Wednesday, July 02, 2008

FILM: 2 Sherlock Holmes Movies = Apatow vs. Guy Ritchie

Is it the anniversary of Sherlock Holmes or something? Within a month two projects about Sherlock Holmes have been publicized. The first, set for 2010, will be directed by Guy Ritchie (Snatch), who will be adapting Lionel Wigram's comic book version, not Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mystery novels. Ritchie intends on breaking through that refined persona Holmes is known for and focus more on his adventurous qualities, like his boxing and sword fighting skills. Think of it as Indiana Jones meets Casino Royale.

Then there's the second project that's being produced by Judd Apatow, which will be based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mystery novels. While Ritchie hasn't cast anyone just yet, Apatow already has Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) set to play Holmes and Will Ferrell as Watson. Adding to the hilarity that these three will surely produce is screenwriter Etan Cohen, who's been getting a lot of respect for his Tropic Thunder script.

I'm actually excited to see both of them. Which one do you want to see?

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