LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller are teaming up for “Hardy Men,” a buddy action comedy based on the fictional teen sleuths known as the Hardy Boys.
The long-in-development project sees the Hardy Boys grown up but not speaking to each other, having been estranged for many years. They are forced to overcome sibling rivalry when they reunite to solve a mystery.
Shawn Levy is attached to direct the film for 20th Century Fox, which is hoping for a shoot in 2008. The project is out to writers. Stiller and Levy are stars on the Fox lot thanks to their collaboration on the holiday hit “Night at the Museum,” which has earned more than $460 million at the worldwide box office to date.
“The Hardy Boys” was a long-running book series that began in 1927 and was written by various ghost writers under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon. The series focused on two teenage brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, amateur detectives who often assisted their father, a private detective, in solving crimes.
The original series, which ran through 1979, encompassed 58 books, many of which were updated over the years. There also were subsequent book series as well as graphic novels and comic books.
In addition, the two brothers have appeared in several TV incarnations. Tim Considine and Tommy Kirk played the siblings on episodes of “The Mickey Mouse Club” in 1956 and ‘57. Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy handled the title roles in an ABC primetime series “The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries,” which ran from 1977-79.
Cruise and Stiller previously teamed up to shoot a behind-the-scenes spoof of “Mission: Impossible II” for the MTV Movie Awards.