It’s been a long time since I’ve had much interest in a new Guy Ritchie movie, but I have to say, the first trailer for his re-envisioning of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has me intrigued. Oh sure, there are plenty of over-the-top stunts and explosions and the now obligatory speed-ramping during action sequences (which, if you ask me, is completely out of place for a movie set in Victorian Era England). But I do think that Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law seem like a good pair to play Holmes and Watson, and the trailer shows off a sense of humour and Indiana Jones-esque adventure that could be awesome if done right.
There’s a part of me that thinks they are once again trying too hard to modernize something that doesn’t need modernizing (Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, anyone?), but hey, if Star Trek can pull it off, maybe Sherlock Holmes can too. Producer Lionel Wigram and artist John Watkiss did a rough 25-page comic book to sell their new vision of Sherlock Holmes to studios, but I think a lot will depend on the script by Ritchie, Mike Johnson and Anthony Peckham (The Human Factor, Don’t Say a Word). The movie hits theatres on November 20th… will it be the rebirth of another classic franchise?