Sherlock Holmes Flick Lands Robert Downey Jr.
Just days after Cohen and
Since Ritchie just turned in a polish on Anthony Peckham's script, the Warner Brothers-based
The Apatow-produced film, set up at Columbia, has also been fast-tracked, which means the "Sherlock Holmes" race is on.
It should be easy enough to tell the two Holmes vehicles apart.
Ritchie and Peckham's script is based on Lionel Wigram's upcoming comic book, which draws inspiration from Doyle's character, but emphasizes the action-oriented side of Holmes' personality, particularly his vaunted skills as a boxer and a swordfighter. While Ferrell will play the Watson to Cohen's Holmes, Downey's trusty sidekick has yet to be cast.
Doyle introduced the Victorian sleuth in the story "A Study in Scarlet." The author featured the character in four novels and 56 short stories. In subsequent movies and TV offerings, Holmes has been played by more than a dozen actors, including
After proving his box office and superhero bona fides in this summer's smash "
Downey was recently linked to a starring role in the franchise pic