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.