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They're planning a new Sherlock Holmes film! Hoorah?

It's being made in Hollywood, and it's going to be a comedy "based on" the Holmes stories. No word if this means a period setting or something more hip and modern that the kids today can relate to.* Judd Apatow is co-producing. Guy "No, not divorcing Madonna - for reals" Ritchie is going to direct.

Just as long as they don't set it in the 1980s. Just saying...

They have Sacha Baron Cohen as Holmes ('cause he's British!) and Will Farrell as Watson ('cause he can do "bumbling"?).

Apparently they want a "less stuffy" and "more adventurous" Holmes, to which I say: he wrestled a man on a precipice overlooking a killer waterfall in the Alps! Maybe Holmes was never at a consistent James Bond-level of Adventurous, but he certainly wasn't a... um... Garfield. More a Calvin & Hobbes? But with solving crimes. In Victorian London. Argh. You know what I mean. Holmes was stuffy because he's an upper-class Victorian male, but he still could get his adventure on in between the dazzling feats of deductive brilliance.

This could be either fantastic or hideous... or, worst of all, it could be safe and boring. Or the next Lethal Weapon movie.

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Date: 2008-07-02 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2008-07-02 02:11 pm (UTC)
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I don't think that God has anything to do with it.

My main problem is that I can see all sorts of ways this could be wonderful - like getting the actors to act, rather than playing broad parodies of characters - but really? From the producers and star of Talladega Nights comes Sherlock Holmes: Man of Wit and Adventure...

The tiny part of my brain that doesn't condemn this outright is pointing out that a serious and reverent treatment of the source material is absolutely not what we need, because it would be too stale and boring.

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Date: 2008-07-02 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Bah. We have not yet seen a serious and reverent treatment of the source material. There is a lot of action in those stories! Action, heartbreak, funny bits... What we have seen preserves the stories in amber, like dead things. Nothing has brought them to life.

And Will Ferrell? I love you, Will Ferrell, but you are no Watson. The mere casting makes me worry that they're going to play Watson as a bumbler, which I detest.

So with all the force of my outraged fangirl soul, I am going to go ahead and condemn this before I know anything about it beyond that in a single, Internet-based news article. That seems like the reasonable course of action to me.

By the way, Sherlock Holmes knows wrestling. JAPANESE wrestling.

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Date: 2008-07-02 06:10 pm (UTC)
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You, me, and some open source screenwriting software says we could totally make a good Holmes story.

Somehow I don’t buy Will Farrell as a man of medicine or an ex-soldier. (Also, reading Watson’s description of the Afghan wars ( is amusing after that one history class. Ghazis! But I digress...) I've often said that the best dramatic acting comes from actors best known for their work in comedies, but transplanting Holmes and Watson into a full-on comedy is... bizarre.

I mean, when we first meet Watson he’s a bit of a Mopey McWoobie. Given the usual policy in mining pop culture for the big screen, this’ll be an origin story. No word yet on if they are going to adapt a single adventure, or a bunch of the stories, or one of the novels… Ug. Can you imagine a Hound of the Baskervilles done a la Knocked Up? I liked Knocked Up, but Holmes doesn’t lend himself much to jokes about chairs in hotel rooms.

Two be fair, there are two articles – one about the casting and one about the director. Twice the ammo.

The wiki article about Holmes lists the times he or Watson pistol-whipped people in the stories.

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Date: 2008-07-02 01:28 pm (UTC)
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They should just get Daniel Craig. THAT would be safe.

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Date: 2008-07-02 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Will Farrell and Daniel Craig. Best buddy picture ever.

...How was Columbus?

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Date: 2008-07-02 01:44 pm (UTC)
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Something deep inside me froze in horror, and then screamed "NOOOOOOOOO!" Sherlock Holmes is not comedy, he is not hip, he is not Bond! Sherlock Holmes is pure old-fashioned awesome in a can!

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Date: 2008-07-02 02:05 pm (UTC)
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That's the worst, eh? That they're making it a comedy.

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Date: 2008-07-02 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I'm conflicted.

Sherlock Holmes. Check.
Guy Ritchie. Check.
Sacha Baron Cohen. Check.

... Will Ferrell?!
... a comedy "based on" Sherlock Holmes?!

*makes face*

I have a feeling this will not end well.

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Date: 2008-07-02 06:13 pm (UTC)
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A clean-shaven Sacha Baron Cohen, no less, in period clothing. I'm up for that.

The more I put the pieces together the more it seems like a feature-length version of the wacky 50s sitcom about, like, the PI and, like, his roommate the (unemployed) doctor.

I cautiously wrinkle my nose at the project.

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Date: 2008-07-03 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. This sounds like an interesting version of Holmes. Not that I do not enjoy Sacha Baron Cohen, but.... I dunno. Holmes is infinitely more suave in my mind. Cohen might just look.... goofy?

Hell, even the animated mouse!Holmes in The Great Mouse Detective was infinitely more suave than Cohen. *laughs*


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Date: 2008-07-03 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Neither Sacha Baron Cohen nor Will Ferrell are particularly known for their subtlety, and that worries me.

I am, however, willing to be pleasantly surprised by the project. It's not due to hit theatres until 2010, so we'll have plenty of time to hear stories and judge the movie before it's made. :D

And hee! It was all cut off last Halloween.... And though I'll never be able to casually cosplay Gundam, it's such a relief to have that (literal) weight off. :D
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