Though, as of now, Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise are still attached, it seems a script overhaul is needed before Fox 2000's Hardy Men heads into production. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) has been brought onboard to re-write the script from scratch, leading this writer to assume the current version (which has already gone through several scribes) wasn't up to par for some people. Hmm, I wonder {cough} Cruise {cough} who had a problem with it? Shawn Levy, who just recently scored a major hit with Stiller's Night at the Museum, is attached to direct.

Based on the classic Hardy Boys series of books, Hardy Men reunites the two brothers (who have since become estranged) as adults, and follows them as they attempt to solve another mystery. Kinberg, who just finished work on Doug Liman's Jumper, will need to turn in something relatively fast as the studio wants to send this puppy into production this January. Never in a million years did I imagine Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise teaming up together in a buddy-type flick, but just the thought of it has me itching to see the final product. Will Stiller's usual comedic shtick mesh well with Cruise's ultra-serious persona? And since we have to go all the way back to 1983 to find the last comedy (Risky Business) Cruise starred in, will he have what it takes to deliver the funny? Here's hoping Kinberg can do for Hardy Men what he did for Mr. & Mrs. Smith -- ya know, minus the off-screen love affair. Although ...

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