Guy Ritchie to Direct Sherlock Holmes for WB

It’s elementary, my dear, so of course Warner Bros. wants to revive Sherlock Holmes for the modern age, and they have just the guy to do it — Neil Marshall of “The Descent” fame — wait, nevermind, Marshall was once attached, but is now off the project, and in his stead will be Guy Ritchie (pictured, left), who has signed on to write and direct the new take on the brilliant English detective for the WB. The hook: this Sherlock Holmes will be adventurous and “less stuffy” than the previous incarnations.

The Hollywood Reporter has more:

Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin are producing the movie, which takes its cues from a forthcoming comic that Wigram wrote as a selling tool for a new take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character. The concept sees the character be more adventuresome and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines on more obscure character traits.

Variety adds more about the new take on Holmes:

The logline remains under wraps, but execs at Warners are aiming to reinvent Holmes and sidekick Dr. John H. Watson. Wigram’s noted that the new Holmes would be more adventuresome and take advantage of his skills as a boxer and swordsman (Daily Variety, March 16, 2007).

Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories about Holmes, written in the late 19th century, emphasized the detective’s intellectual brilliance and power of deductive reasoning. The pipe-smoking character has been portrayed in more than 200 film and TV shows.

Didn’t they try this once on TV? I seem to recall that they did, by bringing Sherlock Holmes to San Francisco or something in a TV movie. Or maybe I was just hallucinating.

In any case, the article doesn’t say if this will be a contemporary story (Holmes in the present day), or if they’ll keep Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character where he belongs, at the turn of the century.

Guy Ritchie’s last film was “Rocknrolla”, also for Warner Bros.

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