'Hardy' film mines Solomon


"Men in Black" writer Ed Solomon has been hired to take a crack at "The Hardy Men," a comic riff on the classic young-adult mystery novels about two brothers who solve crimes.

Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise remain lined up to star, with "Night at the Museum" helmer Shawn Levy attached to direct.

Stiller and Stuart Cornfield of Red Hour Films are producing with Bob Kosberg. Levy also is producing through his 21 Laps banner.

The Hardy Boys adventures revolved around the mystery-solving efforts of teenagers Frank and Joe Hardy, amateur detectives who often helped their father, a private investigator.

The film adaptation would explore the reunion of the estranged, grown-up brothers, who work together to solve a new mystery. The Fox 2000 comedy has been on many writers' laptops during its 10-plus years in development, most recently that of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" screenwriter Simon Kinberg.

Red Hour also has the comedies "The Return of King Doug" and "Big Wave" in development. Last year, the company released the $185 million-grossing "Tropic Thunder," the starring-writing-directing vehicle for Stiller that included Cruise in a small role.

The CAA-repped Solomon has Paramount's Eddie Murphy comedy "Imagine That," written with Chris Matheson, set to hit theaters in June and "Tokyo Suckerpunch" in development with actor-producer Tobey Maguire at Sony. (partialdiff)