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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
who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . HOLMES (V. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door. First point of attack.Rev. just at the top of the jaw -. He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows. carrying the lantern and a gun. The man swings the lantern away again. BACK TO 24 fps.) Head cocked to the left. confused.) Then throat. but not as fit as he used to be. 2/2/09 3. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows. 4 5 OMITTED INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . strangling his scream.ENTRANCE . The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round.NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell.the most vulnerable point. HOLMES (V. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact.O.) Stink of alcohol. but does not see Holmes. The man’s mouth opens to cry out. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver.O. he’s fit. paralyze vocal chords. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . stop screaming.O. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear. BACK TO 24 fps. A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop. He peers about. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner. partial deafness in right ear. Holmes launches a hammer blow. as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. He takes a moment to recover. HOLMES (V. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it.
WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver. 6 7 OMITTED INT. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun. dropping him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4.Rev. BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground.NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows. He draws his gun and approaches. Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister. THUG What’s goin’ on. POV . But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . John? When he gets no answer. HOLMES Hhhmm.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows. ducks down into the shadows. reaches around him. THWACK! Hammer blow to ear.BALCONY .5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION . He has seen the lantern light. CRACK! Karate chop to throat. the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase. picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. further down into the crypts. good cigar. Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move.
reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. Right. WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know. Thought I’d left the stove on. WATSON Getting his troops in formation. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) .Rev. WATSON You left this behind. doesn’t take it. Eyes alive with intelligence. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something. You did. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat. processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES .) Watson. Watson hands him his pistol. Just got it. CUT TO: This is what they do. distaste. out of sight. HOLMES Perfect timing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching.
but not the man underneath. s’me. WATSON (CONTINUED) .Rev.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 7 He can see the hat. Yeah. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A.
7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood chants softly. 9A INT. We do not see his face. Watson closer to Blackwood. knees. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure).NIGHT Thugs dispatched. WATSON (CONTINUED) . as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. Still kneeling. He is more of a brawler. 8 9 OMITTED INT. We do not yet see his face. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . Blackwood simply ignores them.Rev. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. powerful stuff. This is spooky. lit with candles at each corner. The girl. 7 Watson takes out the two men. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. Their footsteps echo. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6. trance-like. fast.BALCONY . ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation. real. using headbutts. shrouded in shadow. Her eyes roll back in her head. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. Suddenly. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. not caring if they make a noise or not. never stops. Holmes and Watson head down. still hooded. Less artful. the woman rises up like a broken puppet. but no less effective. A sword has been placed at her feet. and elbows. ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. Some kind of ritual is about to climax.
Blackwood throws back his hood. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him. trains it on Blackwood. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. We finally see his face. BLACKWOOD Tell me. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip. strangely. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny. And Watson as well.Rev. he is tapped into something dark and cruel. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. almost mockingly. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -. Look. as a medical man. Watson raises his gun. ready to plunge the point into her heart. Holmes. WATSON Stay right there. She collapses. His eyes are intense. That’s more than Watson can take.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes lunges. No. grabs the woman’s arm. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. doctor. Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. BLACKWOOD Well done.
sees nothing. you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. fun. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor. Lestrade. almost invisible --. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8. and sees it and his eyes flare wide. (CONTINUED) .9A SHERLOCK HOLMES .? It is. HOLMES If I had. HOLMES Impeccable timing. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye.. Watson looks. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. POLICEMEN flood the area. not the Yard. HOLMES Watson looks.the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. the girl’s parents hired me.. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood. Look. What a shame. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE.Rev. really nasty concealed weapon. as Lestrade and his men finally appear. Besides.
Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. HOLMES Bravo. reluctantly. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray. put chains on him. Lestrade.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. Grudgingly. shakes his head.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. She’s still mouthing the incantation. 10 10A . 9A Lestrade turns. frustrated. Have a cigar. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. a piece of photo paper on top. (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. the pentacle. he turns to Holmes. a bench strewn with scientific equipment. FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . As usual. not understanding them. Lestrade eyes the double circle. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. hating himself for needing to. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher.Rev.
the article bigger..” 10F 10G INT. holding a goose by its feet and smiling. The men are front page news now. Holmes and Watson getting older. Their eyes are shut for the photo. 10B 10C INT. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson..” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street. This time. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson. and. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT.. 10C 10D INT. 2/2/09 10. older. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files.Rev. unaccustomed to flashes. 10G .. solving crimes. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers. The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. shaking hands with a royal.. they look more confident. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. More and more headlines. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson.. 10B INT..SHERLOCK HOLMES . CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper. coming to rest on the letter “H. light as it is exposed. 10D 10E INT..
Rev. MRS. she shoos it away. 10J 11 EXT. Papers are bundled and tied. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. thanks to you.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS.. HUDSON. very good. and inside. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold. everything in its place. Captain. WATSON 71 over 104. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -. ..all is neat and tidy. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. (CONTINUED) 12 .” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street. 2/2/09 11. walks up the steps. walking down the street with the day’s shopping. A raven lands on the entry gate. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years. .” one metal time. Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. 221 BAKER ST. 12 INT. a whirring mass of wheels and gears. 10H INT. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL.SHERLOCK HOLMES . SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals. dominating the front page.AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter. The whole thing is fed into a printing press. 221 BAKER ST.
I hope? WATSON No -.Rev. There won’t be so many stairs. too.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (MORE) (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA. And there’ll be a woman’s touch.ground floor. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -. 12 Watson is pleased by that.your new offices.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A. (beat) I’ll be right back. just to be safe. Philips hits the floor. 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O. then helps Captain Philips to his feet.S.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation. terrified. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer.Rev. writes a prescription on a piece of paper. (CONTINUED) .
(CONTINUED) 13 . Hudson. HUDSON.HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. MRS. WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. not while he’s in this state. Which is a relief to Mrs. WATSON I smell burning. that’s all. It’ll be quieter. 221 BAKER ST. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’. let’s go down. Urgent. . Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. shoots up the stairs with the paper. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. Captain. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. Watson takes the newspaper from her. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. Mrs. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. MRS. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case.Rev. MRS. WATSON You’re not going in at all. 13 INT.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 12 He heads out. HUDSON Come on. MRS. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door. his landlady. heads towards them.
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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.
HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. My favorite. on earth. Holmes. I insist you get out of here.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. The Royale. 14 WATSON . at all.. WATSON So. you’ve been in this room for two weeks. HOLMES Then it’s not official. For dinner. A little smile from Holmes. Not available.Rev. and your friend. * (CONTINUED) . Wonderful. you have nothing to do? Nothing. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. Mary’s coming. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening.. Absolutely. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there.
For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced. they sit.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. CUT TO: 15 INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16. talking. She extends her hand.Rev. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks. 14 WATSON It’s happening. The Royale. HOLMES My pleasure. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -. MARY The pleasure’s mine.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and clearly a woman worth marrying. For the first time. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. like it or not. we see a hint of fear in his eyes. intent on each other -. a surreptitious argument between waiters. Holmes. And then Watson and Mary arrive. Mary and Watson on either side of him. Mr. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Half past eight. Holmes! WATSON You’re early. 30s. Holmes stands. Holmes gestures politely. WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. She’s beautiful. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably. THE ROYALE . He is quite uncomfortable in this setting. WATSON And wear a jacket. The dog wakes up and runs out. Watson exits. It all becomes quite overbearing. WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive. the name on a bottle of wine.looks again. It really is a thrill to meet you.
16A. Wilkie Collins. Poe. 15 (CONTINUED) . WATSON (proudly) It’s true.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES ..Rev.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.
The little details are by far the most important. Holmes less so -. Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler. 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes. ah. MARY Watson likes that. brave. Mr. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -. HOLMES Yes... Mary laughs.a forced chuckle. by the way.... you know him.Rev. WATSON Those days are behind me. no no. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once.not a good idea. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details. I intend to. born to be a man of action. right behind you. see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel. Then I check his pockets. MARY With all due respect. Strong. HOLMES . though. so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier. Holmes.. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) . HOLMES (livening up) Oh. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. Take Watson. like all military men. A stub from a boxing match. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . And neat.
15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson’s getting nervous. I doubt -MARY No. reaches for the wine. well done. Mary nods. it’d be wonderful. MARY I insist. HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. Holmes (CONTINUED) . MARY Charlie’s 7.Rev. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. (instantly) You’re a governess. 15 HOLMES Yes. stops him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. Well done. HOLMES It’s breathing. WATSON Yes. So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. actually.
MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself.Rev.. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -. not the gems of a governess.. pours wine for all. He shakes his head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18. (beat) However. A very impetuous act by the boy.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace. It’s from Asprey’s. (CONTINUED) . please. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. flawless. 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today. 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.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off. anyway.
But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly. manic. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. A doctor perhaps... Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) . then: HOLMES You were engaged. faster.. The restaurant goes silent. 15 Holmes. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. intensely focused. As Holmes talks. turns back. Watson gets up. They’re leaving. moves to help Mary to her feet. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone.. Holmes pauses. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. I didn’t leave my fiance. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19. he died. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face. She turns to leave. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . pauses. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth.Rev.
bangs his fists together and moves in.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD. McMURDO -. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. His opponent. 15 WATSON Well done. The waiter puts them down. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -. talking. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt. all sinew and gristle. old man. He just sees their mouths moving. laughing. Holmes hears no words.and Watson goes with her.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT. He tastes his own blood from a split lip.an array of plates piled high. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD.huge but flabby -. Their orders arrive -. It interests him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. Suddenly. This is soothing to him. The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --. looks around. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. PUNCH BOWL PUB . She’s lovely. He is stripped to the waist. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow.then pauses. -. (CONTINUED) . spaghetti style.Rev.the sounds muffled and indistinct -.
He throws nothing in return. sometimes even drops his hands. not just think. Well done. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex. moment. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. Finished. when the big man leaves an obvious opening.Rev. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. Holmes begins walking away. He turns back to McMurdo. He looks for the woman. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him.SHERLOCK HOLMES . a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. HOLMES Thank you. She’s gone. (CONTINUED) . Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here. Once or twice. it was most pleasurable. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. just using his reflexes to protect himself. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot. smiles. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. thank you. Holmes is completely in control --.until he notices a face at ringside. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. stands. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. Holmes rolls over. But that’s all. the sound floods back into the room. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. And as I said. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21.
PENTONVILLE PRISON . Steps back into the ring. A row of stone cells. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard. he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. working into a fever pitch. He grabs a bottle in his hand. His eyes tick slowly. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. over and out. Holmes strides out of the bar.SHERLOCK HOLMES .CORRIDOR . 18A INT.NIGHT A candle shivers. The crowd falls silent. McMurdo falls. CHARLIE. they’re not sure if they like it. who is frozen on the spot. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves. which buckles altogether wrong. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . battered on the outside. but from Holmes’ POV. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. nearly invisible. Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. A full-scale riot is on. He turns. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. He doesn’t care. catching him on the back of the head. Feels the back of his head. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. all is calm. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. The crowd applauds. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas.Rev. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. He sees the crowd fall silent. Hm. scanning McMurdo. Taking a huge swig. soothed inside. casting jagged shadows. there really isn’t any sport. Holmes stops. incorporating exotic martial arts. hand.
19 INT. an upside-down cross. sketches of animals. get. LOUDER. He coughs harder. GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -. Eyes closed.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES .NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. lies convulsing on the floor. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols. he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells. A hint of some method to his madness. GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense. Blackwood. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie. (CONTINUED) . We see another guard.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly. WHISPERING ungodly sounds. GUARD CAPTAIN All right. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. resumes his soft murmur. Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. down here and get him to the infirmary. the Captain starts COUGHING. a headless sphinx.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . PENTONVILLE PRISON . The Guard Captain continues around the corner. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. JACK.Rev. And now he’s in some kind of fit. He’s confused. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23.
Rev. (CONTINUED) . knee. spits it out onto the stone floor. keeps coughing.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Prisoners start SHOUTING. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP. horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A. windowsill flutters away. He looks down. terrified. 19 Blackwood keeps whispering. The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run 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
locked safely away in my drawer. Holmes puts on his vest. 23 HOLMES Oh.Rev. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26.. HOLMES It’s too small for you. She told me. You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence. Holmes rubs his jaw. Watson punches him square in the face. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening. WATSON Well.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming. I was aware she’d been engaged.. by the way. I’ll keep it with your check book. Holmes takes off his shirt. HOLMES You’re right. it’s my property and I want it back. I have your cut from last night. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. Silence. WATSON That’s my waistcoat. Silence. Watson.
23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . looks out the opposite window. Holmes frowns.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA. 23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window. .
papers are for sale. Watson stops. Religious zealots and occultists swarm. 2/2/09 26A. Holmes heads inside. 24 EXT. Police keep them away from the entrance.Rev. 24 25 OMITTED 25 . Blackwood’s death is the headline. I’ve no business with him while he’s alive.SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON You go ahead.EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. PENTONVILLE PRISON .
They share a smile -. Holmes listens. HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. if you have other duties to attend to.. it’s like he can get inside your head. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd. sir. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is.CORRIDOR . All the cells are now EMPTY. The Guard high-tails it out of there. turns.DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell. GUARD Much obliged.. PENTONVILLE PRISON . No way this creep’s getting to him.Rev.. otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands.DAWN A pale. In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood.two heavyweights sizing each other up. HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em. BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me. strolling insouciantly.. 26 INT. Blackwood pauses. PENTONVILLE PRISON . sir. sees Holmes. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. Thank you.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . getting closer. who’s reading aloud to himself.SHERLOCK HOLMES . There’s something about him. 26 27 INT. 27 (CONTINUED) . thank you. 2/2/09 27.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind. HOLMES Actually.Rev. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. HOLMES However.I am merely the channel. by comparison. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. Suddenly. (CONTINUED) . 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. Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment. Blackwood is right at the bars.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. Despite the bars between them. close to Holmes. the men are close together. and that’s why you’re really here. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -.
Holmes. too.Rev. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. Blackwood calls after him.after you’re hanged. of course. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. Holmes steps back. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. Blackwood. As Holmes walks away. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. and there is nothing you can do to save them. you must widen your gaze. HOLMES Bon voyage.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and it worries me. a sacrifice. I might have spared five lives. Holmes. I need you. BLACKWOOD Mr. Steel your mind. shakes his head. Then you would serve a greater purpose. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. HOLMES I must say. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords.
Blackwood walks up into the noose. PENTONVILLE PRISON . The place is bustling with cops and officials. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 29A. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST.MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. 27 28 INT. HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest. 29 INT. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing. CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. Not for this one.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. Father.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . members of the government and cops. or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head.CORRIDOR .Rev. Watson is there too. We get a good look at some of the faces.
. lying on his tiger skin rug. 29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly. His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning.) London’s so bleak this time of year. 30 INT. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. 221 BAKER STREET .Rev. dead.DAY Holmes is out cold. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck.S. CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. The show is over. CRACK! His eyes fly open. Legs fall through and yank tight.29 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30.
IRENE I came across this as I was setting up. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. just before she turns back to face him.Rev. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Irene gets up to cross the room. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter. She leans down. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. stunned by this intrusion. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. olives... cracking walnuts. Irene opens the file. IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31. As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea.. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs. Dates from Jordan. etc. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. dried fruit. her back to Holmes. 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab.. She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him..
No ring? IRENE He snored. IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. husbands. Holmes almost melts. Plus.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . 30 HOLMES Simply studying your methodology for when the authorities ask me to hunt you down. HOLMES And you. HOLMES Ah. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand. They move to sit at the table.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. revealing and enormous diamond. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. Let’s not dwell on the past. Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. Then. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. HOLMES But your signature is clear. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere.
30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33. 30 IRENE This is all the information you need. HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment. she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. She hands him the envelope. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . IRENE I’m my own man.
IRENE They gave me our old room. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A. HOLMES Keep your money.does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. IRENE 31 * * * * * * -. She pauses behind him as she exits. . As she walks out she puts her photo back upright.STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He lifts his hat. 31 INT. 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins. John. waits for her to pass -Hello. . Holmes examines the envelope. Irene keeps moving. She ignores him. On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel. I didn’t say I’d take the case. 221 BAKER ST.Rev.
gets in. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. Before she can speak. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. looks around her. CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Looks. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. but for me. CARRIAGE Irene sits. 2/2/09 34. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. Too dark to see much in there. She turns into the alley. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street. Moriarty closes the window. Pauses. and their footsteps clatter away. She sniffs them appreciatively. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. finally prepared to engage with her. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . a gesture from the shadow stills her. Someone waiting outside takes the paper. 32 EXT. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. and the carriage starts moving. CUT TO: 32 33 INT.Rev. walks on.
Ow. they lurch forward.33 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the coach comes to a halt. it’s accurate. me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) . A better word.Rev. 33 I’m certain. I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA. 34 EXT.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A. 34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over. (CONTINUED) . sir. yes it would.Rev. sir. He has disgusting blackened teeth. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up. BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way.
34 SHERLOCK HOLMES ... WATSON Look at you. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out. 34 He reaches toward the window. almost enraged. Leaping about.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room. I’m sorry.Watson won’t stop. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style). completely transformed now. HOLMES Thank you. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead. utterly alive. all aflutter. . 221 BAKER ST. 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. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35. WATSON What’s she after. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. The carriage moves on. Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears. This is a hopeless cause -. very concerned. who backs off in fear. The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar. I -WATSON I know. Watson approaches. she made a proper idiot of you.Rev. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain. She’d love that. 35 INT. HOLMES You’ve had your fun. anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . Within a nanosecond. you were going to explain something.
It’s more than a technicality. said too much. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. I can tell. red hair. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. a beard. we’ve had our last case together.. Those are my dates. Luke Reordon. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. HOLMES Regrettably. WATSON I’ve already read it. a human canoe.. missing two front teeth. Holmes looks like he’s had enough. Holmes. Holmes grabs the envelope back. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. She likes ginger dwarfs. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. WATSON I’ve upset you.Rev. Go on. four foot ten. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. WATSON I won’t interrupt. Holmes picks up his violin. I don’t agree. I’ve .
and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street. He bolts into -36A INT.REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof. Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect. 221 BAKER ST. Once Irene leaves. He lands just right. .Rev. I’m just saying.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs. . WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Before Watson can speak. one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. Holmes plucks his violin. 221 BAKER ST. . Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. IRENE Why don’t I see myself out. doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A. 221 BAKER ST. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. 35 HOLMES No.INT.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 . he steps quickly to a window.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. turning down an alley. Alright. 36 FLASHBACK . the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene.
IRENE Oh. then his clothes. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you. Another man steps in behind her. He obeys. signalling the mugger to be quiet. 38B (CONTINUED) . LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. Quick as a snake. cutting his belt. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. He closes in to grab her --. eyes bulging. There is excitement in her eyes. Still holding the roses. sweetheart. She’s mugging the mugger. 38 EXT. 38 38A EXT. this turns her on. all the way to his collar. Irene frisks him expertly. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. Even without the man -.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. 38B INT. 2/2/09 37.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed.Rev.who is scrofulous and sly -.SHERLOCK HOLMES . dropping him immediately. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. trapping her. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. how nice of you.but at the other side.
38C EXT. shall I? She takes both wallets. On second thoughts. then leaves. that’s the Irene I know. thank you. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. He hurries after Irene down the alley. takes his wallet too. which is being assembled. I’ll return them. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. 39 38C .and leaves. she turns back. Doesn’t look like yours. a wallet. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. 39 EXT. He runs past a coal cart. runs on. catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out. Holmes picks up the pace. look. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. 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. chews it to blacken his teeth.here’s another one. rubs it on his face and hands. He drops a coin in his hand. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . does it? And -naughty boy -. -. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. snags a lump of coal. then pops it in his mouth. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely.Rev. 38B IRENE Oh.
HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin.. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door. A man has to make a living. He’s got Adler on edge. WATSON And yet she works for him. Holmes motions to the bills. HOLMES This man intrigues me. 2/2/09 37B. That’s bad money. thinking. sir.. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O. at once. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own. HOLMES She’s intimidated.. . Breathless. scared.SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Which is no mean feat. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table.. After all. It’s nothing to do with me..) Mister Holmes. pale. 221 BAKER ST. 40 INT.S.Rev. but leave this case. HOLMES Well. WATSON You know what. Watson.? He turns to see. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me.. (CONTINUED) . I may not have a choice. scared.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. It appears he’s come back from the dead. just this morning. You means us. grab a compass. HOLMES Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38. They all move to the exit. Clarky laughs. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. Us means you. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. sir.Rev. Watson walks into his office. it’s a matter of professional integrity.
and it’s starting to rain. 41 42 EXT. We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. opens the door. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT .Rev. Watson barely lifts his head.DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials. Blackwood comes from old money. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE . 42 (CONTINUED) . Holmes and Watson exit. Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. A COP stops the carriage. and lots of it.DAY Judging by the estate. They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt. 41 EXT.ESTABLISHING . Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. Not a place for a picnic. 2/2/09 38aA. WATSON Look at this mess.SHERLOCK HOLMES . not even on a bright sunny day -. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT. scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance.
this is interesting. spooked. Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT.Rev. As Holmes and Watson approach.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The cops are in tight clusters. Lestrade emerges from the crypt. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest. They’d rather be anywhere but here. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. whispering to themselves. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -. shaken. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A. He is sweating. once again.
direction. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief.but you won’t get much. and the image of a SPHINX. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand. LESTRADE Explain it if you can. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. Holmes. not a word.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned. Lestrade waves it off. On second thought. drags his boys in close. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. You can question him if you like -. LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . The old GROUNDSKEEPER. LESTRADE (low. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree. duly chastened. checking the hinges. He notices the Blackwood CREST.smashed outward like they were nothing. pale and terrified. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. Holmes inspects the door. The witness is over there. Watson heads for him.
42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. He’s in shock. him. Four beefy. They place it on the ground. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. or the Yard. step back. plainly terrified. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . Holmes chuckles. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. (at Watson. crossing themselves. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. murmuring. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. Lestrade stomps up.Rev. HOLMES Inspector. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt. a few moments. looking in his eyes. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. with red hair. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood.Rev. The coffin is filled with EARTH. Watson’s had enough. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen. (CONTINUED) . Inspector. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget. HOLMES Inspector.. Watson opens his forensic kit.. in everyday clothes. overflowing. They brush away a layer of dirt.a small measure of revenge. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. HOLMES All yours. WATSON Lividity is late stage. Holmes and Lestrade move forward. He takes a CALIPER. Lestrade looks at it with dismay. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. eerie groan.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot. still stunned. begins examining the body. to reveal. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. Vials..three quarters of an inch.. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. disturbed. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. He marches forward --.snatches the crowbar away. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket. silver tools. 42 But no one moves. A DEAD BODY in the coffin. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow... the cops move backward.
Lestrade follows. And I’m not daft. They all want to get the hell out of there. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. ready to unburden himself. so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O. Trust me. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT.S.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. It’s not right. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. They all stop. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily... LONDON STREET . anxious. HOLMES Now the game is afoot. It’s not natural.Rev. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. Most drunks are the same. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt.) He was walking. Watson. He was as alive as you or me. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (turns. suddenly. (etc. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch. This one has five.
WATSON You know. WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. Watson appears preoccupied. I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain. I once heard a man predict his death. 51 Just eat. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him. (CONTINUED) .
WATSON Maddison and Haig. HOLMES Hmm. you end up twisting facts to suit theories. He examines the lid. 51 HOLMES (mouth full. Watson looks quite chuffed. (CONTINUED) .H. and flips Reordon’s watch open. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks. Adler’s midget is the key to this. HOLMES The most recent is M. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP.Rev. hence the scratches.. Excellent. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP.. scratches around the keyhole. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. screws it into his eye. instead of theories to suit facts.. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own. there are several sets of initials scored into the lid. His face falls. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Let’s see now. Invariably. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data. HOLMES Very good. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. Watson shakes his head..
51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I see the letters S and an L. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed. Holmes and Watson look at each other. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. You remember. attention. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord. They should give us an address. I think not.. No. a J. DISCREET. She has their (CONTINUED) . PALM READER Reckon your future. no. brothers. RESPECTABLE.. PAWNBROKERS. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. HOLMES WATSON The time. Not in blood but in bond. here we are.Rev. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary. PALM READER I see two men. thank you. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. wait. On the watch. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. ahead of them there on Bow Street.
... WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson snatches his hand away. china figurines. the letter M. Enough. PALM READER She turns to fat. PALM READER I see a letter. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness. I see..Rev. Mary? You will be married. I see. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B.... lace doilies.. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force... (CONTINUED) . another M..... WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman. Watson looks at Holmes. (horrified) Patterned table clothes. WATSON This is a new low -...even for you.
Warn your friend. pleased with himself. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre. storms into Madison and Haig. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm. and Holmes is not. Here we are.Rev. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside.. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Mortal peril. (CONTINUED) . looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. PALM READER I seen something in his hand. Not bad. Why. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years. HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. produces a wad of coins. he’s not safe. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. As he follows Watson. Now Watson is smiling. Even Holmes is taken aback by this.MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. the pawnshop behind them. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring. 52 EXT. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet. Darkness and great pain.. Watson. as well you should be. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. LONDON EAST END . And you know it yourself.
Some (CONTINUED) . Oh. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. And possibly dangerous. looks up at a dark.Rev. dingy LODGING HOUSE. well. 52 He slows.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . windows are boarded up. give my regards to Mary. HOLMES Looks promising.
55 INT. biblical Latin and Hebrew. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch. CRACK! Watson’s boot flashes past him as he KICKS the door off its hinges. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him.DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms. He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. REORDON’S ROOMS . Holmes inspects it. (CONTINUED) . strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. Something did. WATSON I can spare ten minutes. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom. 53 54 OMITTED INT. It is fiddly. It takes him a while. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. finds a door with scratches on the keyhole. Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 52 Holmes heads for lodging house. moves through a door. crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage.Rev. he gestures them inside. every available inch is covered in writing.
goes towards.. come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. Formaldehyde. Holmes moves around the room.. He digs through them. HOLMES (inhaling deeply.. their bodies frozen in strange contortions. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars.. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum. a seething cloud of flies.55 SHERLOCK HOLMES . impossible to read. HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous.. An experiment generating a massive stench. finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. sniffing like a morbid perfumer.) Watson.Rev. Eyes opened impossibly wide. REORDON’S LAB Instantly.S. 55 HOLMES (O. Watson digs through his forensic bag. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice. pulls out vials. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief... Hemlock. something ROTTING. as if mid-death-rattle.. loving it) Ammonium sulfate. A CREST stamped on it. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia. Watson does his best not to gag. 56 INT. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) . Watson moves to the stove. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS. In the center of the room...
smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here. stops at an open window. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s. moves into the next room. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together.. 57 58 OMITTED INT. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on... if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. starts walking back to the other room. Watson catches it. tosses one to Watson.. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) . almost like perfume. Sucks the iron right out of the ink.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES . or sugar. puts it by the lantern. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide. Ghostly chemistry. faint words APPEAR on the blank page.. sniffs) Barley sugar. raises an eyebrow. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper.. (stops.Rev. REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room. Slowly. The door WHIPS open. Holmes gets a whiff of something. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles.. Sweet. Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper. Holmes senses something. Long as it’s not too burnt. starts pouring the acid. but something else.
WATSON Seems about fair. They stop.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. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. knows it won’t make a dent. As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. HOLMES Hello. who follows them into the room. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. swinging at them. gentlemen. Dredger is deadpan. He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy). I’ll handle Mr. He spins the rod expertly. a huge man. He looks at Dredger. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. trapping the steel rod under his arm. HOLMES Let me guess -. Sweet tooth. sliding it into his hand as a weapon. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. slightly deformed.Rev.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. HOLMES You take them. He catches the rod. He keeps moving. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face. eyes widen at the giant. 58 They are followed by DREDGER. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. It stuns the giant for a beat. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. ripping it down.
Holmes thinks quickly... knocking him off his feet. He blinks. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. just as -Dredger flies through the air. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon.Rev. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. blades flashing on either side of him. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon. Watson ducks and dodges. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. 58A INT. kicking the other in the groin. He sees Dredger incoming. the shaft SPARKS. The rod sparks and hums. as he scrambles toward the ring. 58 INT. and knocking the ring away. Head The men whip out knives.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . climbing off of Watson. and. butting one. which SMACKS into the second thug. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. A truly pathetic weapon. the first man HURLS his knife. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. who swings the metal shaft desperately. who falls. ripping off his pocket. a bar-room brawler. SLAMMING into Watson. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. Watson fights the first thug. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. sending it across the ground. (CONTINUED) . Dredger tries to recover. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. One of the blades slices his shirt. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. cranks his weapon. Watson just barely ducks the blade. scattering all the bottles and tools. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. anything he can grab. trying to gather his senses. He snatches a SHORT SHAFT.
Holmes gives chase.DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY. a clear change in his demeanor.. as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. darting around people. Watson brings up the rear. takes an angle to cut off Dredger. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile.FIRST SLIPWAY For now though. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts. starts running for it. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . then leaps out the window. it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water.. knocking people out of his way. which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING.GATE Dredger runs down the street. They weave through the shadows. the rest of the ring mangled. landing atop a heap of coal. frantic as -Dredger rises. The vessel can’t be far from completion. 63 EXT.Rev. leaps out the window. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. TOOLEY IRONWORKS . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50.58B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson chases the engagement ring. and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT. lost in the floorboards. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. grips his ruined ring. picks up the ring. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly. big wooden chocks hold it in place.. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window. Watson darkens. SLIPWAY . bends down.. just as he’s about to grab it.
tearing others out of his way.. the whole thing starts to creak. 65 . It’s the last straw for the support mechanism. knocking him back. 64A EXT. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. Dredger kicks out viciously.. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path.63 SHERLOCK HOLMES . SECOND SLIPWAY .SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air. And now..CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. 64B EXT.Rev. out. Watson can see what’s coming. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway. Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT. Dredger tosses the rod. The ship LURCHES forward. smiles a terrifying smile. splintering another chock. Holmes backs away.. but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER.the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down. smashing some of the wooden supports. FABRICATION SHED .DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point. hitting him with the lightning-rod. grabs the weapon and. for a moment. sizzles. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer. and swings the hammer at Holmes. just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --. ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt. 64 EXT. He reaches out. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51.. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. Dredger in pursuit..
but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground. He opens one tentative eye. Holmes lies semi-conscious. half expecting to find himself in the after-life. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard.and then the ship’s away.the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --. SECOND SLIPWAY . knocks his head against the runner -. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -. helps him to his feet. The ground beneath him shakes. twice -.. 66 EXT. as -- 66 66A EXT. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. falling through the air -The ship is free again. frothy explosion of water. A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face. A quiet beat. He realizes the ship has stopped. Dredger pulls Holmes down with him.as he blinks back into consciousness. but he doesn’t know why. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship. He’s doomed. as the leviathan roars down towards him.from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds. parting the Thames with a vast. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs. Holmes collapses back.. 2/2/09 52.CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --. He tries to roll out of the way.Holmes charges into Dredger again.CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship.SHERLOCK HOLMES . And. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing. eyes rolled back into his head. And they find: (CONTINUED) . The timber finally gives way..Rev. Watson arrives.once.. He tries to pull himself to his feet. pulling him backwards across the runners. SECOND SLIPWAY .
and.. 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. He’s reading his notebook. man. deep burn. 67 INT. 66A Nothing.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him. shaking his head. They see the wreckage. the ship adrift... making the odd change here and there. Watson? We were set upon. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled. Holmes and Watson. I clearly deserve it. Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief. No blood or trace. Now of course I’m in jail. Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months. The police whistles get louder. WATSON I haven’t slept all night.. The big man is gone. it was selfdefense. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you. I deserve this. officers swarm the scene. Watson sits next to him.66A SHERLOCK HOLMES .. bloodshot eyes. 67 (CONTINUED) . exhausted. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face.MORNING The next morning. LONDON JAIL ..
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54. 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. HOLMES Ah. I never complain.. BIG MAN (O.. Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat. Watson challenges him with a look. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident. Mr. your mess.Rev. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London... Now.. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning. your lack of hygiene. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks. your stealing my clothes...67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON I’m not complaining. Brownlee.. if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson. Watson snaps at the man.) Remember me. 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 Who could forget that face? I told you.S. (CONTINUED) .
Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . in the interest of science. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well.Rev. I completely understand now. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. Holmes. completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding. It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly. We could throw a lamb on the spit. Not you. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . You’re not -Me and her. WATSON If I were going to the country. HOLMES Watson. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. We should have her along. HOLMES What you need is a rest. My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. WATSON No. I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary. You and I could go out to the countryside. Watson now turns away. Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well.
flanked by prison wardens. Holmes looks confused. She gives him a polite nod. Just Watson.he leaves. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B. heads off with Watson. Holmes watches him walk out. Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary. (CONTINUED) . MARY emerges from behind the Guard... He steps Watson steps up. You don’t get it. LONDON JAIL . 67 WATSON You’re not human. then locks eyes with Mary. forward. do you? You are this. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail... But the Guard shakes his head. The bars slide shut. turns.. 68 INT. (touches his own head) . PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. they see. bars.Rev. 68 He’s never looked more alone.. And he does --. without this.CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. He touches his own heart.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The mob surrounds Holmes. He must make a decision.
HOLMES And you.. sir. LONDON JAIL . LESTRADE We don’t have time. having just been battered through it by Holmes. an excellent policeman. Holmes sees a dark. 70 71 (CONTINUED) . A public that’s working itself into a frenzy.. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat. Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper.Rev. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers. door open. HOLMES All in good time. the thug blasts out backwards. you’d have made an excellent criminal. 70 71 OMITTED INT. in another life. HOLMES Lestrade -.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 69 EXT. LESTRADE You know. Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. CARRIAGE Holmes enters.your usual impeccable timing. strange carriage waiting. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55. They just paid a small fortune to bail you out.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along. 68 As the door is opened.
Lord Chief Justice.. the carriage forked left. CUT TO BLACK. apologies for summoning you like this. 72 (CONTINUED) . Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s. FADE IN: 72 INT. Holmes takes in the scene. Holmes shrugs. HOLMES As to where I am -. rises from a pile of papers. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off.Rev. That would be your official title. After that.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He holds a black hood. HOLMES As to who you are -.but Holmes is on a roll.I was. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram. eyes flicking around the room.. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. Sir Thomas shakes his head. then right. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. Who you realy are is another matter entirely.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. admittedly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. SIR THOMAS. and who I am. SIR THOMAS Mr. Holmes.
the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring. ambitious man in his 30s. it’s standard procedure.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Standish is an American in his sixties. STANDISH (O. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A. Coward is a hard. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. on the northwest corner of St. (beat) And as to the mystery -. SIR THOMAS Yes.Rev. James Square.S. Holmes shakes his head. I suppose.) I think we have the right man. (CONTINUED) . what a massive lack of judgement on their part. well. you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand.
HOLMES They’re almost interesting.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries.barely -. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -. fear of your own child. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. We don’t ask you to share our faith. variations of the SPHINX. yes? You have the same colored irises -. (at Sir Thomas) In this case. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward. That shocks them rigid. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. the Home Secretary. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols.a rare dark green. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes. isn’t impressed by rank.practices of our Order? Yes.as they enter. only our fears.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57. Holmes looks around the room. or practical magic. HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) .72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist. Holmes acknowledges them -. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes.
A man who’s just fallen out a window. SIR THOMAS We were young.looks on.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. not survive..72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . His mother wasn’t my wife. Sir Thomas opens a bureau. digs for something. from his birth to arms he made and sold. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -. Evidently. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE. No one could prove anything of course. They turn back to Holmes. 58. What family he had tended to. father and son. the men consult silently. which only pass down through the direct bloodline. 72 Stunned. come to some sort of conclusion. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. or. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . It’s chilling: a death scene. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information. more likely.plus identical outer ears. Though not enough to survive giving birth to him. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. She was a powerful practitioner. but she shared our beliefs. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals.young Lord Blackwood -. and we want to keep it that way. or pinna. Holmes is appalled and shows it.Rev. a BODY covered by a sheet. A photograph from the 1860s. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. which would make you either brothers.
Sir Thomas. but not for you.stops at the door. I have considerable influence over the police.Rev. 72 STANDISH All this is history. Holmes stalks out -. As Home Secretary. 73 OMITTED 73 . but it’s not enough. We need you to find him and stop him before he does. leaves. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze. I’ll get him. (beat) Name your price. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table. The present and future are worse.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59. turns. HOLMES I have one last question. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. His resurrection is evidence of that. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain.
lets her hair down. IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon. There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . As she continues. Sherlock. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner.. and could get you into a lot of trouble. Sherlock.Rev.. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter. 74 EXT. a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass).DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress. That’s better. 74 75 INT. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage. IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. (CONTINUED) .SHERLOCK HOLMES . OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense.. the least you can do is help me with the buttons. They both eye the Derringer on the table. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people. Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table. She pulls long thin needles from her hair.. 2/2/09 60. IRENE I knew I could count on you.
Unbuttoning done. and on such a clever contraption. She moves back to the dressing table. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck. I couldn’t see his face. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61. IRENE Wonderful. your gaze was averted. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. IRENE (O. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun. Unfairly gorgeous. Your services are no longer required. Holmes steps out to confront Irene. Holmes won’t look at her. Case closed then. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb.Rev. We’re not.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES .) Let’s not argue. A professor perhaps? Irene gets up. refusing to get turned on. HOLMES Irene steps out. Your hand was trembling. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own. 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. (CONTINUED) .S.
Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. IRENE This wine is excellent. Irene snatches up her gun. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. should really try some. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A. and the one that disarms Holmes. Irene. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. we are arguing. becoming something else. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. hard and angry at first. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time. HOLMES IRENE You see.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. Irene kisses him. 75 I disagree. missing his toe. (CONTINUED) . Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently. not only is it my business. 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. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. The kiss leads them to the bed. Holmes grabs her arm.Rev.
the other with the key. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise.well. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. 75 That’s better. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head.Rev. She’s in charge now. While he struggles on the bed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. CLICK! Much better. now dressed as a man. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. And on my own terms. Just like you -. Sherlock -. Irene walks casually across the room. Irene pulls him down to it. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) . straddles him. She gets off him. IRENE He doesn’t resist. She approaches.one in shackles. IRENE But free. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame.
NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. IRENE If anyone asks. (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste. 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. Irene takes the scarf off his neck. (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers. please let them know that Mr. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . Perigrine. IRENE -. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) . PERIGRINE Good evening. Holmes has no retort. moves to the doorway. His butler.but generally speaking. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out.Rev. SIR THOMAS No thank you. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. I’m going to bed. stands there waiting for him. throws the handcuff keys down there. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. PERIGRINE. he looks tired. sir.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and.
Not all the way.. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on. 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. tries to sit up. Relaxing. drip. goes up. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port. licking his lips. (CONTINUED) . 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. drip. as he hears an eerie WHISPER O. Thomas smiles. drip.Rev. like the rushing of wind. Can’t. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A.S.76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . INT. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. sir.
to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes. Clothes in total disarray.CORRIDOR . Sir Thomas’ eyes widen... then grim recognition sets in. The water closes over his face... (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A . Her shriek wakes him. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it. You can only surrender.. HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way. she misinterpreted my intention entirely.. I must admit. slowly and surely. THE GRAND HOTEL . who watches him drown..77 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Besides. still handcuffed to the bed.S.. He slides back down. but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK. lit in a sinister fashion.. slowly. BLACKWOOD . Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time.) Hello. as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger. .DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. 77 BLACKWOOD (O. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64.Rev. 78 INT. The water flows over Sir Thomas. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis. He looks down at himself and reacts with shock. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP. It comes from a power greater than yours. HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed. a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door. it’s better than I thought it would be.. Father.
only his ring was missing. continues into the bathroom. why he exists. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket). in fact. CONSTABLE CLARK Well.so that Const. 78C INT. puzzled. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. The body was in the tub. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. Right now.Rev. The Butler didn’t hear anything. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. No sign of a break-in.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . As Constable Clark continues in. eyes wide open --. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering.this is. finds him right back at the doorway. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter. right here is where Holmes is at his very best -. He turns. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you. Clark ends up talking to thin air. 78B EXT. in full virtuoso detective mode. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. The tub has been drained. looking for Holmes. there is no latitude for misunderstanding. The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. 65. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark. The coach stops. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C .
Constable..78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes swivels. it may mean he looks down from a window sill. And. opens it.. logic is rare. The decent thing to do is catch the killer. HOLMES Data. (CONTINUED) . I suspect this comes from a larger cannister. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. scoops it up. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common. Hmm. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A.Rev.. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. sits in it himself. Now Holmes can really get down to work. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. It’ll either be in the pantry. Holmes is happy. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away. data. Both cops hesitate -. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency.Holmes is not their boss. not provide comfort to the corpse. or in a linen closet with a vent. What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. He glances around the room. sniffs it. jasmine? HOLMES Superb. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself.. high up where it’s warm and dry. leans over.
noticing something on a wall. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B. runs his hand along a layer of dust. grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . 78C His eyes keep moving. He steps toward it. The dust has a line down it. revealing: (CONTINUED) . Holmes steps to the sink.Rev. as if the wall cracked open.
and the wall shifts. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) . opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. a cow’s BONE. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper. He pushes the panel. (vis I have no that.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open. The office is full of boxes. spellbooks. Maybe he continues singing between words. He is well into packing his things. 221 BAKER ST. . HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. and ancient texts. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx. As soon as they arrive. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out. a large sharp FANG. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR.they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. Clark and the Officer return. They are startled by the secret room --.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS . and a FEATHER.Const. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. On the altar. just as -78F INT. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS. the walls and shelves are very sparse. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table.Rev. 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A. 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper.Rev. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop. HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use. They unzip the bag. boys. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Figure of speech. Holmes steps into the room. WATSON There isn’t any. Holmes steps aside.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging.
Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. Holmes analyzes the body.Rev. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. * * * (CONTINUED) .80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. WATSON HOLMES No. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. starting. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67. he’s your friend from Reordon’s. Poor fellow. Watson keeps packing. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes.) Really. Frustrated. (alt: He has more humor than you. He’s an inspiring conversationalist. of all places.
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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...
A RAVEN flaps into the night.S.Rev. and come back more powerful than ever. He stays standing as they all sit -. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. we see the rain stops behind him. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne. It’s why he’s here. I am honored. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down. wiping the raindrops off his coat. as the rain comes harder. trying to dry himself. gone as fast as it came. as he enters -83 INT. The door finally opens. He bangs on the door. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order. surprised by the rain. He hits the door to a building.) Of course he does.NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. It is locked. STANDISH Are you mad. 82B INT.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Effective immediately. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . Blackwood enters. The crowd is stunned. (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room. As he enters. turns to the others -. He looks as if he’s been to hell. shipping. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. and keeps moving. betrayed. Standish looks at Coward.all except STANDISH. BLACKWOOD I am humbled. He raises his collar. He looks up. industry -they were given to me for a purpose.
(beat) . at noon tomorrow.he’s won.. Their civil war weakened them. Blackwood smiles -. Then.. for without death there can be no rebirth... (beat) England will know our power. BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -. (CONTINUED) . we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours. the whole world will. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours.Rev. we’ll create the future. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history. The men are beginning to like what they hear. a future ruled by us.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71. we’ll remake the world. Blackwood stands. prowls.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Nobody moves. and will be again. We’ll take it from them. sir. you’ll make it openly. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No..even death holds no sway. Now. A different future. (beat) With their resources and our power. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late.
Rev. faint. as his body contorts. Standish flails. are terrified. Flames consuming him.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . But as he aims it -. cross themselves. LONDON STREET . and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage. melting away. gape. The flames flicker blinding white. gasp. 83 In desperation.he IGNITES. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. Standish pulls a gun.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. People look up. but they are with him. terrified. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. surveys them. lighting city blocks. shocked. 83B INT. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. as they witness this unnatural act. They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . People scream.
As they drink. It doesn’t taste good. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) . nods. 83B Blackwood turns to Coward. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE. BLACKWOOD Come. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. drink your allegiance here.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. but it tastes like power. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice.
He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it. 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. doctor? Army type.NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames. TANNER Not a great one for the water.ESTABLISHING . We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. are you. Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard.Rev. WE SEE a boat is being loaded. Watson glares.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . EXT. the boat drifts. Coward nods. Wharves stretch out into the water.CAPTAIN TANNER. The engine shudders off. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. He whispers at Tanner. TANNER Just a little leak. HOLMES Everything all right. 84 Use them. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . Holmes starts clambering over the side. and furious. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW. nothing to worry about. Watson’s pissed. Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. He’s soaked.
doctor. where two more THUGS patrol. Send for the police when you get there. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. towards the entrance. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there. 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. Watson steps forward. WATSON Come on. please. (CONTINUED) .Rev. Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. covered in mud. Watson does. Watson glares. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the closest he’ll come to a confession. with his walking stick. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. says nothing. goes over the side. Holmes looks back at Watson. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. watch. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. etc. Tanner nods. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears.
Holmes and Watson move through it. stopped in his tracks. A few RATS lay dead. He inspects it. Holmes. A truly creepy scene.. might prove easily distracted.Rev.TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. Holmes follows. sensing something behind him. notices that both men have hip flasks. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive. Watson? Watson has already left. like a plaintive wail. He picks one up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . Holmes whispers. Holmes slows.86 SHERLOCK HOLMES . picks up one of the dead rats.S.) You need to see this. inspecting it. As they go. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE .ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. Holmes catches up. Metal groans softly. trying to figure out the best strategy.. sees something on its skin. 89 87 88 Holmes looks up. 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door.. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors. The big one’s been drinking -. some kind of dark spore. (CONTINUED) . 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. He runs his finger through a layer of dust. not minutes ago. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. Holmes notices rows of empty tables. passing Watson into -89 INT. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness. WATSON (O.. Nothing. looks at shadows.whether for courage or from habit. and pockets it as he follows Watson. He slows. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here. takes a whiff. spooked. He turns.
At noon tomorrow. This is the killing floor. swaying softly. his eyes narrow. Now you see the truth for yourself. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh. stepping into -90 INT. HOLMES It’s chapter and verse.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. whispering in the wind. (CONTINUED) . Blackwood continues. the world as you know it ends. and have the keys of hell and of death.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. 90 Holmes shakes his head. ticking.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I am alive forevermore. as he joins Watson. On the high walls. draws a bead on Blackwood. slipping it into his pocket. ‘I am He that liveth. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL. pulls the trigger. and was dead. 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. lifeless and silent for now.Rev. Holmes tightens.S. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam.’ Another voice completes the passage. Shadows hang heavy around him. his voice echoes. a 118.) ‘And behold. Misfire. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . Click. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O. An automated butchery on a grand scale. strangely. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness. Amen. Watson pulls his gun. time? WATSON It’s a date. gliding on a track. as the hooks move through the air. the ceiling. Revelation 1:18.
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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
Rev. he spots a small. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. The bandsaw whines viciously. Shit a brick.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. (PLEASE NOTE. she’s showing nerves.smashes the shackle lock.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. swings the cleaver with all his might --. scalded pig carcass precedes them. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -. grabs one.close one -. catches up to Irene --. He braces himself on the belt. Holmes wastes no time. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS. following her. Holmes darts through a trimming station. So is Sherlock. jumps onto the belt. equipment.and Watson catches her feet.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes clambers the Up ahead. sprints for the switch. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand. 90A -. Irene swings aside. still shackled by her right hand. leaves her for Holmes to deal with. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water. painted red. Irene rides the belt upwards. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. but that’s all. Sherlock? IRENE Now. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. Irene swings sideways violently. (CONTINUED) . As Watson holds Irene. the scorched. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. just misses it. pulls her horizontal. She’s still shackled. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH.
They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME. looking for Blackwood. Then Holmes is under her. Irene unhooks herself. She looks at Holmes.pulls a knife. looks down --. Lately there’ve been rumors of something new. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. gets up. boiled. 90A Gets a free haircut.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . They’re okay. their eyes locking. Irene. magical. Watson shakes his head. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. taking Holmes with her. falls forward. stops her. grabs her. Irene gives Holmes a sweet. HOLMES You owe me information. -. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock. Watson sprints towards where they fell.Rev. cutin-half pig carcasses.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched.. heads for the door. Finally. lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles). (angry) No more games. (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) . turns. I owe you. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A. More powerful than anything else.. heads after Watson. And. My job is to find out if the rumors are true.
Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. For a moment.. Holmes trails her. Holmes races towards her as more explosions. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. He reaches Irene. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion. but to safety. Holmes slows. looking around the dock. 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. it lights up all of London.. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS. Watson! A chemical. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. running toward the door. 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. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. 81. occasionally knocking him to the ground. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . They blast through the doors to -91 EXT. processing. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. 90A And she’s off. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. WATSON Time slows.Rev. it.
CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. Holmes turns away. HOSPITAL .Rev. but unconscious.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now. having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup. The two coppers nod respectfully. so make it look good. THROUGH THE GLASS. there is a smear on her cheek. alive. sir. HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed. helps him gently to his knees. 92 INT. unsure whether to enter or not. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend. she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. One reads the paper. studying Watson’s chart. 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. 93 INT.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. Irene has disappeared. they spot Watson. reaches for the handle. Mary stays at the door. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. but --. makes his escape fast. Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. HOLMES Thank you.is intercepted by Constable Clark. pauses. Clarky.
pock-marked with shrapnel.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 93 Watson is burned.Rev. sweating. He mumbles inaudibly. cut. scraped. bruised. (CONTINUED) . He’s delirious. his eyes still closed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A.
handbag. private life. The shot wakes him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. wincing with pain. Watson tries to sit up.Rev. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. The surgeon should be along shortly. stands back respectfully. etc.) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. A sixth of a grain. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. (CONTINUED) . DOCTOR I can’t authorize that. for the pain. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. letting the Doctor do his work. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. This reveals that Mary has entered the room.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines. WATSON Are they subcutaneous. I’ll extract them myself. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. WATSON I haven’t time for that. already in the room. WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. WATSON Get a mirror. Doctor. Watson tries to sit up again. coat.
ON MARY As she takes a closer. The Doctor has no words. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A. patients.. MARY If anything happens to him. both our lives are lost.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . eyes flashing. Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other... but not surprised. She’s suddenly very angry. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known. WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. worth many wounds. The Doctor turns just outside the door. MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed. Do you really? MARY Doctor. I’ll check in on him again shortly. to face her... Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures.. MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um. Mary steps towards the Doctor.Rev. sharper look at the Doctor.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B. leaves fast. MARY -.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer. .or are you so selfish that’s just not possible.Rev. turns.
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CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 84A. HOSPITAL . 94 . 94 INT.Rev.
94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death. he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. There is something grotesque about his face. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. disturbed. fang) from Sir Thomas’ house. cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle.Rev. 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. They begin to overflow with tears. LONDON . We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. 2/2/09 85. opens the blade. Parts of it hang down. He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross. The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock).but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. Gathering himself. The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock). horrified. (CONTINUED) . 94A EXT. obscuring him --. Emotions swirling. so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor.NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. feather. He pulls a pocket knife from his coat. PUNCH BOWL PUB . pained. In the center circle he draws a pentagram (using wax from a burning candle?). We PUSH IN UNDER the railway arch until we can make out a splash of white in the shadows -.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle.SHERLOCK HOLMES . hair. A train crosses on an overhead railway. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand.ATTIC Holmes enters. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT.
95 Then he begins to chant. followed by a larger circle beyond that. Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame.as it hits the ground. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting. Holmes sways. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you. (CONTINUED) .95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He struggles to focus on Blackwood.) And now it dawns on you. BLACKWOOD (O. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A.S. Holmes snaps around.Rev. fuzzy. the circle around Holmes ignites. you begin to recognize your part in his play.
BLACKWOOD’S TOMB. he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind. or is he hallucinating.. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection.Rev. he can barely see straight..95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -.. so I could die on the biggest stage of all.the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT. BLACKWOOD . PUNCH BOWL PUB . You made me what I am..ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS.just as we saw Reordon in his coffin. has Blackwood killed Holmes. Holmes’ eyes snap open. Why would I take a sixth under St. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head. (CONTINUED) 96 97 .
CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -. . Holmes’ eyes snap open. Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic.just as we saw Standish. We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS.Rev.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM. THE SPHINX. THE DEAD RATS.
then tosses it away.is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared.g. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. cuts and bruises. but with burn flashes. United in agony.or some deathly version of his old friend -. 2/2/09 87A. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee.SHERLOCK HOLMES . PUNCH BOWL PUB . bloody awful. -. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup. They both smile.? Watson leans closer. oddly. HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor.Rev. His arm is in a sling. it seems she might understand the power of partnership.ATTIC The sun is rising. into the light.. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES (quietly.. You look He writes something in his notebook. HOLMES (confused) Watson. In the b. He’s been through it. WATSON Interesting artwork. FADE IN: 98 INT. Mary said I had a lousy doctor. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -. He is decidedly alive.
. They smile at their unique. IRENE I was. HOLMES (CONTINUED) .Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88. Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup. Exactly. Holmes takes a drink of coffee. I had to get you to pass out to settle down.. You know. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Excellent brew. twisted understanding of one another. Watson. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this. HOLMES Thank you... I dreamt that you were strangling me.
He takes a sip. Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. I’m simply a woman. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN. WATSON With your own venom no doubt. IRENE No.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sits opposite him with the other. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog. It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities. Irene arrives with two pints. I poisoned that one. puts one down in front of him. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . doctor.Rev.from the pub’s band -.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. Quite severe. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it. And untreatable. IRENE Oh. The fiddler’s owner -.it’s called psychology. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table. 99 INT. But then he decides that’s absurd. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion.
Next to it Holmes writes Man. They swap a glance.Sir Thomas -. and you’ll have a happy marriage. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane. doctor. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. Then he moves to a Lion fang. Let me make it simple for you. with a lot fewer words -. And Holmes emerges.BUT no flashes. PUNCH BOWL PUB . Next. Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin. He draws an ox in charcoal. Flash to Reordon’s red hair. Then he moves to the ox bone -. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come. Next to the feather he writes America. 101 100 . 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite. Irene and Watson notice the silence. but not with a bow.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES .I’m what’s called a woman. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin.a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. he strums it. he makes strange atonal sounds. 100 INT.Rev.OX ring. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation. He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. 101 INT. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor. He draws a man’s face.ATTIC .he quickly sketches an eagle. Next to it he writes a big question mark. Then he moves to the hair. A beat. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that. HOLMES I need a map of London. and you’ll have a happy marriage. He plucks it. PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. Then to an American flag. he moves to the feather -. 89A. (beat) Understand that.
to get inside it.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Pharoahs. at minimum. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries.Rev. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension.. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. 2/2/09 90. your little white tail got rather dirty. In fact. HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. share the belief with the Kings. To fully understand this system. I shall begin.. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened.ATTIC Holmes is excited. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox. I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity. the Eagle. But that’s for another time. he suggested I widen my gaze and. PUNCH BOWL PUB . 102 INT.. IRENE Yes. At minimum. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. with a few enhancements of my own. My initial approach was far too narrow. I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt.. The fraternity who silently control the Empire. the Lion. electric. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably. I have done just that. and Man -(CONTINUED) .
really flying now. 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. (CONTINUED) . he died here. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx.. therefore the System. (beat) Reordon. the tooth of a lion.. Lion paws. represents Man. We see the Ox body. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross.. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock).. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas... covering other parts with his hand. HOLMES Now. Eagle wings. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. wore the ox ring. the hair of a man. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system.Rev. We found his body here.. Master of the Temple. 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). the ginger midget. Blackwood has killed three men.. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor. the feather of an eagle. Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Man’s face.
the point at which the other four come together. Right here.the ethereal. HOLMES It is the fifth element -.and not by coincidence. of a cross. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -. Eagle. Parliament. WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion.. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -.. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B.. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map.Rev. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing.. 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America.right in the middle of the river. Ox. Holmes points to the map. HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here. He connects the dots on the map. HOLMES Correspondingly.. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper. the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -. That which can’t yet be known.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. WATSON Man. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross.
HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state. shaking his head -. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. Flings it open.he can’t believe it’s come to this. Holmes looks back. Watson goes down. Police fill the hall.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. where more police block his path. He looks at Holmes. boots echoing. Irene jumps down. Police.Rev. cuffed and bruised. 104 EXT. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. Lestrade sits opposite. HOLMES Follow these plans. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. hands it to Watson. Irene looks out the window.MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered. 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub. and they drag him away. He simply raises his arms. Ladies first. We’re at the Houses of Parliament. IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. 103 INT. PUNCH BOWL PUB .102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside. POLICE CARRIAGE . but the door EXPLODES inward. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) . 102A INT. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down.
105 INT.Rev. who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade. plenty of flags and enthusiasm. but Mr. Lestrade punches Holmes. revealing a temple of four orders pin. if you could wait outside. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. Crowds are gathering outside. I know it’s unorthodox. at its ceremonial best. climbing toward noon. Lestrade pulls his lapel. HOLMES Oh. Lestrade knocks. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. PARLIAMENT .LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. m’lord. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES . hawkers and tourists. Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. sir. preparing for pomp and circumstance. Lestrade. They come to a door. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. (CONTINUED) . Thank you. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. 106 INT. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. 104 The carriage pulls up.
Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd. eagle. LORD COWARD Very clever. Mr. I confess to being completely out-matched. HOLMES Nonetheless. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end.the lion is parliament. Coward turns away for a moment -. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. But it’s not murder. I could deduce very little from my investigation. but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. ox. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93. HOLMES Fortunately. did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room. lion -. (CONTINUED) .106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. and now you have given it to me. but I don’t care much what you think. Coward. HOLMES No. Holmes. He opens it to try and clear the smoke. It’s mercy. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. 106 HOLMES I’m curious.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire.Rev. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you.
. HOLMES (V.O.) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94.) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood.... He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found.O.) A faint aroma of excrement. slide across the floor to Coward’s feet. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door. The big ceremonial sword is prominent. Coward performing a ritual. from where you’ve been kneeling. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS. 106 A pair of handcuffs.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Coward.. HOLMES (V. LORD COWARD (V. Blackwood. HOLMES (V. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room.O.Rev.) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing. HOLMES (V. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking. from where you have been standing. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground. you would have made a valuable ally. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine..) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago.O. Holmes.O. HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope.
is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames. Holmes. when it brings no profit to the wise. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed. A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today. PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT. 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom. He misses. REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward. The entire government will be present. With a single bound. He disappears for a moment then surfaces.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . looks about in the water.Rev. 107 (CONTINUED) . THAMES .O. 94A/94B.
still pleased with himself. IRENE Where to.Rev. Captain Tanner. about everything except the window. Holmes opens the drum. When Holmes is level. her eyes narrow. pockets it. Tanner turns the boat. little too perfectly..107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes is pulled up into the boat. TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. Clearly the whole escape has been planned. Irene looks out. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic. Irene is also present. WATSON Well. soldier boy. into the sewers. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. And.. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL. (CONTINUED) . Tanner takes it happily. He’s never going to like guns. HOLMES Watson. 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. Watson stands on the rear deck.. come to think of it. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. pulling Holmes in on the rope. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. No way he’d be coming over the terrace. grimaces. your instructions were fairly precise. HOLMES Port side. checks the load. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. He grabs it with his hands.. Tanner smiles.
heading into this epic building. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience. floats at the opening to the tunnel. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . she takes a hit... aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. IRENE Starting early.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. Doctor. SEWERS . have a drink. Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96. 107A EXT. 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. the time moving toward noon. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels. TANNER Far as I can go. He takes a shot. I am about to show you. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 . Irene follows. As they head toward the sewers. smiles.BOAT Tanner’s boat. hands it on to Tanner. The entire government is here. She can see this is more than a social invitation. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him. Irene passes him the bottle. on the edge of the darkness. Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. wipes his mouth.Rev. He drinks.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse. HOLMES Trust me. who swallows it without flinching. pulls a face. unlit. Holmes nods towards Watson. grimaces. The boat is almost at the sewers. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing.
He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. Irene and Watson flank him. It sits below a shattered ceiling. standing in shadows. to be precise. The first of its kind.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament. those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. Tell-tale signs of cyanide.Rev. When activated. stops. In the center. But there is something sitting in it. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. WATSON You can tell that from here? No. Blackwood’s magic. Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene. Cyanide. Note the blue discoloration. HOLMES I can tell it from here. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon. bricks dismantled. the faint smell of bitter almonds. the RAT TAIL. the pentagram remains. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword.
The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. faster and faster. out of the way otherwise. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. They draw their guns. checks the crowd. Lord Coward steps up. completely surprising the three thugs. HOLMES He doesn’t. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. They nod. 111 112 OMITTED INT. DOWN a bend. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. I wouldn’t. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98. they move down the tunnel. Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. next. Shoulder-to-shoulder.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson pistol-whips the nearest. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals. It’s there when he needs it. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve. SEWERS . UP a channel. 110 HOLMES As if by magic. Irene trails them closely. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps. 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... They burst into the area.DAY Air blows UP through the grate.Rev. As they start to take seats. PARLIAMENT . (CONTINUED) . There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control.DAY Holmes checks his watch.
surrounded by humming. Before Irene can alert him. (CONTINUED) . 112 Take this. IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways.Rev. Electrocuted. Irene recoils.. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. Dredger spins Watson around. looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse).. Over there. flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. A totally wire-free weapon.which puts his back to another tunnel. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. She grips her knife. Holmes joins Irene at the device. Now unguarded. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --. who is out). she drops the knife. but without much resistance. sparks flashing. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun. sparking coils. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil. Gun in each hand. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. sending both guns spinning away --.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. which falls into the cradle. WATSON Sullen. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene.
Coward looks up. Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. Holmes flies into him feet-first. and points. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. Look. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air. Irene sits at the device. Dredger grabs Holmes. trying to figure out how to defuse it. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben. Holmes goes for Dredger. PARLIAMENT . BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . very emphatically.who doesn’t even bother to block anything. BONG! The second chime resounds.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall. deflecting him for a moment. commanding. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some. The hall goes silent. waiting for the session to begin.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood is calm. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100. up in the Lords’ Gallery.DAY The chime echoes. 113 INT. SEWERS . Voices rise. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx. 114 INT. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device. staring at a ghost.Rev. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it.
then he pulls it out. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. The bullets. staggers back holding his bleeding ears. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. Dredger drops Holmes. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left. swung with full force by Watson. HOLMES Give me your gun. lunges with his little sword.until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them. pouring the gunpowder into --. Watson dives desperately. Dredger grunts angrily. only just keeping Dredger at bay --. but not very big. flexes his bicep. BONG! The clock is ticking down. sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep. as if scared of the sword -. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut. I need the bullets. His eyes narrow. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. a plan forming.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge. WATSON You owe me for the ring.the bowl of his pipe.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. enough. Holmes heads back to Irene. This is going to be more uneven than usual. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) .Rev. Dredger backs off. Dredger grins --. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Then he braces his massive feet.. Victorian-style. Lords are on their feet. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. SEWER TUNNEL . seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE. arms wide. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT.hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud.Rev. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place.which shatters against the floor. then turns back to the device. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice. angles his huge legs and pushes. Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan. He calmly intones a familiar chant. 116 INT.. (CONTINUED) . 114 -. HOLMES We need a light. While Watson is down. driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. She rolls up a sleeve. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Shaped charge. Got it. Guards are banging outside the doors. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. but the doors are locked. placed them on the balustrade in front of him.
still.where he found HOLMES’ GUN. HOUSE OF LORDS . and she angles the blade. the dying giant falls like a tree.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES . cams turn. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103. gears ratchet past each other. Bad news. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. out of his limp hand. Fizzling..S. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods. stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --. Hey! WATSON (O. mouth wide with a silent scream. and. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe.Rev. just barely avoiding the sparks and coils. Watson is face-down on the stones. on his belly. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . crawled from the sewer -. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly. boiling inside. He lurches away. ZAP! A spark hits the blade. eyes bulging..and continue to burn inside Dredger.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. snatching her blade.
electrodes sizzle. 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.Rev. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air.. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. SEWER TUNNELS .DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air. triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death. BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * .. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony... the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. 117A INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as.117 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 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. BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider. I am here to change all this. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr.
Rev. 2/2/09 104A.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. 117D 118 OMITTED INT. IRENE That was something new for us. 117B EXT. Coward looks confused. it was.. And. WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. Everyone is still standing. They look around.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Other Temple members eye him. neither knows what to say.DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye. BIG BEN . Blackwood hits the remote again. 117B 117C INT. He ducks away fast. She looks past Holmes. magical. SEWER JUNCTION . Yes. scared. first time.. But again. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) .. nothing happens. Nothing at all. 117C Nothing happens. disappearing into the gallery..
Watson nods.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes looks down at his friend. you’re going to miss this. looks. He goes to him. relieved. had enough. HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact. He misread her yet again. The cylinders are gone. Watson looks around. you’ve got to admit. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels. and so is Irene..Rev. I’m sorry. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. WATSON Holmes. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime. Watson rolls over. He motions to the disabled device. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns. He’s done. feels for a pulse. seemingly dead.DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses. HOLMES Yes. HOLMES Come on.. Just. INT. His face darkens. we made it. face grim. heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. 118A . drops to his knees next to Watson. sits up. 118 Holmes whips around -.sees Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105.
forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. 118B INT. horrible. flung there from the previous action with Dredger. into the unknown. Then. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. Irene hesitates for a moment. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . anxious breath the only point of reference. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns. damp. hears. subterranean. Irene’s quick.a dark. claustrophobic gamble. about 500 yards away. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. light. ahead -.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. next to Irene’s head. Blackwood scoops it up. Blackwood follows them. 118D INT. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --. then sees Irene sprint across the maze. The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. pinched down. turns.and pinches tighter. The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -. For a long moment it is pitch black.DAY The pipe angles down. 118D 118C .SHERLOCK HOLMES . 118C INT. This is as tight. Then Holmes.DAY Panting. 2/2/09 106. And then the tunnel ends. PIPE . almost imperceptibly. Light increases. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. then slithers into the pipe. She picks up speed. and so does Irene’s rate of movement.Rev.pauses. SEWER TUNNELS .
Irene charges the stairs -118I INT. and sees.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark. Stonework fairly new. The only ready way out. 118E 118F INT. HOLLOW BUILDING . upward. chest heaving. 118E INT. 118J INT.Rev. 118H INT. enters the pipe. HOLLOW BUILDING .climbing with one hand. yes --. 118F 118G INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . An even tighter fit for him. Anger lends him energy. Irene accelerates for it. hollow building full of construction equipment. 118H Gritting her teeth.ON THE LADDER . CELLAR .DAY Holmes grimaces.DAY -. shimmies TOWARDS us. Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards. PIPE .and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I . CELLAR . 2/2/09 107. CELLAR .DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building.a brick-framed window -. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. She surges for light -. As fit and athletic as she is.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. this is a grind. vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe.more stairs.DAY 118G Irene -.
she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive.and returns to Irene as. spectacular beauty --. winded. We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure. 118K EXT.Rev. * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge. She’s 250 feet above the Thames. TOWER BRIDGE . TOWER BRIDGE .REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE.’ Irene turns. 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT. Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her. . 2/2/09 108.SHERLOCK HOLMES . SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye. She makes it to the end. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower. the center of the world. recovered somewhat -.then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --.then the glory of London. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger. laid out for us in breathtaking.WALKWAY . no further to go.DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. Goodbye! He start to move towards her. They circle around each other.HELICOPTER SHOT .
As she falls. (CONTINUED) . Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand. and kicks her gun away. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK. She shoots him in the arm. But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. stunned. But he swipes her legs away. HOLMES Why hurry off.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. She drops. He moves in again. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands.Rev. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. give it a try.
which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in. Holmes quickly ducks. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge. which falls --. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm. The bullet misses him. Holmes turns. Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. awaiting Holmes.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier). Holmes is on the defensive throughout. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. binding them together.Rev. Blackwood smiles. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out.whipping a coil of rope across the floor. (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * .WALKWAY . Flimsy. but now because of you thousands are going to die.DAY A look between them and then it’s on. Blackwood second.. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong. Blackwood snarls. He looks back to Blackwood. They continue to spar. hooking Blackwood around his ankle.his eyes lock on to something. He lands.Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank. slashes. Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. his target is the cylinder first. 119H EXT. mounts a frenzied attack. Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110. chops six inches off the batten. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder. The two men finally part. And you’ll be the first. The wind will do the rest. which Holmes simply tries to survive. TOWER BRIDGE . Blackwood fires at Holmes. but. as before. now bound. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him.. self defense third. no match for the sword --.
Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on. He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off. Holmes remains cool. (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . conjuring tricks. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes.Rev. screeching to a painful halt.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest. pulled toward the edge.. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation. HOLMES There was never any magic.. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap.a mixture of egg and honey. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals. 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. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank. His fingers are white from strain. like the prison guard.
Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians. Instead. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end. 110B.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue. Ingenious.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . tasteless. An odorless. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony.at one of your ceremonies I suspect. 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery. your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them. flammable liquid -. Had it worked. They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf. A simple rigged bullet in his gun. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power. (CONTINUED) .
* * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Holmes bends down. the atmosphere electric and dangerous. The timbers start to topple.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice.: We see the slow. inexorable dominoes continue to fall..G. starting a slow.Rev. lands on a rope.G.. 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on. Blackwood is on his knees. IN B. Blackwood can hold on no longer. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. the crane swings. hits a row of standing timbers. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you. HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm. The last timber falls over the edge. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed.: a bucket drops. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose. strikes another crane. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile. Quick as a snake. Wind whips harder. The rope yanks down a crane. The storm grows in ferocity. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet. cutting the rope. cowed.
Holmes just stands there. stunned. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth.. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one. killing him instantly. Holmes looks up. She appears to be dead. His brow furrows. Blackwood looks up.. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES. (CONTINUED) . Oh. Irene. He falls farther.. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain. The bird flaps its wings. CREAK... He takes her hand. Blackwood looks up. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. 119H HOLMES First.. It’s a long journey from here to the rope. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks. a silhouette against the stormy sky.. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away.. properly this time. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. Then you will hang. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. the world will see you for what you are. and farther. with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. Holmes moves down to her. CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER. disappearing into a cloud. hanged like a common man after all. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained.
cuffing her instead. an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A. A bit of a smile and break. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. IRENE It looks like rain. Moriarty. he is a professor.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES We’ve still got a moment. 119H Her eyes pop open. seat next to her. IRENE You were right.Rev. Key’s in the watch pocket. this time.
calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants).DUSK Rain falls softly. near a kiss. She smiles. 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT. At the end of the top of the stairs. detective.Rev. Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . Lestrade.. 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113. HOLMES Thank you. The storm curls around him. keeps walking. TOWER BRIDGE . LESTRADE You’re welcome. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. Sherlock.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Cylinder to one of the policemen. Holmes keeps moving into the night. (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. yes. And he sees. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick. LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. Sadly. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. the rain falling hard. Their faces close. turns and walks away. Then Lestrade cracks a smile.
He joins Watson. Watson takes it. We recognize the figure of WATSON.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES . The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. . Holmes can’t help but smile. no words spoken. Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick. 122A A shadow is waiting for him.
.STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs.. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * .DAYS LATER MOVING DAY. One moment. his back to them. MARY All your adventures. 221 BAKER ST. 2/2/09 114.. MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger. .SHERLOCK HOLMES . 123 EXT..Rev. . WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes. Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B. I’d love to read them sometime. 123A INT. He looks dead. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment. cases we’ve worked on over the years. 123B INT.. WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope. 221 BAKER ST. 221 BAKER ST. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring.. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. Just a few scribbles.
MARY Shouldn’t you help him. Watson and Mary walk by. WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. dear. like a caterpillar in a cocoon.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. as it were. WATSON Get on with it. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -. I should probably come down. Watson pokes him. My lord. I can’t feel my cheeks. Do carry on. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. Turns him around. Holmes. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon. Clearing your good name. he’s far too fond of himself. HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness. John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. Holmes. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A. 123B WATSON Don’t panic.
Please. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. Watson draws his sword. WATSON Worse things could happen.mad honey disease. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum.Rev. my tongue is going next. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time. Holmes tumbles to the ground. He doesn’t mind. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. I’ll be of no use to you at all. John.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . belts and a coat hook. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. Watson. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down.
sir. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. Yes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? ... everything’s going to be all right. right away. Moriarty. He went missing in the sewers. They are interrupted by a knock on the door. Holmes. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -. HOLMES What is it this time. a maintenance man found his body this morning. The dog has regained its vital signs. MARY There’s a brave boy. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -. looking concerned. Shot in the head..mind racing.. Well. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants.. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene.Rev.. Indeed. HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. There.complete change of demeanor -. HOLMES With small caliber bullet.he shakes his head. Constable Clark enters. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range. there.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES .
. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. Well.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Constable Clarke nods. 124 OMITTED Clarky. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along. Holmes pulls his coat on. sir..Rev. case * * * 124 . 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. A KNOCK. Watson nods. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison. They’ve taken over the case. The Driver pokes his head in. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. the Driver exits. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. Watson nods. reopened. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. sir. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. WATSON Adler was just a diversion.
SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel.) Shot in the head.INT. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device. 2/2/09 116B. 125 FLASHBACK . what you doing? The policeman looks up. We don’t see his face. SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. BANG! 125 .) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there.SHERLOCK HOLMES . and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene.Rev. They spread out to seal the crime scene. SERGEANT Oi.O.O.
HOLMES Wager. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing.Rev. Holmes pulls his coat on.. They’ve taken over the case. Holmes and Watson look at each other -.complete change of demeanor -. CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range. looking concerned.. 221 BAKER ST. 126 (CONTINUED) .. 2/2/09 117. Watson. sir. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. everything’s going to be all right. there. There. The dog has regained its vital signs.. Excellent deduction.SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON There’s a brave boy. I thought those days were behind you. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods. 126 INT. however. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods.mind racing.THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device.
It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two. Well. HOLMES I’ll walk out with you..126 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Holmes nods... A KNOCK. the Driver exits. Watson nods. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along. MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes.. . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes..Rev. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. sir.
Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. 2/2/09 118. Watson. Watson A THE END . FADE OUT. We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage. HOLMES Magnificent woman. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you. Holmes. A stiff beat. warm look. 221 BAKER ST.. be careful. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway.SHERLOCK HOLMES . puts a hand on his arm. 127 EXT.Rev.. looks relieved and excited. She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away. Holmes extends an awkward hand. .perhaps the POV of the raven. an understanding between the two men. WATSON Take care of yourself. Doctor.
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