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It seems that I was mistaken: there are two Holmes films in development.

One of them is the Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Farrell and Judd Apatow movie.

The other, directed by Guy Ritchie, is based on "a forthcoming comic book" with a "more adventurous Holmes" and will star (wait for it) Robert Downey Jr.

So, Guy Ritchie's directing the less stuffy-more adventurous Holmes and they've cast the opposite physical type to the Strand illustrations of Holmes, which should mean all kinds of wrong. But then... it's Robert Downey Jr. in the role. He can do brainy, quirky, actiony stuff, we know, we've all seen Iron Man by now. But if you're going to make a movie about, like, a Victorian Tony Stark ("stuffy" is an adjective that has never been applied to Tony Stark)... please, have the good graces not to call him "Sherlock Holmes". Though, this means we can fantasy-cast Paul Bettany as Watson. ...*lightbulb* Oh god please someone write AU steampunk Victorian Iron Man. Agh! With mechanical men! Agh! "You have been to Afghanistan, I perceive." Agh! Crossover possibilities! Agh! Agh! Someone write this and I will love you FOREVER and bring you stuff from England and also my firstborn.

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Because I can't let three whole posts go by without mentioning Doctor Who, I'm duty-bound to report that it looks like 9.4 million people watched the finale (and I wonder how many more online?) but the BBC felt it necessary to report in a separate article that the reaction to said finale was "mixed". I do enjoy how they report the plot twists as if all that stuff was happening to real people. And no spoiler warnings, in the headlines or the articles. There's this attitude of, "If you care, you've already seen it". Amusing. But not as fun as Anthony Stark, Esq., eccentric genius millionaire and builder of Living Mechanicals.

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Date: 2008-07-12 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serrico.livejournal.com
Anthony Stark, Esq., eccentric genius millionaire and builder of Living Mechanicals.

Your genius makes me (w)hoot like an owl and clap like a seal. I am a (w)hooting, clapping fool, over here.

*(w)hoots!* *claps!*

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Date: 2008-07-12 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I must say, I'm glad someone else is as taken by this idea. (Why doesn't this movie/comic/tv series already exist? A crime that it doesn't.)

This bunny won't go away:
Anthony Stark and the Living Mechanicals, in which we meet Our Hero: a wealthy baron and gifted engineer whose abilities are matched only by his arrogance. While in Asia as a special advisor during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, Anthony Stark's genius is put to its greatest test yet.

The Adventure of the Rusty Butler, a light-hearted interlude in which Stark has to ask his former butler-turned-traveling companion to return to service when the clockwork valet develops some odd quirks.

Machines and Machinations, in which Our Hero's mentor and friend plots to manipulate Stark's business interests to his own nefarious ends, with disastrous results.

I need to start keeping starlogs.

Date: 2008-07-12 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfadir.livejournal.com
You realize 'steampunk Victorian Iron Man' is pretty much the RPG I invited you to play, which you responded to with roughly equal enthusiasm?

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Date: 2008-07-12 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
And whenever you pick a game system thing I'll be all over that.

My kind of crack, dude.

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Date: 2008-07-12 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thucyken.livejournal.com
*bites lip*

Victorian Steampunk Iron Man... that could so easily be fantastic.

Don't be coming up with good ideas when I am swamped with The Study!

I think RDJ can totally pull Holmes off. BUT AGAIN: I take issue with everybody ignoring the fact that Holmes *IS* adventurous already! In the books! IT'S CANON.

Seriously, let's buy a couple million monkeys and write our own.

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Date: 2008-07-12 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Want! Want so bad! With the fancy hereditary manor house and the garage where he works and Jarvis being a real butler not a voice in the wall and all the society mothers warning their daughters to not be charmed by the handsome rake and, um, Virginia Potts the suffragette housekeeper? Hm. That last one I need to work on.

I have a whole six weeks before I start The Study, so I will enjoy this brain-vacation to the full (though as far as crack crossovers, this may beat that Little Women/DW thing...)

The less-stuffy-more-adventurous thing reads like it's coming from someone who's never read the stories. Or who saw one of the other filmed versions. I am totally up to turning the project over to the monkeys.

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Date: 2008-07-12 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
I mean, hell... the one book is called The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ferchrissakes.

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Date: 2008-07-12 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skivee.livejournal.com
RDJr. is a good choice to lower the production costs of the film. They won't need a large props budget because he already has most of the drug paraphenalia

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Date: 2008-07-12 11:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Ha ha - oh snap.

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Date: 2008-07-14 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hoskie.livejournal.com
Hrm. RDJ isn't very suited to the Holmes "look," but he's a great actor and I think that'll probably be pretty good.

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Date: 2008-07-14 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Yeah, I have no doubts that he'll be able to pull it off. In terms of looks, though, I'd have gone with someone like Adrian Brody. Or, something.

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Date: 2008-07-14 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hoskie.livejournal.com
Oh yeah! Adrian Brody definitly has the look...
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