Ed Solomon Rewriting The Hardy Men Comedy Spoof
by Alex Billington
February 13, 2009
This project has been in development for a very long time - The Hardy Men, a comedic riff on the classic young-adult mystery novels about two brothers who solve crimes. This spoof deals with the Hardy Boys once they've grown up. Shawn Levy, of the Night at the Museum movies, is still attached to direct, while Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise still remain attached to star. Most recently, Mr. & Mrs. Smith writer Simon Kinberg put together a draft, but apparently Fox threw it out. Now they've hired screenwriter Ed Solomon, of Super Mario Bros., Men in Black, and Charlie's Angels, to work on a new version for the studio.
I never really liked this concept to begin with. Maybe it's my continued disliked for Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller and my extreme hatred for their Night at the Museum movies. I just can't stand them, so whenever I see the two working together, I get sick thinking about the kind of sloppy, unfunny comedy that they'll whip up, just like the Farrelly Brothers. Plus, as much as we'd all love to see Tom Cruise do something comedic again after Tropic Thunder, I just don't think it's going to happen. I'm certain they're going to find someone else if Fox ends up liking Solomon's version. Seriously, this is Fox, nothing good can come of this!
Photo courtesy of SouthParkStuff.com from Episode #1009 - Mystery of the Urinal Deuce.
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
WTF? The guy who wrote Super Mario Bros. still gets work in Hollywood?! God, any hack can work there, can't they?
Gale on Feb 13, 2009
hey now, that was a good movie. Dennis hopper was an awesome Koopa.
that guy on Feb 13, 2009
It was a weird but fun movie, but I still agree with #1 Why is it that its so hard to get into that industry, but the people that produce unsuccessful shit still get paid? W - T - F ?!
Nick Sears on Feb 13, 2009
Stiller + Cruise = awesomeness!
Scott McHenry on Feb 13, 2009
lol good call on the picture.
Evan on Feb 13, 2009
Cruise is good for a comedy gimmick like say in Tropical Thunder, but in general, this movie reeks of ABSOLUTE SHIT. (But yes, props on the provided pic)
Voice of Reason on Feb 13, 2009
What? Another Ben Stiller movie?! How f******! HORRIBLE! Shawn Levy is pure SHIT!!!!!
Tim "Cloverfield" on Feb 13, 2009
Tom Cruise was shit in Tropic Thunder. Worst part of that movie.
jesus on Feb 13, 2009
You forget Bill & Ted. The evil character from Bogus Journey, Delomonos, is an anagram of "Ed Solomon."
jesus on Feb 13, 2009
Ben Stiller was Shit in Tropic Thunder. Worst part of that movie.
curiouscaseofredbuttons on Feb 13, 2009
I would have to agree with curiouscaseofredbuttons. I would say Ben Stiller is one the few people I actually hate on the planet 🙂
Movie Review on Feb 13, 2009
I figured a shitty ass movie like this would get a cast the likes of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.
nem on Feb 13, 2009
No, a shitty ass movie like this has Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise. Only thing worse would be N. Cage!
D-9 on Feb 14, 2009
i've got a raging clue... seriously, i have such a raging clue..
Roberto Dinamite on Feb 15, 2009
You can better believe that if Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson were the Hardy Men, this movie WOULD BE HILARIOUS!! These two know how to improv, and that can make for hilarious comedy. But Cruise???? Puhleeze!!! The man couldn't make anybody laugh....even if he tried!!!! WTF was so funny about the Tropic Thunder shit? Who the heck can't curse up a storm & act like a moron middle aged man with the help of prosthetics & wigs? All I can say is, I hope everybody on set will get used to his Scientology goons....because they go with him EVERYWHERE!!!
Kathy on Feb 15, 2009
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