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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
partial deafness in right ear. He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows.O.) Stink of alcohol.the most vulnerable point. The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round. stop screaming. HOLMES (V. BACK TO 24 fps.SHERLOCK HOLMES .NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell.O. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows. HOLMES (V. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees. as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . strangling his scream. BACK TO 24 fps.Rev.) Head cocked to the left. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop. A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes. 4 5 OMITTED INT. He takes a moment to recover. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear. First point of attack. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door.ENTRANCE .O. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner. confused. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact. he’s fit. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver. carrying the lantern and a gun. The man swings the lantern away again. but not as fit as he used to be. HOLMES (V. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . paralyze vocal chords. just at the top of the jaw -. but does not see Holmes. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs. He peers about. The man’s mouth opens to cry out. 2/2/09 3. Holmes launches a hammer blow.) Then throat.
further down into the crypts. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION .5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing.BALCONY . Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows. CRACK! Karate chop to throat. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . He has seen the lantern light. Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move. POV .NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard. dropping him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun. picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase. He draws his gun and approaches. the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. reaches around him. John? When he gets no answer. HOLMES Hhhmm. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . 6 7 OMITTED INT. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase. THWACK! Hammer blow to ear.Rev. But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG. good cigar. BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground. THUG What’s goin’ on. ducks down into the shadows. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket.
ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. Thought I’d left the stove on. out of sight. reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE.) Watson. You did. doesn’t take it. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. WATSON You left this behind. distaste. processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. CUT TO: This is what they do. HOLMES Perfect timing. Right. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. Watson hands him his pistol. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) . Just got it. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat. Eyes alive with intelligence. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something. WATSON Getting his troops in formation.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like.
7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Yeah. s’me.Rev. but not the man underneath. WATSON (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A. 7 He can see the hat.
We do not yet see his face. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. Some kind of ritual is about to climax. A sword has been placed at her feet. using headbutts. 7 Watson takes out the two men. Watson closer to Blackwood. lit with candles at each corner. Blackwood simply ignores them. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. knees. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. and elbows.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Less artful. trance-like. Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. Blackwood chants softly. Still kneeling. not caring if they make a noise or not. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. 8 9 OMITTED INT. Holmes and Watson head down.Rev. Her eyes roll back in her head. as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. WATSON (CONTINUED) . still hooded. We do not see his face. fast. He is more of a brawler. the woman rises up like a broken puppet. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl. ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. but no less effective. real. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6.BALCONY . Suddenly. Their footsteps echo.NIGHT Thugs dispatched. 9A INT. powerful stuff. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation. never stops. This is spooky. The girl. shrouded in shadow. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure).
His eyes are intense. That’s more than Watson can take. doctor. he is tapped into something dark and cruel.Rev. Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. BLACKWOOD Well done. Blackwood throws back his hood. ready to plunge the point into her heart. We finally see his face. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . WATSON Stay right there. as a medical man. strangely. No. Holmes lunges. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. BLACKWOOD Tell me. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny. trains it on Blackwood.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . grabs the woman’s arm. Holmes. almost mockingly. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -. Look. She collapses. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. And Watson as well. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly. Watson raises his gun.
as Lestrade and his men finally appear. the girl’s parents hired me. really nasty concealed weapon. Look. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help. HOLMES Impeccable timing..9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Watson looks. you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. not the Yard. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony. fun. POLICEMEN flood the area. almost invisible --. Watson looks. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. Lestrade. HOLMES If I had. and sees it and his eyes flare wide. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8. sees nothing. Besides. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE. (CONTINUED) ..? It is.the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye. What a shame.
shakes his head. Lestrade. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. 9A Lestrade turns. put chains on him. a piece of photo paper on top. hating himself for needing to.Rev. frustrated. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. Lestrade eyes the double circle. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray. As usual. 10 10A .9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. he turns to Holmes. a bench strewn with scientific equipment.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops. Have a cigar. Grudgingly. not understanding them. CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. She’s still mouthing the incantation. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. reluctantly. the pentacle. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. HOLMES Bravo.
. coming to rest on the letter “H. 10B 10C INT. shaking hands with a royal.. LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers. The men are front page news now. Holmes and Watson getting older. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT. 10D 10E INT.” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD. light as it is exposed. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY.SHERLOCK HOLMES . The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. unaccustomed to flashes. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files. holding a goose by its feet and smiling... 10G . 2/2/09 10. 10C 10D INT... the article bigger.Rev. they look more confident. 10B INT. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. This time.. More and more headlines. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. solving crimes. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson. older. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper.. Their eyes are shut for the photo.” 10F 10G INT. and.
(CONTINUED) 12 . 2/2/09 11. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals. Captain. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. . 10H INT.. thanks to you. A raven lands on the entry gate.AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter.” one metal time.SHERLOCK HOLMES . HUDSON. The whole thing is fed into a printing press. 12 INT. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. . CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years. MRS. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL.. 221 BAKER ST. very good. she shoos it away. a whirring mass of wheels and gears. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -. everything in its place.” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street. 221 BAKER ST.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS. and inside. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image. walks up the steps. 10J 11 EXT.all is neat and tidy. WATSON 71 over 104. Papers are bundled and tied. dominating the front page. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type. walking down the street with the day’s shopping.Rev.
too. I hope? WATSON No -. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -.your new offices. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA. There won’t be so many stairs. 12 Watson is pleased by that. And there’ll be a woman’s touch.Rev. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .ground floor.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation. just to be safe. (beat) I’ll be right back. writes a prescription on a piece of paper.S. 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O. Philips hits the floor. (CONTINUED) . then helps Captain Philips to his feet. terrified.Rev.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer.
WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. let’s go down. Mrs.Rev. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. MRS.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . shoots up the stairs with the paper.HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. WATSON You’re not going in at all. . WATSON I smell burning. (CONTINUED) 13 . Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. HUDSON Come on. MRS. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. Hudson. 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. not while he’s in this state. 12 He heads out. MRS. Urgent. Captain. It’ll be quieter. that’s all. Watson takes the newspaper from her. Which is a relief to Mrs. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. 221 BAKER ST. 13 INT. HUDSON. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. MRS. heads towards them. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. his landlady.
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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 * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening. HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. you have nothing to do? Nothing. I insist you get out of here. Mary’s coming. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. My favorite. WATSON So. Not available. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. 14 WATSON . For dinner. HOLMES Then it’s not official. Absolutely. Holmes. you’ve been in this room for two weeks. on earth..14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and your friend. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there. * (CONTINUED) . at all.Rev.. The Royale. A little smile from Holmes. Wonderful.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . a surreptitious argument between waiters. Mary and Watson on either side of him. He is quite uncomfortable in this setting. It all becomes quite overbearing. The dog wakes up and runs out. The Royale. we see a hint of fear in his eyes. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably. WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -.Rev. She’s beautiful. Holmes stands. For the first time. the name on a bottle of wine. MARY The pleasure’s mine. WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. Mr. HOLMES My pleasure. And then Watson and Mary arrive. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table. Holmes gestures politely. THE ROYALE . 14 WATSON It’s happening. Holmes! WATSON You’re early. and clearly a woman worth marrying.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. 30s. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks. CUT TO: 15 INT. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced. Holmes. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. talking. She extends her hand. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . like it or not. intent on each other -. they sit. Half past eight. It really is a thrill to meet you. Watson exits. WATSON And wear a jacket.looks again.
Wilkie Collins. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.Rev. 15 (CONTINUED) . 16A..15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Poe. WATSON (proudly) It’s true.
Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler. born to be a man of action. like all military men.not a good idea. brave. WATSON Those days are behind me.. Then I check his pockets. A stub from a boxing match. Take Watson.. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) . But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -. by the way..15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . MARY Watson likes that. MARY With all due respect. HOLMES (livening up) Oh. Strong. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. HOLMES Yes. Holmes less so -. Holmes. you know him. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once. though. I intend to. And neat.. so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier. see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that. no no. Mary laughs. ah.Rev. HOLMES . The little details are by far the most important... 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes. right behind you. Mr. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details.a forced chuckle.
it’d be wonderful. (instantly) You’re a governess. Holmes (CONTINUED) .Rev. actually. HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. I doubt -MARY No. Watson’s getting nervous. Well done. MARY I insist. stops him. reaches for the wine.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. MARY Charlie’s 7. So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. well done. Mary nods. WATSON Yes. 15 HOLMES Yes. HOLMES It’s breathing.
.Rev. MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. It’s from Asprey’s. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. (beat) However. anyway. please. India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off. flawless.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -. A very impetuous act by the boy. 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear. 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. WATSON Give us a few minutes.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself. not the gems of a governess.. He shakes his head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18. (CONTINUED) . pours wine for all.
Rev. 15 Holmes. I didn’t leave my fiance. As Holmes talks. A doctor perhaps. But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly. turns back. intensely focused. Watson gets up.. The restaurant goes silent... manic. faster. pauses. moves to help Mary to her feet. Holmes pauses.. They’re leaving. then: HOLMES You were engaged. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19. Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) . he died.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She turns to leave. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone.
laughing. It interests him. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . looks around.an array of plates piled high. -.bangs his fists together and moves in. His opponent. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him. old man. He is stripped to the waist. The waiter puts them down.and Watson goes with her. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -. He just sees their mouths moving. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. Holmes hears no words.then pauses. Their orders arrive -.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD. (CONTINUED) . He tastes his own blood from a split lip. Suddenly. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt.the sounds muffled and indistinct -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20. PUNCH BOWL PUB . This is soothing to him. McMURDO -. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. all sinew and gristle. spaghetti style.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant.huge but flabby -.Rev. 15 WATSON Well done. talking.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow. The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --. She’s lovely.
He turns back to McMurdo. sometimes even drops his hands. Once or twice. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21.Rev. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. But that’s all.SHERLOCK HOLMES . tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. Holmes rolls over. not just think. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. smiles. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. Well done. it was most pleasurable. the sound floods back into the room. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. And as I said. Holmes is completely in control --. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here. when the big man leaves an obvious opening. He looks for the woman. (CONTINUED) . McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. HOLMES Thank you. thank you. moment. She’s gone. He throws nothing in return. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. Holmes begins walking away. He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him. stands. just using his reflexes to protect himself. Finished.until he notices a face at ringside. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. 15A-17 He’s able to feel.
CHARLIE. The crowd falls silent.Rev. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. but from Holmes’ POV. Taking a huge swig. incorporating exotic martial arts. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. casting jagged shadows. braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves. 18A INT. Steps back into the ring. A full-scale riot is on. He doesn’t care. The crowd applauds.CORRIDOR . nearly invisible. Holmes stops. battered on the outside. Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. working into a fever pitch. he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms.SHERLOCK HOLMES . locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. they’re not sure if they like it. His eyes tick slowly. over and out. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. A row of stone cells.NIGHT A candle shivers. catching him on the back of the head. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. He grabs a bottle in his hand. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . all is calm. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. which buckles altogether wrong. Holmes strides out of the bar. scanning McMurdo. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Hm. there really isn’t any sport. hand. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. Feels the back of his head. soothed inside. who is frozen on the spot. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas. He turns. He sees the crowd fall silent. McMurdo falls.
18A SHERLOCK HOLMES . a headless sphinx. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23. The Guard Captain continues around the corner. lies convulsing on the floor. GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense. We see another guard. A hint of some method to his madness. And now he’s in some kind of fit.NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. resumes his soft murmur. He’s confused. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. an upside-down cross. Blackwood. PENTONVILLE PRISON . The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. the Captain starts COUGHING. WHISPERING ungodly sounds. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. get. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly. GUARD CAPTAIN All right. He coughs harder. (CONTINUED) . That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again. he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells. 19 INT. JACK. down here and get him to the infirmary. LOUDER. Eyes closed.Rev. sketches of animals. GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -.
(CONTINUED) . keeps coughing. spits it out onto the stone floor. horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. windowsill flutters away. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP. knee. The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. terrified.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 19 Blackwood keeps whispering. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A.Rev. He looks down. Prisoners start SHOUTING.
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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
WATSON Well. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence.Rev. You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence. HOLMES You’re right.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I have your cut from last night.. locked safely away in my drawer. (CONTINUED) . Watson. HOLMES It’s too small for you. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. I was aware she’d been engaged. Watson punches him square in the face. Silence. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26. it’s my property and I want it back. Holmes rubs his jaw. I’ll keep it with your check book. Holmes takes off his shirt. Silence. 23 HOLMES Oh. She told me. Holmes puts on his vest. WATSON That’s my waistcoat.. by the way. HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening.
looks out the opposite window. Holmes frowns. 23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window. .23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA.Rev.
I’ve no business with him while he’s alive. Police keep them away from the entrance. 24 25 OMITTED 25 . Watson stops.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 26A. 24 EXT. WATSON You go ahead.EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. Blackwood’s death is the headline. Holmes heads inside.Rev. PENTONVILLE PRISON . papers are for sale. Religious zealots and occultists swarm.
. BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me. sir. PENTONVILLE PRISON .. There’s something about him. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place. who’s reading aloud to himself. 26 27 INT. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd. strolling insouciantly. sir. it’s like he can get inside your head. HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. getting closer.CORRIDOR . In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood. sees Holmes. The Guard high-tails it out of there. All the cells are now EMPTY.DAWN A pale. They share a smile -. 2/2/09 27. Holmes listens.Rev. Blackwood pauses. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 26 INT. Thank you. HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em. No way this creep’s getting to him.SHERLOCK HOLMES . GUARD Much obliged. 27 (CONTINUED) ..BLACKWOOD’S CELL .DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is. thank you.two heavyweights sizing each other up.. if you have other duties to attend to. turns. otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands.
HOLMES Actually.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and that’s why you’re really here. BLACKWOOD How can I help? HOLMES I’d already followed the murders with some interest and while my heart went out to the families of the victims. Suddenly. HOLMES However. (CONTINUED) . Blackwood is right at the bars.I am merely the channel. by comparison. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -. the men are close together. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear.Rev. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. Despite the bars between them. your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. close to Holmes. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. a sacrifice. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. Blackwood. and there is nothing you can do to save them. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. Holmes. HOLMES I must say. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. I need you. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. Holmes steps back. shakes his head. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. As Holmes walks away. BLACKWOOD Mr. Steel your mind. Holmes.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (MORE) (CONTINUED) . I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -.Rev. of course. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. HOLMES Bon voyage. and it worries me. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic.after you’re hanged. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. Blackwood calls after him. you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords. Then you would serve a greater purpose. too. you must widen your gaze. I might have spared five lives.
MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. Not for this one. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST. CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) . Watson is there too. We get a good look at some of the faces. PENTONVILLE PRISON . members of the government and cops.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. The place is bustling with cops and officials. HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest.Rev.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Father. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. 27 28 INT. 29A. 29 INT. 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 . LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing. Blackwood walks up into the noose. PENTONVILLE PRISON .
His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning.DAY Holmes is out cold. CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening. dead. 221 BAKER STREET . lying on his tiger skin rug. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. Legs fall through and yank tight.29 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The show is over.S. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible. 30 INT.) London’s so bleak this time of year. . 29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly. CRACK! His eyes fly open. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30.Rev. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck.
. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. Irene gets up to cross the room.. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. just before she turns back to face him. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. stunned by this intrusion.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . olives.. As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. She leans down. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up. She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him. cracking walnuts.. Irene opens the file. 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs.. IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. dried fruit. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess.. etc. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. her back to Holmes. Dates from Jordan. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31.Rev.
Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. husbands. There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. HOLMES But your signature is clear. revealing and enormous diamond. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. Holmes almost melts. Plus. Then. HOLMES Ah. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . No ring? IRENE He snored. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. They move to sit at the table.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 30 HOLMES Simply studying your methodology for when the authorities ask me to hunt you down. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. Let’s not dwell on the past. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand.Rev. TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. HOLMES And you.
Rev. IRENE I’m my own man. She hands him the envelope. 30 IRENE This is all the information you need.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33. HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment. she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .
does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. I didn’t say I’d take the case. 31 INT. John. Irene keeps moving. IRENE 31 * * * * * * -. waits for her to pass -Hello. 221 BAKER ST. IRENE They gave me our old room. As she walks out she puts her photo back upright. Holmes examines the envelope. . On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel. HOLMES Keep your money. .STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in. She pauses behind him as she exits.Rev.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins. She ignores him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A. He lifts his hat.
SHERLOCK HOLMES . You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . She sniffs them appreciatively. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. but for me. looks around her. Too dark to see much in there. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street. She turns into the alley. 32 EXT. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. CARRIAGE Irene sits. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). Someone waiting outside takes the paper. finally prepared to engage with her. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out. Looks. 2/2/09 34. and their footsteps clatter away. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. Before she can speak.Rev. Moriarty closes the window. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. CUT TO: 32 33 INT. a gesture from the shadow stills her. gets in. Pauses. walks on. and the carriage starts moving.
LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA. 33 I’m certain.33 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the coach comes to a halt. I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. it’s accurate. Ow. they lurch forward. me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) . A better word. 34 EXT.Rev.
(CONTINUED) .Rev. yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up. He has disgusting blackened teeth. sir. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. 34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over. yes it would. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A. sir.
Watson approaches.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room. 35 INT. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style). The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar. I’m sorry. This is a hopeless cause -. 34 He reaches toward the window. I -WATSON I know.. HOLMES Thank you. Leaping about. all aflutter. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead..Rev. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. WATSON Look at you. She’d love that. very concerned. anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . 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. The carriage moves on.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . completely transformed now. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35. .Watson won’t stop. utterly alive. who backs off in fear. you were going to explain something. Within a nanosecond. she made a proper idiot of you. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out. 221 BAKER ST. HOLMES You’ve had your fun. Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain. almost enraged. WATSON What’s she after.
a human canoe. I don’t agree. She likes ginger dwarfs. Go on. said too much. Holmes.. missing two front teeth. red hair.. we’ve had our last case together. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. I’ve . Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. WATSON I’ve upset you. Holmes grabs the envelope back. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. I can tell. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. Holmes picks up his violin. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. Those are my dates.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes looks like he’s had enough. WATSON I won’t interrupt. It’s more than a technicality. Luke Reordon. four foot ten. a beard.Rev. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. HOLMES Regrettably. WATSON I’ve already read it.
and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street. Holmes plucks his violin.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . he steps quickly to a window. turning down an alley. Before Watson can speak. The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect. 221 BAKER ST. WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do. 35 HOLMES No. 221 BAKER ST. Alright. 36 FLASHBACK . . . Once Irene leaves. I’m just saying. the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. 221 BAKER ST.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. IRENE Why don’t I see myself out.Rev.REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof. He lands just right. Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. He bolts into -36A INT. doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. . 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 .INT.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs.
Quick as a snake. sweetheart. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -. trapping her. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. 38B (CONTINUED) . Irene frisks him expertly. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES.SHERLOCK HOLMES . There is excitement in her eyes. 38 EXT. Another man steps in behind her. 38B INT. cutting his belt.who is scrofulous and sly -. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you. Even without the man -.Rev.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. signalling the mugger to be quiet.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley. eyes bulging. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. She’s mugging the mugger. then his clothes. He obeys. 2/2/09 37. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth. Still holding the roses. 38 38A EXT. this turns her on. IRENE Oh. He closes in to grab her --. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. all the way to his collar. dropping him immediately.but at the other side. how nice of you.
runs on. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously. which is being assembled. -. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. rubs it on his face and hands. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. 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. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. 39 EXT. does it? And -naughty boy -.here’s another one. 38B IRENE Oh. snags a lump of coal. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. He hurries after Irene down the alley.and leaves. I’ll return them.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . shall I? She takes both wallets. catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. 38C EXT. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely. Holmes picks up the pace. she turns back. He drops a coin in his hand. On second thoughts. Doesn’t look like yours. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out. He runs past a coal cart. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. then pops it in his mouth. that’s the Irene I know. then leaves. takes his wallet too. chews it to blacken his teeth. thank you. 39 38C .Rev. a wallet. look.
After all. .. I may not have a choice. Breathless. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me.Rev. A man has to make a living. 40 INT. HOLMES This man intrigues me. 2/2/09 37B. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door. WATSON Which is no mean feat. scared. scared.S. thinking.) Mister Holmes. Holmes motions to the bills. WATSON And yet she works for him.SHERLOCK HOLMES . pale. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O. at once.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin. That’s bad money. He’s got Adler on edge... HOLMES She’s intimidated. WATSON You know what.. sir. HOLMES Well..? He turns to see.. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table. It’s nothing to do with me. Watson. 221 BAKER ST. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own. (CONTINUED) . but leave this case.
sir. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. Us means you. 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. You means us.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. HOLMES Watson. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening. you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. Clarky laughs. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . grab a compass. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. They all move to the exit. It appears he’s come back from the dead. just this morning.Rev. Watson walks into his office. it’s a matter of professional integrity.
They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt. scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance.Rev. Not a place for a picnic. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints.DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials. not even on a bright sunny day -.DAY Judging by the estate. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE .ESTABLISHING . THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT . Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. A COP stops the carriage. opens the door.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 38aA. Holmes and Watson exit.and it’s starting to rain. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT. WATSON Look at this mess. and lots of it. We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. 41 EXT. 42 (CONTINUED) . Watson barely lifts his head. Blackwood comes from old money. 41 42 EXT.
They’d rather be anywhere but here. whispering to themselves. spooked.this is interesting. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A. As Holmes and Watson approach. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -. The cops are in tight clusters. once again.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . shaken. Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT. He is sweating. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. Lestrade emerges from the crypt.
Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. The witness is over there. pale and terrified. LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. and the image of a SPHINX. drags his boys in close.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Lestrade waves it off. He notices the Blackwood CREST. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. The old GROUNDSKEEPER. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . LESTRADE Explain it if you can. You can question him if you like -. not a word. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now. duly chastened. Watson heads for him. Holmes. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand. checking the hinges.Rev. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone. Holmes inspects the door. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. direction. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod.but you won’t get much. LESTRADE (low. On second thought.smashed outward like they were nothing. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned.
Lestrade stomps up. or the Yard. Holmes chuckles. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt. step back. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. Four beefy. HOLMES Inspector. crossing themselves. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. (at Watson.Rev. a few moments. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. looking in his eyes. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. him. He’s in shock. WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. murmuring.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . They place it on the ground. LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. 42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. plainly terrified. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40.
. HOLMES All yours. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. with red hair. to reveal. (CONTINUED) . Lestrade looks at it with dismay. HOLMES Inspector. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. disturbed. Watson’s had enough. in everyday clothes.snatches the crowbar away. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth. begins examining the body.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. They brush away a layer of dirt. He marches forward --. WATSON Lividity is late stage. Watson opens his forensic kit. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot. eerie groan. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket.a small measure of revenge.. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood.three quarters of an inch. the cops move backward. Holmes and Lestrade move forward. jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. The coffin is filled with EARTH. A DEAD BODY in the coffin. Inspector.. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. still stunned. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen.. He takes a CALIPER. overflowing. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. 42 But no one moves. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago. silver tools.Rev. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. Vials.
HOLMES Now the game is afoot. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them. This one has five. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. Trust me. They all stop. (turns. And I’m not daft. ready to unburden himself.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O. anxious.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. Lestrade follows. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . They all want to get the hell out of there. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound.Rev. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT. LONDON STREET . It’s not natural. He was as alive as you or me. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. Watson. suddenly.. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily.S. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt. leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. (etc.. Most drunks are the same.) He was walking. It’s not right. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along. 51 Just eat. Watson appears preoccupied. WATSON You know. (CONTINUED) . I once heard a man predict his death. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him. I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain.Rev.
there are several sets of initials scored into the lid. WATSON Maddison and Haig. instead of theories to suit facts. screws it into his eye. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data. Excellent.Rev. Watson looks quite chuffed. HOLMES Very good.H. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP.. (CONTINUED) ... 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43. Invariably. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own. HOLMES Let’s see now. He examines the lid. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. HOLMES Hmm. and flips Reordon’s watch open. HOLMES The most recent is M. His face falls. hence the scratches.. you end up twisting facts to suit theories. Watson shakes his head. 51 HOLMES (mouth full.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks. Adler’s midget is the key to this. scratches around the keyhole.
here we are.. RESPECTABLE. wait. Not in blood but in bond. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. I see the letters S and an L.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . PAWNBROKERS. DISCREET. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary. WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. ahead of them there on Bow Street. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. No.Rev. On the watch. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord. no. attention. PALM READER I see two men. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG. brothers. She has their (CONTINUED) . a J. Holmes and Watson look at each other. PALM READER Reckon your future. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed.. They should give us an address. the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. HOLMES WATSON The time. thank you. I think not. You remember.
.even for you. lace doilies. Enough.. WATSON This is a new low -. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force...... (horrified) Patterned table clothes. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman.. I see.. WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence. another M. Mary? You will be married. china figurines...51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. I see.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B. PALM READER I see a letter. Watson looks at Holmes. PALM READER She turns to fat..Rev. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness... (CONTINUED) . the letter M. Watson snatches his hand away. WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes.
HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . And you know it yourself. PALM READER I seen something in his hand. storms into Madison and Haig. Why. and Holmes is not.. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. Here we are. Watson. produces a wad of coins.MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. LONDON EAST END . Warn your friend. Darkness and great pain. (CONTINUED) . Now Watson is smiling. he’s not safe. As he follows Watson. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. the pawnshop behind them. 52 EXT. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm. looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside.Rev. pleased with himself. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. as well you should be. Mortal peril. Even Holmes is taken aback by this.. Not bad. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. 52 He slows. HOLMES Looks promising. give my regards to Mary. Oh. Some (CONTINUED) . well. dingy LODGING HOUSE. windows are boarded up.Rev. looks up at a dark.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . And possibly dangerous.
CRACK! Watson’s boot flashes past him as he KICKS the door off its hinges. REORDON’S ROOMS . WATSON I can spare ten minutes. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him. he gestures them inside. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch. Something did. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. moves through a door. Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling. finds a door with scratches on the keyhole. crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage. strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. It takes him a while. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. It is fiddly. 55 INT.DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. every available inch is covered in writing. 53 54 OMITTED INT.Rev. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom. 52 Holmes heads for lodging house. He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. Holmes inspects it. (CONTINUED) . biblical Latin and Hebrew.
Hemlock. Holmes moves around the room. HOLMES (inhaling deeply. HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous. impossible to read...55 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. sniffing like a morbid perfumer.. Watson digs through his forensic bag. Formaldehyde. REORDON’S LAB Instantly.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia. Eyes opened impossibly wide.S. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) .. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. their bodies frozen in strange contortions. goes towards.Rev. In the center of the room. loving it) Ammonium sulfate. a seething cloud of flies.. 55 HOLMES (O.) Watson.. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice. Watson does his best not to gag. Watson moves to the stove. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars. 56 INT. as if mid-death-rattle. something ROTTING. A CREST stamped on it. He digs through them. finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. An experiment generating a massive stench. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief.. pulls out vials.. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum.
. 57 58 OMITTED INT. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) . starts walking back to the other room. (stops. The door WHIPS open. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. but something else. puts it by the lantern. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. almost like perfume.. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper. sniffs) Barley sugar. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. tosses one to Watson. Long as it’s not too burnt. Holmes senses something.. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide. raises an eyebrow.. Holmes gets a whiff of something. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on. or sugar. REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room. stops at an open window. moves into the next room. faint words APPEAR on the blank page. Watson catches it. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles. Sucks the iron right out of the ink. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper.. Sweet. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together.. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here. Ghostly chemistry. Slowly. starts pouring the acid.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47.
As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. 58 They are followed by DREDGER. HOLMES Hello. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. swinging at them. eyes widen at the giant. slightly deformed. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. He keeps moving. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. HOLMES You take them. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. a huge man. I’ll handle Mr.Rev.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. gentlemen. Dredger is deadpan. He spins the rod expertly. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. knows it won’t make a dent. It stuns the giant for a beat. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy).58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . who follows them into the room. He looks at Dredger. He catches the rod. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. WATSON Seems about fair. HOLMES Let me guess -. trapping the steel rod under his arm. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. sliding it into his hand as a weapon. Sweet tooth. They stop. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . ripping it down. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48.
and. the first man HURLS his knife. (CONTINUED) . cranks his weapon. A truly pathetic weapon. just as -Dredger flies through the air. Watson fights the first thug. Watson just barely ducks the blade. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. ripping off his pocket. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. One of the blades slices his shirt. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. climbing off of Watson. He blinks. Watson ducks and dodges. who swings the metal shaft desperately. Holmes thinks quickly. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon. as he scrambles toward the ring. kicking the other in the groin. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. scattering all the bottles and tools. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. 58 INT. anything he can grab. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. knocking him off his feet. butting one. blades flashing on either side of him. He sees Dredger incoming. the shaft SPARKS. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. Head The men whip out knives. who falls. trying to gather his senses. sending it across the ground.. a bar-room brawler. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. which SMACKS into the second thug. 58A INT. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. and knocking the ring away. Dredger tries to recover. Dredger lurches toward Holmes.Rev. The rod sparks and hums.. SLAMMING into Watson. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon.
then leaps out the window. 63 EXT. grips his ruined ring. leaps out the window. big wooden chocks hold it in place..FIRST SLIPWAY For now though. He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well.58B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window. which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. starts running for it. Watson darkens. as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. SLIPWAY .. Holmes gives chase. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts. takes an angle to cut off Dredger.. They weave through the shadows. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50. it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water. landing atop a heap of coal.GATE Dredger runs down the street. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING. The vessel can’t be far from completion.DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY.Rev. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. frantic as -Dredger rises. knocking people out of his way. picks up the ring.. Watson chases the engagement ring. just as he’s about to grab it. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through. lost in the floorboards. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. a clear change in his demeanor. bends down. darting around people. the rest of the ring mangled. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. TOOLEY IRONWORKS . and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT. Watson brings up the rear.
A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. SECOND SLIPWAY .CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. sizzles. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer. just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. Watson can see what’s coming. 65 . both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --. The ship LURCHES forward. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. smiles a terrifying smile. the whole thing starts to creak.SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air.. FABRICATION SHED . Holmes backs away. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . Dredger kicks out viciously. Dredger in pursuit. but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER.Rev. hitting him with the lightning-rod. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. knocking him back.. tearing others out of his way.. He reaches out.DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull. and swings the hammer at Holmes. ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt. smashing some of the wooden supports... 64 EXT. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down.. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path. for a moment. Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT. 64A EXT.the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them. And now. splintering another chock. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway. It’s the last straw for the support mechanism. grabs the weapon and. 64B EXT. Dredger tosses the rod.63 SHERLOCK HOLMES . out. FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point.
He’s doomed.once. Holmes collapses back.the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --.CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship.Holmes charges into Dredger again. but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground. Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. He opens one tentative eye.and then the ship’s away. parting the Thames with a vast. as -- 66 66A EXT. The timber finally gives way. SECOND SLIPWAY . Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -. He tries to pull himself to his feet. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs.SHERLOCK HOLMES . eyes rolled back into his head..CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -. SECOND SLIPWAY . And they find: (CONTINUED) . he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. The ground beneath him shakes. Watson arrives. 2/2/09 52. twice -. half expecting to find himself in the after-life. as the leviathan roars down towards him. frothy explosion of water. helps him to his feet. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship. A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and. He tries to roll out of the way. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face. Holmes lies semi-conscious. He realizes the ship has stopped. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard.as he blinks back into consciousness. falling through the air -The ship is free again.Rev. 66 EXT.. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing. A quiet beat.. knocks his head against the runner -.from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds. pulling him backwards across the runners.. And. but he doesn’t know why.
Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep..MORNING The next morning.. deep burn. Watson sits next to him. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months. I clearly deserve it. WATSON I haven’t slept all night. 66A Nothing. Now of course I’m in jail. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him. man. officers swarm the scene. 67 INT. I deserve this. The big man is gone. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled. bloodshot eyes.66A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face. Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief..Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53. He’s reading his notebook. making the odd change here and there. LONDON JAIL . 67 (CONTINUED) .. The police whistles get louder. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you. exhausted. the ship adrift. it was selfdefense. Watson? We were set upon. shaking his head. and. Holmes and Watson. 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. No blood or trace. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration.. They see the wreckage. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow..
Watson snaps at the man. your stealing my clothes. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning..S. 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. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London. Mr. 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. BIG MAN (O. Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat.. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident.) Remember me. Brownlee.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54. Now. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident... I never complain.. WATSON I’m not complaining.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson. Watson challenges him with a look. WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you. HOLMES Ah... your lack of hygiene. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks.Rev. your mess.
You’re not -Me and her. HOLMES What you need is a rest. It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary. HOLMES Watson. Watson now turns away. My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A. We could throw a lamb on the spit. WATSON No. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense.Rev. completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding. Holmes. Watson. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Not you. It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well. You and I could go out to the countryside. We should have her along. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . in the interest of science. I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. I completely understand now. WATSON If I were going to the country. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive.
Holmes looks confused. But the Guard shakes his head. And he does --. 68 INT. Holmes watches him walk out. flanked by prison wardens.he leaves. She gives him a polite nod. He touches his own heart.. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail. (CONTINUED) . bars.. then locks eyes with Mary. The bars slide shut. PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. they see. Just Watson... 67 WATSON You’re not human..67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (touches his own head) . heads off with Watson.. 68 He’s never looked more alone. without this. You don’t get it. MARY emerges from behind the Guard. The mob surrounds Holmes. Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary.Rev. He steps Watson steps up. forward. He must make a decision. turns. do you? You are this. LONDON JAIL .CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B.
68 As the door is opened. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks. in another life. having just been battered through it by Holmes.. HOLMES Lestrade -. LESTRADE We don’t have time. door open. They just paid a small fortune to bail you out. Holmes sees a dark. HOLMES And you. 70 71 (CONTINUED) . you’d have made an excellent criminal. the thug blasts out backwards. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers. 70 71 OMITTED INT. Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper.your usual impeccable timing.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along. Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. 69 EXT.. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat. HOLMES All in good time. sir.Rev. strange carriage waiting. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . an excellent policeman. A public that’s working itself into a frenzy. LESTRADE You know. CARRIAGE Holmes enters. LONDON JAIL .
a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. CUT TO BLACK. After that. Holmes takes in the scene. Lord Chief Justice. HOLMES As to who you are -. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. then right. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves.but Holmes is on a roll.. SIR THOMAS. and who I am. That would be your official title. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. HOLMES As to where I am -.Rev.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on. apologies for summoning you like this. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram. Who you realy are is another matter entirely. Holmes. SIR THOMAS Mr. admittedly. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. He holds a black hood.I was. Holmes shrugs. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. the carriage forked left. Sir Thomas shakes his head. 72 (CONTINUED) . TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. rises from a pile of papers. eyes flicking around the room. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s.. FADE IN: 72 INT.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A.) I think we have the right man. ambitious man in his 30s.the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring.Rev. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. (beat) And as to the mystery -. I suppose. James Square. you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand. what a massive lack of judgement on their part. Coward is a hard. on the northwest corner of St. SIR THOMAS Yes. (CONTINUED) . Standish is an American in his sixties. STANDISH (O.S.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . well. Holmes shakes his head. it’s standard procedure.
practices of our Order? Yes. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols. variations of the SPHINX. or practical magic. Holmes acknowledges them -. That shocks them rigid. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward.as they enter.a rare dark green. We don’t ask you to share our faith.barely -. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) . The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes. fear of your own child. HOLMES They’re almost interesting. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes. Holmes looks around the room. the Home Secretary. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . only our fears. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist. HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. (at Sir Thomas) In this case. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -.Rev. isn’t impressed by rank. yes? You have the same colored irises -.
but she shared our beliefs. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. and we want to keep it that way. Evidently.young Lord Blackwood -. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. more likely. A man who’s just fallen out a window. His mother wasn’t my wife. Holmes is appalled and shows it. No one could prove anything of course. which only pass down through the direct bloodline.. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE.looks on. or. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -. the men consult silently. father and son. digs for something. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . It’s chilling: a death scene.Rev. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. SIR THOMAS We were young. They turn back to Holmes. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went. Sir Thomas opens a bureau. from his birth to arms he made and sold.. Though not enough to survive giving birth to him. come to some sort of conclusion. 58. A photograph from the 1860s.plus identical outer ears. a BODY covered by a sheet. which would make you either brothers.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . or pinna. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information. not survive. 72 Stunned. She was a powerful practitioner. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals. What family he had tended to.
The present and future are worse. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. Sir Thomas. but not for you. As Home Secretary. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. I’ll get him. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. 73 OMITTED 73 . fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. turns.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. Holmes stalks out -. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59. I have considerable influence over the police.stops at the door. leaves. His resurrection is evidence of that. 72 STANDISH All this is history.Rev. (beat) Name your price. HOLMES I have one last question. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead. but it’s not enough. We need you to find him and stop him before he does.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world.
. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people. (CONTINUED) . a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass). and could get you into a lot of trouble. IRENE I knew I could count on you. There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine.. 74 75 INT. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. the least you can do is help me with the buttons. 2/2/09 60. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. That’s better.. Sherlock.SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. Sherlock..DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress. Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage. As she continues. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense. IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon. She pulls long thin needles from her hair. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table. lets her hair down. They both eye the Derringer on the table. 74 EXT. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner.
75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 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. Holmes won’t look at her. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch. IRENE Wonderful. She moves back to the dressing table. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. your gaze was averted.) Let’s not argue. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb. (CONTINUED) . Unbuttoning done. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. refusing to get turned on. I couldn’t see his face. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun. Holmes steps out to confront Irene. Unfairly gorgeous. Case closed then. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments. A professor perhaps? Irene gets up.S. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck. HOLMES Irene steps out. Your services are no longer required. We’re not. IRENE (O. IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own. Your hand was trembling. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61.Rev. and on such a clever contraption.
Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A.Rev. HOLMES IRENE You see. The kiss leads them to the bed. (CONTINUED) . 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. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. hard and angry at first. 75 I disagree. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. IRENE This wine is excellent. Irene kisses him. should really try some. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. becoming something else. HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. not only is it my business. Irene snatches up her gun. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time. Holmes grabs her arm.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently. and the one that disarms Holmes. missing his toe. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. Irene. we are arguing. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer.
75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene pulls him down to it. Irene walks casually across the room. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) .one in shackles. And on my own terms. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. She’s in charge now. HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. 75 That’s better. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise. straddles him. the other with the key. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62. IRENE But free. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. Just like you -.Rev. She gets off him. While he struggles on the bed. She approaches. now dressed as a man. Sherlock -. CLICK! Much better. IRENE He doesn’t resist.well.
NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and. IRENE If anyone asks. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) . Perigrine. throws the handcuff keys down there. I’m going to bed. His butler. please let them know that Mr. moves to the doorway. PERIGRINE. (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. Holmes has no retort. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out. SIR THOMAS No thank you.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . he looks tired.Rev. 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. PERIGRINE Good evening. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. Irene takes the scarf off his neck. stands there waiting for him. (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. IRENE -.but generally speaking. sir.
tries to sit up. goes up. sir. 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. INT. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. drip. Can’t. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A. 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. drip. drip.S. licking his lips.Rev. like the rushing of wind. Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. Thomas smiles.. Relaxing.76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Not all the way. (CONTINUED) . The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on. as he hears an eerie WHISPER O.
but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT... He looks down at himself and reacts with shock. Besides. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time. to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes. slowly. slowly and surely. BLACKWOOD ... 78 INT. Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK. I must admit. then grim recognition sets in. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it. Clothes in total disarray.. it’s better than I thought it would be. as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger.. who watches him drown. The water flows over Sir Thomas.S. a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door.. Sir Thomas’ eyes widen.CORRIDOR .Rev. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis. You can only surrender. Father. lit in a sinister fashion. Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom. still handcuffed to the bed. . Her shriek wakes him. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP. THE GRAND HOTEL . HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way.. The water closes over his face. It comes from a power greater than yours..77 SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. 77 BLACKWOOD (O. HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed. she misinterpreted my intention entirely. He slides back down..) Hello.
78C INT. 78B EXT.this is. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter.so that Const. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. The body was in the tub. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark. Right now. eyes wide open --.Rev. No sign of a break-in. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. in full virtuoso detective mode. As Constable Clark continues in. 65.only his ring was missing. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . The tub has been drained. finds him right back at the doorway. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you. Clark ends up talking to thin air. why he exists. The coach stops.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C . in fact. CONSTABLE CLARK Well. HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason. He turns. The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. there is no latitude for misunderstanding.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. The Butler didn’t hear anything. puzzled. right here is where Holmes is at his very best -. continues into the bathroom. looking for Holmes. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket).
He glances around the room. it may mean he looks down from a window sill. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. Hmm.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . not provide comfort to the corpse. Holmes is happy. What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. HOLMES Data.Rev. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself.. jasmine? HOLMES Superb.Holmes is not their boss. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. opens it.. And. sits in it himself. sniffs it. scoops it up. I suspect this comes from a larger cannister.. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. logic is rare. Constable. Both cops hesitate -. high up where it’s warm and dry. data. (CONTINUED) . leans over. Now Holmes can really get down to work. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. or in a linen closet with a vent. The decent thing to do is catch the killer. It’ll either be in the pantry. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common. Holmes swivels.
Rev. 78C His eyes keep moving. The dust has a line down it.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . as if the wall cracked open. noticing something on a wall. runs his hand along a layer of dust. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B. He steps toward it. revealing: (CONTINUED) . grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. Holmes steps to the sink.
a cow’s BONE.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) .Rev. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. a large sharp FANG. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS . 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels. .they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. Clark and the Officer return. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. He is well into packing his things. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS. opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT. On the altar. They are startled by the secret room --. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table. spellbooks.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . (vis I have no that. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper. and the wall shifts. The office is full of boxes. Maybe he continues singing between words. and a FEATHER. four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. As soon as they arrive. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. just as -78F INT. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out. He pushes the panel. and ancient texts. 221 BAKER ST. HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. the walls and shelves are very sparse. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66.Const.
(CONTINUED) . HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use.Rev.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop. Holmes steps into the room. revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging. HOLMES Figure of speech. WATSON There isn’t any. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large. 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper. Holmes steps aside. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. They unzip the bag. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. boys.
He’s an inspiring conversationalist. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. (alt: He has more humor than you.Rev. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. Watson keeps packing. 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. he’s your friend from Reordon’s. Holmes analyzes the body.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . * * * (CONTINUED) . starting. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. of all places. WATSON HOLMES No. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat.) Really. Frustrated. Poor fellow.
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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...
82B INT. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down. trying to dry himself. It’s why he’s here. betrayed. He hits the door to a building. gone as fast as it came. It is locked. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. Effective immediately. and come back more powerful than ever. As he enters. as the rain comes harder.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them. we see the rain stops behind him.NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . A RAVEN flaps into the night. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. He looks as if he’s been to hell. BLACKWOOD I am humbled. Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O. industry -they were given to me for a purpose. STANDISH Are you mad. Blackwood enters. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . He raises his collar. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . shipping. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. He looks up. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne. He bangs on the door.all except STANDISH. surprised by the rain.S. wiping the raindrops off his coat. The crowd is stunned. The door finally opens.) Of course he does. and keeps moving. He stays standing as they all sit -.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES .COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room. I am honored. turns to the others -. Standish looks at Coward. (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions.Rev. as he enters -83 INT.
even death holds no sway.Rev. Now.. Blackwood smiles -.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . at noon tomorrow..he’s won. a future ruled by us. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history. Then. (beat) . The men are beginning to like what they hear. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries. A different future... prowls. Their civil war weakened them. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -. (beat) With their resources and our power. we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. the whole world will. for without death there can be no rebirth. Blackwood stands. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71. BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one. We’ll take it from them. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours.. we’ll create the future. we’ll remake the world. their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours. (beat) England will know our power.. sir. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No. you’ll make it openly. and will be again. Nobody moves. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late. (CONTINUED) .
Flames consuming him. cross themselves. as his body contorts. gape. Standish pulls a gun. surveys them. The flames flicker blinding white. They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . 83B INT. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. People scream. But as he aims it -.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. lighting city blocks. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. Standish flails.Rev.he IGNITES. melting away. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. faint. shocked.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage. are terrified. gasp. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. but they are with him. as they witness this unnatural act. terrified. LONDON STREET . People look up. 83 In desperation.
83B Blackwood turns to Coward. It doesn’t taste good. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE. but it tastes like power. BLACKWOOD Come. drink your allegiance here. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) .83B SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. nods. As they drink. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice.
84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES .NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames. doctor? Army type. (CONTINUED) . 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. nothing to worry about. Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. He whispers at Tanner. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW. We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . WE SEE a boat is being loaded. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -.CAPTAIN TANNER. Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. EXT. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. the boat drifts. and furious. TANNER Just a little leak. Holmes starts clambering over the side. Watson glares. Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard. HOLMES Everything all right. The engine shudders off. are you. He’s soaked. TANNER Not a great one for the water. Wharves stretch out into the water. Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. 84 Use them.ESTABLISHING . Holmes scans the banks with a telescope.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73. Coward nods. Watson’s pissed.
Holmes looks back at Watson.Rev. Watson steps forward. let’s get this over with. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. watch. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. Watson glares. where two more THUGS patrol. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. etc. goes over the side. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. Tanner nods. the closest he’ll come to a confession. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it. Send for the police when you get there. doctor. WATSON Come on. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN. says nothing. takes the gun. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. with his walking stick. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows. towards the entrance. (CONTINUED) . covered in mud. Watson does.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. please. Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward.
86 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes catches up. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . passing Watson into -89 INT. He slows. and pockets it as he follows Watson. He inspects it. like a plaintive wail. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . WATSON (O. spooked. Holmes. The big one’s been drinking -. trying to figure out the best strategy.Rev. Holmes and Watson move through it. stopped in his tracks. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here. A truly creepy scene.whether for courage or from habit. looks at shadows. Holmes notices rows of empty tables. He picks one up. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive.) You need to see this.. He turns. picks up one of the dead rats. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors. A few RATS lay dead. 89 87 88 Holmes looks up..TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. notices that both men have hip flasks. Watson? Watson has already left. inspecting it. As they go.. takes a whiff. Metal groans softly. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness. Nothing. not minutes ago. (CONTINUED) . Holmes follows.. some kind of dark spore. sees something on its skin. He simply walks up to the door and whacks the larger man in the face with the gun -before dispatching the other with a backhand pistol-whip.S. He runs his finger through a layer of dust.ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. might prove easily distracted. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75. Holmes whispers. sensing something behind him. Holmes slows.
time? WATSON It’s a date. Holmes tightens. as he joins Watson. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen. his eyes narrow.’ Another voice completes the passage. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. This is the killing floor. slipping it into his pocket. HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. and have the keys of hell and of death. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . whispering in the wind. 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER.) ‘And behold. his voice echoes. (CONTINUED) . Misfire. At noon tomorrow.S. the ceiling. gliding on a track.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. as the hooks move through the air. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL. strangely. a 118. swaying softly.Rev. 90 Holmes shakes his head. I am alive forevermore. Blackwood continues. Click. lifeless and silent for now. Shadows hang heavy around him. draws a bead on Blackwood. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness. Amen.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. stepping into -90 INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam. the world as you know it ends.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES . ‘I am He that liveth. On the high walls. Watson pulls his gun. and was dead. An automated butchery on a grand scale. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O. ticking. Revelation 1:18. pulls the trigger. Now you see the truth for yourself. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh.
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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.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene swings sideways violently. pulls her horizontal. painted red. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS. Irene swings aside. equipment. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water.and Watson catches her feet.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. Shit a brick.smashes the shackle lock. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. 90A -.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. still shackled by her right hand. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -. swings the cleaver with all his might --. As Watson holds Irene. scalded pig carcass precedes them. catches up to Irene --. (PLEASE NOTE. she’s showing nerves. Holmes wastes no time. The bandsaw whines viciously. Sherlock? IRENE Now. She’s still shackled. So is Sherlock. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. He braces himself on the belt. Holmes darts through a trimming station. leaves her for Holmes to deal with. jumps onto the belt. (CONTINUED) . just misses it. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand. he spots a small. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. Irene rides the belt upwards. the scorched. Holmes clambers the Up ahead. grabs one. but that’s all. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH.close one -. sprints for the switch. following her.
their eyes locking. boiled.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . falls forward. heads for the door.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched. They’re okay. looking for Blackwood. Lately there’ve been rumors of something new. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. stops her. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles). More powerful than anything else. Irene unhooks herself.. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A. Irene gives Holmes a sweet. grabs her. Irene. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. 90A Gets a free haircut. turns. I owe you.Rev. Finally. looks down --. (angry) No more games. HOLMES You owe me information. gets up. Then Holmes is under her. cutin-half pig carcasses. Watson sprints towards where they fell. -.pulls a knife. heads after Watson. taking Holmes with her. They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME.. Watson shakes his head. magical. (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) . She looks at Holmes. And.
They blast through the doors to -91 EXT. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. it. For a moment. Holmes races towards her as more explosions.Rev. WATSON Time slows. 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.. 81. but to safety. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock.. HOLMES WAATTTSSSSSONNN!!!! Holmes is pushed back barrels that line the it looks as it Watson knocked to the ground by the explosion as the rest of the dock begin exploding arond them -hasn’t survived. occasionally knocking him to the ground. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. Holmes trails her. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . running toward the door. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock. 90A And she’s off. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. processing. He reaches Irene. looking around the dock. Holmes slows. Watson! A chemical. it lights up all of London.
HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes. makes his escape fast. they spot Watson. HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed.is intercepted by Constable Clark. 93 INT. reaches for the handle. HOSPITAL . One reads the paper. Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. Holmes turns away. she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. studying Watson’s chart. 92 INT. Clarky. sir. unsure whether to enter or not. helps him gently to his knees. The two coppers nod respectfully. pauses. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend. 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now. alive. there is a smear on her cheek. HOLMES Thank you. Mary stays at the door. Irene has disappeared. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. THROUGH THE GLASS.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. so make it look good. CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. but unconscious.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup. but --.Rev.
his eyes still closed. sweating. He mumbles inaudibly. bruised. 93 Watson is burned. scraped. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A. He’s delirious. pock-marked with shrapnel. (CONTINUED) .Rev.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . cut.
This reveals that Mary has entered the room. wincing with pain. coat. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. The shot wakes him. Doctor. private life. WATSON Are they subcutaneous. already in the room. etc. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. (CONTINUED) . who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. Watson tries to sit up again. letting the Doctor do his work.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I’ll extract them myself. WATSON Get a mirror. A sixth of a grain. handbag. stands back respectfully. WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. for the pain. 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines.Rev. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that. The surgeon should be along shortly. Watson tries to sit up. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily.) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. WATSON I haven’t time for that.
93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A. patients. both our lives are lost. The Doctor has no words. MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um. WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures.. sharper look at the Doctor.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She’s suddenly very angry.. to face her. The Doctor turns just outside the door. worth many wounds. Mary steps towards the Doctor. but not surprised.. Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other.. eyes flashing. ON MARY As she takes a closer.. MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed. I’ll check in on him again shortly.Rev. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . Do you really? MARY Doctor. MARY If anything happens to him..
leaves fast. MARY -.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES .or are you so selfish that’s just not possible.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B. turns. 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer. .
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CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 94 INT. HOSPITAL . 94 . 2/2/09 84A.Rev.
They begin to overflow with tears. cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle. he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. LONDON . Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor. 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. 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT. We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. opens the blade.but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes.SHERLOCK HOLMES .NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. He pulls a pocket knife from his coat. There is something grotesque about his face. A train crosses on an overhead railway. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand. Gathering himself. obscuring him --. The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock). Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. 2/2/09 85. Emotions swirling. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). disturbed. hair. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone.Rev. so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. feather. PUNCH BOWL PUB . The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock). fang) from Sir Thomas’ house.ATTIC Holmes enters. (CONTINUED) . possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. 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 -. Parts of it hang down. He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle. horrified. 94A EXT.
He struggles to focus on Blackwood. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting. (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD (O. Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame. Holmes sways. you begin to recognize your part in his play. fuzzy. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -. Holmes snaps around. followed by a larger circle beyond that.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev.as it hits the ground. the circle around Holmes ignites.S.) And now it dawns on you. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you. 95 Then he begins to chant.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86.Rev.. PUNCH BOWL PUB . he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind.the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT.. so I could die on the biggest stage of all. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. You made me what I am. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head. or is he hallucinating. BLACKWOOD . 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB.just as we saw Reordon in his coffin. has Blackwood killed Holmes.. Holmes’ eyes snap open. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head. (CONTINUED) 96 97 .ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS. Why would I take a sixth under St. he can barely see straight.
We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT. THE SPHINX. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE. Holmes’ eyes snap open.just as we saw Standish. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. THE DEAD RATS. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS. . THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -.Rev. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM.
The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup.g. PUNCH BOWL PUB . He’s been through it. He is decidedly alive. HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself..or some deathly version of his old friend -. His arm is in a sling. oddly. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee. They both smile. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. into the light. WATSON Interesting artwork. -. bloody awful.. United in agony. but with burn flashes. cuts and bruises.ATTIC The sun is rising. You look He writes something in his notebook. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. In the b. HOLMES (quietly.is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Mary said I had a lousy doctor. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor.? Watson leans closer. (CONTINUED) .Rev. it seems she might understand the power of partnership. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -. HOLMES (confused) Watson.then tosses it away. 2/2/09 87A. FADE IN: 98 INT.
. IRENE I was. HOLMES Excellent brew. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine. Watson. They smile at their unique. I had to get you to pass out to settle down. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88. Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup... Holmes takes a drink of coffee. I dreamt that you were strangling me. Exactly. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this.Rev. You know. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. HOLMES Thank you. twisted understanding of one another.
99 INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. WATSON With your own venom no doubt. doctor.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene arrives with two pints. sits opposite him with the other. WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog. The fiddler’s owner -. I’m simply a woman. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it. puts one down in front of him. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN.from the pub’s band -.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion. IRENE Oh. Quite severe. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table.Rev. He takes a sip.it’s called psychology. But then he decides that’s absurd. IRENE No. Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . And untreatable. I poisoned that one.
He draws an ox in charcoal. he moves to the feather -. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation.Sir Thomas -. 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite. 101 INT. Then he moves to the ox bone -. 89A.ATTIC . He plucks it. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor. he strums it. Then he moves to a Lion fang. He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. He draws a man’s face.BUT no flashes. 100 INT. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops. doctor. PUNCH BOWL PUB . They swap a glance. Next to it Holmes writes Man. he makes strange atonal sounds. (beat) Understand that. Then he moves to the hair.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. but not with a bow. Then to an American flag.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES .a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. Next.Rev. and you’ll have a happy marriage. And Holmes emerges. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane. Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin. A beat. 101 100 . Next to it he writes a big question mark.OX ring. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that.I’m what’s called a woman. HOLMES I need a map of London. Irene and Watson notice the silence. Let me make it simple for you. Next to the feather he writes America. with a lot fewer words -. and you’ll have a happy marriage. Flash to Reordon’s red hair. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come.he quickly sketches an eagle.
102 INT.ATTIC Holmes is excited. to get inside it. In fact. The fraternity who silently control the Empire. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened. 2/2/09 90. with a few enhancements of my own.Rev. the Lion. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension.SHERLOCK HOLMES .. IRENE Yes. PUNCH BOWL PUB . I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt. share the belief with the Kings. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. I shall begin. At minimum. electric. To fully understand this system.. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably. at minimum. he suggested I widen my gaze and. your little white tail got rather dirty. HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas. I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity. and Man -(CONTINUED) .. My initial approach was far too narrow. I have done just that. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. But that’s for another time. Pharoahs. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries.. the Eagle.
it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . therefore the System. (beat) Reordon. Lion paws. HOLMES Now. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas.. the tooth of a lion. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx. the feather of an eagle.. Eagle wings. Master of the Temple. 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. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor. covering other parts with his hand. wore the ox ring. We found his body here. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox.. the hair of a man. the ginger midget. We see the Ox body. he died here. represents Man. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock).. Blackwood has killed three men. really flying now.Rev. Man’s face.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with 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).. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames.
102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America. Parliament. of a cross. Eagle. (CONTINUED) . Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing.right in the middle of the river. That which can’t yet be known.the ethereal. Ox. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B. HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here. He connects the dots on the map.Rev.. WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion. Holmes points to the map. HOLMES It is the fifth element -. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -.. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross.the point at which the other four come together. WATSON Man. HOLMES Correspondingly. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map. Right here.. the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -..and not by coincidence...
Irene looks out the window. but the door EXPLODES inward. where more police block his path. Irene jumps down. He looks at Holmes. Watson goes down. boots echoing. shaking his head -. Lestrade sits opposite. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. Flings it open. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub. Police fill the hall.he can’t believe it’s come to this.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He simply raises his arms. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. 102A INT. We’re at the Houses of Parliament.Rev. and they drag him away.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. hands it to Watson. cuffed and bruised. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. PUNCH BOWL PUB . HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. POLICE CARRIAGE . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. 103 INT. though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state. HOLMES Follow these plans. 104 EXT. 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. Holmes looks back. Police. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. Ladies first.MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered. BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside. IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) .
Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. sir. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. 104 The carriage pulls up. at its ceremonial best. climbing toward noon. who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade. Lestrade knocks. HOLMES Oh. Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. revealing a temple of four orders pin. 106 INT.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Lestrade punches Holmes.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. but Mr. I know it’s unorthodox. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. They come to a door.Rev. preparing for pomp and circumstance. plenty of flags and enthusiasm. PARLIAMENT . Thank you. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. Crowds are gathering outside. m’lord. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. Lestrade. if you could wait outside. 105 INT. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. hawkers and tourists. Lestrade pulls his lapel. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. (CONTINUED) .
106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He opens it to try and clear the smoke. Coward turns away for a moment -. HOLMES No. lion -. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window. Mr. ox. Coward. 106 HOLMES I’m curious. but I don’t care much what you think. LORD COWARD Very clever. But it’s not murder. HOLMES Nonetheless. but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93. Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed.Rev. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room. It’s mercy. HOLMES Fortunately. and now you have given it to me.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. I confess to being completely out-matched. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. Holmes. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours.the lion is parliament. eagle. I could deduce very little from my investigation. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. (CONTINUED) .
) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago. Coward.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES .) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee. from where you’ve been kneeling. Coward performing a ritual.. Blackwood. HOLMES (V.O.) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94..O. 106 A pair of handcuffs. LORD COWARD (V. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine. HOLMES (V. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood. from where you have been standing. you would have made a valuable ally.O.O.Rev.) A faint aroma of excrement.O. HOLMES (V. HOLMES (V. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room.. slide across the floor to Coward’s feet. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door. The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking.. HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope.. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground. He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS. The big ceremonial sword is prominent.. Holmes. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud.
106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom.Rev. He disappears for a moment then surfaces.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed.O. when it brings no profit to the wise. looks about in the water. He misses.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today. (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. Holmes. 94A/94B. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. THAMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V. 107 (CONTINUED) . The entire government will be present. PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT. REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward. A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames. Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot. With a single bound.
Watson stands on the rear deck. He grabs it with his hands. come to think of it. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. still pleased with himself. Holmes opens the drum. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. little too perfectly. Clearly the whole escape has been planned.. He’s never going to like guns. When Holmes is level.Rev.. HOLMES Port side. about everything except the window. your instructions were fairly precise. pulling Holmes in on the rope. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL.. Tanner turns the boat..107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . pockets it. her eyes narrow. No way he’d be coming over the terrace. into the sewers. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. Tanner smiles. Captain Tanner. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. HOLMES Watson. soldier boy. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. Irene looks out. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. And. Tanner takes it happily. Holmes is pulled up into the boat. TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window. grimaces. Irene is also present. 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. IRENE Where to. checks the load. WATSON Well.
108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. IRENE Starting early. Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him. the time moving toward noon. heading into this epic building. floats at the opening to the tunnel.. The boat is almost at the sewers. He drinks.Rev. The entire government is here. have a drink. pulls a face. HOLMES Trust me. SEWERS .107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. on the edge of the darkness. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96. she takes a hit. hands it on to Tanner. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . He takes a shot. Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. Doctor. Irene follows. wipes his mouth. 107A EXT.BOAT Tanner’s boat. Irene passes him the bottle. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience.. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 . smiles. She can see this is more than a social invitation.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. Holmes nods towards Watson. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament. As they head toward the sewers. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse. TANNER Far as I can go. grimaces. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing. I am about to show you. who swallows it without flinching. unlit.
Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene. to be precise. Cyanide. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the faint smell of bitter almonds. Blackwood’s magic. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon. It sits below a shattered ceiling. (CONTINUED) . standing in shadows. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. the pentagram remains. In the center. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. The first of its kind. bricks dismantled. When activated. HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. Tell-tale signs of cyanide. the RAT TAIL. those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. WATSON You can tell that from here? No. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. Irene and Watson flank him. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. Note the blue discoloration. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. But there is something sitting in it. HOLMES I can tell it from here. stops.Rev.
110 HOLMES As if by magic. they move down the tunnel. The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. Watson pistol-whips the nearest. faster and faster. They draw their guns. DOWN a bend.. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve. UP a channel. Shoulder-to-shoulder. I wouldn’t.. There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control. next. Lord Coward steps up. They burst into the area. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. HOLMES He doesn’t. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98. Irene trails them closely. completely surprising the three thugs. 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. Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. PARLIAMENT .Rev. As they start to take seats. 111 112 OMITTED INT. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. They nod. out of the way otherwise. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps. checks the crowd.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals.DAY Holmes checks his watch. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It’s there when he needs it. SEWERS .
(CONTINUED) . she drops the knife. A totally wire-free weapon. sending both guns spinning away --.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. WATSON Sullen. Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind.. Gun in each hand. IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. sparking coils. surrounded by humming. Before Irene can alert him. which falls into the cradle. but without much resistance. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. Over there. Dredger spins Watson around. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --. Holmes joins Irene at the device.. sparks flashing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. 112 Take this. both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. Now unguarded. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun.Rev.which puts his back to another tunnel. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. Electrocuted. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil. looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse). Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She grips her knife. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. who is out). the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene. Irene recoils.
up in the Lords’ Gallery.who doesn’t even bother to block anything.DAY The chime echoes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The hall goes silent. trying to figure out how to defuse it. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD. Holmes goes for Dredger. 114 INT. Coward looks up. Look. 113 INT.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall. Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. BONG! The second chime resounds. Blackwood is calm.Rev. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx. Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air. waiting for the session to begin. staring at a ghost. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device. Holmes flies into him feet-first. SEWERS . Irene sits at the device. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. Dredger grabs Holmes. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it. Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. and points. Voices rise. BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . deflecting him for a moment. commanding. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. PARLIAMENT . very emphatically. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some.
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. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . staggers back holding his bleeding ears. enough. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. then he pulls it out. Dredger grins --. as if scared of the sword -.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. a plan forming. Dredger grunts angrily. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. only just keeping Dredger at bay --. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut. Dredger backs off. Dredger drops Holmes. I need the bullets. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand. sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep. This is going to be more uneven than usual. Watson dives desperately.Rev. The bullets. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. pouring the gunpowder into --. swung with full force by Watson. Holmes heads back to Irene. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left. flexes his bicep. BONG! The clock is ticking down. lunges with his little sword. His eyes narrow. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) . BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them.until he is earholed from behind by two bricks.the bowl of his pipe. HOLMES Give me your gun. but not very big.
IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both. 114 -. then turns back to the device. angles his huge legs and pushes. SEWER TUNNEL . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three.which shatters against the floor. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them.Rev. arms wide. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place. Victorian-style. He calmly intones a familiar chant. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice. driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --. Guards are banging outside the doors. placed them on the balustrade in front of him. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE... HOLMES We need a light. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. but the doors are locked. She rolls up a sleeve. (CONTINUED) .hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash. 116 INT. Lords are on their feet.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Shaped charge.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. While Watson is down. Then he braces his massive feet. Got it. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT.
out of his limp hand. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe. and she angles the blade.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. eyes bulging. boiling inside. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT. stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --. the dying giant falls like a tree. gears ratchet past each other. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly.. crawled from the sewer -. on his belly. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle.S. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. Fizzling. Bad news. cams turn.and continue to burn inside Dredger. Watson is face-down on the stones. and. HOUSE OF LORDS .) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. ZAP! A spark hits the blade.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords. snatching her blade. mouth wide with a silent scream.where he found HOLMES’ GUN.. Hey! WATSON (O. just barely avoiding the sparks and coils. still. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods. He lurches away.
electrodes sizzle. 117A INT.Rev. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. 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 fourth horseman.. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. SEWER TUNNELS . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104.117 SHERLOCK HOLMES . triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall.. He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air. 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. stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony. BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised...DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death. I am here to change all this. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air.
Other Temple members eye him. neither knows what to say. nothing happens.DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye. Coward looks confused... He ducks away fast.Rev. 117B 117C INT. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. 117D 118 OMITTED INT. first time.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. it was. 2/2/09 104A. 117B EXT. scared. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic.SHERLOCK HOLMES .. BIG BEN . disappearing into the gallery. And. They look around. magical. IRENE That was something new for us. She looks past Holmes. Everyone is still standing. Yes. But again.. SEWER JUNCTION . 117C Nothing happens. Nothing at all. Blackwood hits the remote again.
feels for a pulse. I’m sorry. we made it. He misread her yet again. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105. He’s done. Holmes looks down at his friend. heads for a staircase spiralling even further down.. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels. seemingly dead. Just. Watson nods. 118 Holmes whips around -. 118A . HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He motions to the disabled device. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns. sits up. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. face grim. you’ve got to admit. HOLMES Yes. drops to his knees next to Watson. Watson rolls over.sees Watson. Watson looks around. HOLMES Come on.. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . had enough. His face darkens. relieved. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. WATSON Holmes. looks. The cylinders are gone. and so is Irene.Rev. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime. He goes to him. INT.DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses. you’re going to miss this.
pauses.DAY The pipe angles down. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. Irene hesitates for a moment. damp. 118D INT. This is as tight. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. SEWER TUNNELS . For a long moment it is pitch black. almost imperceptibly. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. horrible. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. subterranean. She picks up speed. then sees Irene sprint across the maze.Rev. Light increases. Then Holmes. Blackwood scoops it up. The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -. Irene’s quick. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. next to Irene’s head. PIPE . Then. claustrophobic gamble. And then the tunnel ends. light. hears.and pinches tighter. about 500 yards away. 118B INT. Blackwood follows them. ahead -. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. into the unknown.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. flung there from the previous action with Dredger. 118D 118C . 2/2/09 106. 118C INT. and so does Irene’s rate of movement. then slithers into the pipe. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK.SHERLOCK HOLMES .a dark.DAY Panting. turns. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns. pinched down. anxious breath the only point of reference.
HOLLOW BUILDING . Anger lends him energy. 118E 118F INT. An even tighter fit for him.and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I .a brick-framed window -. yes --. As fit and athletic as she is. 118H Gritting her teeth.DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building. PIPE .DAY -. Stonework fairly new.SHERLOCK HOLMES .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. hollow building full of construction equipment.DAY Holmes grimaces. She surges for light -. 2/2/09 107.more stairs. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. chest heaving. Irene accelerates for it. Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards. enters the pipe. vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it. Irene charges the stairs -118I INT. 118J INT. and sees. 118F 118G INT.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe. upward.ON THE LADDER . 118E INT. HOLLOW BUILDING . CELLAR . shimmies TOWARDS us. CELLAR .climbing with one hand. CELLAR . 118H INT.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark.DAY 118G Irene -. this is a grind.Rev. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate. The only ready way out.
then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --.then the glory of London. 2/2/09 108.REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE. 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT.SHERLOCK HOLMES .’ Irene turns. 118K EXT.and returns to Irene as. She’s 250 feet above the Thames.WALKWAY . winded. SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye. We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure. the center of the world. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive. no further to go. laid out for us in breathtaking. . recovered somewhat -.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames. * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger. TOWER BRIDGE . They circle around each other.DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. She makes it to the end.HELICOPTER SHOT . TOWER BRIDGE . Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --.Rev. Goodbye! He start to move towards her. spectacular beauty --.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. But he swipes her legs away. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. stunned. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. She shoots him in the arm. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene.Rev. He moves in again. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK. HOLMES Why hurry off. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. and kicks her gun away. Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand. give it a try. She drops. As she falls. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands.
The wind will do the rest.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. And you’ll be the first.Rev. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him. his target is the cylinder first. Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm..which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. as before. Blackwood smiles. He looks back to Blackwood. which Holmes simply tries to survive. chops six inches off the batten. Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge. binding them together. slashes. (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. 119H EXT. self defense third. Blackwood snarls. Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. He lands. but now because of you thousands are going to die. no match for the sword --. -. Holmes is on the defensive throughout. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. Holmes turns. He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier).DAY A look between them and then it’s on. Flimsy. TOWER BRIDGE . Holmes quickly ducks. They continue to spar. awaiting Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110.Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank.his eyes lock on to something. but. The two men finally part. hooking Blackwood around his ankle. The bullet misses him. which falls --. Blackwood second.. mounts a frenzied attack.WALKWAY . Blackwood fires at Holmes. now bound.whipping a coil of rope across the floor.
conjuring tricks. 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. Holmes remains cool.. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes.Rev. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. screeching to a painful halt. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. His fingers are white from strain. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank. HOLMES There was never any magic. Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals. (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .a mixture of egg and honey. Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off. like the prison guard. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A.. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. pulled toward the edge.
Ingenious. flammable liquid -. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony. 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end. They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue.at one of your ceremonies I suspect. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. (CONTINUED) . Instead. An odorless. Had it worked. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf. your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 110B. A simple rigged bullet in his gun. tasteless.
Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS. The timbers start to topple. Wind whips harder.G. hits a row of standing timbers. the atmosphere electric and dangerous.Rev. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you.: We see the slow. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . lands on a rope. cutting the rope. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies. 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on. IN B.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . strikes another crane. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm. cowed. inexorable dominoes continue to fall. The storm grows in ferocity. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet.. Holmes bends down.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. the crane swings. Blackwood is on his knees. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B. starting a slow. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed.: a bucket drops. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice. HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose. Quick as a snake. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile.G. The rope yanks down a crane. The last timber falls over the edge. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. Blackwood can hold on no longer. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear.
Rev. Holmes moves down to her. Irene. CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER. Blackwood looks up. Oh.. stunned. His brow furrows. Blackwood looks up. Holmes just stands there.. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away... with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. CREAK. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain. She appears to be dead. properly this time. He falls farther. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we. Holmes looks up.. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks. hanged like a common man after all. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. the world will see you for what you are. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. a silhouette against the stormy sky. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. Then you will hang. and farther. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES.. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one.. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge. It’s a long journey from here to the rope. killing him instantly. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away. He takes her hand. disappearing into a cloud.. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we. 119H HOLMES First. The bird flaps its wings. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse.
119H Her eyes pop open. seat next to her. an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . cuffing her instead. HOLMES We’ve still got a moment. IRENE You were right.Rev. this time. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him. Moriarty. A bit of a smile and break. IRENE It looks like rain. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. (CONTINUED) . Key’s in the watch pocket. he is a professor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A.
.. 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT. TOWER BRIDGE . LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one. Sadly. LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. The storm curls around him. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick.Rev. And he sees. Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants). detective. HOLMES Thank you. Lestrade. Sherlock. Holmes keeps moving into the night. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. Then Lestrade cracks a smile. At the end of the top of the stairs. Their faces close. keeps walking. the rain falling hard. Cylinder to one of the policemen.DUSK Rain falls softly. She smiles. (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. near a kiss. 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. LESTRADE You’re welcome. turns and walks away. yes.
He joins Watson. 122A A shadow is waiting for him.Rev. Holmes can’t help but smile. We recognize the figure of WATSON. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A. Watson takes it. . no words spoken.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES .
MARY All your adventures.Rev. WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring. I’d love to read them sometime. 123A INT. cases we’ve worked on over the years. Just a few scribbles.. Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger.SHERLOCK HOLMES .STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs. 221 BAKER ST. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. 123B INT.DAYS LATER MOVING DAY. 221 BAKER ST. 123 EXT. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope. MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course.. 2/2/09 114. . One moment. He looks dead. WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * .. . A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment. his back to them... 221 BAKER ST..
Turns him around. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A. Holmes. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution. dear. WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. My lord. Holmes. I should probably come down. I can’t feel my cheeks. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. WATSON Get on with it. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it.Rev.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. as it were. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon. 123B WATSON Don’t panic.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson pokes him. Watson and Mary walk by. he’s far too fond of himself. Do carry on. MARY Shouldn’t you help him. like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Clearing your good name. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -.
belts and a coat hook. It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. WATSON Worse things could happen.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . my tongue is going next. HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down. He doesn’t mind. 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. Watson draws his sword. WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse. John. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. Holmes tumbles to the ground. Watson.Rev. I’ll be of no use to you at all. Please. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces.mad honey disease.
there.. sir.. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range. The dog has regained its vital signs. everything’s going to be all right. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene. Yes. There. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. Constable Clark enters.complete change of demeanor -.he shakes his head. looking concerned. Indeed. Holmes. HOLMES With small caliber bullet. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr.Rev. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -.. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116. Well. Moriarty.mind racing.. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? . He went missing in the sewers.. right away.. HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. a maintenance man found his body this morning. MARY There’s a brave boy. HOLMES What is it this time. Shot in the head.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . They are interrupted by a knock on the door.
sir. the Driver exits. Watson nods. reopened. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. sir. case * * * 124 . WATSON Adler was just a diversion. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. The Driver pokes his head in... Watson nods.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. Well. Constable Clarke nods. Holmes pulls his coat on. A KNOCK. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison.Rev. They’ve taken over the case. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. 124 OMITTED Clarky.
They spread out to seal the crime scene. SERGEANT Oi. and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene. 125 FLASHBACK .SHERLOCK HOLMES . CONSTABLE CLARK (V.O.INT.) Shot in the head. SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel. BANG! 125 . CONSTABLE CLARK (V.Rev.O. 2/2/09 116B. We don’t see his face. where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device. what you doing? The policeman looks up. SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device.) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there.
.. looking concerned.THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device. 126 INT. Excellent deduction. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods. HOLMES Wager. sir. 221 BAKER ST. They’ve taken over the case. Holmes pulls his coat on. I thought those days were behind you.. everything’s going to be all right. WATSON There’s a brave boy. 126 (CONTINUED) . CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range. Holmes and Watson look at each other -.. Watson. there. however.SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. There.complete change of demeanor -. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. 2/2/09 117. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . The dog has regained its vital signs. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods.mind racing.
HOLMES I’ll walk out with you.. sir. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along. 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison. Holmes nods.126 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two. A KNOCK. Well.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A. Watson nods. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. ... the Driver exits. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion... MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes.Rev.
looks relieved and excited. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway. Watson. Holmes. be careful. WATSON Take care of yourself. 127 EXT.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage. Doctor. 221 BAKER ST. FADE OUT. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and.. A stiff beat. an understanding between the two men. 2/2/09 118.Rev. Watson A THE END . Holmes extends an awkward hand. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you. .perhaps the POV of the raven. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. puts a hand on his arm. warm look. She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away. Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -. Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. HOLMES Magnificent woman.SHERLOCK HOLMES ..
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