Yo Holmes: WB Investigates 'Sherlock' Update
Arthur Conan Doyle property goes to 'Descent' director
According to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures is hoping to give Sherlock Holmes his own cinematic franchise, entrusting the character to screenwriter Michael Johnson and director Neil Marshall ("The Descent").
The trade paper says that the studio is teaming with producer Lionel Wigram on the property, using Wigram's upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" comic book as a jumping point.
As one might expect, Warner Bros. is hoping that Marshall can give Holmes and his trusty assistant Dr. Watson the same sort of dark, gritty twist that Christopher Nolan gave to "Batman Begins." The trade paper says that the plan is to play up Holmes' adventuresome side -- boxing, swordplay and, perhaps, aptitude on the violin -- rather than the intellectual influence placed on his sleuthing by creator Arthur Conan Doyle.
Doyle introduced the Victorian gumshoe in the story "A Study in Scarlet." The author featured the character in four novels and 56 short stories.
The Internet Movie Database lists well over a dozen actors who have played the Holmes character on the big and small screen, a group that includes Peter Cushing, Rupert Everett, Ronald Howard, Jeremy Brett, Christopher Lee, Robert Stephens and, perhaps most iconically, Basil Rathbone.
Marshall is currently in production on "Doomsday" for Rogue Pictures, but Warner Bros. seems to want "Sherlock Holmes" in place as his follow-up.