Take this with a grain of salt, but TMZ.com is reporting that Ben Stiller's next project will be a comedy with Tom Cruise called The Hardy Men, which would take the popular Hardy Boys detective novels and spin them into a 'Hardy Boys finally grow up' kind of comedy, with a lot of action, presumably. The project will be directed by Shawn Levy, helmer of the mega-successful Night at the Museum. "The Hardy Men is primed to go into production come October, and regardless of whether he takes the gig, Cruise clearly sees comedy as means to redeem both his public persona and the box office crown," says TMZ.

Somehow this makes sense to me -- the notion that Cruise would think comedy is a good next move for him. He's been raked over the coals in the press for taking himself uber-seriously with his religious beliefs and his attacks on psychiatry and what-not. This kind of thing sounds exactly like what some highly-paid consultant would recommend for him. There's nothing in the TMZ report about how this might affect the projects Cruise has already lined up for his near future.