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     Thursday, October 02 2008 @ 04:46 PM EDT
    from yahoo:

    LONDON (Reuters) - Robert Downey Jr . is to play super sleuth Sherlock Holmes in an upcoming blockbuster that studio Warner Bros. hopes will become a lucrative new franchise.

    The 43-year-old said one reason he was chosen for the role may have been his involvement in action movie "Iron Man," which earned over $570 million (322 million pounds) in global ticket sales this year, and he promised his Holmes would be the best screen portrayal ever.

    "In case you aren't aware I had a hell of a summer, and it's made me much more viable to play a lead role than I might have (been) in the past," Downey Jr. told reporters in London, where shooting on "Sherlock Holmes" is about to begin.

    When asked what he could bring to a character portrayed countless times on film and television, he joked: "Clearly I'm going to do it better than it's ever been done.

    "The more I read about it the more overwhelmed I was by the weight of it and the amount of people who will be watching to see if it's gotten right."

    As well as bringing more action sequences to the story, the dynamic between Holmes and loyal assistant Dr. Watson looks set to differ from what audiences are used to with the casting of heartthrob Jude Law in the part.

    Director Guy Ritchie said "Sherlock Holmes" was his biggest movie "by a long shot" in terms of budget.

    Producer Joel Silver would not name the figure, but he called the budget "healthy" and said plans had not been affected by recent turmoil on the financial markets.

    "What we've done is hopefully launched a franchise of Sherlock Holmes stories," he said.

    Warner Bros. may be hoping the series can replace Harry Potter, which has three films left to go and could end in 2011. The franchise based on J.K. Rowling's boy wizard tales has grossed $4.5 billion at worldwide box offices so far.

    "TRUE TO ORIGINAL"

    The new Sherlock Holmes film is based on an original story by Lionel Wigram inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle books.

    "I really knew Sherlock Holmes from tapes -- I wasn't a very good reader," said Ritchie. "What I had imagined in my mind was not exactly what I'd seen previously manifested on film.

    "I am a fan of many of the previous productions of Sherlock Holmes. I just think we can have a different take and I'd like to think a better take."

    He added: "We're trying to be as authentic as we can to what we see as the original Sherlock Holmes. We are also specifically keen on keeping it authentic to Conan Doyle."


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    well this is great news!

    and i just started reading sherlock homles.

    i hope they have Professor Moriarty in it also. and if they do i wonder who will play him?

    "Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth."
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     Thursday, October 02 2008 @ 05:56 PM EDT
    As much as I don't like Guy Ritchie, I can't say I don't like his films. & I think the idea of him making a Sherlock film is a potentially breathtaking match. I'm not sure about Robert Downey Jr however.

    Both Lock Stock & Snatch are amongst the most repeatedly watchable films I've ever seen, and I'm well up for his take on Holmes.

    It's funny that he got into Holmes listening to him - because so did I! As a child I repeatedly borrowed Tony Britton's reading of The Hound of the Baskervilles from Radlett library! (& it's a classic example of how artwork can pull you in, because it was the cover that got me!)

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     Friday, October 03 2008 @ 05:45 AM EDT
    I'm a life long Sherlock Holmes fan. I think Guy Ritchie's eye for the grimier, shadier side of London life will be ideal for this film.

    Really not sure the Downey Jr and Jude Law are right for the role's though. Hmmm... Jude Law must be hugging himself in glee, he's not had a hit for years.

    Are they basing the film on an existing story? I think Irene Adler (the only woman Holmes ever grew to admire - the woman, as he called her) is in it but I doubt they're re-making a Scandal in Bohemia.

    (EDIT - should have read the press release first - I see it's an original story!)

    And for my money, the Jeremy Brett/ David Burke Holmes and Watson team is still the bestSmile

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     Friday, October 03 2008 @ 06:02 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Justice] i hope they have Professor Moriarty in it also. and if they do i wonder who will play him?


    Moriarty only appears in one of the original short stories- The Adventure of The Final Problem. I suspect that Moriarty became the most famous of Holmes's nemesis through the Basil Rathbone films where he was a recurring villain. But if they want a Voldemort for this new franchise then I'm sure it will be Moriarty!

    Colonel Sebastian Moran, Moriarty's right hand man, is sure to be in it at some stage too. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with him too, as he is more a man of action and violence than the cerebral Moriarty.

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     Friday, October 03 2008 @ 02:13 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  old china]And for my money, the Jeremy Brett/ David Burke Holmes and Watson team is still the bestSmile


    And a lot of us (including myself) would definitely agree! Smile

    I do like the image of Holmes as a scoundrel. I guess Robert Downey could pull that part off. Growing up, my image of Holmes was always that silly stereotypical one with the hat, coat, and magnifying glass. When I finally did read the books, I really was thrilled to see my image of him change to this really not-nice guy who was so into understanding people's behaviors that he hung out with lowlifes, took drugs, and acted generally rude and self-centered to most people.

    One of the conversations that Watson recounts is the fact that Holmes doesn't care about anything that doesn't help him solve crimes, such as the Earth going around the Sun. This one always gets me, as I am an Astronomer. But it is so typically Holmes. Smile

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     Friday, October 03 2008 @ 07:32 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  old china]
    [Quote  by:  Justice] i hope they have Professor Moriarty in it also. and if they do i wonder who will play him?


    Moriarty only appears in one of the original short stories- The Adventure of The Final Problem. I suspect that Moriarty became the most famous of Holmes's nemesis through the Basil Rathbone films where he was a recurring villain. But if they want a Voldemort for this new franchise then I'm sure it will be Moriarty!

    Colonel Sebastian Moran, Moriarty's right hand man, is sure to be in it at some stage too. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with him too, as he is more a man of action and violence than the cerebral Moriarty.


    yeah thats one think i learned when i first started reading the stories.

    he's portrayed as holmes arch enemy in story's by other authors, tv, and comics. so like most people i generally assumed he was recurring villain in the original story's.

    but i'm sure they will use him in the film though.

    "Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth."
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     Wednesday, October 15 2008 @ 06:10 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  rocko]
    [Quote  by:  old china]And for my money, the Jeremy Brett/ David Burke Holmes and Watson team is still the bestSmile


    And a lot of us (including myself) would definitely agree! Smile


    Haha, I've a view on this - probably easiest to link a product from Amazon. Mine is the 1st review!

    Rathbone or Brett?

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     Thursday, October 23 2008 @ 04:19 PM EDT
    Random piece of fluff - I've just been listening to the radio series of Sherlock Holmes on the iPlayer (starring Clive Merrison from Paradise Towers), the episode called The Illustrious Client. Holmes and Watson at one point duck into an alley in the east end called Totters Lane. Seeing as no such lane exists, I wonder if the makers of the show are Dr Who fans?!

    I am right in recalling that the scrap yard in An Unearthly Child was Totters Lane, aren't I?

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     Thursday, October 23 2008 @ 09:43 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  old china] I am right in recalling that the scrap yard in An Unearthly Child was Totters Lane, aren't I?


    Yes, you are correct. The 6th Doctor also finds his way there at one point.

    Did you say "74,384,338 to 1 against"? That's my lucky number!
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     Wednesday, January 07 2009 @ 07:54 PM EST
    here's the first image from the movie.
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    i notice he's not wearing the deerstalker.....

    "Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth."
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     Wednesday, January 07 2009 @ 08:03 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  rocko]
    [Quote  by:  old china] I am right in recalling that the scrap yard in An Unearthly Child was Totters Lane, aren't I?


    Yes, you are correct. The 6th Doctor also finds his way there at one point.


    And the 7th. as well, lest we forget.

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     Wednesday, January 07 2009 @ 08:23 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  merlin_mccarley]
    [Quote  by:  rocko]
    [Quote  by:  old china] I am right in recalling that the scrap yard in An Unearthly Child was Totters Lane, aren't I?


    Yes, you are correct. The 6th Doctor also finds his way there at one point.


    And the 7th. as well, lest we forget.
    If only we could . . .

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     Wednesday, January 28 2009 @ 01:27 AM EST
    here's what wikipida has on the film's plot.

    Set in 1891, the film revolves around Holmes and Watson stopping a conspiracy to destroy Britain. The film opens with Holmes apprehending the murderous cult leader Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), who promises he will return from the dead and exact his revenge as he is being led to the gallows.

    and from an interview i watched on IMDB.com with guy richie, he said they will be going for an unconventional take on sherlock homles.
    witch is obvious seeing how in the picture i posted homles is not wearing his trademark deerstalker.

    and

    Moriarty's existence is hinted in the script to set up the sequels.



    also here's the official logo for the movie.

    Photobucket

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     Wednesday, January 28 2009 @ 07:14 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  Justice]
    i notice he's not wearing the deerstalker.....


    Sherlock Holmes never wore a deerstalker in the books.

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     Wednesday, January 28 2009 @ 08:51 PM EST
    What don't understand is why the stills they've been showing (that I've seen) are all from NYC; Brooklyn, I believe. Is Ritchie setting this storying in New York? That doesn't feel right.

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