Between Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, the BBC’s Sherlock, and the new CBS show Elementary, it’s pretty clear that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective is experiencing a major comeback as of late. And since the character is technically in the public domain, there is nothing to stop someone else from launching yet another take on Holmes. This week Paramount has decided to throw their Deerstalker hat in the ring with a proposed remake of the 1985 film Young Sherlock Holmes. The original movie was directed by Barry Levinson and re-imagined Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as teenagers at a British boarding school who investigate a series of murders. It wasn’t a success at the time, but could a remake fare better?
According to The Wrap, Paramount is currently in talks with writer Evan Spiliotopoulos to pen a new version of Young Sherlock Holmes. In addition to writing a handful of Disney direct-to-video sequels like The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning and The Lion King 1.5, Spiliotopoulos’ other recent projects include Wanted 2 and Moby Dick. Chris Columbus, who wrote the original, is on board as a producer.
I have to admit, Young Sherlock Holmes is one of those movies that could probably benefit from a remake. The original is a largely forgotten ’80s Amblin flick and although it has its moments (including the first fully computer-generated character), it’s far from perfect. It also seems likely to find a much bigger audience today thanks to the current popularity of both Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter. Are you a fan of the original? Would you be interested in a remake of Young Sherlock Holmes?