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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
O. 4 5 OMITTED INT. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows.O. as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it. The man swings the lantern away again. The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact. He peers about. He takes a moment to recover. BACK TO 24 fps. BACK TO 24 fps. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . just at the top of the jaw -.) Stink of alcohol. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . carrying the lantern and a gun. The man’s mouth opens to cry out.O. but not as fit as he used to be. HOLMES (V. paralyze vocal chords. partial deafness in right ear. HOLMES (V.SHERLOCK HOLMES . First point of attack. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face. but does not see Holmes.the most vulnerable point. stop screaming. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver. HOLMES (V.Rev.ENTRANCE . He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs. he’s fit. 2/2/09 3.) Then throat. confused. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear. A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes.) Head cocked to the left.NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell. strangling his scream. Holmes launches a hammer blow.
picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively. 6 7 OMITTED INT. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. good cigar. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase. further down into the crypts. John? When he gets no answer.BALCONY . POV . He draws his gun and approaches.NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard. BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver. Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister. CRACK! Karate chop to throat. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS .SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows. Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move.Rev. dropping him. But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION . THUG What’s goin’ on. THWACK! Hammer blow to ear.5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . ducks down into the shadows. He has seen the lantern light. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4. reaches around him. the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase. HOLMES Hhhmm.
processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. You did.Rev. out of sight. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE. Watson hands him his pistol. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) . distaste. WATSON Getting his troops in formation. CUT TO: This is what they do. HOLMES Perfect timing. WATSON You left this behind.) Watson. Eyes alive with intelligence. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. Thought I’d left the stove on. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. Just got it. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. Right. doesn’t take it.
Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A. 7 He can see the hat.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Yeah. WATSON (CONTINUED) . s’me. but not the man underneath.
Blackwood chants softly. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. not caring if they make a noise or not. WATSON (CONTINUED) . He is more of a brawler. shrouded in shadow. Watson closer to Blackwood. lit with candles at each corner. 7 Watson takes out the two men. still hooded. Her eyes roll back in her head. never stops. 9A INT. trance-like. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure). as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. We do not yet see his face. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl. Blackwood simply ignores them. knees. the woman rises up like a broken puppet. fast. powerful stuff. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. Less artful.Rev. The girl. 8 9 OMITTED INT. Still kneeling. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. Some kind of ritual is about to climax. but no less effective. Holmes and Watson head down. This is spooky. Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. real. We do not see his face.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES .NIGHT Thugs dispatched. using headbutts. and elbows. Suddenly.BALCONY . CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. Their footsteps echo. ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation. A sword has been placed at her feet.
She collapses. he is tapped into something dark and cruel. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . trains it on Blackwood.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . Look. Blackwood throws back his hood. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. And Watson as well. His eyes are intense. BLACKWOOD Tell me. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. That’s more than Watson can take. We finally see his face. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip. ready to plunge the point into her heart. BLACKWOOD Well done. as a medical man. Holmes. Holmes lunges. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him. doctor. Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. No. almost mockingly. Watson raises his gun. WATSON Stay right there.Rev. strangely. grabs the woman’s arm. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7.
really nasty concealed weapon.. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope. What a shame.the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. Lestrade. fun. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood. you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor. (CONTINUED) . One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. almost invisible --. Besides. Watson looks. the girl’s parents hired me. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help. as Lestrade and his men finally appear. not the Yard. HOLMES Watson looks..Rev. HOLMES Impeccable timing. POLICEMEN flood the area.? It is. HOLMES If I had. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . and sees it and his eyes flare wide. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8. sees nothing. Look.
Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray. the pentacle. Have a cigar. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. 9A Lestrade turns. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. Lestrade eyes the double circle. reluctantly.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. As usual. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. 10 10A . CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. hating himself for needing to.Rev. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. Grudgingly. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. a piece of photo paper on top. a bench strewn with scientific equipment. Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. Lestrade. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. put chains on him. She’s still mouthing the incantation. not understanding them. shakes his head. HOLMES Bravo. he turns to Holmes. (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. frustrated.
. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY. and. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. they look more confident. More and more headlines. 10D 10E INT. older. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street. the article bigger. solving crimes. Holmes and Watson getting older.Rev. The men are front page news now. 10B 10C INT. Their eyes are shut for the photo. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers. light as it is exposed.. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD. 10G .. shaking hands with a royal. holding a goose by its feet and smiling. unaccustomed to flashes. 10B INT. 10C 10D INT. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT.. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. This time.” 10F 10G INT. coming to rest on the letter “H... LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT.” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk.. The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson. 2/2/09 10.SHERLOCK HOLMES .. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files.
. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. walks up the steps. MRS. HUDSON. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL.. thanks to you.” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street. . 2/2/09 11. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image.. Captain. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. 10H INT. an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals. 221 BAKER ST. a whirring mass of wheels and gears. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type.all is neat and tidy. Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. 10J 11 EXT. she shoos it away. Papers are bundled and tied. walking down the street with the day’s shopping. The whole thing is fed into a printing press. 221 BAKER ST. and inside. A raven lands on the entry gate. (CONTINUED) 12 . 12 INT. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years.SHERLOCK HOLMES .” one metal time. very good. dominating the front page. everything in its place.AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter. WATSON 71 over 104.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS.Rev.
(MORE) (CONTINUED) . CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -.your new offices. There won’t be so many stairs.Rev. And there’ll be a woman’s touch. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA. I hope? WATSON No -.ground floor.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 12 Watson is pleased by that. too.
12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Philips hits the floor. (beat) I’ll be right back. Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A.S. (CONTINUED) . WATSON Let’s give it a little longer.Rev. writes a prescription on a piece of paper. just to be safe. then helps Captain Philips to his feet. terrified.
What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case. Watson takes the newspaper from her. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’. Urgent. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. 12 He heads out. 13 INT. It’ll be quieter. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door. shoots up the stairs with the paper. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. MRS. WATSON You’re not going in at all. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. WATSON I smell burning.HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. that’s all. MRS. 221 BAKER ST.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . his landlady. MRS. Captain. Which is a relief to Mrs. HUDSON. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. not while he’s in this state. Hudson.Rev. Mrs. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. HUDSON Come on. . A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. (CONTINUED) 13 . WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. heads towards them. let’s go down. MRS.
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Nonetheless, Watson himself. Something fact, Holmes’ usual now, that Watson is
stops, takes a deep breath, gathers like this has happened before (is, in brand of chaos) the difference being, sick to death of dealing with it.
Which doesn’t mean he won’t. Newspaper in hand, Watson opens the door, pokes his head in, cautiously. He sees -14 INT. 221 BAKER ST. - HOLMES’ APARTMENTS Watson squeezes through the doorway to find that the obstruction is Holmes who is sitting in the dark on a chair, blocking the door, aiming a gun (with an odd contraption fastened on its barrel) at the wall. Unadulterated chaos. A series of FLAMING BULLET HOLES blasted into the wall in the (ragged) initials “V.R.” WATSON May I join you in the armory? HOLMES Please... Watson, I’ve been working on a device which will suppress the sound of a gunshot. Watson heads towards the conservatory. HOLMES Please... Don’t, don’t, don’t... Watson pulls open the curtains allowing the light to pour in. It needs work. WATSON May I see?... 14 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Watson passes him heading to the other side of the room (possibly grabs the gun) picking up a pile of open letters from a table. HOLMES Gently, gently, Watson... Watson whips open more curtains and opens a window. Holmes crawls on his hands and knees over to a table where he finds his sunglasses and puts them on. Watson sits on a chair and begins to leaf though the letters.
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WATSON It’s been three months since the last case. About time you found another one. HOLMES I can’t but agree. My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work. The sooner the better. Paper? WATSON
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Watson hands Holmes the newspaper. WATSON Let’s see, we have a letter here from Mrs. Ramsey in Queen’s Park -her husband has gone missing. HOLMES He’s in Belgium with the scullery maid. Is it December? WATSON Yes, Holmes. Lady Radford reports a missing emerald bracelet. HOLMES Insurance swindle. Lord Radford likes fast women and slow ponies. I see you’re the attending physician at Blackwood’s hanging. WATSON Yes, it’s our last case together and I wanted to see it through to the end. Awkward pause. Cough.
WATSON Mr. Lewis is seeking... Mrs. Hudson enters carrying a tray of bread and tea. is steeling herself for this interaction. HOLMES (to Watson) There is only one case that intrigues me at present... the curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. (MORE)
SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) HOLMES (CONT'D) I have been studying her comings and goings and they appear most sinister.
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MRS. HUDSON Tea, Mr. Holmes. Mrs. Hudson crosses to Holmes and puts the tray before him. HOLMES Is it poisoned, nanny? MRS. HUDSON There’s enough of that in you already. She goes to remove an old tray from behind him. HOLMES Don’t touch that. Everything is in its proper place, as per usual. She ignores him and removes the tray then crosses back towards the door noticing a bulldog lying unconscious under the table. MRS. HUDSON He’s killed the dog... again. Watson jumps up. His bulldog, GLADSTONE, lies on the floor in a drugged stupor. WATSON What have you done to Gladstone this time? HOLMES I was simply testing a new anesthetic. He doesn’t mind. Holmes! WATSON As your doctor...
HOLMES He’ll be right as a trivet in no time. Watson’s finally had enough.
A little smile from Holmes. Holmes. 14 WATSON . Wonderful. you have nothing to do? Nothing. HOLMES Then it’s not official. Not available.. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there. * (CONTINUED) . HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . on earth. The Royale. For dinner. at all. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15.. HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. WATSON So. I insist you get out of here. you’ve been in this room for two weeks. Mary’s coming. and your friend.Rev. Absolutely. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. My favorite.
they sit. For the first time. 30s. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16. like it or not. The dog wakes up and runs out. Holmes! WATSON You’re early. talking. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks. WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. Half past eight. Holmes stands. a surreptitious argument between waiters.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson exits. Holmes. and clearly a woman worth marrying. THE ROYALE . Holmes gestures politely. 14 WATSON It’s happening. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos. It all becomes quite overbearing. CUT TO: 15 INT. The Royale.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive. WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -. And then Watson and Mary arrive. She’s beautiful. the name on a bottle of wine. She extends her hand. Mary and Watson on either side of him. He is quite uncomfortable in this setting. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. intent on each other -. WATSON And wear a jacket.Rev. Mr.looks again. It really is a thrill to meet you. HOLMES My pleasure. we see a hint of fear in his eyes. MARY The pleasure’s mine.
.Rev. 15 (CONTINUED) . WATSON (proudly) It’s true. Wilkie Collins. 16A.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.. Poe.
WATSON Those days are behind me.. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. HOLMES . WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) .. by the way. Holmes less so -. Mary laughs. born to be a man of action. HOLMES (livening up) Oh. you know him. brave. so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier. no no. like all military men.. The little details are by far the most important. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that. Mr. A stub from a boxing match. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once. MARY With all due respect.. right behind you.Rev. 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes.a forced chuckle. Take Watson.. I intend to. ah. And neat.not a good idea. though. HOLMES Yes. Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler. see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel.. Then I check his pockets. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details. MARY Watson likes that. Strong.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. (instantly) You’re a governess. Mary nods.Rev. well done. 15 HOLMES Yes.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. Watson’s getting nervous. MARY I insist. I doubt -MARY No. HOLMES It’s breathing. HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. Well done. reaches for the wine. WATSON Yes. stops him. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. Holmes (CONTINUED) . it’d be wonderful. actually. MARY Charlie’s 7.
India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off. the jewels you’re not wearing tell us rather more.Rev. He shakes his head. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. (CONTINUED) . WATSON Give us a few minutes.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . pours wine for all. A very impetuous act by the boy. (beat) However. flawless. MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. anyway.. 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself. not the gems of a governess.. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -. It’s from Asprey’s. (to Watson) What would madam care for this evening? Watson gives Holmes a hard look: that’s a bit much. please.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace.
manic. turns back.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . pauses.. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face. intensely focused.. I didn’t leave my fiance. They’re leaving.. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone. The restaurant goes silent. Watson gets up. A doctor perhaps. moves to help Mary to her feet. But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. Holmes pauses.Rev. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. She turns to leave. then: HOLMES You were engaged. As Holmes talks. Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) . Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. he died. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. faster.. 15 Holmes.
Their orders arrive -. He is stripped to the waist.huge but flabby -. It interests him. laughing. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. old man. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT. The waiter puts them down. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --.then pauses. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt. She’s lovely. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -.the sounds muffled and indistinct -.bangs his fists together and moves in. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. He just sees their mouths moving. McMURDO -. looks around. This is soothing to him. talking. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD. 15 WATSON Well done.an array of plates piled high. PUNCH BOWL PUB . the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. all sinew and gristle.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -. (CONTINUED) . He tastes his own blood from a split lip. spaghetti style. Holmes hears no words. -.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant. Suddenly.and Watson goes with her.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow.Rev. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him. His opponent.
stands. Holmes begins walking away. But that’s all. sometimes even drops his hands. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. thank you. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. Once or twice.SHERLOCK HOLMES .until he notices a face at ringside. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. He throws nothing in return. moment. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him. when the big man leaves an obvious opening. Holmes is completely in control --. She’s gone. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. (CONTINUED) . the sound floods back into the room. Holmes rolls over. it was most pleasurable. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21. just using his reflexes to protect himself. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here.Rev. He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. He turns back to McMurdo. HOLMES Thank you. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. smiles. And as I said. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. not just think. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. Well done. Finished. He looks for the woman.
The crowd applauds. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard. which buckles altogether wrong. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . they’re not sure if they like it. He doesn’t care. scanning McMurdo. A full-scale riot is on.Rev. Holmes strides out of the bar. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. Hm. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. He turns. nearly invisible. He grabs a bottle in his hand. hand. but from Holmes’ POV. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. CHARLIE. Taking a huge swig. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. Steps back into the ring. he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms. Feels the back of his head. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. soothed inside.CORRIDOR . working into a fever pitch. braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves.SHERLOCK HOLMES . battered on the outside. His eyes tick slowly. casting jagged shadows. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. He sees the crowd fall silent. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. McMurdo falls.NIGHT A candle shivers. who is frozen on the spot. The crowd falls silent. PENTONVILLE PRISON . A row of stone cells. all is calm. Holmes stops. Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. incorporating exotic martial arts. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. catching him on the back of the head. there really isn’t any sport. 18A INT. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas. over and out.
He coughs harder. get. GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense. the Captain starts COUGHING. We see another guard. GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. Blackwood. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23. The Guard Captain continues around the corner. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. He’s confused. resumes his soft murmur. sketches of animals. a headless sphinx. he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells. GUARD CAPTAIN All right. That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . 19 INT. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES . LOUDER. A hint of some method to his madness.Rev. Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. down here and get him to the infirmary. (CONTINUED) . lies convulsing on the floor. PENTONVILLE PRISON . WHISPERING ungodly sounds. JACK. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. Eyes closed. And now he’s in some kind of fit.NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. an upside-down cross. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly.
The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. terrified. Prisoners start SHOUTING. spits it out onto the stone floor.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . knee. windowsill flutters away. keeps coughing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP. He looks down. 19 Blackwood keeps whispering. (CONTINUED) .Rev. horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain.
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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 And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. WATSON That’s my waistcoat. I was aware she’d been engaged. Holmes rubs his jaw.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. 23 HOLMES Oh. I’ll keep it with your check book. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening. She told me. HOLMES It’s too small for you. locked safely away in my drawer. You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence. Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26. Holmes puts on his vest. HOLMES You’re right. (CONTINUED) . WATSON Well.Rev. it’s my property and I want it back.. Silence. HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence. Holmes takes off his shirt. Watson punches him square in the face. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. I have your cut from last night. Silence. by the way. HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming.
Rev.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . looks out the opposite window. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA. . Holmes frowns. 23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window.
WATSON You go ahead. 24 EXT. papers are for sale. 2/2/09 26A.EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. Watson stops.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood’s death is the headline. I’ve no business with him while he’s alive. 24 25 OMITTED 25 .Rev. Religious zealots and occultists swarm. Holmes heads inside. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Police keep them away from the entrance.
The Guard high-tails it out of there. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 27 (CONTINUED) . if you have other duties to attend to.Rev. They share a smile -.SHERLOCK HOLMES .. thank you. strolling insouciantly. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place.. 26 27 INT. In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood. it’s like he can get inside your head. PENTONVILLE PRISON .DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell.CORRIDOR . HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em.. sir. Holmes listens. BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me.DAWN A pale. sees Holmes. who’s reading aloud to himself.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. 26 INT.two heavyweights sizing each other up. No way this creep’s getting to him. Thank you. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is. getting closer.. GUARD Much obliged. turns. There’s something about him. All the cells are now EMPTY. otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. 2/2/09 27. sir. Blackwood pauses.
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. by comparison.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28. HOLMES Actually. Suddenly. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. and that’s why you’re really here.I am merely the channel. Blackwood is right at the bars. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -. Despite the bars between them. (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot. the men are close together. Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment. your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting.Rev. HOLMES However. close to Holmes. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear.
Then you would serve a greater purpose. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die.after you’re hanged.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . of course. too. HOLMES Bon voyage. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. Holmes steps back. BLACKWOOD Mr. you must widen your gaze. I might have spared five lives. Blackwood. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. Steel your mind. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. and there is nothing you can do to save them. Holmes. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. a sacrifice. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. Blackwood calls after him. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. and it worries me. Holmes. shakes his head. HOLMES I must say. As Holmes walks away. you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords.Rev. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. I need you.
CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) . 29A. 29 INT. Blackwood walks up into the noose. Not for this one.MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. Father. Watson is there too. PENTONVILLE PRISON . HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. members of the government and cops.Rev. or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. PENTONVILLE PRISON . We get a good look at some of the faces. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing. The place is bustling with cops and officials. 27 28 INT. HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST.CORRIDOR .
CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck. CRACK! His eyes fly open. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening. Legs fall through and yank tight. 221 BAKER STREET . dead. lying on his tiger skin rug. . 30 INT. His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning. CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. The show is over. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. 29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly.S. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible.DAY Holmes is out cold.Rev.29 SHERLOCK HOLMES .) London’s so bleak this time of year.
She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain... As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. her back to Holmes. IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. olives. Dates from Jordan.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev.. dried fruit. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. etc. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. just before she turns back to face him.. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab. She leans down. Irene gets up to cross the room. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. Irene opens the file. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31.. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. stunned by this intrusion.. Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene. cracking walnuts.
Let’s not dwell on the past. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. Plus. TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. HOLMES And you. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . They move to sit at the table. HOLMES Ah.Rev.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 30 HOLMES Simply studying your methodology for when the authorities ask me to hunt you down. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. No ring? IRENE He snored. Then. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. husbands. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. revealing and enormous diamond. IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. Holmes almost melts. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. HOLMES But your signature is clear.
HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment.Rev. IRENE I’m my own man. 30 IRENE This is all the information you need. She hands him the envelope.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .
Irene keeps moving. She pauses behind him as she exits. HOLMES Keep your money. 221 BAKER ST.STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in.Rev. Holmes examines the envelope. As she walks out she puts her photo back upright. IRENE 31 * * * * * * -.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . John. 31 INT. 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins. . On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A. IRENE They gave me our old room. She ignores him. waits for her to pass -Hello. I didn’t say I’d take the case.does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. He lifts his hat. .
CUT TO: 32 33 INT. Pauses. walks on. Before she can speak. and the carriage starts moving. but for me. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. She sniffs them appreciatively. Someone waiting outside takes the paper. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. CARRIAGE Irene sits.SHERLOCK HOLMES . a gesture from the shadow stills her. Too dark to see much in there. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out. Moriarty closes the window. 32 EXT. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. looks around her. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). and their footsteps clatter away. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. 2/2/09 34. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street. She turns into the alley. HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. Looks. gets in. finally prepared to engage with her. You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY.Rev.
me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) . Ow. 33 I’m certain. I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly.Rev. they lurch forward. 34 EXT. LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. it’s accurate. A better word.33 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the coach comes to a halt. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA.
34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit. He has disgusting blackened teeth. (CONTINUED) . yes it would. sir.Rev. BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. sir. yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A. 34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35. HOLMES You’ve had your fun. She’d love that. 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. This is a hopeless cause -. 34 He reaches toward the window. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style).. all aflutter. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead. . Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room. very concerned.Watson won’t stop. I’m sorry. who backs off in fear. Leaping about. you were going to explain something. The carriage moves on. completely transformed now. she made a proper idiot of you.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Within a nanosecond. Watson approaches.. HOLMES Thank you. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain. 35 INT. I -WATSON I know. WATSON Look at you. The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar. utterly alive. WATSON What’s she after. almost enraged. anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . 221 BAKER ST.Rev.
Holmes looks like he’s had enough. I don’t agree. four foot ten. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. red hair.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . we’ve had our last case together. HOLMES Regrettably. WATSON I won’t interrupt. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. I’ve .. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. a human canoe. Those are my dates. WATSON I’ve upset you. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. It’s more than a technicality.. a beard. Holmes. missing two front teeth. Holmes grabs the envelope back.Rev. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. She likes ginger dwarfs. Go on. Luke Reordon. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. I can tell. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. WATSON I’ve already read it. Holmes picks up his violin. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. said too much.
turning down an alley. one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. Alright. 221 BAKER ST. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look.INT. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 . 221 BAKER ST. IRENE Why don’t I see myself out. He lands just right. . he steps quickly to a window. He bolts into -36A INT. doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs. 36 FLASHBACK . 221 BAKER ST.REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof. The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect. . Before Watson can speak.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. I’m just saying. 35 HOLMES No. the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A. Once Irene leaves.Rev.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Holmes plucks his violin. .
then his clothes. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth.Rev. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. 38 EXT. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. sweetheart. Another man steps in behind her. eyes bulging. Quick as a snake. He closes in to grab her --. signalling the mugger to be quiet. trapping her. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed. this turns her on. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. Still holding the roses. 38B INT.who is scrofulous and sly -. dropping him immediately. Even without the man -. cutting his belt.but at the other side. Irene frisks him expertly. 38 38A EXT.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 37.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. She’s mugging the mugger. how nice of you. IRENE Oh. 38B (CONTINUED) . Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you. There is excitement in her eyes. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. He obeys. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -. all the way to his collar.
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. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously.Rev. runs on. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. which is being assembled. snags a lump of coal. she turns back.here’s another one. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. I’ll return them.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . rubs it on his face and hands. chews it to blacken his teeth. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. then pops it in his mouth. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. does it? And -naughty boy -. then leaves. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. 39 38C . thank you.and leaves. Holmes picks up the pace. 38C EXT. He drops a coin in his hand. shall I? She takes both wallets. On second thoughts. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely. 39 EXT. -. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. that’s the Irene I know. 38B IRENE Oh. a wallet. takes his wallet too. He hurries after Irene down the alley. look. He runs past a coal cart. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. Doesn’t look like yours. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out.
SHERLOCK HOLMES . It’s nothing to do with me. HOLMES This man intrigues me. I may not have a choice. at once.. . I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own. thinking.) Mister Holmes. That’s bad money. WATSON You know what. Holmes motions to the bills. scared.? He turns to see. but leave this case. 2/2/09 37B.Rev. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. HOLMES Well.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin. Breathless. pale. 221 BAKER ST. WATSON And yet she works for him. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table. A man has to make a living. He’s got Adler on edge.. After all. WATSON Which is no mean feat. 40 INT. sir.. (CONTINUED) .. scared. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O. Watson. HOLMES She’s intimidated..S..
40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. You means us. sir. grab a compass. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. They all move to the exit. it’s a matter of professional integrity. Clarky laughs. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38. It appears he’s come back from the dead. Us means you. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * .Rev. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. just this morning. WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. HOLMES Watson. Watson walks into his office. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands.
opens the door. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT . Holmes and Watson exit.ESTABLISHING . and lots of it.Rev. We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. not even on a bright sunny day -. Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance. 2/2/09 38aA. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt. 41 42 EXT. 42 (CONTINUED) . 41 EXT. Not a place for a picnic.DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials. WATSON Look at this mess. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT. Watson barely lifts his head. A COP stops the carriage.DAY Judging by the estate.SHERLOCK HOLMES .and it’s starting to rain. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE . Blackwood comes from old money.
Lestrade emerges from the crypt. spooked. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . They’d rather be anywhere but here. He is sweating. whispering to themselves. As Holmes and Watson approach. Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -. once again. shaken. The cops are in tight clusters. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest.Rev. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. (CONTINUED) .this is interesting.
you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. Lestrade waves it off. Holmes inspects the door. On second thought. LESTRADE (low. checking the hinges. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. not a word. angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. LESTRADE Explain it if you can. You can question him if you like -. pale and terrified. He notices the Blackwood CREST. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand. Holmes.but you won’t get much. and the image of a SPHINX. drags his boys in close. Watson heads for him. LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -. duly chastened. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree.smashed outward like they were nothing. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. The old GROUNDSKEEPER.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . direction. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod. The witness is over there. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this.
HOLMES Inspector. (at Watson. looking in his eyes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. crossing themselves. plainly terrified. Four beefy. murmuring. step back. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. or the Yard. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. Holmes chuckles. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. a few moments. He’s in shock. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. him. They place it on the ground. 42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. Lestrade stomps up. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt.Rev.
disturbed. They brush away a layer of dirt. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. Inspector. still stunned. He marches forward --.snatches the crowbar away. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. (CONTINUED) .a small measure of revenge.. the cops move backward. silver tools. Watson opens his forensic kit.. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. eerie groan. Watson’s had enough. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. in everyday clothes. HOLMES All yours.. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket. WATSON Lividity is late stage. 42 But no one moves. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. The coffin is filled with EARTH. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. Vials.. begins examining the body. with red hair. HOLMES Inspector. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. He takes a CALIPER. Lestrade looks at it with dismay. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth.Rev. to reveal. overflowing.. A DEAD BODY in the coffin.three quarters of an inch. Holmes and Lestrade move forward..
. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. anxious. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound.) He was walking.Rev. Lestrade follows. It’s not right. Trust me. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily. HOLMES Now the game is afoot. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. They all stop. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt. LONDON STREET .42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .S. (turns. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42. It’s not natural. This one has five. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O. (etc. Watson. They all want to get the hell out of there. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch.. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT. suddenly. Most drunks are the same. He was as alive as you or me. And I’m not daft. ready to unburden himself.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go.
51 Just eat. I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible.Rev. WATSON You know. I once heard a man predict his death. WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A. Watson appears preoccupied. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him.
there are several sets of initials scored into the lid. HOLMES The most recent is M. He examines the lid.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . instead of theories to suit facts. Watson shakes his head. (CONTINUED) . Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. HOLMES Very good. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43. screws it into his eye. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks. Watson looks quite chuffed. His face falls.Rev. and flips Reordon’s watch open. scratches around the keyhole. 51 HOLMES (mouth full. Adler’s midget is the key to this.. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own.. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. Invariably. WATSON Maddison and Haig..H. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP.. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data. HOLMES Let’s see now. you end up twisting facts to suit theories. hence the scratches. Excellent. HOLMES Hmm.
sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. She has their (CONTINUED) . You remember. PAWNBROKERS.Rev. HOLMES WATSON The time. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary. No. the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed. DISCREET. a J. PALM READER Reckon your future. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. thank you. Holmes and Watson look at each other. no. On the watch. here we are.. I see the letters S and an L.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I think not. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord.. WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. PALM READER I see two men. Not in blood but in bond. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. They should give us an address. brothers. wait. attention. RESPECTABLE. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG. ahead of them there on Bow Street.
PALM READER She turns to fat.... (horrified) Patterned table clothes.. I see.. PALM READER I see a letter. WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence. I see.. lace doilies.. Watson snatches his hand away.. WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes.. WATSON This is a new low -. the letter M. Watson looks at Holmes. (CONTINUED) ... Enough. Mary? You will be married... HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force.Rev.even for you. another M.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B.. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness. china figurines..51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend. As he follows Watson. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. Why. looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. and Holmes is not. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. Here we are. (CONTINUED) . Even Holmes is taken aback by this. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. Mortal peril. PALM READER I seen something in his hand. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. LONDON EAST END . Watson. he’s not safe. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet.Rev.. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Now Watson is smiling. Not bad. 52 EXT. storms into Madison and Haig. as well you should be.. Warn your friend. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. pleased with himself.MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. produces a wad of coins. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring. Darkness and great pain. the pawnshop behind them. And you know it yourself.
Some (CONTINUED) . looks up at a dark.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Oh. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. well.Rev. dingy LODGING HOUSE. windows are boarded up. 52 He slows. And possibly dangerous. give my regards to Mary. HOLMES Looks promising.
strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. Off Holmes’ pleased reaction.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage. biblical Latin and Hebrew. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch. Holmes inspects it. WATSON I can spare ten minutes. 52 Holmes heads for lodging house. 53 54 OMITTED INT. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. It takes him a while. he gestures them inside. moves through a door. (CONTINUED) . 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. 55 INT. He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. CRACK! Watson’s boot flashes past him as he KICKS the door off its hinges. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom. Something did. It is fiddly. REORDON’S ROOMS . Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. every available inch is covered in writing.DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms.Rev.
. goes towards. Hemlock. 55 HOLMES (O.. REORDON’S LAB Instantly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46. An experiment generating a massive stench. as if mid-death-rattle. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia. their bodies frozen in strange contortions. impossible to read. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) .. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS.S. sniffing like a morbid perfumer. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum. something ROTTING. Watson digs through his forensic bag. HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous. loving it) Ammonium sulfate. Eyes opened impossibly wide.Rev.. Watson moves to the stove. HOLMES (inhaling deeply. Formaldehyde.. pulls out vials. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice. In the center of the room.) Watson.. Watson does his best not to gag.55 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. 56 INT. Holmes moves around the room. a seething cloud of flies. A CREST stamped on it. come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars... He digs through them. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS..
Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES . puts it by the lantern. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47..Rev. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) . The door WHIPS open. Slowly. starts walking back to the other room. raises an eyebrow. tosses one to Watson. almost like perfume. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles. 57 58 OMITTED INT. but something else. sniffs) Barley sugar. starts pouring the acid. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together. or sugar. Ghostly chemistry. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide. Holmes senses something.. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here... Sweet. faint words APPEAR on the blank page. Long as it’s not too burnt.. REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room. Holmes gets a whiff of something.. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. stops at an open window. moves into the next room. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper.. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. (stops. Sucks the iron right out of the ink. Watson catches it.
knows it won’t make a dent. a huge man. I’ll handle Mr. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. gentlemen. WATSON Seems about fair. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. eyes widen at the giant. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. trapping the steel rod under his arm.Rev. sliding it into his hand as a weapon. HOLMES You take them. HOLMES Hello. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. 58 They are followed by DREDGER. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy). They stop. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. It stuns the giant for a beat. As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. swinging at them. Dredger is deadpan. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. He catches the rod. He looks at Dredger. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face. ripping it down. HOLMES Let me guess -. He keeps moving. who follows them into the room. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . slightly deformed.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. He spins the rod expertly.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. Sweet tooth. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor.
Watson just barely ducks the blade.. Watson ducks and dodges. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes. Head The men whip out knives. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. the shaft SPARKS. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. butting one. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. sending it across the ground. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. blades flashing on either side of him. who falls. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. He blinks. a bar-room brawler. A truly pathetic weapon. The rod sparks and hums. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. cranks his weapon. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. Holmes thinks quickly. 58 INT. Dredger tries to recover. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. Watson fights the first thug. climbing off of Watson. which SMACKS into the second thug.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. 58A INT. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. SLAMMING into Watson. ripping off his pocket. as he scrambles toward the ring. REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. and knocking the ring away. He sees Dredger incoming. trying to gather his senses.Rev. kicking the other in the groin. (CONTINUED) . Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon. the first man HURLS his knife. knocking him off his feet.. just as -Dredger flies through the air. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. scattering all the bottles and tools. anything he can grab. who swings the metal shaft desperately. One of the blades slices his shirt.
it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window.. the rest of the ring mangled. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly.Rev. Holmes gives chase. as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . Watson chases the engagement ring. SLIPWAY . 63 EXT.. Watson brings up the rear. frantic as -Dredger rises.FIRST SLIPWAY For now though. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. grips his ruined ring. He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well. lost in the floorboards. just as he’s about to grab it. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through. picks up the ring. starts running for it. Watson darkens. bends down. The vessel can’t be far from completion. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile.. then leaps out the window. landing atop a heap of coal. darting around people. takes an angle to cut off Dredger. knocking people out of his way. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50.. which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts.GATE Dredger runs down the street.58B SHERLOCK HOLMES . sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. a clear change in his demeanor. THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING. big wooden chocks hold it in place.DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY. They weave through the shadows. leaps out the window. TOOLEY IRONWORKS .
but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER. 64A EXT. 65 .. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --. FABRICATION SHED . and swings the hammer at Holmes. Holmes backs away. smiles a terrifying smile. splintering another chock. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway. grabs the weapon and. The ship LURCHES forward. the whole thing starts to creak. tearing others out of his way.. Dredger tosses the rod. Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT. ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt.. for a moment.. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. knocking him back. He reaches out.. Dredger in pursuit. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down.Rev. SECOND SLIPWAY . hitting him with the lightning-rod.63 SHERLOCK HOLMES .SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP .the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them. smashing some of the wooden supports. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer. 64B EXT.. out. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. Watson can see what’s coming. sizzles. 64 EXT. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path.DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull. It’s the last straw for the support mechanism. And now. Dredger kicks out viciously. FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point.CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners.
A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and.. SECOND SLIPWAY . 66 EXT. Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -. but he doesn’t know why.. The ground beneath him shakes. He’s doomed.SHERLOCK HOLMES .from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds. SECOND SLIPWAY . Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. 2/2/09 52.. frothy explosion of water. as the leviathan roars down towards him. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship. eyes rolled back into his head. parting the Thames with a vast.Rev. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing.as he blinks back into consciousness. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs. He tries to pull himself to his feet. He tries to roll out of the way. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face. A quiet beat.and then the ship’s away. And they find: (CONTINUED) . Holmes lies semi-conscious. pulling him backwards across the runners.. helps him to his feet. knocks his head against the runner -.CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship. twice -. And. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. falling through the air -The ship is free again.CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --. He opens one tentative eye. Watson arrives.Holmes charges into Dredger again. half expecting to find himself in the after-life. Holmes collapses back. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard. The timber finally gives way. He realizes the ship has stopped.once.the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --. as -- 66 66A EXT. but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground.
. Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep. The big man is gone. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you. WATSON I haven’t slept all night. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months. 67 INT. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow.. Now of course I’m in jail. LONDON JAIL . No blood or trace. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him. officers swarm the scene. The police whistles get louder. the ship adrift. 67 (CONTINUED) . man. He’s reading his notebook. exhausted. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53. shaking his head. Holmes and Watson. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration. They see the wreckage. Watson sits next to him.Rev. deep burn. it was selfdefense.MORNING The next morning..66A SHERLOCK HOLMES . and. Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief. making the odd change here and there.. 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. Watson? We were set upon.. I clearly deserve it. 66A Nothing. I deserve this.. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face. bloodshot eyes.
your mess. your lack of hygiene. Watson snaps at the man. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks..S.. I never complain. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident.. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident. 67 WATSON (CONT’D) Why else would I continually allow myself to be led into situations where you’re deliberately withholding your intentions from me? HOLMES You’ve never complained about my methods before. Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat.. Now.. WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you. WATSON I’m not complaining.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . BIG MAN (O. Watson challenges him with a look. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning. Mr. HOLMES Ah..Rev. 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. your stealing my clothes. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London..) Remember me. if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54. (CONTINUED) . Brownlee.
Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well. My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. Not you. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. in the interest of science. I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly. Watson. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog.Rev. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. We could throw a lamb on the spit. We should have her along. Watson now turns away. Holmes. completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . WATSON No. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A. WATSON If I were going to the country. You’re not -Me and her. It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary. You and I could go out to the countryside. I completely understand now. HOLMES What you need is a rest. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. HOLMES Watson.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
. LONDON JAIL . 67 WATSON You’re not human. You don’t get it. He steps Watson steps up.Rev... do you? You are this. (touches his own head) . John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail. He must make a decision.CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. 68 He’s never looked more alone.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes looks confused. MARY emerges from behind the Guard. He touches his own heart. heads off with Watson.he leaves. without this. bars.. But the Guard shakes his head. 68 INT. then locks eyes with Mary. forward.. flanked by prison wardens.. Just Watson. they see. The bars slide shut. PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. turns. The mob surrounds Holmes. Holmes watches him walk out. And he does --. (CONTINUED) . Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary. She gives him a polite nod. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B.
.. HOLMES All in good time. Holmes sees a dark. LESTRADE We don’t have time. sir. CARRIAGE Holmes enters. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers. in another life. 69 EXT. 70 71 OMITTED INT. HOLMES Lestrade -. an excellent policeman. the thug blasts out backwards. you’d have made an excellent criminal. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks. 70 71 (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55. door open. Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper.Rev.your usual impeccable timing.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . They just paid a small fortune to bail you out. 68 As the door is opened. HOLMES And you. LONDON JAIL . Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. LESTRADE You know. strange carriage waiting. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat. having just been battered through it by Holmes. A public that’s working itself into a frenzy.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along.
eyes flicking around the room.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the carriage forked left. HOLMES As to who you are -. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on.but Holmes is on a roll. Holmes shrugs. SIR THOMAS. Sir Thomas shakes his head. Holmes takes in the scene..Rev. admittedly. Who you realy are is another matter entirely. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -. He holds a black hood. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s. CUT TO BLACK. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. and who I am. That would be your official title. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. FADE IN: 72 INT. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. apologies for summoning you like this.I was. Holmes. HOLMES As to where I am -. 72 (CONTINUED) .. then right. rises from a pile of papers. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. SIR THOMAS Mr. After that. Lord Chief Justice. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves.
Rev. STANDISH (O. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring. Holmes shakes his head. on the northwest corner of St. I suppose.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (beat) And as to the mystery -. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. ambitious man in his 30s. Standish is an American in his sixties. James Square.) I think we have the right man. it’s standard procedure. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A. Coward is a hard. you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand. well. SIR THOMAS Yes.the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place.S. what a massive lack of judgement on their part.
but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. We don’t ask you to share our faith. (at Sir Thomas) In this case. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes. or practical magic.as they enter. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . yes? You have the same colored irises -. the Home Secretary. STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist. fear of your own child. Holmes looks around the room. That shocks them rigid. variations of the SPHINX. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols. only our fears. HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -.a rare dark green. HOLMES They’re almost interesting.Rev. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) .practices of our Order? Yes.barely -. Holmes acknowledges them -. isn’t impressed by rank.
SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information.. Sir Thomas opens a bureau.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went. No one could prove anything of course. which would make you either brothers. or. father and son. SIR THOMAS We were young. What family he had tended to.Rev. a BODY covered by a sheet. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -. Evidently. His mother wasn’t my wife. Holmes is appalled and shows it. She was a powerful practitioner. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. Though not enough to survive giving birth to him.young Lord Blackwood -. A man who’s just fallen out a window. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. It’s chilling: a death scene. the men consult silently. digs for something. A photograph from the 1860s. and we want to keep it that way. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE. They turn back to Holmes.. 58. come to some sort of conclusion. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . from his birth to arms he made and sold.looks on.plus identical outer ears. not survive. 72 Stunned. or pinna. more likely. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. but she shared our beliefs. which only pass down through the direct bloodline.
Sir Thomas.Rev. fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. but not for you. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. 72 STANDISH All this is history. The present and future are worse. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. His resurrection is evidence of that. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. I have considerable influence over the police. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table. but it’s not enough. As Home Secretary. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -. leaves. (beat) Name your price. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead. We need you to find him and stop him before he does. HOLMES I have one last question. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59. I’ll get him.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. turns. 73 OMITTED 73 .stops at the door. SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. Holmes stalks out -.
and could get you into a lot of trouble. Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter.. 2/2/09 60.Rev. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner. IRENE I knew I could count on you. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. Sherlock. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table. the least you can do is help me with the buttons. She pulls long thin needles from her hair. IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people. As she continues..SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress.. lets her hair down.. (CONTINUED) . That’s better. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass). There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine. They both eye the Derringer on the table. Sherlock. 74 EXT. 74 75 INT. IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead.
She moves back to the dressing table. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch. I couldn’t see his face. Your hand was trembling. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck. HOLMES Irene steps out. 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. IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. and on such a clever contraption. Holmes steps out to confront Irene. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments.) Let’s not argue. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. IRENE Wonderful. A professor perhaps? Irene gets up. Your services are no longer required.S. Holmes won’t look at her. your gaze was averted. Case closed then. (CONTINUED) . Unfairly gorgeous.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun. IRENE (O. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb.Rev. refusing to get turned on. Unbuttoning done. We’re not.
missing his toe. The kiss leads them to the bed. becoming something else. IRENE This wine is excellent. Irene kisses him. Irene. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. (CONTINUED) . should really try some.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . we are arguing. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently.Rev. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time. and the one that disarms Holmes. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. hard and angry at first. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. Irene snatches up her gun. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. not only is it my business. HOLMES When a man you ask me to find ends up dead in the coffin of the most notorious murderer since Jack the Ripper and that murderer manages to return from the dead. Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. HOLMES IRENE You see. HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. Holmes grabs her arm. 75 I disagree.
Just like you -. the other with the key. straddles him. now dressed as a man.one in shackles. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head.Rev.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CLICK! Much better. Irene walks casually across the room. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. IRENE But free. She’s in charge now. She gets off him. Sherlock -. And on my own terms. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING.well. She approaches. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise. 75 That’s better. While he struggles on the bed. Irene pulls him down to it. IRENE He doesn’t resist. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62.
SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . Holmes has no retort. throws the handcuff keys down there. moves to the doorway. IRENE If anyone asks.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. he looks tired. PERIGRINE. She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and. sir. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) .NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste.Rev. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. IRENE -. please let them know that Mr. stands there waiting for him. Irene takes the scarf off his neck. 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. I’m going to bed. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers.but generally speaking. Perigrine. His butler. SIR THOMAS No thank you. PERIGRINE Good evening.
drip. tries to sit up.76 SHERLOCK HOLMES ..Rev. as he hears an eerie WHISPER O. 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. Relaxing. Thomas smiles. drip. INT. licking his lips. The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on.S. Can’t. 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. (CONTINUED) . Not all the way. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. like the rushing of wind. drip. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A. Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. goes up. sir. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port.
HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way. BLACKWOOD . You can only surrender... but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT.. then grim recognition sets in.. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time. HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64. slowly... slowly and surely.. it’s better than I thought it would be. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis.77 SHERLOCK HOLMES . .DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger. she misinterpreted my intention entirely.. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP. It comes from a power greater than yours. He looks down at himself and reacts with shock. 78 INT. Besides.Rev.) Hello. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it.S. Father. still handcuffed to the bed. He slides back down. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK.CORRIDOR . Sir Thomas’ eyes widen. Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom. a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door. I must admit. to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes. The water flows over Sir Thomas. lit in a sinister fashion. Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. THE GRAND HOTEL .. who watches him drown.. Her shriek wakes him. 77 BLACKWOOD (O. Clothes in total disarray. The water closes over his face. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A .
2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. CONSTABLE CLARK Well. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. there is no latitude for misunderstanding. right here is where Holmes is at his very best -. why he exists. puzzled. in fact. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . The Butler didn’t hear anything. Clark ends up talking to thin air. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter. He turns. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. continues into the bathroom. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. 65. The tub has been drained.this is. 78B EXT. finds him right back at the doorway. eyes wide open --. looking for Holmes. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C . HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason.so that Const.Rev. The coach stops.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . No sign of a break-in. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket). The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. As Constable Clark continues in. The body was in the tub. Right now. in full virtuoso detective mode.only his ring was missing. 78C INT.
sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. opens it.. logic is rare. not provide comfort to the corpse. scoops it up. Holmes is happy. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself. or in a linen closet with a vent.Rev. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response.Holmes is not their boss.. The decent thing to do is catch the killer. jasmine? HOLMES Superb. leans over. Hmm. Constable. HOLMES Data. Both cops hesitate -. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency. high up where it’s warm and dry. He glances around the room... I suspect this comes from a larger cannister. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common. sniffs it. It’ll either be in the pantry.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. it may mean he looks down from a window sill. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away. Now Holmes can really get down to work. sits in it himself. Holmes swivels. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. data. (CONTINUED) . And. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A.
78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . runs his hand along a layer of dust. grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. The dust has a line down it. revealing: (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B. He steps toward it. 78C His eyes keep moving. Holmes steps to the sink.Rev. as if the wall cracked open. noticing something on a wall.
a cow’s BONE. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. and ancient texts. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open.Rev. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table. .78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. 221 BAKER ST. HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. a large sharp FANG. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx. opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66. 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels. and a FEATHER. As soon as they arrive. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. the walls and shelves are very sparse. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT. just as -78F INT.Const. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out. On the altar. spellbooks. Maybe he continues singing between words. He is well into packing his things.they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. They are startled by the secret room --. He pushes the panel.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS . Clark and the Officer return. and the wall shifts. The office is full of boxes. (vis I have no that. four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) .
80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use. Holmes steps into the room. HOLMES Figure of speech. (CONTINUED) . They unzip the bag. WATSON There isn’t any. boys. Holmes steps aside. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop.Rev. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large. revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A.
he’s your friend from Reordon’s. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. Frustrated. of all places. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. He’s an inspiring conversationalist. Holmes analyzes the body. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes. WATSON HOLMES No. Poor fellow. (alt: He has more humor than you. * * * (CONTINUED) . starting. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67.Rev.) Really. Watson keeps packing. 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men.
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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...
STANDISH Are you mad.S. He looks up. 82B INT. as he enters -83 INT. betrayed. He stays standing as they all sit -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. He hits the door to a building. It’s why he’s here. BLACKWOOD I am humbled. It is locked.Rev. trying to dry himself. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. The door finally opens. Standish looks at Coward. gone as fast as it came. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order. Blackwood enters.) Of course he does. Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O. He raises his collar. wiping the raindrops off his coat. He bangs on the door.NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. turns to the others -.all except STANDISH. A RAVEN flaps into the night.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES . shipping. and keeps moving. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne. (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions. surprised by the rain. Effective immediately. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . and come back more powerful than ever. we see the rain stops behind him. as the rain comes harder. The crowd is stunned. industry -they were given to me for a purpose. He looks as if he’s been to hell. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down. As he enters. I am honored.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS .
for without death there can be no rebirth. (beat) England will know our power. we’ll remake the world.. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -. prowls. we’ll create the future.. a future ruled by us. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose.. (CONTINUED) .. we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. Nobody moves. The men are beginning to like what they hear. A different future. BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history. Blackwood smiles -..Rev.. (beat) . Their civil war weakened them. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71.he’s won. sir. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late. (beat) With their resources and our power. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours. Blackwood stands.even death holds no sway. you’ll make it openly. Now. We’ll take it from them. at noon tomorrow. the whole world will. their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours. Then. and will be again.
People scream. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. Flames consuming him. terrified. and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage. gasp. 83B INT. faint. People look up. are terrified.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. as his body contorts. cross themselves. surveys them. 83 In desperation. Standish pulls a gun. shocked. LONDON STREET . But as he aims it -. melting away. They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . Standish flails.he IGNITES. as they witness this unnatural act. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. lighting city blocks. but they are with him. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. gape. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. The flames flicker blinding white. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A.
83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . 83B Blackwood turns to Coward. nods. drink your allegiance here. but it tastes like power.Rev. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) . As they drink. It doesn’t taste good. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice. BLACKWOOD Come. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72.
Watson glares. He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it. TANNER Not a great one for the water. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73. 84 Use them. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE .Rev. He’s soaked. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. nothing to worry about. Holmes starts clambering over the side.CAPTAIN TANNER. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. TANNER Just a little leak. The engine shudders off. We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water. Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. WE SEE a boat is being loaded. EXT. the boat drifts. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW. Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. Watson’s pissed. (CONTINUED) . Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. Wharves stretch out into the water. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. doctor? Army type.ESTABLISHING . 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there.NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames. are you.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard. Coward nods. He whispers at Tanner. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. and furious. HOLMES Everything all right. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -.
let’s get this over with. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. (CONTINUED) . says nothing. WATSON Come on. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. Tanner nods. Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. doctor. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. Watson does. Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows. goes over the side. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. covered in mud. watch. etc. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. please. Holmes looks back at Watson. Watson steps forward. towards the entrance. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. takes the gun. Watson glares. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. where two more THUGS patrol. with his walking stick. the closest he’ll come to a confession.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Send for the police when you get there. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there.Rev.
. The big one’s been drinking -. A truly creepy scene. Nothing. WATSON (O. sensing something behind him. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive. Holmes slows. takes a whiff.ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here.. notices that both men have hip flasks. As they go. not minutes ago. Metal groans softly. (CONTINUED) . Holmes whispers. He inspects it. He slows. A few RATS lay dead. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75.86 SHERLOCK HOLMES . like a plaintive wail.whether for courage or from habit. looks at shadows. inspecting it. He turns. 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door. picks up one of the dead rats. might prove easily distracted.Rev. Holmes follows.. and pockets it as he follows Watson. 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. some kind of dark spore. Holmes notices rows of empty tables. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. Holmes. He picks one up.. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors. Holmes and Watson move through it. stopped in his tracks. trying to figure out the best strategy. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness. passing Watson into -89 INT. spooked. He runs his finger through a layer of dust. Holmes catches up.TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. Watson? Watson has already left. sees something on its skin.S.) You need to see this. 89 87 88 Holmes looks up.
echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. An automated butchery on a grand scale. ‘I am He that liveth. as he joins Watson. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam. At noon tomorrow. whispering in the wind. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL. Watson pulls his gun. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen. I am alive forevermore. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. This is the killing floor. gliding on a track. Click. swaying softly. Revelation 1:18. as the hooks move through the air. time? WATSON It’s a date. Amen. 90 Holmes shakes his head. On the high walls. draws a bead on Blackwood.’ Another voice completes the passage.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the world as you know it ends. Shadows hang heavy around him. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh. HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER. slipping it into his pocket.S.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. (CONTINUED) . pulls the trigger. Misfire. Blackwood continues. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness.Rev. Now you see the truth for yourself. the ceiling. a 118. and was dead. and have the keys of hell and of death. strangely. Holmes tightens. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . ticking. stepping into -90 INT. his eyes narrow.) ‘And behold. his voice echoes. lifeless and silent for now.
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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
Sherlock? IRENE Now. So is Sherlock. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. he spots a small.smashes the shackle lock. leaves her for Holmes to deal with. she’s showing nerves. As Watson holds Irene. Irene swings sideways violently. The bandsaw whines viciously. the scorched. pulls her horizontal. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . He braces himself on the belt. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. equipment. Holmes wastes no time. Irene rides the belt upwards. catches up to Irene --. but that’s all. Holmes darts through a trimming station. still shackled by her right hand. grabs one. scalded pig carcass precedes them.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. Irene swings aside. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80.close one -. just misses it. following her.Rev. jumps onto the belt. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water. painted red. Holmes clambers the Up ahead.and Watson catches her feet. (CONTINUED) . swings the cleaver with all his might --. She’s still shackled. Shit a brick. sprints for the switch.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. 90A -. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH. (PLEASE NOTE.
. grabs her. (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) . stops her. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. Lately there’ve been rumors of something new. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. their eyes locking. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A. looking for Blackwood. -. boiled. More powerful than anything else. Finally. taking Holmes with her. turns. (angry) No more games. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched. 90A Gets a free haircut. Irene. I owe you. She looks at Holmes.pulls a knife.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles).Rev. Irene gives Holmes a sweet. And. Watson shakes his head. Irene unhooks herself. cutin-half pig carcasses. falls forward. They’re okay. magical. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. gets up. looks down --. Then Holmes is under her. Watson sprints towards where they fell. heads after Watson. They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME. heads for the door.. HOLMES You owe me information.
The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. occasionally knocking him to the ground.. it lights up all of London. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. 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. running toward the door. but to safety. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. Holmes slows. looking around the dock. WATSON Time slows.Rev. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS. They blast through the doors to -91 EXT. it. Watson! A chemical. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. 90A And she’s off. For a moment. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . Holmes trails her. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. 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. He reaches Irene. 81. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion.. Holmes races towards her as more explosions. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. processing. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson.
Irene has disappeared. The two coppers nod respectfully. alive. CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. helps him gently to his knees. so make it look good. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. pauses. makes his escape fast. 92 INT. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed. HOLMES Thank you. Holmes turns away. studying Watson’s chart. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. HOSPITAL . she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. THROUGH THE GLASS. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. they spot Watson.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup.is intercepted by Constable Clark. reaches for the handle. Clarky. One reads the paper. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. Mary stays at the door. 93 INT. sir. unsure whether to enter or not. 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene.Rev. there is a smear on her cheek. HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . but --. but unconscious. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now.
He’s delirious. scraped. sweating. bruised.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . cut. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A. He mumbles inaudibly.Rev. 93 Watson is burned. his eyes still closed. pock-marked with shrapnel. (CONTINUED) .
handbag. Watson tries to sit up again. Doctor. WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. already in the room.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . letting the Doctor do his work.) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. WATSON Get a mirror. etc. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. coat. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. private life. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. stands back respectfully. WATSON Are they subcutaneous. Watson tries to sit up. The surgeon should be along shortly. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. wincing with pain.Rev. WATSON I haven’t time for that. The shot wakes him. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that. (CONTINUED) . This reveals that Mary has entered the room. A sixth of a grain. I’ll extract them myself. for the pain.
worth many wounds. Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other. both our lives are lost.. to face her... but not surprised. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known. ON MARY As she takes a closer. WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound.. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures. MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um. eyes flashing. MARY If anything happens to him.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The Doctor turns just outside the door. patients. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed. Do you really? MARY Doctor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A... The Doctor has no words.Rev. I’ll check in on him again shortly. sharper look at the Doctor. She’s suddenly very angry. Mary steps towards the Doctor.
MARY -.or are you so selfish that’s just not possible. leaves fast. . turns.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B.
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94 INT. 94 .CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen.Rev. HOSPITAL . 2/2/09 84A.SHERLOCK HOLMES .
he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. We PUSH IN UNDER the railway arch until we can make out a splash of white in the shadows -. The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock).SHERLOCK HOLMES . disturbed. 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death.ATTIC Holmes enters. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT. Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor. The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock). horrified. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. 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. hair. feather. so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. In the center circle he draws a pentagram (using wax from a burning candle?).NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). They begin to overflow with tears. He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle. Gathering himself. cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle. fang) from Sir Thomas’ house. He pulls a pocket knife from his coat. (CONTINUED) . LONDON .Rev. pained. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand. 2/2/09 85. PUNCH BOWL PUB . He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross.but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone. There is something grotesque about his face.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. 94A EXT. opens the blade. Parts of it hang down. A train crosses on an overhead railway. obscuring him --. Emotions swirling.
BLACKWOOD (O. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting. the circle around Holmes ignites.) And now it dawns on you. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A. Holmes sways. (CONTINUED) . fuzzy. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you. followed by a larger circle beyond that. you begin to recognize your part in his play.S.Rev. Holmes snaps around. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -. Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame. He struggles to focus on Blackwood. 95 Then he begins to chant.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES .as it hits the ground.
the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT. 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86. PUNCH BOWL PUB .just as we saw Reordon in his coffin.. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head. BLACKWOOD .. You made me what I am. he can barely see straight.ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. so I could die on the biggest stage of all. has Blackwood killed Holmes.. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head.Rev. (CONTINUED) 96 97 . Why would I take a sixth under St. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB. he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind. or is he hallucinating..95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes’ eyes snap open. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head.
CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL.Rev. IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE. THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS. THE DEAD RATS. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . THE SPHINX. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him.just as we saw Standish. Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM. . he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS. Holmes’ eyes snap open. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic.
HOLMES (confused) Watson. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes..SHERLOCK HOLMES . He’s been through it. In the b. but with burn flashes. They both smile. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. into the light. You look He writes something in his notebook.. cuts and bruises. (CONTINUED) . A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor. bloody awful. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee. 2/2/09 87A. He is decidedly alive. His arm is in a sling. Mary said I had a lousy doctor.Rev.is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared. WATSON Interesting artwork.ATTIC The sun is rising. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup. HOLMES (quietly. -. HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself. oddly.then tosses it away. PUNCH BOWL PUB . FADE IN: 98 INT. it seems she might understand the power of partnership. United in agony. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -.g.? Watson leans closer.or some deathly version of his old friend -.
Rev. They smile at their unique. I dreamt that you were strangling me.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Thank you. Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup. HOLMES Excellent brew.. Holmes takes a drink of coffee. Exactly. twisted understanding of one another.. IRENE I was. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this. HOLMES (CONTINUED) .. Watson. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine. You know. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88.. I had to get you to pass out to settle down.
WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -. But then he decides that’s absurd. And untreatable. He takes a sip. I’m simply a woman. Quite severe. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. The fiddler’s owner -.Rev. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) .from the pub’s band -.it’s called psychology. Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. IRENE Oh. IRENE No. sits opposite him with the other. Irene arrives with two pints. puts one down in front of him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. 99 INT. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table. It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I poisoned that one. WATSON With your own venom no doubt. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it. doctor.
he quickly sketches an eagle. Let me make it simple for you. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. Then he moves to the ox bone -. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane.a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. Then he moves to the hair. he strums it.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. Irene and Watson notice the silence. He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. Flash to Reordon’s red hair. he makes strange atonal sounds.Rev.I’m what’s called a woman. A beat. HOLMES I need a map of London. Next to the feather he writes America. They swap a glance. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come. 89A. 101 100 . Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation. but not with a bow. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor.BUT no flashes.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Then to an American flag. doctor. He draws an ox in charcoal. Next. with a lot fewer words -. he moves to the feather -. PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops. He plucks it.OX ring.ATTIC . 100 INT.Sir Thomas -. 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite. Next to it he writes a big question mark. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin. PUNCH BOWL PUB . (beat) Understand that. He draws a man’s face. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor. Next to it Holmes writes Man. Then he moves to a Lion fang. And Holmes emerges. and you’ll have a happy marriage. 101 INT. and you’ll have a happy marriage.
102 INT. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox. HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension. At minimum. But that’s for another time. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas. and Man -(CONTINUED) . he suggested I widen my gaze and. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison.. the Lion. electric. the Eagle. My initial approach was far too narrow. PUNCH BOWL PUB . The fraternity who silently control the Empire..SHERLOCK HOLMES . I have done just that.. your little white tail got rather dirty. I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt. To fully understand this system. In fact. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. IRENE Yes. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries. I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity. Pharoahs. 2/2/09 90. I shall begin.. to get inside it.Rev.ATTIC Holmes is excited. with a few enhancements of my own. share the belief with the Kings. at minimum. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. the feather of an eagle. Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple.. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor.. therefore the System. Lion paws. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox. Blackwood has killed three men. HOLMES Now. (beat) Reordon. the ginger midget. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross. the tooth of a lion. (CONTINUED) . really flying now.Rev. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock).102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . We found his body here. 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). Master of the Temple. wore the ox ring. 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.. represents Man. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames. Man’s face. We see the Ox body.... the hair of a man... Eagle wings. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system. covering other parts with his hand. he died here.
Ox.. WATSON Man.. 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America. (CONTINUED) . Parliament. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -.the point at which the other four come together. WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion. of a cross. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing.the ethereal. HOLMES It is the fifth element -. the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act.. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map. Eagle. Right here. That which can’t yet be known. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B. HOLMES Correspondingly.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev.right in the middle of the river. He connects the dots on the map.and not by coincidence.. Holmes points to the map.. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross.. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -. HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here.
Lestrade sits opposite. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. Police fill the hall. PUNCH BOWL PUB . though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state. 104 EXT. IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub.MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered. He simply raises his arms. boots echoing. 102A INT. 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. HOLMES Follow these plans. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. Watson goes down. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) . Police. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. Flings it open. where more police block his path.Rev. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. POLICE CARRIAGE .he can’t believe it’s come to this. We’re at the Houses of Parliament. Ladies first. Irene jumps down. and they drag him away.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . shaking his head -. hands it to Watson.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside. Irene looks out the window. but the door EXPLODES inward. He looks at Holmes. 103 INT. cuffed and bruised. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. Holmes looks back.
who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade. (CONTINUED) . sir. plenty of flags and enthusiasm. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. PARLIAMENT . Lestrade. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. hawkers and tourists. Thank you. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. Lestrade knocks. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. I know it’s unorthodox. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. Lestrade punches Holmes. Lestrade pulls his lapel. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. 106 INT. at its ceremonial best. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. They come to a door. preparing for pomp and circumstance. 104 The carriage pulls up. m’lord.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. revealing a temple of four orders pin. but Mr. 105 INT. HOLMES Oh. if you could wait outside. Crowds are gathering outside. climbing toward noon. Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward.
106 HOLMES I’m curious. Coward. I confess to being completely out-matched. Coward turns away for a moment -. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. ox. eagle. did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire. (CONTINUED) . LORD COWARD Very clever. It’s mercy. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. HOLMES Nonetheless. Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window. But it’s not murder. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room.the lion is parliament. but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. and now you have given it to me. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93. HOLMES No. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. lion -. Mr. Holmes. HOLMES Fortunately. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. I could deduce very little from my investigation. He opens it to try and clear the smoke. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. but I don’t care much what you think.
and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS.O. The big ceremonial sword is prominent. Coward. you would have made a valuable ally.) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood. HOLMES (V. (MORE) (CONTINUED) ..) A faint aroma of excrement. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room. from where you have been standing.Rev.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES (V. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground. LORD COWARD (V. 106 A pair of handcuffs. Coward performing a ritual. HOLMES (V. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94. The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking....O.) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago.. Holmes.O. HOLMES (V. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud. Blackwood.) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing..O. from where you’ve been kneeling. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door. slide across the floor to Coward’s feet.O. HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine.) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee. He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found.
looks about in the water. The entire government will be present. He disappears for a moment then surfaces. (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then. With a single bound. THAMES . PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed. when it brings no profit to the wise. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot. 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 94A/94B. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V. He misses. 107 (CONTINUED) . A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine.Rev.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today.O. Holmes. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames.
pockets it. Clearly the whole escape has been planned.Rev. Irene is also present. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic.. WATSON Well. pulling Holmes in on the rope. When Holmes is level. your instructions were fairly precise. soldier boy. He grabs it with his hands. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. HOLMES Port side. Tanner turns the boat.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. He’s never going to like guns. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. Watson stands on the rear deck. Holmes is pulled up into the boat. 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. Tanner takes it happily. her eyes narrow. checks the load. come to think of it. Captain Tanner. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. Tanner smiles. Irene looks out. (CONTINUED) . Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. IRENE Where to. Holmes opens the drum. little too perfectly. about everything except the window. into the sewers. HOLMES Watson.. TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL. And. No way he’d be coming over the terrace. still pleased with himself. grimaces...
wipes his mouth. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 . Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing. who swallows it without flinching. Holmes nods towards Watson.Rev. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . IRENE Starting early. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. smiles. 107A EXT. He takes a shot. I am about to show you.. The entire government is here. 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN.. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament. The boat is almost at the sewers. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse. she takes a hit. He drinks. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96. SEWERS . hands it on to Tanner. floats at the opening to the tunnel. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience. Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. Irene passes him the bottle.BOAT Tanner’s boat. HOLMES Trust me. heading into this epic building. She can see this is more than a social invitation.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. the time moving toward noon. unlit. have a drink. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him. pulls a face. on the edge of the darkness.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. Doctor. grimaces. TANNER Far as I can go. Irene follows. As they head toward the sewers.
But there is something sitting in it. standing in shadows. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. stops. bricks dismantled. Irene and Watson flank him. Cyanide. those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . In the center. the faint smell of bitter almonds.Rev. Note the blue discoloration. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. the RAT TAIL. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. HOLMES I can tell it from here. the pentagram remains. It sits below a shattered ceiling. to be precise. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. (CONTINUED) . Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. The first of its kind. WATSON You can tell that from here? No. Blackwood’s magic. Tell-tale signs of cyanide. When activated. HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98..DAY Holmes checks his watch. Lord Coward steps up. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. As they start to take seats. They burst into the area.Rev. DOWN a bend. They draw their guns.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. checks the crowd. Watson pistol-whips the nearest. Holmes front-kicks the 111 112 110A The third thug looks down the barrels of both their guns before he has a chance to fight or flee. SEWERS .110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control. (CONTINUED) . Irene trails them closely. next. Shoulder-to-shoulder. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps. It’s there when he needs it. HOLMES He doesn’t. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. They nod. completely surprising the three thugs. 110 HOLMES As if by magic. faster and faster. I wouldn’t. The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling.. PARLIAMENT . Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve. 111 112 OMITTED INT. UP a channel. out of the way otherwise. they move down the tunnel.
which puts his back to another tunnel. Electrocuted. Now unguarded. looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse). 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99.Rev. sending both guns spinning away --. surrounded by humming. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil. which falls into the cradle. Holmes joins Irene at the device. Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and.. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. She grips her knife.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. who is out). WATSON Sullen. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it. 112 Take this. Over there. Gun in each hand. Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. A totally wire-free weapon. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --.. both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. Before Irene can alert him. she drops the knife. (CONTINUED) . sparks flashing. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene. but without much resistance. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. Irene recoils. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun. sparking coils. Dredger spins Watson around. flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup.
and points. Dredger grabs Holmes. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device. PARLIAMENT . HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it. up in the Lords’ Gallery. deflecting him for a moment.who doesn’t even bother to block anything. Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100. Look. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD.DAY The chime echoes. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx. 114 INT. BONG! The second chime resounds. staring at a ghost. Blackwood is calm. commanding. BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. Voices rise. Irene sits at the device. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some. Holmes goes for Dredger. trying to figure out how to defuse it. 113 INT. The hall goes silent. Holmes flies into him feet-first. very emphatically. waiting for the session to begin. SEWERS . Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air.Rev.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben. Coward looks up.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
but not very big. sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep.the bowl of his pipe. WATSON You owe me for the ring. Dredger grins --. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut. pouring the gunpowder into --. I need the bullets.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. lunges with his little sword. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. Dredger drops Holmes. enough.Rev. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. His eyes narrow. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge.until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. The bullets. BONG! The clock is ticking down. HOLMES Give me your gun. staggers back holding his bleeding ears. only just keeping Dredger at bay --. as if scared of the sword -. then he pulls it out. a plan forming. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them. swung with full force by Watson. Dredger grunts angrily. flexes his bicep. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. Dredger backs off. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe. This is going to be more uneven than usual. Holmes heads back to Irene. Watson dives desperately. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) .
which shatters against the floor.. She rolls up a sleeve.Rev. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place. Victorian-style. arms wide. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. SEWER TUNNEL . Got it. Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash. angles his huge legs and pushes. While Watson is down. driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three. Lords are on their feet. 116 INT.. HOLMES We need a light.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Guards are banging outside the doors. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. (CONTINUED) . placed them on the balustrade in front of him. Shaped charge. Then he braces his massive feet.hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud. then turns back to the device. 114 -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. but the doors are locked. He calmly intones a familiar chant. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both.
gears ratchet past each other. Fizzling.. on his belly.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103.Rev. ZAP! A spark hits the blade. out of his limp hand. stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --. Watson is face-down on the stones. snatching her blade. still.and continue to burn inside Dredger. the dying giant falls like a tree. Hey! WATSON (O. and. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. Bad news. boiling inside.. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe. cams turn. just barely avoiding the sparks and coils.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device. HOUSE OF LORDS . eyes bulging. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. mouth wide with a silent scream. and she angles the blade. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods.S.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords.where he found HOLMES’ GUN. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . He lurches away. crawled from the sewer -.
triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall.117 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle.DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. SEWER TUNNELS . circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. 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. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. sending blinding sparks through the cradle.. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider. stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony. BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air..Rev. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as. electrodes sizzle. 117A INT.. BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman. I am here to change all this. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air. 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.
first time. 117B EXT. Everyone is still standing. it was.. 117B 117C INT.Rev. 117D 118 OMITTED INT.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. 2/2/09 104A. 117C Nothing happens. disappearing into the gallery. magical. She looks past Holmes. IRENE That was something new for us. They look around.. neither knows what to say.. Nothing at all..DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye. BIG BEN . Coward looks confused. Other Temple members eye him. scared. WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. Blackwood hits the remote again. He ducks away fast. But again. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . And. nothing happens. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic.SHERLOCK HOLMES . SEWER JUNCTION . Yes.
He misread her yet again. heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. sits up. I’m sorry. Watson looks around. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns. His face darkens. had enough. you’re going to miss this.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES . we made it.. you’ve got to admit. feels for a pulse.DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses. looks. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105. The cylinders are gone. WATSON Holmes. INT. Watson nods. 118A .Rev. Watson rolls over. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . relieved. He motions to the disabled device. He goes to him. 118 Holmes whips around -. Holmes looks down at his friend. Just. seemingly dead. and so is Irene. face grim. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. HOLMES Yes.. drops to his knees next to Watson. He’s done. HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact. HOLMES Come on.sees Watson.
A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. claustrophobic gamble. 118D INT.and pinches tighter. Light increases. Irene hesitates for a moment. Then.pauses. subterranean. about 500 yards away. horrible. And then the tunnel ends.Rev. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. 2/2/09 106. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns. For a long moment it is pitch black. PIPE . She picks up speed. flung there from the previous action with Dredger.DAY Panting. then sees Irene sprint across the maze. Blackwood follows them. The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK. pinched down. This is as tight.a dark. damp. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . hears.SHERLOCK HOLMES . ahead -. Irene’s quick. 118B INT.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. SEWER TUNNELS . Blackwood scoops it up. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. and so does Irene’s rate of movement.DAY The pipe angles down. Then Holmes. anxious breath the only point of reference. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets. turns. then slithers into the pipe. 118C INT. into the unknown. 118D 118C . almost imperceptibly. The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -. next to Irene’s head. light.
Rev. CELLAR . this is a grind.DAY -.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. and sees.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene charges the stairs -118I INT. CELLAR . Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards.climbing with one hand.DAY 118G Irene -. 2/2/09 107. PIPE .a brick-framed window -. She surges for light -. yes --.ON THE LADDER . vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it. The only ready way out. enters the pipe.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark. Anger lends him energy. Stonework fairly new. HOLLOW BUILDING . 118J INT.and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I .DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building.DAY Holmes grimaces. 118H INT. As fit and athletic as she is. upward. Irene accelerates for it. CELLAR . 118H Gritting her teeth. 118F 118G INT. An even tighter fit for him.more stairs. chest heaving. shimmies TOWARDS us.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe. hollow building full of construction equipment. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate. HOLLOW BUILDING . 118E 118F INT. 118E INT.
PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive. Goodbye! He start to move towards her.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames.SHERLOCK HOLMES .WALKWAY . Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her. We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure.Rev. no further to go.then the glory of London. They circle around each other. 118K EXT. spectacular beauty --. laid out for us in breathtaking. She makes it to the end.and returns to Irene as. * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge.’ Irene turns.HELICOPTER SHOT .then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --. She’s 250 feet above the Thames.REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --. 2/2/09 108. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower. TOWER BRIDGE . 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT. .DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. recovered somewhat -. TOWER BRIDGE . winded. SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye. the center of the world. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger.
trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. She shoots him in the arm. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Why hurry off. give it a try. He moves in again. Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand.Rev. But he swipes her legs away. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. As she falls. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. and kicks her gun away. stunned. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK. She drops. But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway.
WALKWAY . chops six inches off the batten. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. He looks back to Blackwood.. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong.Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank.. Holmes quickly ducks. no match for the sword --. Holmes turns. The bullet misses him. Blackwood fires at Holmes. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. Blackwood smiles.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .his eyes lock on to something. as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. but now because of you thousands are going to die. now bound. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110. but. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder. mounts a frenzied attack. Flimsy. as before.whipping a coil of rope across the floor.DAY A look between them and then it’s on. self defense third. Blackwood snarls. which falls --. Holmes is on the defensive throughout. And you’ll be the first. his target is the cylinder first. (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . binding them together. slashes. Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. awaiting Holmes. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. The two men finally part. which Holmes simply tries to survive. The wind will do the rest. Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. They continue to spar. He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier). -. He lands.which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in. 119H EXT.Rev. Blackwood second. hooking Blackwood around his ankle. TOWER BRIDGE . with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge.
Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. Holmes remains cool. He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm.a mixture of egg and honey. Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest.. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. pulled toward the edge. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. HOLMES There was never any magic. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . screeching to a painful halt. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A. Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science.Rev.. like the prison guard. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation. Very clever of Reordon to find a paralytic that was activated by the combination of copper and water and was therefore undetectable once the bath water was drained. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank. conjuring tricks. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap. His fingers are white from strain.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians.Rev. flammable liquid -. 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. Instead. An odorless. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power. tasteless. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end. Had it worked. (CONTINUED) . 110B. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery. Ingenious. They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue. 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS.at one of your ceremonies I suspect.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . A simple rigged bullet in his gun.
The storm grows in ferocity. Holmes bends down. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear.Rev. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on.G. Wind whips harder.G. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet. Quick as a snake. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies.. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice.. lands on a rope. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you. The rope yanks down a crane.: We see the slow. The last timber falls over the edge. inexorable dominoes continue to fall. hits a row of standing timbers. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose. IN B. the atmosphere electric and dangerous. Blackwood can hold on no longer. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. starting a slow. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile. Blackwood is on his knees.: a bucket drops. The timbers start to topple. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. the crane swings. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm. cutting the rope. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . cowed. strikes another crane.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS.
Holmes just stands there. Holmes looks up. with Tower Bridge as his gibbet.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. stunned. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth. Holmes moves down to her. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES.Rev. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away. disappearing into a cloud. He takes her hand. hanged like a common man after all. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one. (CONTINUED) . Irene. Then you will hang. CREAK. She appears to be dead. Blackwood looks up.. properly this time. Blackwood looks up. killing him instantly. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge. a silhouette against the stormy sky.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Oh. and farther.. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks.. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse.. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain. 119H HOLMES First. CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER.. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we. the world will see you for what you are. It’s a long journey from here to the rope. He falls farther.. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away. The bird flaps its wings. His brow furrows.. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we.
Moriarty. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES We’ve still got a moment. IRENE It looks like rain. (CONTINUED) . 119H Her eyes pop open. seat next to her. IRENE You were right.Rev. A bit of a smile and break. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A. this time. an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames. he is a professor. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. cuffing her instead. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. Key’s in the watch pocket.
HOLMES Thank you. At the end of the top of the stairs. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one. She smiles. Holmes keeps moving into the night. LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. And he sees.. yes. 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT. Cylinder to one of the policemen. Lestrade.Rev. turns and walks away. Sherlock.. The storm curls around him. Sadly. Their faces close. detective. Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick. near a kiss. Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants). (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. keeps walking. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. TOWER BRIDGE . 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113. LESTRADE You’re welcome.DUSK Rain falls softly.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . the rain falling hard. Then Lestrade cracks a smile.
Holmes can’t help but smile. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. no words spoken.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A. 122A A shadow is waiting for him. He joins Watson. .122A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson takes it. We recognize the figure of WATSON. Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick.
Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter.. 123A INT. ... . Just a few scribbles. One moment. MARY All your adventures.Rev. 2/2/09 114. I’d love to read them sometime. 123B INT. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope. 123 EXT. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment.STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs.SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * . 221 BAKER ST. WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring. He looks dead. WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. 221 BAKER ST. cases we’ve worked on over the years. 221 BAKER ST.. his back to them.. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger..DAYS LATER MOVING DAY. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B. MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course.
Do carry on. dear. Clearing your good name. WATSON Get on with it. as it were. he’s far too fond of himself. WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. Watson and Mary walk by. Turns him around. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A. I can’t feel my cheeks. My lord. Watson pokes him.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . MARY Shouldn’t you help him. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution. like a caterpillar in a cocoon. John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll. Holmes. Holmes.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon. 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. 123B WATSON Don’t panic. I should probably come down.
Watson draws his sword. He doesn’t mind. HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down.Rev. belts and a coat hook. Please. Holmes tumbles to the ground. WATSON Worse things could happen. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum. my tongue is going next. WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time.mad honey disease. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. I’ll be of no use to you at all. John. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. Watson. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis.
HOLMES With small caliber bullet. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. MARY There’s a brave boy.mind racing. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr.he shakes his head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116. Moriarty. They are interrupted by a knock on the door. Well.. sir.complete change of demeanor -. Indeed. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range. Shot in the head. right away. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene. HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods.Rev. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -. Yes...123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . There. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -.. Holmes. HOLMES What is it this time. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? . Constable Clark enters. a maintenance man found his body this morning. looking concerned.. He went missing in the sewers.. there. everything’s going to be all right. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants. The dog has regained its vital signs.
124 OMITTED Clarky.. Constable Clarke nods. They’ve taken over the case. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along. sir. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison. reopened..123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . A KNOCK. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. WATSON Adler was just a diversion. Well.Rev. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. Watson nods. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. Watson nods. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. Holmes pulls his coat on. sir. case * * * 124 . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. the Driver exits. The Driver pokes his head in.
2/2/09 116B. CONSTABLE CLARK (V.Rev. BANG! 125 .SHERLOCK HOLMES . what you doing? The policeman looks up. where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device. SERGEANT Oi.INT.O. 125 FLASHBACK . SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device. CONSTABLE CLARK (V.) Shot in the head. and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene. They spread out to seal the crime scene.O. SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel. We don’t see his face.) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there.
221 BAKER ST.. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods..THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device.. everything’s going to be all right. Watson.. I thought those days were behind you. 2/2/09 117. There. Holmes pulls his coat on. 126 INT. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. Excellent deduction. sir.Rev. Holmes and Watson look at each other -.SHERLOCK HOLMES . CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing. looking concerned. They’ve taken over the case. HOLMES Wager. there.mind racing.complete change of demeanor -. CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range. however. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . 126 (CONTINUED) . The dog has regained its vital signs. WATSON There’s a brave boy.
It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two. 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison.. the Driver exits.. . WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. HOLMES I’ll walk out with you. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along.Rev. sir. Watson nods.126 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes nods. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest... 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A... A KNOCK. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. Well.
Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. A stiff beat. Doctor. Watson A THE END . 221 BAKER ST. looks relieved and excited. FADE OUT. Holmes.SHERLOCK HOLMES .. 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 Take care of yourself.. HOLMES Magnificent woman. . Holmes extends an awkward hand. 127 EXT. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. an understanding between the two men. be careful. 2/2/09 118. Watson. warm look. puts a hand on his arm. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway.perhaps the POV of the raven. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage. She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away.Rev.
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