Just a couple weeks ago I was talking to Lindsay about how a modern film rendition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes was long overdue. (That either reveals what a geek I am, or how cultured I am, you make the call. ;) I mean, what have we got to work with? The Young Sherlock Holmes movie? Disney's Great Mouse Detective?
Then I stumbled across this news from The American Culture:
Two forthcoming films featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic character Sherlock Holmes will take very different approaches to the material. Judging by the reports, each could be either very good or very bad. Jud Apatow (The Forty Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) is producing a comedy film featuring Sacha Baron Cohen as Sherlock Holmes and Will Farrell as Dr. Watson. This obviously could be very funny if well-written, and just horrible if not...
The other forthcoming Holmes film likewise takes a somewhat unusual approach to the material.
Directed by Guy Ritchie (who made the excellent crime films Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch), Sherlock Holmes will star Robert Downey Jr. as the great detective. Ritchie's film will emphasize a side of Holmes and the stories that has too often been forgotten: his superb physical abilities and the strong doses of action in many of the stories.
These were, after all, the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, as author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle titled the first volume of short stories about the character.
I'm not holding my breath for the first movie. Farrell can act, as demonstrated in Stranger Than Fiction, but the presence of his usual sidekick, Cohen, isn't a good omen for the integrity of the Holmes story. Which leaves me with middling to high expectations for the second film. After Ironman, we know what Downey, Jr. brings to his hero roles: cerebral awesomeness.