy Men", when did Mr. Cruise ever do any comedy? The only comedy I ever saw was on T.V. jumping on a couch. There is no edge to Tom. I feel that is one of the reasons Oliver Stone Chose Charlie Sheen over Tom for "Wall Street". Charlie has sarcasim to work with, maybe Tom needs some drugs to make him funny.

-- Posted by: Frank Caruso at February 13, 2007 5:15 PM

This pains me, both as a Hardy Boys fan (well, former fan) and as a rational human being.

-- Posted by: mac at February 13, 2007 8:31 PM

Tom Cruise was great in "Risky Business." I know it's been a while, but maybe if this thing is funny, it's just what he needs.

I am hoping it's going to be funny, and not just an excuse for Ben Stiller to do his Cruise impression. It's funny, but not for 2 hours.

-- Posted by: Rachel at February 13, 2007 9:45 PM

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