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SHERLOCK HOLMES screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg screen story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were created by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and appear in stories and novels by him
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SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09
FADE IN: 1 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Autumnal streets seen through the sooty glass of a STREET LAMP. Shadows within shadows. Fog in the air. Full moon. WATSON (V.O.) The year was 1891. London was the capital of the world -- the height of modernity, with the hiss of steam and smell of coal in the air. It was also the great cesspool into which all the sinners and criminals of the empire drained. Gas hisses audibly, the street lamp ignites, and casts a POOL OF LIGHT onto the street, silhouetting a MAN making his way through the fog and dark shadows with a lantern. WATSON (V.O.) I had come to London, ten years prior, to find a life after the Afghan war. I had hoped to start a medical practice and settle into a nice, steady existence. The life I found was anything but nice and steady. We can see that the MAN wears a cape. The distinctive silhouette of his deerstalker hat is unmistakable. A FURIOUS CLATTER OF HOOVES APPROACHES in the distance. The MAN tugs on a pipe and turns towards the growing stampede. WATSON (V.O.) And that had everything to do with one man. My friend, my partner, my burden... The MAN exhales a plume of smoke calmly, giving us the impression that he knows something that we don’t. WATSON (V.O.) ... Sherlock Holmes. WHAM! The MAN in the deerstalker hat is KNOCKED FLAT by A RUNNING MAN who has vaulted over a wall, sending him, his pipe, and hat flying across the cobbles. 1
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The RUNNING MAN leans down as if to assist, but instead just picks up the smoker’s broken umbrella and studies it. The MAN in the deerstalker hat’s eyes widen as he recognizes his famous assailant. MAN Sherlock Holmes?! SHERLOCK HOLMES offers the handle of the umbrella to the MAN, hauls him to his feet and hands back his broken umbrella. HOLMES My apologies. Send the bill to John Watson, 221B Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes sprints off down an alleyway. takes a step into the road to watch him go -The MAN
-- and is nearly flattened for good by the first of a number of POLICE CARRIAGES, hurtling by on a serious pursuit, Victorian-style. 2 INT. CARRIAGE - CLOSEUP ON THE OFFICERS - NIGHT inside. Big, uniformed guys assemble their weaponry -- a 19th century SWAT team. One man stands out as a leader, older than the rest, INSPECTOR LESTRADE. A man in plainclothes sits to one side of the officers: DR. JOHN WATSON, physically as tough as anyone else in the carriage, but with a more pensive air about him. A thinking man of action. 3 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Almost tipping over, the carriage turns onto the Embankment and hurtles through the writhing fog along the river. As the carriage banks, we see Holmes cut across the carriage path again, taking a line the horses cannot follow. CUT TO: ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes bursts out of an alley, sprints round a corner and runs across a courtyard to a side door. WE PULL BACK to see the FACADE OF ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL. 3 2
We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . The man’s mouth opens to cry out. but does not see Holmes. HOLMES (V. He takes a moment to recover.the most vulnerable point.) Head cocked to the left. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear. stop screaming.SHERLOCK HOLMES . The man swings the lantern away again.NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees. partial deafness in right ear. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop. he’s fit.ENTRANCE . The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner.O. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs.Rev. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face. He peers about. 2/2/09 3. carrying the lantern and a gun. BACK TO 24 fps. Holmes launches a hammer blow.O. BACK TO 24 fps. paralyze vocal chords.) Stink of alcohol. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact. HOLMES (V. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door.O. strangling his scream.) Then throat. He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows. confused. as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . 4 5 OMITTED INT. just at the top of the jaw -. but not as fit as he used to be. First point of attack. HOLMES (V. A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes.
6 7 OMITTED INT.Rev.5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . good cigar. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION . CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide.NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard. dropping him. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase. further down into the crypts. John? When he gets no answer. CRACK! Karate chop to throat. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase.BALCONY . HOLMES Hhhmm. reaches around him. ducks down into the shadows. He has seen the lantern light. THWACK! Hammer blow to ear. But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG. Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister. Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows. He draws his gun and approaches. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively. moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver. POV . picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. THUG What’s goin’ on. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4. BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground.
Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know. distaste. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. Just got it. WATSON You left this behind. Watson hands him his pistol.Rev. CUT TO: This is what they do. HOLMES Perfect timing. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. out of sight. reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. doesn’t take it.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Eyes alive with intelligence.) Watson. Thought I’d left the stove on. You did. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) . WATSON Getting his troops in formation. processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat. Right. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A.Rev. s’me. Yeah.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON (CONTINUED) . 7 He can see the hat. but not the man underneath.
Blackwood simply ignores them. still hooded.Rev. Watson closer to Blackwood. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. knees. not caring if they make a noise or not. trance-like. Still kneeling. the woman rises up like a broken puppet. Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. shrouded in shadow. and elbows. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. Suddenly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6.BALCONY . Her eyes roll back in her head.NIGHT Thugs dispatched. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. 8 9 OMITTED INT. Holmes and Watson head down. This is spooky. but no less effective. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. WATSON (CONTINUED) . CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. We do not see his face. using headbutts. real. 9A INT. The girl. lit with candles at each corner. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. Some kind of ritual is about to climax. ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation. powerful stuff. We do not yet see his face. fast. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He is more of a brawler. Blackwood chants softly. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure). Their footsteps echo. Less artful. 7 Watson takes out the two men. A sword has been placed at her feet. never stops.
Watson raises his gun. BLACKWOOD Tell me. Look.Rev. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip. trains it on Blackwood. doctor. ready to plunge the point into her heart. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. We finally see his face.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. BLACKWOOD Well done. Blackwood throws back his hood. almost mockingly. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. That’s more than Watson can take. as a medical man. No. WATSON Stay right there. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny. Holmes lunges. She collapses. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. grabs the woman’s arm. Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. Holmes. he is tapped into something dark and cruel. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . His eyes are intense. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. And Watson as well. strangely.
9A SHERLOCK HOLMES .the other end held between Blackwood’s hands.. as Lestrade and his men finally appear. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood. really nasty concealed weapon. Lestrade. you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. fun. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE. sees nothing. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye. not the Yard. Look..? It is. Besides. POLICEMEN flood the area. almost invisible --. Watson looks. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES If I had. HOLMES Impeccable timing. HOLMES Watson looks. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8. and sees it and his eyes flare wide. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance. the girl’s parents hired me. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope.Rev. What a shame. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor.
9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . 9A Lestrade turns. HOLMES Bravo. Lestrade eyes the double circle. frustrated. (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. 10 10A . while others carry the girl away on a stretcher.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. She’s still mouthing the incantation. shakes his head. Have a cigar. put chains on him. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. a bench strewn with scientific equipment. not understanding them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. Lestrade. a piece of photo paper on top. FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops. As usual. he turns to Holmes.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. the pentacle. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony. Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --.Rev. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. reluctantly. CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray. hating himself for needing to. Grudgingly.
. they look more confident.. solving crimes. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT. LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. unaccustomed to flashes.Rev.” 10F 10G INT. Holmes and Watson getting older. 2/2/09 10. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson.. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson. Their eyes are shut for the photo. coming to rest on the letter “H. The men are front page news now.. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. 10D 10E INT. light as it is exposed. holding a goose by its feet and smiling. This time. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files. More and more headlines. 10C 10D INT. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT. and. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers.SHERLOCK HOLMES . the article bigger.” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk... Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. 10G . 10B 10C INT.. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS.. shaking hands with a royal. 10B INT. The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. older.
she shoos it away. 10H INT. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. thanks to you. walks up the steps.Rev.all is neat and tidy.” one metal time. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL. 221 BAKER ST. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. The whole thing is fed into a printing press. 221 BAKER ST. very good.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. 2/2/09 11. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. 10J 11 EXT. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years. HUDSON. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. WATSON 71 over 104. (CONTINUED) 12 . 12 INT. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold. .. walking down the street with the day’s shopping. dominating the front page. everything in its place. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type.. Captain.AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter. a whirring mass of wheels and gears. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image. Papers are bundled and tied. A raven lands on the entry gate.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS.” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street. and inside. an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals. . MRS.
your new offices.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA. 12 Watson is pleased by that. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -.ground floor. There won’t be so many stairs. And there’ll be a woman’s touch. too.Rev. I hope? WATSON No -. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .
S. 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O. Philips hits the floor. Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer. (CONTINUED) . (beat) I’ll be right back. then helps Captain Philips to his feet. just to be safe.Rev.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . terrified. writes a prescription on a piece of paper. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A.
Mrs. shoots up the stairs with the paper. . (CONTINUED) 13 . Which is a relief to Mrs. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. Watson takes the newspaper from her. MRS. It’ll be quieter. MRS. 12 He heads out. Hudson. What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case. 13 INT. HUDSON Come on. Urgent. WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. Captain. MRS. heads towards them.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES .HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. WATSON You’re not going in at all. not while he’s in this state. let’s go down. 221 BAKER ST. WATSON I smell burning. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’.Rev. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door. that’s all. HUDSON. his landlady. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. MRS.
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Nonetheless, Watson himself. Something fact, Holmes’ usual now, that Watson is
stops, takes a deep breath, gathers like this has happened before (is, in brand of chaos) the difference being, sick to death of dealing with it.
Which doesn’t mean he won’t. Newspaper in hand, Watson opens the door, pokes his head in, cautiously. He sees -14 INT. 221 BAKER ST. - HOLMES’ APARTMENTS Watson squeezes through the doorway to find that the obstruction is Holmes who is sitting in the dark on a chair, blocking the door, aiming a gun (with an odd contraption fastened on its barrel) at the wall. Unadulterated chaos. A series of FLAMING BULLET HOLES blasted into the wall in the (ragged) initials “V.R.” WATSON May I join you in the armory? HOLMES Please... Watson, I’ve been working on a device which will suppress the sound of a gunshot. Watson heads towards the conservatory. HOLMES Please... Don’t, don’t, don’t... Watson pulls open the curtains allowing the light to pour in. It needs work. WATSON May I see?... 14 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Watson passes him heading to the other side of the room (possibly grabs the gun) picking up a pile of open letters from a table. HOLMES Gently, gently, Watson... Watson whips open more curtains and opens a window. Holmes crawls on his hands and knees over to a table where he finds his sunglasses and puts them on. Watson sits on a chair and begins to leaf though the letters.
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WATSON It’s been three months since the last case. About time you found another one. HOLMES I can’t but agree. My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work. The sooner the better. Paper? WATSON
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Watson hands Holmes the newspaper. WATSON Let’s see, we have a letter here from Mrs. Ramsey in Queen’s Park -her husband has gone missing. HOLMES He’s in Belgium with the scullery maid. Is it December? WATSON Yes, Holmes. Lady Radford reports a missing emerald bracelet. HOLMES Insurance swindle. Lord Radford likes fast women and slow ponies. I see you’re the attending physician at Blackwood’s hanging. WATSON Yes, it’s our last case together and I wanted to see it through to the end. Awkward pause. Cough.
WATSON Mr. Lewis is seeking... Mrs. Hudson enters carrying a tray of bread and tea. is steeling herself for this interaction. HOLMES (to Watson) There is only one case that intrigues me at present... the curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. (MORE)
SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) HOLMES (CONT'D) I have been studying her comings and goings and they appear most sinister.
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MRS. HUDSON Tea, Mr. Holmes. Mrs. Hudson crosses to Holmes and puts the tray before him. HOLMES Is it poisoned, nanny? MRS. HUDSON There’s enough of that in you already. She goes to remove an old tray from behind him. HOLMES Don’t touch that. Everything is in its proper place, as per usual. She ignores him and removes the tray then crosses back towards the door noticing a bulldog lying unconscious under the table. MRS. HUDSON He’s killed the dog... again. Watson jumps up. His bulldog, GLADSTONE, lies on the floor in a drugged stupor. WATSON What have you done to Gladstone this time? HOLMES I was simply testing a new anesthetic. He doesn’t mind. Holmes! WATSON As your doctor...
HOLMES He’ll be right as a trivet in no time. Watson’s finally had enough.
14 WATSON .14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Not available. * (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. Wonderful. you’ve been in this room for two weeks. you have nothing to do? Nothing. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. at all. and your friend. For dinner. Holmes.Rev. The Royale. on earth. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening. HOLMES Then it’s not official. A little smile from Holmes. Mary’s coming.. Absolutely. I insist you get out of here. WATSON So. My favorite.
CUT TO: 15 INT. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos. like it or not. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks. we see a hint of fear in his eyes. a surreptitious argument between waiters. Holmes stands. WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. 30s. And then Watson and Mary arrive. It really is a thrill to meet you. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. Mary and Watson on either side of him. Holmes gestures politely.Rev. The dog wakes up and runs out. they sit. The Royale. WATSON And wear a jacket. Watson exits. He is quite uncomfortable in this setting. and clearly a woman worth marrying. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably. Mr. MARY The pleasure’s mine. talking. Holmes! WATSON You’re early. Half past eight. Holmes.looks again. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16. She extends her hand. It all becomes quite overbearing.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the name on a bottle of wine. HOLMES My pleasure. THE ROYALE . She’s beautiful. 14 WATSON It’s happening. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -. intent on each other -.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. For the first time.
. 16A. Wilkie Collins. WATSON (proudly) It’s true. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.Rev.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Poe.. 15 (CONTINUED) .
HOLMES .. Then I check his pockets.. ah. A stub from a boxing match. see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel. brave. Strong.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that. born to be a man of action. MARY Watson likes that. Mr. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes. HOLMES (livening up) Oh. by the way. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -.... no no. Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler.. And neat. WATSON Those days are behind me. so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier. I intend to. right behind you. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) . The little details are by far the most important. though.not a good idea. Take Watson.a forced chuckle. like all military men. Holmes. Holmes less so -. HOLMES Yes. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once. you know him.Rev. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details. MARY With all due respect. Mary laughs.
stops him. MARY I insist. HOLMES It’s breathing. (instantly) You’re a governess. reaches for the wine. Watson’s getting nervous. Holmes (CONTINUED) . well done. actually.Rev.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . it’d be wonderful. HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. Mary nods. WATSON Yes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. MARY Charlie’s 7. 15 HOLMES Yes. I doubt -MARY No. Well done.
A very impetuous act by the boy. pours wine for all. WATSON Give us a few minutes. the jewels you’re not wearing tell us rather more. (to Watson) What would madam care for this evening? Watson gives Holmes a hard look: that’s a bit much. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself. He shakes his head.. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear. It’s from Asprey’s. not the gems of a governess. flawless.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace. anyway.Rev.. (beat) However. (CONTINUED) . India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off. MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. please. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -.
As Holmes talks.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. 15 Holmes.. turns back. A doctor perhaps. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face. They’re leaving. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone..Rev. faster. I didn’t leave my fiance. Watson gets up. pauses. manic. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. he died. Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) . But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly.. The restaurant goes silent. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19. moves to help Mary to her feet. then: HOLMES You were engaged. Holmes pauses. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. She turns to leave. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. intensely focused.
He tastes his own blood from a split lip. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -. The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --. old man.then pauses. She’s lovely. McMURDO -. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. He just sees their mouths moving. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt. Suddenly. He is stripped to the waist.and Watson goes with her.bangs his fists together and moves in.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant. talking. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him. -. Their orders arrive -. It interests him.Rev. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -. PUNCH BOWL PUB .an array of plates piled high. looks around. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. spaghetti style. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20. 15 WATSON Well done.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . His opponent.the sounds muffled and indistinct -. Holmes hears no words. This is soothing to him. laughing. The waiter puts them down.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow. (CONTINUED) .huge but flabby -. all sinew and gristle.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT.
until he notices a face at ringside. And as I said. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. moment. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him. Holmes is completely in control --. HOLMES (walking away) Not done.SHERLOCK HOLMES . He looks for the woman. He turns back to McMurdo. sometimes even drops his hands. (CONTINUED) . She’s gone. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here. Holmes rolls over. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. Once or twice. smiles. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. thank you.Rev. But that’s all. just using his reflexes to protect himself. not just think. Finished. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. Well done. stands. Holmes begins walking away. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. when the big man leaves an obvious opening. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21. it was most pleasurable. HOLMES Thank you. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot. He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. the sound floods back into the room. He throws nothing in return.
He turns. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Holmes stops. nearly invisible. working into a fever pitch. but from Holmes’ POV. CHARLIE. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. He grabs a bottle in his hand. battered on the outside. A row of stone cells. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. which buckles altogether wrong. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee.SHERLOCK HOLMES . scanning McMurdo. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. incorporating exotic martial arts. 18A INT. Taking a huge swig. over and out. he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms. Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . there really isn’t any sport. catching him on the back of the head. A full-scale riot is on. all is calm. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. Hm. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard. Steps back into the ring.Rev. The crowd falls silent. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves. The crowd applauds. who is frozen on the spot. they’re not sure if they like it. His eyes tick slowly. McMurdo falls. Feels the back of his head.CORRIDOR . hand. Holmes strides out of the bar. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. He doesn’t care. He sees the crowd fall silent.NIGHT A candle shivers. soothed inside. casting jagged shadows.
The Guard Captain continues around the corner. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. sketches of animals. That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again. We see another guard. resumes his soft murmur. GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols. a headless sphinx. PENTONVILLE PRISON . LOUDER. get. GUARD CAPTAIN All right. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie. (CONTINUED) . GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -. Prisoners watch him stumble backwards.NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. an upside-down cross. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. lies convulsing on the floor. Eyes closed. JACK. And now he’s in some kind of fit.Rev. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. A hint of some method to his madness. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly. down here and get him to the infirmary. the Captain starts COUGHING. Blackwood. 19 INT. He’s confused.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . He coughs harder. WHISPERING ungodly sounds.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES . he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells.
keeps coughing. windowsill flutters away. Prisoners start SHOUTING.Rev.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. terrified. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A. (CONTINUED) . knee. He looks down. 19 Blackwood keeps whispering. spits it out onto the stone floor. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP.
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GUARD #2 Get him to the infirmary, now! Guards pull the Captain away. The remaining guard picks up the cross, stares at Blackwood, chilled. Blackwood’s eyes snap open. BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. 20 21 OMITTED INT. PUNCH BOWL PUB - BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING RING - NIGHT The fighting is over and the pub is closing. Only a few people remain cleaning up, mopping the beer and blood. Watson enters fast, looks around, and moves upstairs. 22 INT. PUNCH BOWL PUB - ATTIC Watson walks down a dingy hallway towards a door. With a look of resignation, he opens the door to see Holmes sitting alone in the sterile, barely furnished room. Holmes faces the corner, playing scales on his VIOLIN. On the table next to him, an upside down BEER STEIN and an assortment of prescription medicine bottles. Watson approaches, sees Holmes has bloodshot eyes from lack of sleep. Watson picks one of the medicine bottles which is open. WATSON You know this is for eye surgery? HOLMES I find that it lifts my spirits. WATSON It’s a pathological amorbic process, it increases tissue change and weakness. And you know what a black reaction comes on you afterwards. No answer. More scales. Watson approaches, sees Holmes has bloodshot eyes from lack of sleep. The beer stein is full of FLIES all buzzing about. 22 20 21
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HOLMES Look at this. If you play a chromatic scale, they move clockwise. As soon as you switch to a pentatonic scale -Holmes plays a different scale, the flies all stop moving, stick to the glass. WATSON (faking interest) Really? What about when you -oops -Watson picks up the glass, lets loose the flies. Holmes looks up; Watson’s already moving for the door, pissed.
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WATSON Let’s go. Lestrade wants you at Pentonville Prison. HOLMES That’s your job, not mine. WATSON You’re Blackwood’s last request. Says he has information he’ll give only to you. But Watson’s already out the door. 23 EXT. LONDON - DAWN Watson and Holmes ride in a cab, passing familiar landmarks as the city comes to life. They sit in silence, tension hanging between them. Finally Holmes grabs Watson’s bag, rummages around and pulls out a clean white shirt. Watson looks out the window, frustrated. He sees THE HALF-CONSTRUCTED MASS OF TOWER BRIDGE. Near ground level, workers take down a large BLACKWOOD STEEL sign. HOLMES Look at that structure. What has it been? Five years’ work already? Are you aware that is the first combination of bascule and suspension bridge. Very innovative. No reply. As Holmes is taking off his jacket, he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a wad of money. 23
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. Holmes puts on his vest. Silence. Holmes rubs his jaw. Silence. WATSON That’s my waistcoat. Watson punches him square in the face. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening. HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence. HOLMES You’re right. locked safely away in my drawer. by the way.Rev. Holmes takes off his shirt. I have your cut from last night. WATSON Well. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES It’s too small for you.. You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence. Watson. I was aware she’d been engaged.. it’s my property and I want it back. She told me. 23 HOLMES Oh. I’ll keep it with your check book.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming.
23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window. Holmes frowns. .23 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA. looks out the opposite window.
24 EXT. 24 25 OMITTED 25 . WATSON You go ahead. I’ve no business with him while he’s alive.SHERLOCK HOLMES . PENTONVILLE PRISON .EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail.Rev. Blackwood’s death is the headline. Religious zealots and occultists swarm. 2/2/09 26A. papers are for sale. Watson stops. Police keep them away from the entrance. Holmes heads inside.
HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. PENTONVILLE PRISON . if you have other duties to attend to. In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood. The Guard high-tails it out of there. All the cells are now EMPTY. strolling insouciantly. 2/2/09 27. sir.. No way this creep’s getting to him.. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place.two heavyweights sizing each other up. 27 (CONTINUED) . sees Holmes. otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. There’s something about him.DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell. thank you. sir.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes listens. They share a smile -. Thank you.DAWN A pale. 26 INT. HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em. GUARD Much obliged.Rev. 26 27 INT.. turns. it’s like he can get inside your head.. Blackwood pauses. getting closer. PENTONVILLE PRISON . BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd.CORRIDOR . who’s reading aloud to himself.
Blackwood is right at the bars. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. Despite the bars between them. Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment. close to Holmes.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . HOLMES However.I am merely the channel. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. and that’s why you’re really here. BLACKWOOD How can I help? HOLMES I’d already followed the murders with some interest and while my heart went out to the families of the victims. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. Suddenly. by comparison. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -. HOLMES Actually. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot. your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. the men are close together.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28.
you must widen your gaze. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. too.Rev. Steel your mind. BLACKWOOD Mr. Blackwood calls after him. and it worries me. Holmes steps back. and there is nothing you can do to save them. As Holmes walks away. Then you would serve a greater purpose. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. HOLMES Bon voyage. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant.after you’re hanged. of course. a sacrifice. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. I might have spared five lives. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. Blackwood. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. I need you. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . shakes his head. HOLMES I must say. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. Holmes.
29A.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. The place is bustling with cops and officials. Not for this one. members of the government and cops.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES .MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. Watson is there too. We get a good look at some of the faces. or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head. 29 INT.Rev. Father. 27 28 INT. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing.CORRIDOR . CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest. Blackwood walks up into the noose. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST. PENTONVILLE PRISON .
29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible. CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. The show is over. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30.DAY Holmes is out cold.Rev. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck. dead. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening. CRACK! His eyes fly open.) London’s so bleak this time of year. Legs fall through and yank tight.29 SHERLOCK HOLMES . .S. lying on his tiger skin rug. 30 INT. His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning. 221 BAKER STREET . CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head.
putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. Irene gets up to cross the room.. Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. her back to Holmes. olives. dried fruit. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter.. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. just before she turns back to face him.Rev.. etc. Dates from Jordan. IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab..30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . cracking walnuts. stunned by this intrusion. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31.. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up. She leans down. Irene opens the file.. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright. As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea.
IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. revealing and enormous diamond. No ring? IRENE He snored. Holmes almost melts. Plus. TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. Then. HOLMES And you. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand. HOLMES But your signature is clear. Let’s not dwell on the past. 30 HOLMES Simply studying your methodology for when the authorities ask me to hunt you down. There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you. They move to sit at the table. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck. HOLMES Ah. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .Rev. husbands.
HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment. IRENE I’m my own man. 30 IRENE This is all the information you need.Rev. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. She hands him the envelope.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33.
30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE 31 * * * * * * -. waits for her to pass -Hello. I didn’t say I’d take the case. She ignores him. Irene keeps moving. IRENE They gave me our old room. 221 BAKER ST.Rev. On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A. As she walks out she puts her photo back upright. John. . . 31 INT.STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in. He lifts his hat. HOLMES Keep your money. Holmes examines the envelope. She pauses behind him as she exits.does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins.
CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. Pauses. Before she can speak. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. CARRIAGE Irene sits. 2/2/09 34. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. looks around her. She sniffs them appreciatively. gets in. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). Someone waiting outside takes the paper. a gesture from the shadow stills her. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street. CUT TO: 32 33 INT. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. 32 EXT. Looks. Moriarty closes the window. Too dark to see much in there.Rev.SHERLOCK HOLMES . You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . finally prepared to engage with her. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. She turns into the alley. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. walks on. and the carriage starts moving. but for me. and their footsteps clatter away. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA. LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. 33 I’m certain. the coach comes to a halt.Rev. I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) . A better word. Ow. 34 EXT.33 SHERLOCK HOLMES . they lurch forward. it’s accurate.
34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over. (CONTINUED) . sir.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit. He has disgusting blackened teeth.Rev. sir. BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. yes it would. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A.
Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain. WATSON What’s she after. Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears.Rev. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style). The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar. completely transformed now. She’d love that. all aflutter. The carriage moves on. 35 INT.. I’m sorry. instead of just being tricked into being a witness at her wedding like last time -HOLMES I don’t believe -WATSON You dress up as clergyman and actually perform the ceremony. she made a proper idiot of you. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . This is a hopeless cause -. very concerned.. utterly alive.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room. HOLMES You’ve had your fun. . I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. Leaping about. almost enraged. you were going to explain something. 34 He reaches toward the window. I -WATSON I know. 221 BAKER ST. Within a nanosecond. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out.Watson won’t stop. Watson approaches. who backs off in fear. HOLMES Thank you. WATSON Look at you.
a beard. It’s more than a technicality. Go on. HOLMES Regrettably. Holmes picks up his violin. Luke Reordon.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . we’ve had our last case together. WATSON I’ve upset you. WATSON I’ve already read it. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. I’ve . Holmes looks like he’s had enough. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. I can tell. Holmes. said too much.Rev. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. WATSON I won’t interrupt. red hair. missing two front teeth. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. She likes ginger dwarfs. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. Those are my dates. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. a human canoe. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. Holmes grabs the envelope back.. four foot ten.. I don’t agree. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type.
Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. turning down an alley. 221 BAKER ST. He lands just right.REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof. Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect. the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A. 221 BAKER ST. 221 BAKER ST. 35 HOLMES No. WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do. He bolts into -36A INT. .CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs.Rev. and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street. 36 FLASHBACK . Alright. 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 . . he steps quickly to a window.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. Holmes plucks his violin. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. Once Irene leaves. Before Watson can speak.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE Why don’t I see myself out.INT. I’m just saying. doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. .
ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. sweetheart.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley. signalling the mugger to be quiet. dropping him immediately. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. 38B INT. She’s mugging the mugger. then his clothes. There is excitement in her eyes. trapping her. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed. this turns her on. IRENE Oh.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. cutting his belt. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you. Irene frisks him expertly.SHERLOCK HOLMES .but at the other side. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. all the way to his collar.who is scrofulous and sly -. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. how nice of you. He obeys.Rev. Another man steps in behind her. Even without the man -. Quick as a snake. 38B (CONTINUED) . Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. 38 38A EXT. 2/2/09 37. eyes bulging. Still holding the roses. 38 EXT. He closes in to grab her --. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -.
Doesn’t look like yours. He drops a coin in his hand.and leaves. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. she turns back. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. look. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously. He runs past a coal cart. chews it to blacken his teeth. runs on.here’s another one. 38C EXT. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. On second thoughts. but this time we can see that Holmes gets a view of the man on the other end of the weapon before the carriage pulls away. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. Holmes picks up the pace. shall I? She takes both wallets. then leaves. snags a lump of coal. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. 39 38C . rubs it on his face and hands. does it? And -naughty boy -. thank you.Rev. 39 EXT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. I’ll return them. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely. that’s the Irene I know. a wallet. then pops it in his mouth. 38B IRENE Oh. takes his wallet too. He hurries after Irene down the alley. -.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . which is being assembled. catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out.
. sir. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. scared. It’s nothing to do with me. . thinking. (CONTINUED) . pale. HOLMES She’s intimidated. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own. scared. 40 INT. That’s bad money. WATSON Which is no mean feat. Holmes motions to the bills.. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin. HOLMES This man intrigues me. WATSON You know what.) Mister Holmes. but leave this case. I may not have a choice. at once. Breathless. HOLMES Well. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door.. WATSON And yet she works for him. 221 BAKER ST. He’s got Adler on edge..SHERLOCK HOLMES ...Rev.? He turns to see. Watson. After all. A man has to make a living.S. 2/2/09 37B.
you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. just this morning. it’s a matter of professional integrity. Watson walks into his office. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. Us means you. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening.Rev. They all move to the exit. It appears he’s come back from the dead. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . sir. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. You means us. Clarky laughs. grab a compass. HOLMES Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38.
2/2/09 38aA. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT . They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt. Holmes and Watson exit.Rev. 41 42 EXT. Blackwood comes from old money. not even on a bright sunny day -.DAY Judging by the estate. Not a place for a picnic. 42 (CONTINUED) . A COP stops the carriage.ESTABLISHING .and it’s starting to rain. WATSON Look at this mess. Watson barely lifts his head. and lots of it. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE .DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials.SHERLOCK HOLMES . We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. opens the door. 41 EXT.
spooked.Rev.this is interesting. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The cops are in tight clusters. They’d rather be anywhere but here. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. As Holmes and Watson approach. (CONTINUED) . Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT. He is sweating. once again. whispering to themselves. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -. Lestrade emerges from the crypt. shaken.
LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -. Lestrade waves it off. You can question him if you like -. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand. angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. He notices the Blackwood CREST. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . drags his boys in close.Rev. pale and terrified. LESTRADE (low.smashed outward like they were nothing.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LESTRADE Explain it if you can. The old GROUNDSKEEPER. On second thought. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now. checking the hinges. Holmes. direction. duly chastened. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also.but you won’t get much. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. Watson heads for him. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. The witness is over there. Holmes inspects the door. and the image of a SPHINX. not a word. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops.
pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. murmuring. They place it on the ground. plainly terrified. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt. Four beefy. HOLMES Inspector. 42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. or the Yard.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40. him. crossing themselves. (at Watson. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. looking in his eyes. LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. Holmes chuckles. He’s in shock.Rev. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. a few moments. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. Lestrade stomps up. step back. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse.
A DEAD BODY in the coffin. Vials. silver tools.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Lestrade looks at it with dismay. HOLMES Inspector.snatches the crowbar away. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. the cops move backward. They brush away a layer of dirt. Inspector.. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket.three quarters of an inch. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. 42 But no one moves. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood.. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. with red hair. HOLMES All yours.. He marches forward --. (CONTINUED) . The coffin is filled with EARTH. disturbed. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -.. eerie groan.a small measure of revenge. He takes a CALIPER. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. Holmes and Lestrade move forward. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen. in everyday clothes. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot. Watson opens his forensic kit. WATSON Lividity is late stage.Rev. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth.. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. Watson’s had enough. to reveal. begins examining the body. overflowing. jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. still stunned..
HOLMES Now the game is afoot.S. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It’s not right. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. anxious.Rev. Trust me. He was as alive as you or me. Lestrade follows. It’s not natural. ready to unburden himself. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go. This one has five. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them. so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O. leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. (turns. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. (etc. suddenly. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . Most drunks are the same. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. Watson. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt. They all stop. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT. And I’m not daft. LONDON STREET ... They all want to get the hell out of there. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42.) He was walking.
Watson appears preoccupied. I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain. WATSON You know.Rev. (CONTINUED) . WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A. I once heard a man predict his death. 51 Just eat. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible.
and flips Reordon’s watch open.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43.. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP. HOLMES Hmm. His face falls.Rev. screws it into his eye. He examines the lid..51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .H. scratches around the keyhole. you end up twisting facts to suit theories. Excellent. Watson shakes his head. instead of theories to suit facts. WATSON Maddison and Haig. (CONTINUED) . there are several sets of initials scored into the lid.. Watson looks quite chuffed. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP. Invariably. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own. HOLMES Let’s see now. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data. HOLMES The most recent is M. hence the scratches. HOLMES Very good. 51 HOLMES (mouth full. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks. Adler’s midget is the key to this.
On the watch. DISCREET. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG. Not in blood but in bond. here we are. No. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary. Holmes and Watson look at each other. thank you. RESPECTABLE. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. HOLMES WATSON The time. a J. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. PALM READER Reckon your future. She has their (CONTINUED) .. I see the letters S and an L. wait. WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. ahead of them there on Bow Street. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord.Rev. PAWNBROKERS. the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. brothers. They should give us an address. attention.. no. PALM READER I see two men. I think not.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. You remember.
. PALM READER I see a letter.. Mary? You will be married. china figurines. another M. Watson snatches his hand away. Watson looks at Holmes.... WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman. the letter M. lace doilies.... (horrified) Patterned table clothes. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B.... A man driven out of his mind by a malign force. WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence.. (CONTINUED) . PALM READER She turns to fat. Enough.Rev.. WATSON This is a new low -... I see.even for you. I see.
HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend. produces a wad of coins. as well you should be. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet. 52 EXT. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away. Mortal peril. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. pleased with himself.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years. the pawnshop behind them. Here we are. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. Why. looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. storms into Madison and Haig. and Holmes is not. Darkness and great pain. (CONTINUED) . Now Watson is smiling. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm. As he follows Watson. Even Holmes is taken aback by this. LONDON EAST END . Warn your friend. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. Watson. And you know it yourself.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. PALM READER I seen something in his hand.Rev.. Not bad. he’s not safe. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre..
windows are boarded up. well.Rev. dingy LODGING HOUSE. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. Oh. 52 He slows. looks up at a dark. Some (CONTINUED) . give my regards to Mary. HOLMES Looks promising. And possibly dangerous.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom. every available inch is covered in writing. (CONTINUED) . 53 54 OMITTED INT. he gestures them inside. 55 INT.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch.Rev. It is fiddly. REORDON’S ROOMS . Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. moves through a door. biblical Latin and Hebrew. Holmes inspects it. It takes him a while. CRACK! Watson’s boot flashes past him as he KICKS the door off its hinges. finds a door with scratches on the keyhole. WATSON I can spare ten minutes. 52 Holmes heads for lodging house. Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage.DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms. Something did.
. Watson does his best not to gag.. Eyes opened impossibly wide. A CREST stamped on it. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. Watson moves to the stove. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum. goes towards. their bodies frozen in strange contortions. something ROTTING. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46.. In the center of the room.. pulls out vials...55 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS. as if mid-death-rattle. REORDON’S LAB Instantly. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia. Formaldehyde..) Watson. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) . 56 INT. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars.S. finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. HOLMES (inhaling deeply..Rev. a seething cloud of flies. Hemlock.. Watson digs through his forensic bag. An experiment generating a massive stench. come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. loving it) Ammonium sulfate. Holmes moves around the room. sniffing like a morbid perfumer.. HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice. He digs through them. 55 HOLMES (O. impossible to read. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS.
Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper. faint words APPEAR on the blank page.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide.. Watson catches it. Sweet. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on. almost like perfume. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) . tosses one to Watson.. sniffs) Barley sugar. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. raises an eyebrow. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here. Ghostly chemistry. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. The door WHIPS open. Holmes gets a whiff of something. 57 58 OMITTED INT.Rev. (stops. Holmes senses something. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47.. REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room.. or sugar. Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper. puts it by the lantern. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. Sucks the iron right out of the ink. starts walking back to the other room.. but something else. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together. starts pouring the acid. stops at an open window. Slowly.. Long as it’s not too burnt. moves into the next room.
swinging at them. Dredger is deadpan. a huge man. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. HOLMES You take them. HOLMES Let me guess -. He looks at Dredger. who follows them into the room. He keeps moving.Rev. He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy). 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. trapping the steel rod under his arm. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. sliding it into his hand as a weapon. Sweet tooth. slightly deformed. They stop.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . knows it won’t make a dent. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. It stuns the giant for a beat.you’re here to extinguish any connection between the man who lived here and the man you work for? Curious you’d still be running errands for a dead man. eyes widen at the giant. WATSON Seems about fair. 58 They are followed by DREDGER. ripping it down. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. He catches the rod. bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. gentlemen. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. I’ll handle Mr. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . He spins the rod expertly. HOLMES Hello. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face.
He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. trying to gather his senses. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes.. and knocking the ring away. 58A INT. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. Head The men whip out knives. kicking the other in the groin. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. which SMACKS into the second thug. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. One of the blades slices his shirt.. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. sending it across the ground.Rev. a bar-room brawler. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. the shaft SPARKS. the first man HURLS his knife. cranks his weapon. butting one. (CONTINUED) . who falls. as he scrambles toward the ring. ripping off his pocket. and. blades flashing on either side of him. 58 INT. SLAMMING into Watson. Watson fights the first thug. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. just as -Dredger flies through the air.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes thinks quickly. who swings the metal shaft desperately. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. The rod sparks and hums. Dredger tries to recover. Watson ducks and dodges. He blinks. He sees Dredger incoming. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon. Watson just barely ducks the blade. climbing off of Watson. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. anything he can grab. knocking him off his feet. scattering all the bottles and tools. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. A truly pathetic weapon. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand.
. takes an angle to cut off Dredger. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile. THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING. it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water. big wooden chocks hold it in place. SLIPWAY . the rest of the ring mangled. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. picks up the ring. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. leaps out the window. He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through.. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window. landing atop a heap of coal. Watson chases the engagement ring. grips his ruined ring. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50. TOOLEY IRONWORKS . and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT. a clear change in his demeanor. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . Watson darkens.GATE Dredger runs down the street.FIRST SLIPWAY For now though. as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. Holmes gives chase. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. starts running for it.Rev. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . then leaps out the window. knocking people out of his way. They weave through the shadows. lost in the floorboards. Watson brings up the rear. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts. just as he’s about to grab it.. darting around people.DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY. which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly. frantic as -Dredger rises..58B SHERLOCK HOLMES . bends down. The vessel can’t be far from completion. 63 EXT.
64 EXT. hitting him with the lightning-rod. smiles a terrifying smile.DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --. Dredger kicks out viciously. He reaches out.the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer. out. tearing others out of his way. just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. Dredger in pursuit.SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path.. ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt. and swings the hammer at Holmes. sizzles. FABRICATION SHED . 65 . but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER. Dredger tosses the rod. Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT. splintering another chock.63 SHERLOCK HOLMES . knocking him back. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. the whole thing starts to creak.. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down.CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. It’s the last straw for the support mechanism. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. 64B EXT.. 64A EXT. smashing some of the wooden supports. And now. for a moment. Watson can see what’s coming. FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point. Holmes backs away.. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway.. The ship LURCHES forward. grabs the weapon and. SECOND SLIPWAY . UN-LAUNCHED SHIP ..
A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and. Holmes lies semi-conscious.from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds. Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. And. A quiet beat. He opens one tentative eye. And they find: (CONTINUED) . He’s doomed.CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship. but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground. SECOND SLIPWAY .and then the ship’s away. frothy explosion of water. eyes rolled back into his head. parting the Thames with a vast. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face. He tries to roll out of the way. as the leviathan roars down towards him... They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing.the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --.Holmes charges into Dredger again. but he doesn’t know why. falling through the air -The ship is free again. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -. helps him to his feet. knocks his head against the runner -. 2/2/09 52. He realizes the ship has stopped. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship.CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs. SECOND SLIPWAY .. The ground beneath him shakes. half expecting to find himself in the after-life.as he blinks back into consciousness. The timber finally gives way. Holmes collapses back.Rev..once. Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. twice -. 66 EXT. pulling him backwards across the runners. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. as -- 66 66A EXT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . He tries to pull himself to his feet. Watson arrives.
Watson sits next to him. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him. LONDON JAIL .. bloodshot eyes.. Holmes and Watson. and. The big man is gone. Now of course I’m in jail. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled. They see the wreckage... I deserve this. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months. Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief. Watson? We were set upon. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face. shaking his head. The police whistles get louder. deep burn. Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep. He’s reading his notebook.66A SHERLOCK HOLMES . exhausted. the ship adrift. man. 67 (CONTINUED) .. officers swarm the scene.. WATSON I haven’t slept all night. making the odd change here and there. No blood or trace. I clearly deserve it. 67 INT.MORNING The next morning. it was selfdefense. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration.Rev. How could I ever be so deluded as to believe I could meet Mary’s parents for tea once I let myself be talked into going with you. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53. 66A Nothing.
Watson challenges him with a look..Rev. WATSON I’m not complaining. Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat... 67 WATSON (CONT’D) Why else would I continually allow myself to be led into situations where you’re deliberately withholding your intentions from me? HOLMES You’ve never complained about my methods before. (CONTINUED) . Now. Mr. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident. boys? Put me away for robbery a few years back? Holmes turns and comes face-to-face with a dangerouslooking man who has a few conspicuous WARTS on his face. Watson snaps at the man.. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning. your stealing my clothes. HOLMES Ah. your lack of hygiene. Brownlee..) Remember me. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London.S. your mess. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks. BIG MAN (O.. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident. I never complain.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson.. WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you.
Watson now turns away. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog. You’re not -Me and her.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary. HOLMES What you need is a rest. We should have her along. WATSON If I were going to the country. Holmes. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well. Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A. WATSON No. My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly.Rev. HOLMES Watson. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. You and I could go out to the countryside. completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding. in the interest of science. I completely understand now. We could throw a lamb on the spit. I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. Not you.
Just Watson. And he does --. flanked by prison wardens. Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary. they see. The bars slide shut.Rev. 67 WATSON You’re not human.. 68 He’s never looked more alone. LONDON JAIL . turns..CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. You don’t get it. 68 INT. bars.. (CONTINUED) . without this. But the Guard shakes his head. She gives him a polite nod. forward.. He steps Watson steps up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B.. heads off with Watson. The mob surrounds Holmes. Holmes looks confused. do you? You are this.he leaves. MARY emerges from behind the Guard. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (touches his own head) . He touches his own heart. PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. then locks eyes with Mary. Holmes watches him walk out. He must make a decision..
Rev. HOLMES Lestrade -. having just been battered through it by Holmes.your usual impeccable timing. in another life. 69 EXT. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks..68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. LESTRADE We don’t have time.. CARRIAGE Holmes enters. sir. Holmes sees a dark. an excellent policeman. They just paid a small fortune to bail you out. you’d have made an excellent criminal. LESTRADE You know. A public that’s working itself into a frenzy. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55. 70 71 OMITTED INT. the thug blasts out backwards. HOLMES And you. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat. HOLMES All in good time. LONDON JAIL . 70 71 (CONTINUED) . Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper. strange carriage waiting. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along. door open. 68 As the door is opened.
But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. HOLMES As to where I am -. admittedly.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and who I am. Holmes takes in the scene.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. SIR THOMAS Mr. Who you realy are is another matter entirely. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -. rises from a pile of papers. Sir Thomas shakes his head. Lord Chief Justice. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s. He holds a black hood.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. CUT TO BLACK. the carriage forked left. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. SIR THOMAS. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. HOLMES As to who you are -. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. FADE IN: 72 INT. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. 72 (CONTINUED) .. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram. After that. then right. Holmes. apologies for summoning you like this. eyes flicking around the room. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned.I was.Rev.but Holmes is on a roll. That would be your official title. Holmes shrugs. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on.
James Square. well. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A. SIR THOMAS Yes. Standish is an American in his sixties. I suppose.S. Holmes shakes his head.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . STANDISH (O. ambitious man in his 30s. it’s standard procedure. you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand. Coward is a hard.) I think we have the right man. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. (beat) And as to the mystery -. (CONTINUED) . on the northwest corner of St. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring. what a massive lack of judgement on their part.Rev.the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place.
practices of our Order? Yes. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes. or practical magic.a rare dark green. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition.as they enter. STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist. Holmes acknowledges them -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. only our fears. That shocks them rigid. Holmes looks around the room.Rev. variations of the SPHINX. yes? You have the same colored irises -. fear of your own child. (at Sir Thomas) In this case. HOLMES They’re almost interesting.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. We don’t ask you to share our faith. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward. isn’t impressed by rank. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -. the Home Secretary.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES .barely -.
Holmes is appalled and shows it. which would make you either brothers. Sir Thomas opens a bureau.. She was a powerful practitioner. but she shared our beliefs. or. 72 Stunned. They turn back to Holmes.. What family he had tended to. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. A man who’s just fallen out a window. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information.young Lord Blackwood -. SIR THOMAS We were young. 58. father and son. more likely. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went. A photograph from the 1860s. It’s chilling: a death scene. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE. which only pass down through the direct bloodline. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -.looks on. a BODY covered by a sheet. digs for something. His mother wasn’t my wife. or pinna. Evidently. not survive. No one could prove anything of course. Though not enough to survive giving birth to him.plus identical outer ears.Rev.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . come to some sort of conclusion. from his birth to arms he made and sold. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. and we want to keep it that way. the men consult silently.
but it’s not enough. Sir Thomas. I have considerable influence over the police. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead. We need you to find him and stop him before he does. but not for you. turns.Rev. Holmes stalks out -. I’ll get him. SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. As Home Secretary. HOLMES I have one last question. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. leaves. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. 72 STANDISH All this is history. fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. (beat) Name your price.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 73 OMITTED 73 .stops at the door. His resurrection is evidence of that.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59. The present and future are worse.
. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. She pulls long thin needles from her hair. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter. Sherlock. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table. and could get you into a lot of trouble. Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. (CONTINUED) .. 74 EXT. 2/2/09 60. a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass). They both eye the Derringer on the table. the least you can do is help me with the buttons. IRENE I knew I could count on you. Sherlock. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner. That’s better. 74 75 INT. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine.. IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. lets her hair down. As she continues.DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress.Rev.SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon.. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people.
IRENE Wonderful. IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own.S. refusing to get turned on. (CONTINUED) . now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb. I couldn’t see his face. Unfairly gorgeous. HOLMES Irene steps out.) Let’s not argue. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck. Case closed then. and on such a clever contraption. IRENE (O. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch. A professor perhaps? Irene gets up. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. HOLMES I can’t help wondering if your employer will be as content with these results? You were uncharacteristically ill at ease in his presence. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. Your hand was trembling. She moves back to the dressing table. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. Holmes steps out to confront Irene.Rev. We’re not.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Unbuttoning done. your gaze was averted. Holmes won’t look at her. Your services are no longer required.
Irene. Irene snatches up her gun. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. IRENE This wine is excellent. HOLMES IRENE You see. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES When a man you ask me to find ends up dead in the coffin of the most notorious murderer since Jack the Ripper and that murderer manages to return from the dead. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. not only is it my business. 75 I disagree.Rev. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. missing his toe. and the one that disarms Holmes. Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. Holmes grabs her arm. Irene kisses him. HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time. should really try some. hard and angry at first. becoming something else. The kiss leads them to the bed. Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently. (CONTINUED) . we are arguing. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A.
Rev. And on my own terms. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. Just like you -. HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. the other with the key. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. straddles him.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Sherlock -. CLICK! Much better. Irene pulls him down to it.one in shackles. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62. She approaches. 75 That’s better. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. She’s in charge now.well. Irene walks casually across the room. IRENE But free. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) . While he struggles on the bed. She gets off him. now dressed as a man. IRENE He doesn’t resist.
Holmes has no retort. (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out. His butler. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers. She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and. throws the handcuff keys down there. he looks tired. SIR THOMAS No thank you.but generally speaking. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . PERIGRINE. moves to the doorway.NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. Perigrine. please let them know that Mr. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. stands there waiting for him. IRENE If anyone asks. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) .Rev. Irene takes the scarf off his neck. (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste. IRENE -. PERIGRINE Good evening.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. sir. I’m going to bed. OR ALT: IRENE What were you doing consorting with a married business traveller in his hotel room is something you’ll have to explain for yourself.
sir. like the rushing of wind. (CONTINUED) . 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. Thomas smiles.Rev. Relaxing. Can’t. goes up. INT.S..76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Not all the way. drip. tries to sit up. licking his lips. as he hears an eerie WHISPER O. 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port. drip. Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A. drip.
and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK. BLACKWOOD . lit in a sinister fashion. . a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP.. she misinterpreted my intention entirely.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64.CORRIDOR . Sir Thomas’ eyes widen.S. HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed.) Hello. as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger. Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. He slides back down. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time. It comes from a power greater than yours. to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes. Clothes in total disarray... BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it. The water closes over his face... HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way. slowly and surely.. but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT.77 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Her shriek wakes him. 78 INT. Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A . He looks down at himself and reacts with shock. still handcuffed to the bed. You can only surrender..DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. The water flows over Sir Thomas. Father.Rev. 77 BLACKWOOD (O. who watches him drown. THE GRAND HOTEL . slowly.. Besides.. then grim recognition sets in. I must admit. it’s better than I thought it would be. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis.
78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering. Right now. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. He turns. in fact.only his ring was missing. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark.Rev. The body was in the tub. The tub has been drained. 78B EXT. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. The coach stops. right here is where Holmes is at his very best -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . puzzled. in full virtuoso detective mode. eyes wide open --. 78C INT. 65. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C . CONSTABLE CLARK Well. there is no latitude for misunderstanding. why he exists. Clark ends up talking to thin air. finds him right back at the doorway. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket).DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . As Constable Clark continues in.this is. No sign of a break-in. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -.so that Const. looking for Holmes. The Butler didn’t hear anything. continues into the bathroom. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you. HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason.
Holmes is not their boss.. HOLMES Data. Constable. data. leans over. The decent thing to do is catch the killer.. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. not provide comfort to the corpse. sniffs it. Both cops hesitate -. scoops it up. jasmine? HOLMES Superb. logic is rare. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. (CONTINUED) .Rev. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. And. Hmm.. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. sits in it himself. Now Holmes can really get down to work.. I suspect this comes from a larger cannister. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common. or in a linen closet with a vent. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. Holmes is happy. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency. it may mean he looks down from a window sill. He glances around the room. opens it. What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . high up where it’s warm and dry. Holmes swivels. It’ll either be in the pantry.
Holmes steps to the sink.Rev.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . runs his hand along a layer of dust. noticing something on a wall. revealing: (CONTINUED) . grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. as if the wall cracked open. 78C His eyes keep moving. The dust has a line down it. He steps toward it. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B.
they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. 221 BAKER ST. He pushes the panel. a cow’s BONE. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66. and ancient texts. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . just as -78F INT. the walls and shelves are very sparse.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) . spellbooks. and a FEATHER. a large sharp FANG. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. (vis I have no that. and the wall shifts. Maybe he continues singing between words. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. On the altar.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS . four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper. HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. As soon as they arrive. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out.Const. 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS. They are startled by the secret room --. Clark and the Officer return. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT.Rev. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT. The office is full of boxes. . He is well into packing his things.
Two/three policemen enter carrying a large.Rev. (CONTINUED) . Holmes steps into the room.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . boys. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop. WATSON There isn’t any. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. HOLMES Figure of speech. revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging. Holmes steps aside. HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. They unzip the bag. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A. 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper.
starting. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67. of all places.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Frustrated. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes. he’s your friend from Reordon’s. Holmes analyzes the body. He’s an inspiring conversationalist. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. WATSON HOLMES No. * * * (CONTINUED) .) Really. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. Watson keeps packing. (alt: He has more humor than you. Poor fellow. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate.Rev.
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HOLMES Elbows and arms stained with blood, but older than his own injuries. Plenty of it, layer on layer... Holmes scrapes at the layers of blood with his knife, examines it. HOLMES Though none of it human. Watson slows down slightly. He keeps packing, trying to resist the mystery, but it’s not easy. HOLMES A butcher perhaps...? What else?
Holmes cuts a lock of the man’s hair, ignites it, studies the color of the flame carefully. Watson wrinkles his nose at the smell. HOLMES Hm -- predominantly yellow flame, but with distinct green bursts. Sulfurous. He spent lots of time around industrial work and very little around a wash basin. Holmes uses a curved nail file to scrape dirt from under the man’s fingernails, rubs the evidence between his fingers like a connoisseur. HOLMES Coal... river silt... Watson slows down further, struggling. HOLMES That plus the river silt and industrial slag on his trousers puts him squarely in... A hanging beat. And Watson finally cracks, blurting out: WATSON
HOLMES Well done. Now, you didn’t happen to pack the Lord’s Register of members’ interests, did you? Watson pulls it out of a box.
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HOLMES See what Blackwood admits to owning. As Watson flips through it, Holmes plucks a few chords on his violin, thinking. Watson finds the page. WATSON It’s endless, he’s had a hand in just about everything that’s not good for you.
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HOLMES Something brutal by the river... WATSON Woolwich Arsenal... Limehouse Chemical... Queenshithe Slaughterhouse, Nine Elms! HOLMES That’s it, Watson! This should lead us right to Blackwood. Holmes leaps up and readies himself to leave. Not us, you. This gives Holmes pause. HOLMES Right. Well uh... best of luck with everything, then. Same to you. WATSON WATSON * * * * * * *
A brief nod, then Holmes is gone. A beat as Watson continues packing. He heaves a box up, moves for his suitcase. After a moment, he notices... Holmes’ PISTOL. Not again. WATSON * *
He picks it up. As he contemplates the weapon, he becomes more serious. Then angry. He mouths a curse to himself, and sees their DOG giving him a disapproving look. WATSON Yes, I know. Don’t give me that look, Gladstone. He pockets the gun, grabs his jacket and heads out. 81-82 82A OMITTED EXT. COURTYARD - NIGHT A figure moves across the dark, Gothic courtyard. It is AMBASSADOR STANDISH. As he cuts through the shadows...
Effective immediately. STANDISH Are you mad. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS .) Of course he does. gone as fast as it came.S. turns to the others -. we see the rain stops behind him. I am honored.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order. BLACKWOOD I am humbled. industry -they were given to me for a purpose. surprised by the rain. It is locked. as he enters -83 INT. He looks as if he’s been to hell. and come back more powerful than ever. As he enters. He stays standing as they all sit -. Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O. Standish looks at Coward.NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions. Blackwood enters. He looks up. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. He bangs on the door. A RAVEN flaps into the night. The crowd is stunned. 82B INT. It’s why he’s here.Rev.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES . as the rain comes harder.all except STANDISH. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. The door finally opens. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . He raises his collar. wiping the raindrops off his coat. shipping. He hits the door to a building. trying to dry himself. and keeps moving. betrayed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70.
the whole world will. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours. their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours. BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one. (CONTINUED) . (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No. Then. for without death there can be no rebirth.even death holds no sway. we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. we’ll create the future. Now. prowls. (beat) With their resources and our power. (beat) . a future ruled by us.. The men are beginning to like what they hear... Nobody moves. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose. you’ll make it openly. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -. we’ll remake the world. Blackwood stands. at noon tomorrow. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late. We’ll take it from them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71...Rev.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (beat) England will know our power. sir.. A different future. Blackwood smiles -. Their civil war weakened them. and will be again.he’s won. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history.
TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. People scream. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. shocked. as they witness this unnatural act. and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage. gasp. They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . gape. The flames flicker blinding white. as his body contorts. 83 In desperation. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. faint.Rev. People look up. lighting city blocks. cross themselves. Standish flails. melting away. Standish pulls a gun. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. LONDON STREET . surveys them. but they are with him. Flames consuming him.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. 83B INT.he IGNITES.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . terrified. But as he aims it -. are terrified.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. As they drink. BLACKWOOD Come. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice. but it tastes like power. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . 83B Blackwood turns to Coward. drink your allegiance here. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) .Rev. It doesn’t taste good. nods.
The engine shudders off. Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard. TANNER Not a great one for the water. Wharves stretch out into the water. He whispers at Tanner. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it. Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . HOLMES Everything all right.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. EXT. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -. Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. 84 Use them. doctor? Army type. are you. Watson’s pissed.ESTABLISHING . He’s soaked. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. Watson glares. nothing to worry about. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. and furious.CAPTAIN TANNER. 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73. (CONTINUED) . We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. TANNER Just a little leak. the boat drifts. Holmes starts clambering over the side. Coward nods. WE SEE a boat is being loaded.Rev. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW.NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames.
Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. Send for the police when you get there. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN. says nothing. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. the closest he’ll come to a confession. etc. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. Tanner nods. doctor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74.Rev. covered in mud. please. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. Watson steps forward. with his walking stick. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there. watch.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. where two more THUGS patrol. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. Watson glares. towards the entrance. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. WATSON Come on. let’s get this over with. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it. takes the gun. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows. Holmes looks back at Watson. goes over the side. (CONTINUED) . Watson does.
passing Watson into -89 INT.86 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He turns. As they go. Holmes catches up. spooked. WATSON (O. He picks one up. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors.ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. Holmes slows. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75. The big one’s been drinking -.TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. stopped in his tracks. inspecting it. sensing something behind him. trying to figure out the best strategy.. like a plaintive wail. A few RATS lay dead. He runs his finger through a layer of dust.) You need to see this. He slows...whether for courage or from habit. Nothing. Holmes whispers. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . notices that both men have hip flasks. looks at shadows. some kind of dark spore.Rev. 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door. picks up one of the dead rats. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here. Holmes. takes a whiff. He inspects it. Holmes notices rows of empty tables. He simply walks up to the door and whacks the larger man in the face with the gun -before dispatching the other with a backhand pistol-whip.S. A truly creepy scene. and pockets it as he follows Watson. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. Metal groans softly. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness. Watson? Watson has already left. (CONTINUED) . sees something on its skin. Holmes and Watson move through it.. not minutes ago. 89 87 88 Holmes looks up. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . might prove easily distracted. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive. Holmes follows.
slipping it into his pocket. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES . whispering in the wind. strangely. Watson pulls his gun. time? WATSON It’s a date. Now you see the truth for yourself. the ceiling. Shadows hang heavy around him. Holmes tightens. Amen.Rev. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. This is the killing floor. Misfire. gliding on a track. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL.) ‘And behold. On the high walls. as the hooks move through the air. Click. I am alive forevermore. Revelation 1:18. his voice echoes. swaying softly. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. ‘I am He that liveth. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen. his eyes narrow. An automated butchery on a grand scale. ticking.S. pulls the trigger.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER. draws a bead on Blackwood. a 118. and have the keys of hell and of death. 90 Holmes shakes his head. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh. as he joins Watson. At noon tomorrow. and was dead. lifeless and silent for now. Blackwood continues. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76. the world as you know it ends. stepping into -90 INT.’ Another voice completes the passage.
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BLACKWOOD And because I appreciate your help, Holmes, I have a gift for you. Holmes starts climbing up towards Blackwood. BLACKWOOD (voice moving away) She followed you. You led your little lamb straight to slaughter. Suddenly the whole machine starts up. Industrialstrength loud, movement everywhere, empty hooks jerking towards the processing line. Blades and gears and grinders churn. Watson’s eyes go from Blackwood to -A pig carcass as it comes swinging out of the killing area, towards the SCORCHER (which scorches the carcasses with live flame). Then next carcass emerges --- not a carcass, Irene. She is alive, for now. She hangs from two hooks on a track-line, her wrists shackled above her, her mouth gagged. Her eyes show terror until she sees them, then immense relief for a moment, then determination. Holmes looks up to see Blackwood’s shadow retreating. Decision time. 90A INT. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE - ASSEMBLY LINE Holmes drops on to the machine and leaps from gear to gear like stepping-stones. He heaves himself up to the conveyor, where Irene is being pulled down the assembly line towards the flames. Watson sprints ahead, looking for a shut-off switch. Holmes unties Irene’s gag. HOLMES It’s your turn in shackles this time. Ahead of them, the pig carcass is scorched in an overwhelming burst of flame. Holmes and Irene are next.
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IRENE But this time no key, unfortunately. Holmes notes that Irene’s hands are shackled to separate hooks. It’s going to take two actions to free her. The flame machine gurgles ominously, gearing up for the next blast. Watson sees a LEVER (PLEASE NOTE, NEW PROP!) that looks promising, turns to head for it -- then his eyes focus on a big canvas splatter cloth. HOLMES I’ve been meaning to ask you something -IRENE Well, I’m a captive audience. Watson rips down the splatter cloth, sprints to Holmes and Irene, tosses the cloth across the conveyor belt to Holmes --- who wraps them up in the thick cloth just before the flames hit them. The heat is excruciating -- but the cloth protects them. Watson watches anxiously as the scorched cloth drops away, revealing that Holmes and Irene made it -- just. Relieved, Watson heads for the lever until “Oh Shit!” he looks ahead --- sees the scorched pig carcass being dragged into a long, conveyor-belt-wide SCALDING TANK OF BOILING WATER. Decision time for Watson -- help Holmes and Irene, or try the lever? He goes for the lever, reaches it, pushes it all the way over --- and the belt speeds up with a jerk. Watson hauls back on the lever, gets the belt back to the original speed, looks around for another possible off switch. Just as they reach the scalding tank, Holmes jumps off the belt (still opposite side to Watson), grabs Irene’s legs and pulls her horizontal just before she’s dragged into the boiling water.
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She’s suspended just above the boiling water, with Holmes moving sideways, keeping pace with her. IRENE (trying her best not to show the strain) You had a question. Holmes keeps hold of Irene’s feet as he maneuvers past various obstacles -HOLMES (same) Ah. Yes. Do you still maintain you’re not in over your head? IRENE (panting) In some countries steam is considered excellent therapy for the skin. -- then is gouged in the back by a whirling fan belt, jerks away, and Irene touches the water, SCREAMS. Watson hears the scream, turns -- then sees something again. It pisses him off. Fuck this machine. When Holmes has Irene stable again: IRENE (weakly) I have to say -- it’s overrated. Holmes has to admire her courage -- until he hears Watson yelling at him. Up ahead a huge pipe spews boiling water into the tank -and impassable obstacle from Holmes’ side of the conveyor belt. Watson points at the I-beam running above them. nods. Irene sees it, too. Holmes
Holmes helps her reach one foot, then other up to the Ibeam. She hooks her feet over it, and is suspended upside down by her shackles and her feet --- and still heading for the pipe spewing boiling water. Watson appears opposite Holmes, nods up at Irene. swings off the I-beam, through the air -She
He braces himself on the belt.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene rides the belt upwards. still shackled by her right hand. Shit a brick. Holmes darts through a trimming station.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. 90A -. Irene swings aside. she’s showing nerves. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. equipment. jumps onto the belt. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH. (PLEASE NOTE. She’s still shackled. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. the scorched. As Watson holds Irene. painted red. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. but that’s all. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. following her. Sherlock? IRENE Now. just misses it.Rev.smashes the shackle lock.and Watson catches her feet. catches up to Irene --.and pulls the switch down with a really satisfying CLUNK! A bank of lights goes out but the conveyor belt keeps moving towards the giant band saw.close one -. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand. Holmes wastes no time. leaves her for Holmes to deal with. Holmes clambers the Up ahead. grabs one. So is Sherlock. scalded pig carcass precedes them. he spots a small. Irene swings sideways violently. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water. pulls her horizontal. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS. sprints for the switch. The bandsaw whines viciously. swings the cleaver with all his might --. (CONTINUED) .
Then Holmes is under her. Lately there’ve been rumors of something new. turns.pulls a knife. (angry) No more games. More powerful than anything else.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A.. cutin-half pig carcasses. looks down --. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. grabs her. Watson sprints towards where they fell. They’re okay. (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) . She hears Watson opening the door to the dock. And. lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles). heads after Watson. Watson shakes his head. stops her. -.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched. HOLMES You owe me information. falls forward. heads for the door. Irene gives Holmes a sweet. gets up. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. Irene unhooks herself.. magical. boiled. looking for Blackwood.Rev. She looks at Holmes. I owe you. Irene. taking Holmes with her. 90A Gets a free haircut. They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME. Finally. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. their eyes locking.
90A SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. it lights up all of London. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. He reaches Irene. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. it. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. looking around the dock.. HOLMES WAATTTSSSSSONNN!!!! Holmes is pushed back barrels that line the it looks as it Watson knocked to the ground by the explosion as the rest of the dock begin exploding arond them -hasn’t survived. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock. Holmes trails her. picks her up and grabs part of an exploded barrel to shield the two as they run for cover -BOOM! The barrel splinters as a final blast knocks them down. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS. WATSON Time slows. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . running toward the door. Holmes slows. Holmes races towards her as more explosions. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion. 81. occasionally knocking him to the ground. 90A And she’s off. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. Watson! A chemical. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson. For a moment.. but to safety. processing. They blast through the doors to -91 EXT.
she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. HOLMES Thank you. studying Watson’s chart. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. THROUGH THE GLASS. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes. reaches for the handle. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. helps him gently to his knees. One reads the paper. Mary stays at the door. there is a smear on her cheek. alive. Irene has disappeared. HOSPITAL . they spot Watson. 92 INT.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed. 93 INT. 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene. Holmes turns away. but unconscious. unsure whether to enter or not.Rev. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now. The two coppers nod respectfully. Clarky. sir. but --. so make it look good. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend. makes his escape fast. pauses.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82.is intercepted by Constable Clark. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup. CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A. scraped. cut. bruised. He’s delirious. pock-marked with shrapnel. his eyes still closed. 93 Watson is burned.Rev. He mumbles inaudibly. sweating.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) .
coat. handbag.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . stands back respectfully. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that. WATSON Get a mirror.Rev. WATSON I haven’t time for that. already in the room. for the pain. wincing with pain. Doctor. WATSON Are they subcutaneous. A sixth of a grain. etc. WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. Watson tries to sit up. The surgeon should be along shortly. 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. The shot wakes him. letting the Doctor do his work. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. private life.) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. (CONTINUED) . Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. I’ll extract them myself. This reveals that Mary has entered the room. Watson tries to sit up again. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery.
WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. but not surprised. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . MARY If anything happens to him. ON MARY As she takes a closer. I’ll check in on him again shortly. both our lives are lost. MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um.. She’s suddenly very angry. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures. eyes flashing. worth many wounds. The Doctor turns just outside the door. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known. Do you really? MARY Doctor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A... Mary steps towards the Doctor.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The Doctor has no words. to face her.Rev.. Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other. MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed.. patients. sharper look at the Doctor..
Rev. . turns. 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B. leaves fast. MARY -.or are you so selfish that’s just not possible.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
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HOSPITAL . 2/2/09 84A.CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen.Rev.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 94 INT. 94 .
fang) from Sir Thomas’ house. hair.ATTIC Holmes enters. The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock). LONDON . obscuring him --.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death.NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour.SHERLOCK HOLMES . He pulls a pocket knife from his coat. 94A EXT. They begin to overflow with tears. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone. cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle. he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle.Rev. so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. pained. He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross. opens the blade. PUNCH BOWL PUB . Then with a piece of charcoal Holmes draws a circle around each image and a circle directly in the center of the four other circles. We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. feather. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand.but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. We PUSH IN UNDER the railway arch until we can make out a splash of white in the shadows -. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). A train crosses on an overhead railway. Parts of it hang down. The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock). horrified. 2/2/09 85. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. In the center circle he draws a pentagram (using wax from a burning candle?). Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor. disturbed. Emotions swirling. Gathering himself. There is something grotesque about his face. (CONTINUED) .
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A. He struggles to focus on Blackwood.as it hits the ground. Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame. 95 Then he begins to chant. Holmes sways.) And now it dawns on you. (CONTINUED) . you begin to recognize your part in his play. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes snaps around.Rev.S. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -. the circle around Holmes ignites. BLACKWOOD (O. followed by a larger circle beyond that. fuzzy. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting.
or is he hallucinating. has Blackwood killed Holmes. PUNCH BOWL PUB . 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head. he can barely see straight. BLACKWOOD ... (CONTINUED) 96 97 .. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -.the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB.just as we saw Reordon in his coffin. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head. Holmes’ eyes snap open. You made me what I am..95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Why would I take a sixth under St. so I could die on the biggest stage of all.Rev.ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS.
CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene.just as we saw Standish. . IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE. he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS. Holmes’ eyes snap open.Rev. THE DEAD RATS. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -. THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87. THE SPHINX.
cuts and bruises. but with burn flashes.g. -. He is decidedly alive. His arm is in a sling..Rev. it seems she might understand the power of partnership. (CONTINUED) .ATTIC The sun is rising. United in agony..is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup. 2/2/09 87A. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor.then tosses it away. He’s been through it. In the b. FADE IN: 98 INT. bloody awful.SHERLOCK HOLMES . between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. Mary said I had a lousy doctor. oddly. WATSON Interesting artwork. HOLMES (confused) Watson. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee. You look He writes something in his notebook. HOLMES (quietly.or some deathly version of his old friend -. PUNCH BOWL PUB . HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself.? Watson leans closer. They both smile. into the light.
Exactly.. I dreamt that you were strangling me. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department. Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup. twisted understanding of one another. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this. IRENE I was. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88. They smile at their unique. Watson. HOLMES Excellent brew.. Holmes takes a drink of coffee.Rev. I had to get you to pass out to settle down. You know. HOLMES Thank you.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES (CONTINUED) ...
It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities. The fiddler’s owner -. IRENE Oh. I poisoned that one. Quite severe. doctor. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog.from the pub’s band -. And untreatable. IRENE No. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion. But then he decides that’s absurd. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 99 INT. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . puts one down in front of him.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. He takes a sip. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN. I’m simply a woman.it’s called psychology. WATSON With your own venom no doubt. sits opposite him with the other. Irene arrives with two pints. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table.Rev. WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -.
89A. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor. (beat) Understand that. Then to an American flag. Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin.he quickly sketches an eagle. he moves to the feather -. Next. PUNCH BOWL PUB .Rev. but not with a bow. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite.a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest.I’m what’s called a woman. Flash to Reordon’s red hair. A beat.ATTIC . Then he moves to a Lion fang. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come.Sir Thomas -. He draws an ox in charcoal. Next to the feather he writes America. Next to it Holmes writes Man. Then he moves to the hair. with a lot fewer words -. doctor. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane. he strums it. HOLMES I need a map of London. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor. Then he moves to the ox bone -. He draws a man’s face. 101 100 . Next to it he writes a big question mark. 101 INT. and you’ll have a happy marriage. They swap a glance. And Holmes emerges. Irene and Watson notice the silence.BUT no flashes. 100 INT. he makes strange atonal sounds. Let me make it simple for you. PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops. and you’ll have a happy marriage.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that.OX ring.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. He plucks it. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation.
I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity.. To fully understand this system. I have done just that. In fact. Pharoahs. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas. At minimum. My initial approach was far too narrow. PUNCH BOWL PUB . to get inside it.. 102 INT. at minimum.SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries. IRENE Yes. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably.. But that’s for another time. I shall begin. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension. the Lion. and Man -(CONTINUED) .. with a few enhancements of my own. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. The fraternity who silently control the Empire. 2/2/09 90. the Eagle. your little white tail got rather dirty. electric.ATTIC Holmes is excited. I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox.Rev. he suggested I widen my gaze and. share the belief with the Kings. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened.
he died here. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system. Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple. the ginger midget.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . wore the ox ring. Man’s face. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox.. Again the spot Holmes points is directly north of the river and corresponds to the point on the cross that has the ox bone (12 o’clock).. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock). the feather of an eagle. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. We see the Ox body. Lion paws. Eagle wings.. really flying now. HOLMES Now. covering other parts with his hand.. Master of the Temple. Blackwood has killed three men. therefore the System.Rev.. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor... We found his body here. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx.. the tooth of a lion. (CONTINUED) . (beat) Reordon. represents Man. the hair of a man. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross. Then he picks up the charcoal and (following the map) draws a serpentine curve of the River Thames straight through the middle of the cross that he drew on the floor. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave.
the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act. 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America. Holmes points to the map. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing.. HOLMES Correspondingly.the ethereal. WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion.. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map. Eagle.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B. Right here. HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here. of a cross... HOLMES It is the fifth element -.. Parliament. He connects the dots on the map. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -. (CONTINUED) .right in the middle of the river. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross.the point at which the other four come together. WATSON Man. That which can’t yet be known. Ox. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -.and not by coincidence..102 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. boots echoing. though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state. Irene jumps down. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) . 102A INT. Irene looks out the window. PUNCH BOWL PUB . We’re at the Houses of Parliament. but the door EXPLODES inward. Police. 103 INT. He simply raises his arms.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. hands it to Watson. cuffed and bruised. and they drag him away. He looks at Holmes. POLICE CARRIAGE . Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. Police fill the hall. HOLMES Follow these plans. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. Lestrade sits opposite.he can’t believe it’s come to this. BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside. Ladies first. IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. Watson goes down. 104 EXT. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. where more police block his path.Rev.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Flings it open. Holmes looks back. shaking his head -.MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered.
revealing a temple of four orders pin. climbing toward noon. Crowds are gathering outside. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. hawkers and tourists. if you could wait outside. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. sir. 106 INT. Lestrade. PARLIAMENT . at its ceremonial best. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. Lestrade punches Holmes. I know it’s unorthodox. Thank you. (CONTINUED) . but Mr. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92.Rev. HOLMES Oh. 105 INT. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. They come to a door. who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. Lestrade pulls his lapel. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. m’lord. Lestrade knocks. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. preparing for pomp and circumstance. 104 The carriage pulls up. why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. plenty of flags and enthusiasm.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. HOLMES Fortunately. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. Coward. I could deduce very little from my investigation. LORD COWARD Very clever. but I don’t care much what you think. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room. and now you have given it to me. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd. ox. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93.Rev. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed. (CONTINUED) . did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours. He opens it to try and clear the smoke. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. But it’s not murder. I confess to being completely out-matched. 106 HOLMES I’m curious. HOLMES Nonetheless. Coward turns away for a moment -. HOLMES No.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It’s mercy. lion -. Holmes. but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end.the lion is parliament. Mr. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. eagle.
.Rev. 106 A pair of handcuffs. HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope. you would have made a valuable ally. from where you have been standing.. HOLMES (V..O.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES .) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood. slide across the floor to Coward’s feet. Coward.) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing. Blackwood.) A faint aroma of excrement. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS. from where you’ve been kneeling. The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking. He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room. Holmes.O.O.O. The big ceremonial sword is prominent.) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee. Coward performing a ritual.O... We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud. HOLMES (V. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door. HOLMES (V. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground.. LORD COWARD (V.) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine. HOLMES (V.
A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine. 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom. Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot.Rev.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V. REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward.O. With a single bound. when it brings no profit to the wise. looks about in the water. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. He misses. 94A/94B. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames. 107 (CONTINUED) . Holmes. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed. He disappears for a moment then surfaces. PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT. The entire government will be present. (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. THAMES .106 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Tanner smiles. grimaces. And. (CONTINUED) . pulling Holmes in on the rope. her eyes narrow.. IRENE Where to. When Holmes is level. Holmes opens the drum.. Holmes is pulled up into the boat. your instructions were fairly precise. Irene looks out. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring.. Captain Tanner. He’s never going to like guns. No way he’d be coming over the terrace.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Watson. into the sewers. Clearly the whole escape has been planned. He grabs it with his hands. come to think of it. little too perfectly. Watson stands on the rear deck. Irene is also present. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. checks the load.. WATSON Well. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. Tanner takes it happily. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. pockets it. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. HOLMES Port side. 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. about everything except the window. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic.Rev. TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window. still pleased with himself. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. soldier boy. Tanner turns the boat.
107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . As they head toward the sewers. wipes his mouth. have a drink.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 . The boat is almost at the sewers. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing. pulls a face. He drinks. who swallows it without flinching. she takes a hit. smiles. I am about to show you.BOAT Tanner’s boat. Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. Doctor. SEWERS . heading into this epic building. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. floats at the opening to the tunnel. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him. 107A EXT. Irene passes him the bottle. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament.Rev. 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. on the edge of the darkness. unlit.. grimaces. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse. TANNER Far as I can go. (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. She can see this is more than a social invitation. He takes a shot. hands it on to Tanner.. Holmes nods towards Watson.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels. The entire government is here. Irene follows. IRENE Starting early. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer. the time moving toward noon. HOLMES Trust me. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96.
HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. It sits below a shattered ceiling. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. Note the blue discoloration. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. to be precise.Rev. the RAT TAIL. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon. the pentagram remains. those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. Blackwood’s magic. stops. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. WATSON You can tell that from here? No.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the faint smell of bitter almonds. He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. standing in shadows. The first of its kind. But there is something sitting in it. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. Tell-tale signs of cyanide. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. When activated. Cyanide. (CONTINUED) . In the center. HOLMES I can tell it from here. bricks dismantled. Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene. Irene and Watson flank him.
Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. they move down the tunnel. 110 HOLMES As if by magic. checks the crowd. HOLMES He doesn’t.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. UP a channel. PARLIAMENT .110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. Irene trails them closely. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals. They burst into the area. It’s there when he needs it. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps. next. Shoulder-to-shoulder. out of the way otherwise. (CONTINUED) . Lord Coward steps up. There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT.DAY Holmes checks his watch. I wouldn’t. They draw their guns.. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve. They nod. completely surprising the three thugs. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98. Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. DOWN a bend. SEWERS .. faster and faster. 111 112 OMITTED INT.Rev. As they start to take seats. Watson pistol-whips the nearest. Holmes front-kicks the 111 112 110A The third thug looks down the barrels of both their guns before he has a chance to fight or flee.
which falls into the cradle. Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun.. Dredger spins Watson around. Gun in each hand. but without much resistance.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. 112 Take this. surrounded by humming. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse). Electrocuted.which puts his back to another tunnel. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Over there. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. A totally wire-free weapon. she drops the knife. Now unguarded. WATSON Sullen. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --. IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it.. Irene recoils. She grips her knife. Holmes joins Irene at the device. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil. flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. sending both guns spinning away --. sparking coils.Rev. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. sparks flashing. who is out). Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. Before Irene can alert him. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. (CONTINUED) .
BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. Dredger grabs Holmes. Holmes flies into him feet-first. Irene sits at the device. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx.who doesn’t even bother to block anything. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device.DAY The chime echoes. commanding. Look. Blackwood is calm.Rev. waiting for the session to begin. 113 INT.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . up in the Lords’ Gallery. and points. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben. staring at a ghost. Holmes goes for Dredger. The hall goes silent. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100. Voices rise. PARLIAMENT . Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD. very emphatically. SEWERS . trying to figure out how to defuse it. BONG! The second chime resounds. deflecting him for a moment. 114 INT. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. Coward looks up.
Watson dives desperately. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand.the bowl of his pipe. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left.Rev. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. The bullets.until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. swung with full force by Watson. flexes his bicep. HOLMES Give me your gun. staggers back holding his bleeding ears. pouring the gunpowder into --. a plan forming. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. BONG! The clock is ticking down. I need the bullets. Dredger grunts angrily. Dredger grins --. His eyes narrow. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. as if scared of the sword -. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them. lunges with his little sword. Dredger backs off.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. This is going to be more uneven than usual.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep. WATSON You owe me for the ring. then he pulls it out. but not very big. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. enough. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) . only just keeping Dredger at bay --. Dredger drops Holmes. Holmes heads back to Irene.
then turns back to the device. Got it.. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan. Then he braces his massive feet. driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES .hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud.which shatters against the floor. While Watson is down. angles his huge legs and pushes. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. arms wide.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place. Victorian-style. Lords are on their feet. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice. SEWER TUNNEL . HOLMES We need a light.Rev. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE. 114 -. but the doors are locked. 116 INT. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. She rolls up a sleeve. Shaped charge. He calmly intones a familiar chant. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both. Guards are banging outside the doors. placed them on the balustrade in front of him.. (CONTINUED) . Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash.
Hey! WATSON (O. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device.where he found HOLMES’ GUN. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. the dying giant falls like a tree. on his belly. still. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly.S. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe. HOUSE OF LORDS . just barely avoiding the sparks and coils. out of his limp hand. Watson is face-down on the stones. crawled from the sewer -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103. ZAP! A spark hits the blade. snatching her blade. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT.and continue to burn inside Dredger. eyes bulging. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods. and. cams turn.Rev. Fizzling. and she angles the blade.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords. mouth wide with a silent scream..116 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He lurches away.. gears ratchet past each other. boiling inside. Bad news.
Did you really take me for a man who could be dispatched like a truculent servant? I see before me a conspiracy of arrogant old men puffed up by the illusion of their own vainglory. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman. electrodes sizzle.. sending blinding sparks through the cradle.. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * .. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr. I am here to change all this. BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death.DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as. 117A INT. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy. stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104. BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised..Rev. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air.117 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I will not sit idly by and watch you violate the innocence of the public trust as you drag this great Empire into the quagmire that your pride has dug and filled with the excrement of your corruption. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. SEWER TUNNELS . He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air.
magical. Blackwood hits the remote again. nothing happens. 117B EXT. first time.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Yes.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. scared. And. SEWER JUNCTION . neither knows what to say. 2/2/09 104A. Nothing at all. They look around. disappearing into the gallery. She looks past Holmes. He ducks away fast. 117B 117C INT. 117C Nothing happens. BIG BEN . But again.. Other Temple members eye him. IRENE That was something new for us.. WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . Coward looks confused. Everyone is still standing.. 117D 118 OMITTED INT.Rev. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic.DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye.. it was.
He motions to the disabled device. you’ve got to admit.. and so is Irene. face grim. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels.sees Watson. feels for a pulse. Watson nods. Watson rolls over.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact. heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105. had enough. INT.Rev. The cylinders are gone. sits up. I’m sorry. Just. looks. He’s done. He goes to him. WATSON Holmes. 118 Holmes whips around -. seemingly dead. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . we made it. Holmes looks down at his friend. He misread her yet again. you’re going to miss this. HOLMES Yes. 118A . WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. HOLMES Come on.. relieved. drops to his knees next to Watson. His face darkens. Watson looks around.DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses.
pinched down. For a long moment it is pitch black. SEWER TUNNELS .DAY The pipe angles down. 118C INT. almost imperceptibly. ahead -. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. 118D INT. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets. then slithers into the pipe. And then the tunnel ends. She picks up speed.and pinches tighter. about 500 yards away. The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. Then Holmes. This is as tight. next to Irene’s head.a dark. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . 2/2/09 106. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns. Blackwood follows them. claustrophobic gamble. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --. flung there from the previous action with Dredger. PIPE . Then. Blackwood scoops it up. and so does Irene’s rate of movement. Irene’s quick. turns. into the unknown. 118B INT. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK. damp. then sees Irene sprint across the maze.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 118D 118C . Light increases. hears.Rev.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. horrible. The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -. anxious breath the only point of reference.DAY Panting. subterranean.pauses. light. Irene hesitates for a moment.
this is a grind.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark. 118J INT. vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it.ON THE LADDER . upward. An even tighter fit for him. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. hollow building full of construction equipment. PIPE . 118E 118F INT. CELLAR .Rev.and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I . HOLLOW BUILDING . enters the pipe.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe.DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building. 118E INT. Anger lends him energy. CELLAR .DAY -.climbing with one hand.DAY IN A SERIES OF TIME JUMPS MARKED BY INCREASING EXHAUSTION: Irene finally makes it to a floor in the building that is flooded with sky-bright daylight.DAY 118G Irene -. HOLLOW BUILDING . 118F 118G INT. Stonework fairly new.SHERLOCK HOLMES . As fit and athletic as she is. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate. 118H Gritting her teeth. CELLAR . Irene charges the stairs -118I INT.more stairs. The only ready way out. 2/2/09 107. shimmies TOWARDS us.a brick-framed window -. She surges for light -. Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards. Irene accelerates for it. yes --. and sees.DAY Holmes grimaces. chest heaving. 118H INT.
2/2/09 108. no further to go. spectacular beauty --. recovered somewhat -. We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure. SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye. 118K EXT. She makes it to the end.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames. * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger.then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --.Rev. TOWER BRIDGE .HELICOPTER SHOT .SHERLOCK HOLMES . winded. She’s 250 feet above the Thames. They circle around each other. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive. the center of the world.then the glory of London.and returns to Irene as. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower. .’ Irene turns.REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE.DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --.WALKWAY . laid out for us in breathtaking. Goodbye! He start to move towards her. 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT. TOWER BRIDGE .
But he swipes her legs away. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry. As she falls. and kicks her gun away. give it a try. stunned. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK. (CONTINUED) . But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. HOLMES Why hurry off. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand. She drops. She shoots him in the arm. He moves in again.Rev.
Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank. slashes. 119H EXT. TOWER BRIDGE . BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong. Holmes turns.whipping a coil of rope across the floor. Blackwood second. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm. which falls --. awaiting Holmes. mounts a frenzied attack. He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier). (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110. now bound. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder.. The two men finally part. no match for the sword --. his target is the cylinder first. as before. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge. but. Blackwood smiles. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him. Blackwood fires at Holmes. as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. Holmes is on the defensive throughout.Rev. Blackwood snarls. Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. The wind will do the rest.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. chops six inches off the batten. He lands. Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. which Holmes simply tries to survive.his eyes lock on to something. but now because of you thousands are going to die. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. The bullet misses him. And you’ll be the first. hooking Blackwood around his ankle. He looks back to Blackwood. self defense third..WALKWAY . -. Holmes quickly ducks.which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in.DAY A look between them and then it’s on. They continue to spar. binding them together. Flimsy.
Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap. pulled toward the edge. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -.. Holmes remains cool. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . conjuring tricks. like the prison guard. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation. Very clever of Reordon to find a paralytic that was activated by the combination of copper and water and was therefore undetectable once the bath water was drained. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank. screeching to a painful halt. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science.a mixture of egg and honey. HOLMES There was never any magic.Rev. His fingers are white from strain. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off.. He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm.
yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS. Ingenious. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power. tasteless. Had it worked. They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery.at one of your ceremonies I suspect. flammable liquid -. Instead. your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them. An odorless. (CONTINUED) . 110B.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . A simple rigged bullet in his gun. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end.Rev. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf.
Blackwood can hold on no longer. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. Blackwood is on his knees.. Holmes bends down. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . cutting the rope.: We see the slow. the atmosphere electric and dangerous. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear.Rev. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you.. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm. The storm grows in ferocity. lands on a rope. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. Wind whips harder. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. the crane swings. IN B.G. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed. strikes another crane. cowed. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt. The rope yanks down a crane.: a bucket drops. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS. The timbers start to topple.G. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose. Quick as a snake. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. inexorable dominoes continue to fall. HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice. starting a slow. hits a row of standing timbers. The last timber falls over the edge.
The bird flaps its wings. Blackwood looks up. Blackwood looks up. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away. Then you will hang. killing him instantly. She appears to be dead. He falls farther. CREAK. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. He takes her hand. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained.. disappearing into a cloud.. hanged like a common man after all. a silhouette against the stormy sky. with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we. Holmes looks up.. stunned.. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks.Rev. Oh. Irene.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. Holmes moves down to her. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. the world will see you for what you are. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we. Holmes just stands there. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge. (CONTINUED) . Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. It’s a long journey from here to the rope. and farther. properly this time.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES.. CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse... His brow furrows. 119H HOLMES First.
this time. HOLMES We’ve still got a moment. cuffing her instead. seat next to her. he is a professor.Rev. Moriarty. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. IRENE You were right. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him. 119H Her eyes pop open. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . A bit of a smile and break. (CONTINUED) . IRENE It looks like rain. Key’s in the watch pocket. an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames.
keeps walking. near a kiss. Sadly. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. Then Lestrade cracks a smile.DUSK Rain falls softly. the rain falling hard. Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants). Cylinder to one of the policemen. detective. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113.. And he sees. 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. LESTRADE You’re welcome. 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES ..Rev. LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. TOWER BRIDGE . (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. Holmes keeps moving into the night. Lestrade. yes. At the end of the top of the stairs. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick. She smiles. Their faces close. HOLMES Thank you. turns and walks away. LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one. Sherlock. Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . The storm curls around him.
Holmes can’t help but smile.Rev. 122A A shadow is waiting for him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A. We recognize the figure of WATSON. . He joins Watson. no words spoken. Watson takes it. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES .
I’d love to read them sometime.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 221 BAKER ST. MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course. cases we’ve worked on over the years. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. 221 BAKER ST. . it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment. One moment. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B. his back to them. 123 EXT. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope. MARY All your adventures. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * . MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter. WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes. He looks dead.DAYS LATER MOVING DAY. WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring. Just a few scribbles. 2/2/09 114.Rev. .... 123B INT.. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring. 221 BAKER ST.STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs.. 123A INT..
like a caterpillar in a cocoon. HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness. Do carry on. 123B WATSON Don’t panic. as it were. John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. Watson and Mary walk by. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -. I should probably come down. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution. Watson pokes him. dear. But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A.Rev. Turns him around. MARY Shouldn’t you help him. Holmes. he’s far too fond of himself. Clearing your good name. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. My lord. Holmes.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. WATSON Get on with it. I can’t feel my cheeks.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. He doesn’t mind. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . belts and a coat hook. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis.mad honey disease. WATSON Worse things could happen. It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -.Rev. I’ll be of no use to you at all. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down. CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. my tongue is going next. Holmes tumbles to the ground. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. Please. WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson draws his sword. John. HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum. Watson.
MARY There’s a brave boy.. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me.mind racing. HOLMES What is it this time. a maintenance man found his body this morning. Constable Clark enters. There. Indeed. Holmes. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . right away.. looking concerned. everything’s going to be all right. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116.he shakes his head... HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. Well.Rev. The dog has regained its vital signs.. Shot in the head. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range. Moriarty. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? . They are interrupted by a knock on the door. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene. He went missing in the sewers. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. Yes. there. sir.complete change of demeanor -. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr. HOLMES With small caliber bullet.
. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. WATSON Adler was just a diversion. Well. Holmes pulls his coat on. sir. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. 124 OMITTED Clarky. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. sir. reopened. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes.Rev. A KNOCK. case * * * 124 .123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison. Watson nods. The Driver pokes his head in. They’ve taken over the case. Watson nods. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest.. Constable Clarke nods. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. the Driver exits.
) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there.SHERLOCK HOLMES .O. what you doing? The policeman looks up. SERGEANT Oi. where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device.Rev. 2/2/09 116B. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. BANG! 125 . SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel. 125 FLASHBACK . SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device. They spread out to seal the crime scene.) Shot in the head. We don’t see his face.O.INT. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene.
Watson. there.Rev. however. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. 2/2/09 117.. 221 BAKER ST. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods. sir.SHERLOCK HOLMES . CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range.. The dog has regained its vital signs. HOLMES Wager. everything’s going to be all right. Excellent deduction. CUT TO: FLASHBACK ... CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing. They’ve taken over the case. There. 126 (CONTINUED) . Holmes and Watson look at each other -. I thought those days were behind you.mind racing. looking concerned.complete change of demeanor -. 126 INT.THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device. Holmes pulls his coat on. WATSON There’s a brave boy.
... WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. Watson nods. HOLMES I’ll walk out with you. sir. A KNOCK. It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two..126 SHERLOCK HOLMES ... MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. Well. Holmes nods. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. the Driver exits.Rev. . 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison.
127 HOLMES An honor working with you. . WATSON Take care of yourself. looks relieved and excited. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway. Watson A THE END . Holmes extends an awkward hand.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Doctor. warm look. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. A stiff beat.. Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -.Rev. an understanding between the two men. Holmes. 221 BAKER ST. Watson. be careful. Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and. She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away.perhaps the POV of the raven.. FADE OUT. HOLMES Magnificent woman.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage. 2/2/09 118. puts a hand on his arm. 127 EXT.
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