If you are anxiously awaiting Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller's updated version of The Hardy Boys, entitled The Hardy Men, breath out. It's going to be a bit of a wait.

The film's director, Shawn Levy, has decided to follow up his extremely profitable Night at the Museum with a different film instead. It's taken awhile for him to decide on a project, but Levy finally chose the coming-of-age dramedy The Way Back. He will being shooting for Fox Searchlight in mid-June.

The story follows the adventures of a teenage boy who finds the courage to stand up to his aggresive stepfather. The youngster also forms an unlikely friendship with the owner of a water park, and is able to finally reconnect with his mother.

Written by Nax Faxon and Jim Rash, the film was thrown into production at light speed. No one had even heard about the script three weeks ago. Levy happened upon it amongst a pile of other material in his office, read it, and then rushed it to Fox. Shawn says, "They backed my play...It's very different from the movies that I've done, and that's exactly why I wanted to dive in. It's an edgy, character-driven story."

Look for The Way back sometime in 2008.

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