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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
as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. strangling his scream. HOLMES (V. First point of attack.) Then throat.ENTRANCE . He peers about. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs. The man’s mouth opens to cry out. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact. stop screaming. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop.O. confused. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees.the most vulnerable point. The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round. 2/2/09 3. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver. BACK TO 24 fps. Holmes launches a hammer blow.) Stink of alcohol. HOLMES (V. carrying the lantern and a gun.Rev.SHERLOCK HOLMES . just at the top of the jaw -. partial deafness in right ear. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . 4 5 OMITTED INT. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door. He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows. but not as fit as he used to be. BACK TO 24 fps.O. he’s fit. paralyze vocal chords. HOLMES (V. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face.O.NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows. The man swings the lantern away again. but does not see Holmes. He takes a moment to recover. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear.) Head cocked to the left. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner.
BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground. Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move.BALCONY . John? When he gets no answer. CRACK! Karate chop to throat. But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG. picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. He has seen the lantern light. ducks down into the shadows. He draws his gun and approaches. Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase. THWACK! Hammer blow to ear. THUG What’s goin’ on. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. reaches around him. moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing.Rev. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows.NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard. good cigar. dropping him. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. POV . Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister.5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . further down into the crypts. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun. HOLMES Hhhmm. 6 7 OMITTED INT. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase.
You did. reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know. Right.) Watson.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. Thought I’d left the stove on. HOLMES Perfect timing. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. CUT TO: This is what they do. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. Watson hands him his pistol. doesn’t take it. Just got it. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) . Eyes alive with intelligence. WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. WATSON You left this behind. distaste. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat.Rev. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE. WATSON Getting his troops in formation. processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. out of sight.
Yeah.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 7 He can see the hat. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A. WATSON (CONTINUED) .Rev. but not the man underneath. s’me.
ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. Some kind of ritual is about to climax. Less artful. real. We do not yet see his face. He is more of a brawler. Her eyes roll back in her head. This is LORD BLACKWOOD.Rev. Holmes and Watson head down. 9A INT. but no less effective. trance-like. Blackwood chants softly. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . using headbutts. fast. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure). 8 9 OMITTED INT. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl. Their footsteps echo. lit with candles at each corner. Suddenly. Blackwood simply ignores them. Watson closer to Blackwood. never stops. 7 Watson takes out the two men. shrouded in shadow. powerful stuff. Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. and elbows. The girl.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . still hooded. WATSON (CONTINUED) . ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation.BALCONY . This is spooky. as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. Still kneeling. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6.NIGHT Thugs dispatched. knees. not caring if they make a noise or not. We do not see his face. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. the woman rises up like a broken puppet. A sword has been placed at her feet.
doctor. BLACKWOOD Well done. strangely. grabs the woman’s arm. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. Look. he is tapped into something dark and cruel. We finally see his face.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. Holmes.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Stay right there. Blackwood throws back his hood. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. And Watson as well. No. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly. trains it on Blackwood. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . it was over before I’d finished the first incision. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. She collapses. HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip. Holmes lunges. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny. ready to plunge the point into her heart. His eyes are intense. Watson raises his gun. That’s more than Watson can take. almost mockingly. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him. BLACKWOOD Tell me. as a medical man.Rev.
Besides.Rev. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood. as Lestrade and his men finally appear.the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. Look. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8.. and sees it and his eyes flare wide. fun. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope. What a shame. the girl’s parents hired me. HOLMES Impeccable timing.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES If I had. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony.? It is. HOLMES Watson looks. Watson looks. (CONTINUED) . you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. POLICEMEN flood the area. Lestrade. sees nothing. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. almost invisible --. not the Yard. really nasty concealed weapon.
MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. She’s still mouthing the incantation. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. put chains on him. Lestrade eyes the double circle.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. 9A Lestrade turns.Rev. reluctantly. CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. As usual. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. hating himself for needing to. a bench strewn with scientific equipment. HOLMES Bravo. frustrated.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. Have a cigar. the pentacle. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher. he turns to Holmes. shakes his head. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray. 10 10A . not understanding them.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops. a piece of photo paper on top. Lestrade. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. Grudgingly.
unaccustomed to flashes. Holmes and Watson getting older... coming to rest on the letter “H. 10D 10E INT.. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD.Rev. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. 10G .” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk. and. Their eyes are shut for the photo. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. they look more confident. The men are front page news now.. This time. LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. More and more headlines.. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT. 10B INT. older. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers.. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street..SHERLOCK HOLMES . The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. 10C 10D INT.” 10F 10G INT. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY. light as it is exposed. holding a goose by its feet and smiling. 2/2/09 10. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper. shaking hands with a royal. the article bigger. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files.. 10B 10C INT. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson. solving crimes.
10J 11 EXT. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years. 12 INT. Captain.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. 221 BAKER ST. she shoos it away. Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold.” one metal time. . thanks to you. very good. 2/2/09 11.all is neat and tidy. a whirring mass of wheels and gears. Papers are bundled and tied. 221 BAKER ST.SHERLOCK HOLMES . walking down the street with the day’s shopping. and inside. 10H INT.Rev. . walks up the steps. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type. dominating the front page. (CONTINUED) 12 . MRS. everything in its place. The whole thing is fed into a printing press. HUDSON. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image.” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. WATSON 71 over 104... A raven lands on the entry gate.AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter.
ground floor. And there’ll be a woman’s touch.your new offices. 12 Watson is pleased by that.Rev. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . There won’t be so many stairs. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I hope? WATSON No -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA. too.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A. just to be safe. then helps Captain Philips to his feet. (CONTINUED) . (beat) I’ll be right back.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES .S. Philips hits the floor.Rev. Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation. writes a prescription on a piece of paper. terrified. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer. 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O.
Hudson. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. heads towards them. MRS. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’. that’s all. WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. WATSON You’re not going in at all. It’ll be quieter. HUDSON. 13 INT. MRS.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson takes the newspaper from her. shoots up the stairs with the paper. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. HUDSON Come on. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. Captain. (CONTINUED) 13 . letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. Mrs. MRS. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. . Which is a relief to Mrs. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. WATSON I smell burning. 221 BAKER ST. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. 12 He heads out. not while he’s in this state. MRS. let’s go down. What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door.HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. his landlady.Rev. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. Urgent.
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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.
WATSON So. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there.. you have nothing to do? Nothing. Wonderful. and your friend. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. The Royale. Holmes.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. at all.Rev. * (CONTINUED) . For dinner. you’ve been in this room for two weeks. A little smile from Holmes. HOLMES Then it’s not official. I insist you get out of here.. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening. Absolutely. on earth. 14 WATSON . Mary’s coming. My favorite. Not available.
a surreptitious argument between waiters. Mr. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably. WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. like it or not. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16. HOLMES My pleasure. It all becomes quite overbearing. they sit.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -. And then Watson and Mary arrive.looks again. Watson exits. THE ROYALE . There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table. Half past eight. The dog wakes up and runs out. Holmes! WATSON You’re early. She extends her hand. WATSON And wear a jacket. Mary and Watson on either side of him. we see a hint of fear in his eyes. 14 WATSON It’s happening. MARY The pleasure’s mine. talking.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. It really is a thrill to meet you. For the first time. She’s beautiful. intent on each other -. Holmes.Rev. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced. the name on a bottle of wine. Holmes stands. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . He is quite uncomfortable in this setting.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. CUT TO: 15 INT. Holmes gestures politely. and clearly a woman worth marrying. The Royale. 30s. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive.
15 (CONTINUED) . Poe. WATSON (proudly) It’s true.Rev. 16A.. Wilkie Collins..15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.
15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Take Watson. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that. HOLMES Yes.a forced chuckle. by the way. Holmes. Mr. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once... born to be a man of action. MARY With all due respect. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) . HOLMES (livening up) Oh. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. WATSON Those days are behind me. Mary laughs. Holmes less so -. ah. Then I check his pockets. Strong. 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. And neat. MARY Watson likes that. though.not a good idea. I intend to. 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes. like all military men. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details... so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier. right behind you. HOLMES . you know him. The little details are by far the most important.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. brave. A stub from a boxing match.Rev. no no. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -..
well done. So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. WATSON Yes. it’d be wonderful. HOLMES It’s breathing. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. MARY Charlie’s 7.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . stops him. (instantly) You’re a governess. Holmes (CONTINUED) . Mary nods. I doubt -MARY No. Well done. reaches for the wine. Watson’s getting nervous.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. 15 HOLMES Yes. MARY I insist. actually.
pours wine for all. (to Watson) What would madam care for this evening? Watson gives Holmes a hard look: that’s a bit much. He shakes his head. A very impetuous act by the boy.. please. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear. anyway. MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. flawless. the jewels you’re not wearing tell us rather more. (beat) However.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace. It’s from Asprey’s. 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today. (CONTINUED) . not the gems of a governess.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18.. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -. India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself. WATSON Give us a few minutes.Rev.
A doctor perhaps. She turns to leave. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth.Rev. Watson gets up.. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone. manic. But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly.. They’re leaving. moves to help Mary to her feet. I didn’t leave my fiance. Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) . As Holmes talks. Holmes pauses. then: HOLMES You were engaged.. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19.. intensely focused. faster. turns back. pauses. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. 15 Holmes. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. he died.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The restaurant goes silent.
-. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt. His opponent. He tastes his own blood from a split lip.an array of plates piled high. PUNCH BOWL PUB . old man. talking.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow.Rev. McMURDO -.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .huge but flabby -. This is soothing to him.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant. Their orders arrive -. The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --.and Watson goes with her. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -. 15 WATSON Well done. Holmes hears no words. He just sees their mouths moving. all sinew and gristle. looks around. (CONTINUED) . Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. It interests him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20. laughing. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. She’s lovely. He is stripped to the waist. spaghetti style. Suddenly. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT.the sounds muffled and indistinct -. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -.bangs his fists together and moves in. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. The waiter puts them down.then pauses.
Holmes rolls over.until he notices a face at ringside. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him. the sound floods back into the room.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Once or twice. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. He turns back to McMurdo. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21. just using his reflexes to protect himself. She’s gone. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. Finished. He throws nothing in return. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot.Rev. not just think. (CONTINUED) . thank you. He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex. smiles. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. stands. He looks for the woman. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. sometimes even drops his hands. it was most pleasurable. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. Well done. when the big man leaves an obvious opening. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. Holmes is completely in control --. Holmes begins walking away. And as I said. But that’s all. HOLMES Thank you. moment.
A row of stone cells. scanning McMurdo. braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. they’re not sure if they like it.SHERLOCK HOLMES . PENTONVILLE PRISON . Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. nearly invisible. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. He grabs a bottle in his hand. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. battered on the outside. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas. The crowd applauds. all is calm. Taking a huge swig. over and out. The crowd falls silent. Hm. but from Holmes’ POV. there really isn’t any sport. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. which buckles altogether wrong. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard.NIGHT A candle shivers. incorporating exotic martial arts. 18A INT. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. McMurdo falls. working into a fever pitch. CHARLIE. He turns. catching him on the back of the head.CORRIDOR . He sees the crowd fall silent. He doesn’t care. he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. Holmes strides out of the bar. Feels the back of his head. casting jagged shadows.Rev. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . soothed inside. hand. who is frozen on the spot. Steps back into the ring. His eyes tick slowly. A full-scale riot is on. Holmes stops.
GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. He’s confused. sketches of animals. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly.Rev.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . (CONTINUED) . GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES . he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells. an upside-down cross. 19 INT. Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. a headless sphinx. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23. resumes his soft murmur. Eyes closed.NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. Blackwood. down here and get him to the infirmary. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols. A hint of some method to his madness. JACK. lies convulsing on the floor. LOUDER. the Captain starts COUGHING. get. We see another guard. GUARD CAPTAIN All right. He coughs harder. WHISPERING ungodly sounds. And now he’s in some kind of fit. The Guard Captain continues around the corner. That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. PENTONVILLE PRISON . GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense.
The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. knee. (CONTINUED) .Rev. terrified. He looks down. Prisoners start SHOUTING. windowsill flutters away. horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. keeps coughing. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP. spits it out onto the stone floor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 19 Blackwood keeps whispering.
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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
. Holmes takes off his shirt. Watson punches him square in the face. (CONTINUED) . Holmes puts on his vest. HOLMES It’s too small for you. Silence. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening. I’ll keep it with your check book. Watson. WATSON Well. I was aware she’d been engaged. locked safely away in my drawer. WATSON That’s my waistcoat. Silence. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming. 23 HOLMES Oh. I have your cut from last night. by the way. HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence. HOLMES You’re right. it’s my property and I want it back. She told me.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence.Rev. Holmes rubs his jaw. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26.
Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes frowns. looks out the opposite window. . 23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window.
EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. 24 EXT. I’ve no business with him while he’s alive. Watson stops. papers are for sale. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 24 25 OMITTED 25 . 2/2/09 26A. WATSON You go ahead.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes heads inside. Religious zealots and occultists swarm. Blackwood’s death is the headline. Police keep them away from the entrance.Rev.
Holmes listens. if you have other duties to attend to.CORRIDOR . 26 INT. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor.DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell. No way this creep’s getting to him.. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is... In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood. HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place. sees Holmes.. Thank you. 2/2/09 27. PENTONVILLE PRISON . who’s reading aloud to himself. Blackwood pauses.two heavyweights sizing each other up. All the cells are now EMPTY. turns.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . GUARD Much obliged. There’s something about him. it’s like he can get inside your head. HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. getting closer. The Guard high-tails it out of there. PENTONVILLE PRISON . sir. 27 (CONTINUED) . thank you. They share a smile -. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd. strolling insouciantly.SHERLOCK HOLMES . sir. otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands. 26 27 INT. BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me.DAWN A pale.Rev.
Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear. Despite the bars between them. Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment. close to Holmes. and that’s why you’re really here. HOLMES However.Rev. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28.I am merely the channel. by comparison. your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind. the men are close together. (CONTINUED) . Blackwood is right at the bars. Suddenly. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 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. HOLMES Actually. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot.
HOLMES Bon voyage. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. and it worries me. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. you must widen your gaze. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. shakes his head. Holmes steps back. Blackwood calls after him. HOLMES I must say. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES .after you’re hanged. Blackwood. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. of course. Then you would serve a greater purpose. BLACKWOOD Mr. Holmes. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. and there is nothing you can do to save them. Steel your mind. As Holmes walks away. too.Rev. Holmes. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. I need you. a sacrifice. I might have spared five lives.
HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest. CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head. PENTONVILLE PRISON .CORRIDOR . HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. Blackwood walks up into the noose. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing. Not for this one. 27 28 INT.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. 29A. We get a good look at some of the faces.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. The place is bustling with cops and officials. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 29 INT. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST.MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. Father. members of the government and cops. Watson is there too.
S. .) London’s so bleak this time of year. CRACK! His eyes fly open. 221 BAKER STREET . 30 INT. The show is over. dead. lying on his tiger skin rug.29 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Legs fall through and yank tight. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible.Rev. His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening. CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. 29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30.DAY Holmes is out cold. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck.
Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . dried fruit.. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up... IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile. etc.. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. Dates from Jordan. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain. 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab. stunned by this intrusion. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter. just before she turns back to face him. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. Irene gets up to cross the room.Rev. cracking walnuts. Irene opens the file. She leans down. olives. Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene. her back to Holmes. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31..
Plus. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. HOLMES But your signature is clear. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. Let’s not dwell on the past.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . No ring? IRENE He snored. revealing and enormous diamond. TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. They move to sit at the table. IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. HOLMES Ah. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. husbands. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. Holmes almost melts. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck. 30 HOLMES Simply studying your methodology for when the authorities ask me to hunt you down. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand.Rev. HOLMES And you. Then. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you.
30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. 30 IRENE This is all the information you need.Rev. IRENE I’m my own man. HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment. She hands him the envelope.
waits for her to pass -Hello. HOLMES Keep your money. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A. 221 BAKER ST. I didn’t say I’d take the case. Holmes examines the envelope. . IRENE 31 * * * * * * -.Rev.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel. He lifts his hat. Irene keeps moving. She ignores him.STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in.does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. She pauses behind him as she exits. John. . 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins. As she walks out she puts her photo back upright. IRENE They gave me our old room. 31 INT.
finally prepared to engage with her. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street.Rev. 2/2/09 34. You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. walks on. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. and their footsteps clatter away. looks around her. Looks.SHERLOCK HOLMES . CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. gets in. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out. Too dark to see much in there. She sniffs them appreciatively. Pauses. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. and the carriage starts moving. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). She turns into the alley. Someone waiting outside takes the paper. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. but for me. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. a gesture from the shadow stills her. Moriarty closes the window. 32 EXT. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. CUT TO: 32 33 INT. Before she can speak. CARRIAGE Irene sits.
Ow. they lurch forward. LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. 33 I’m certain. I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. the coach comes to a halt.33 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 34 EXT. it’s accurate. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA. A better word. me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) .
34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over. He has disgusting blackened teeth. (CONTINUED) . yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up.Rev. sir. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit. sir. BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. yes it would.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Within a nanosecond. almost enraged. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style). This is a hopeless cause -. WATSON Look at you. all aflutter.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead. 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. 221 BAKER ST. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out. HOLMES You’ve had your fun. you were going to explain something. Leaping about.. Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears. I’m sorry.Rev. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. . very concerned. utterly alive. she made a proper idiot of you. completely transformed now.. 35 INT. 34 He reaches toward the window. She’d love that. who backs off in fear. The carriage moves on. Watson approaches. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35. WATSON What’s she after. I -WATSON I know. The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar. HOLMES Thank you.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room.Watson won’t stop. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain. anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * .
HOLMES Regrettably. Holmes. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. a human canoe. we’ve had our last case together. It’s more than a technicality. I can tell... red hair. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. four foot ten. Holmes grabs the envelope back. WATSON I’ve upset you. I’ve . WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I don’t agree. said too much. WATSON I won’t interrupt. a beard. WATSON I’ve already read it. missing two front teeth. Holmes looks like he’s had enough. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. Holmes picks up his violin. Luke Reordon. Those are my dates. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. Go on.Rev. She likes ginger dwarfs.
doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. Holmes plucks his violin. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. 221 BAKER ST. 35 HOLMES No. WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do. He bolts into -36A INT. The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect. He lands just right. and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street. Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. . 221 BAKER ST.Rev. 36 FLASHBACK . . turning down an alley.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs. Alright. . Once Irene leaves. 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 . Before Watson can speak. one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor.INT.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. I’m just saying. 221 BAKER ST. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. he steps quickly to a window. IRENE Why don’t I see myself out. the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A.REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
He obeys. Still holding the roses. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth. trapping her.SHERLOCK HOLMES . She’s mugging the mugger. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. this turns her on. Quick as a snake. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you. how nice of you. eyes bulging. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. Another man steps in behind her. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. There is excitement in her eyes. He closes in to grab her --.Rev. 38 EXT. cutting his belt. 2/2/09 37. IRENE Oh.but at the other side. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed. 38 38A EXT. dropping him immediately. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street.who is scrofulous and sly -. Even without the man -. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley. then his clothes. 38B INT. Irene frisks him expertly. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. 38B (CONTINUED) . signalling the mugger to be quiet.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. all the way to his collar. sweetheart.
LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously. 39 EXT. shall I? She takes both wallets. I’ll return them. rubs it on his face and hands. then leaves. thank you.here’s another one.and leaves. He runs past a coal cart. Holmes picks up the pace. but this time we can see that Holmes gets a view of the man on the other end of the weapon before the carriage pulls away. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out. runs on. takes his wallet too. snags a lump of coal. He hurries after Irene down the alley. then pops it in his mouth. -. look. He drops a coin in his hand. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. Doesn’t look like yours. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. On second thoughts. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. 38B IRENE Oh. she turns back. 38C EXT.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. chews it to blacken his teeth. a wallet. that’s the Irene I know. does it? And -naughty boy -. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley.Rev. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. which is being assembled. 39 38C .
. 221 BAKER ST.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin.S. He’s got Adler on edge. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table. HOLMES This man intrigues me. thinking.) Mister Holmes. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. Watson. pale. HOLMES She’s intimidated.. but leave this case.. Holmes motions to the bills. WATSON You know what. 2/2/09 37B. A man has to make a living. . That’s bad money. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door.. at once. Breathless. WATSON And yet she works for him. (CONTINUED) . I may not have a choice. scared.Rev. HOLMES Well.. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own. WATSON Which is no mean feat. scared. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O..SHERLOCK HOLMES . 40 INT. After all. It’s nothing to do with me. sir.? He turns to see.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. it’s a matter of professional integrity. HOLMES Watson. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now.Rev. They all move to the exit. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. just this morning. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. Clarky laughs. You means us. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. grab a compass. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . It appears he’s come back from the dead. you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. sir. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening. Watson walks into his office. Us means you. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself.
Watson barely lifts his head.and it’s starting to rain.ESTABLISHING . Holmes and Watson exit. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. not even on a bright sunny day -. 2/2/09 38aA.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. and lots of it. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE . opens the door. scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance. We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. WATSON Look at this mess. Blackwood comes from old money. 42 (CONTINUED) . Not a place for a picnic. A COP stops the carriage. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT .DAY Judging by the estate.Rev. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT. They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt. 41 42 EXT. 41 EXT.DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials.
Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT. They’d rather be anywhere but here. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A.Rev. Lestrade emerges from the crypt. The cops are in tight clusters. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . spooked. As Holmes and Watson approach.this is interesting. (CONTINUED) . once again. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -. whispering to themselves. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. He is sweating. shaken.
Holmes. LESTRADE (low.Rev. Holmes inspects the door. angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. The old GROUNDSKEEPER. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now. The witness is over there. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned. He notices the Blackwood CREST.smashed outward like they were nothing. drags his boys in close. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. LESTRADE Explain it if you can. pale and terrified. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod. Lestrade waves it off. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand.but you won’t get much. You can question him if you like -. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . On second thought. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone. direction.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . duly chastened. not a word. Watson heads for him. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. and the image of a SPHINX. checking the hinges.
Lestrade stomps up. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. or the Yard. 42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. crossing themselves.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Four beefy. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. step back. a few moments.Rev. Holmes chuckles. He’s in shock. (at Watson. They place it on the ground. LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. HOLMES Inspector. looking in his eyes. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40. him. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. murmuring. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt. plainly terrified.
three quarters of an inch.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson’s had enough. overflowing. in everyday clothes. begins examining the body. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood. Lestrade looks at it with dismay. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade.Rev. 42 But no one moves. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen... (CONTINUED) . jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. eerie groan. He marches forward --. HOLMES All yours. Vials. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot.snatches the crowbar away. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw.a small measure of revenge. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth. HOLMES Inspector. Watson opens his forensic kit. They brush away a layer of dirt.. disturbed. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket. Inspector. Holmes and Lestrade move forward. to reveal. still stunned. A DEAD BODY in the coffin.. WATSON Lividity is late stage. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. the cops move backward. He takes a CALIPER.. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. with red hair. silver tools. The coffin is filled with EARTH.
Most drunks are the same. (turns.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . This one has five.. ready to unburden himself. They all stop. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch. Trust me. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. And I’m not daft. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. It’s not natural. He was as alive as you or me. so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O. suddenly. (etc.S. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT. anxious. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound.) He was walking. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. LONDON STREET . Lestrade follows.Rev. leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily.. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. HOLMES Now the game is afoot.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go. It’s not right. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . They all want to get the hell out of there. Watson. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 51 Just eat. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible. WATSON You know. Watson appears preoccupied.Rev. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him. I once heard a man predict his death. I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain. (CONTINUED) . WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along.
instead of theories to suit facts. His face falls. Watson looks quite chuffed. and flips Reordon’s watch open. WATSON Maddison and Haig. HOLMES Very good. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own. you end up twisting facts to suit theories.. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data..Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43. HOLMES Hmm. He examines the lid. there are several sets of initials scored into the lid. 51 HOLMES (mouth full..H. scratches around the keyhole. Invariably. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. Watson shakes his head. HOLMES Let’s see now.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . hence the scratches. (CONTINUED) .. Adler’s midget is the key to this. screws it into his eye. Excellent. HOLMES The most recent is M. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP.
thank you. I see the letters S and an L. She has their (CONTINUED) . wait. I think not.Rev. HOLMES WATSON The time. On the watch. Not in blood but in bond. PALM READER I see two men. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary. here we are. PALM READER Reckon your future. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. RESPECTABLE.. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. a J. no.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . brothers. DISCREET. WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed. PAWNBROKERS. Holmes and Watson look at each other. attention. They should give us an address. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG. No. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you.. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord. ahead of them there on Bow Street. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. You remember.
.even for you.... china figurines. Watson looks at Holmes.... PALM READER She turns to fat. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force. WATSON This is a new low -.. Mary? You will be married.Rev.. WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes.. lace doilies. Watson snatches his hand away.. Enough.. WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence. I see.. (horrified) Patterned table clothes. (CONTINUED) . PALM READER I see a letter. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness. another M.. I see. the letter M.. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman..
As he follows Watson. HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend. (CONTINUED) . Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside. Here we are. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre. storms into Madison and Haig.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. pleased with himself. produces a wad of coins. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. as well you should be. Now Watson is smiling.. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. 52 EXT. Not bad. Warn your friend.. Why. he’s not safe. And you know it yourself. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. PALM READER I seen something in his hand. Mortal peril. Darkness and great pain. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away. looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LONDON EAST END . and Holmes is not.MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. the pawnshop behind them. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. Even Holmes is taken aback by this. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring.Rev. Watson. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet.
windows are boarded up. 52 He slows. Some (CONTINUED) . And possibly dangerous. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. dingy LODGING HOUSE. looks up at a dark. well.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Oh. HOLMES Looks promising. give my regards to Mary.Rev.
strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. finds a door with scratches on the keyhole. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. Holmes inspects it.DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him. Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. 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.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It takes him a while. 55 INT. he gestures them inside. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch. moves through a door. WATSON I can spare ten minutes. REORDON’S ROOMS . Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage. 53 54 OMITTED INT. It is fiddly. biblical Latin and Hebrew. Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling. every available inch is covered in writing.Rev. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. 52 Holmes heads for lodging house. Something did.
REORDON’S LAB Instantly.. goes towards. something ROTTING. He digs through them. Watson does his best not to gag. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars.55 SHERLOCK HOLMES . loving it) Ammonium sulfate. a seething cloud of flies. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46. An experiment generating a massive stench.. as if mid-death-rattle. pulls out vials. A CREST stamped on it. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS. HOLMES (inhaling deeply.) Watson..S.Rev. Formaldehyde. 56 INT. sniffing like a morbid perfumer. 55 HOLMES (O.. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) .. Holmes moves around the room.. come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. Hemlock. impossible to read. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief. Watson digs through his forensic bag. their bodies frozen in strange contortions. Eyes opened impossibly wide... HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous. Watson moves to the stove. finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. In the center of the room.. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice..
(stops.. almost like perfume. sniffs) Barley sugar. but something else. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together. or sugar.. Sweet. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper. Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper. The door WHIPS open. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) ... Ghostly chemistry. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. Holmes senses something. 57 58 OMITTED INT. puts it by the lantern. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. starts walking back to the other room.Rev. tosses one to Watson. stops at an open window. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on... raises an eyebrow.. faint words APPEAR on the blank page. Slowly.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson catches it. moves into the next room. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles. Sucks the iron right out of the ink. REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room. Holmes gets a whiff of something. Long as it’s not too burnt. starts pouring the acid.
eyes widen at the giant. sliding it into his hand as a weapon. I’ll handle Mr. HOLMES Let me guess -.Rev. knows it won’t make a dent. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. They stop. He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy). bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. a huge man. WATSON Seems about fair. swinging at them. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. HOLMES You take them. He catches the rod.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He keeps moving. He spins the rod expertly. slightly deformed. It stuns the giant for a beat. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. who follows them into the room.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. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. He looks at Dredger. Dredger is deadpan. gentlemen. ripping it down. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. 58 They are followed by DREDGER. HOLMES Hello. Sweet tooth. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. trapping the steel rod under his arm. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face.
who falls. a bar-room brawler. 58 INT. Watson fights the first thug. Head The men whip out knives. 58A INT. as he scrambles toward the ring. who swings the metal shaft desperately. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . One of the blades slices his shirt. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. just as -Dredger flies through the air.. which SMACKS into the second thug. Watson ducks and dodges. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. He sees Dredger incoming. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. cranks his weapon. blades flashing on either side of him. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. Holmes thinks quickly. He blinks. ripping off his pocket. A truly pathetic weapon. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. The rod sparks and hums. and. knocking him off his feet. SLAMMING into Watson. and knocking the ring away. (CONTINUED) . Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. sending it across the ground.. Dredger tries to recover. kicking the other in the groin. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. the shaft SPARKS. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. anything he can grab. trying to gather his senses. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it.Rev. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon. climbing off of Watson. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes. butting one. scattering all the bottles and tools. the first man HURLS his knife. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. Watson just barely ducks the blade. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE.
knocking people out of his way.58B SHERLOCK HOLMES . and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . leaps out the window. picks up the ring. Holmes gives chase.DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY.Rev. darting around people. it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water. They weave through the shadows. He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. starts running for it. which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50.. SLIPWAY . and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT.FIRST SLIPWAY For now though. Watson brings up the rear. grips his ruined ring. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . the rest of the ring mangled. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts. then leaps out the window. takes an angle to cut off Dredger. a clear change in his demeanor. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. just as he’s about to grab it. bends down. 63 EXT. big wooden chocks hold it in place. Watson chases the engagement ring.. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile. TOOLEY IRONWORKS . as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING. landing atop a heap of coal. The vessel can’t be far from completion. frantic as -Dredger rises.GATE Dredger runs down the street.. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. Watson darkens. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window. lost in the floorboards..
64 EXT. FABRICATION SHED . FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point.SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air.63 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. sizzles. 64B EXT.. out.the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them.. And now. and swings the hammer at Holmes. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. 64A EXT. hitting him with the lightning-rod. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path. splintering another chock. Dredger tosses the rod. Watson can see what’s coming.Rev. grabs the weapon and.. The ship LURCHES forward. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --.CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. Dredger kicks out viciously. ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt. but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer. Holmes backs away. smashing some of the wooden supports. smiles a terrifying smile. 65 . the whole thing starts to creak. SECOND SLIPWAY . just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger.. It’s the last straw for the support mechanism. Dredger in pursuit.. tearing others out of his way. for a moment. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP .DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull. knocking him back. Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT. He reaches out.
.Rev. 66 EXT. 2/2/09 52. He tries to pull himself to his feet. The ground beneath him shakes. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. pulling him backwards across the runners. Holmes lies semi-conscious. He tries to roll out of the way. Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. as the leviathan roars down towards him. And they find: (CONTINUED) . falling through the air -The ship is free again. SECOND SLIPWAY . 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -. frothy explosion of water. The timber finally gives way.CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship. He opens one tentative eye. parting the Thames with a vast. A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and.Holmes charges into Dredger again. Holmes collapses back.and then the ship’s away. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face..the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --..from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard. but he doesn’t know why. eyes rolled back into his head. Watson arrives. as -- 66 66A EXT. but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground.as he blinks back into consciousness.SHERLOCK HOLMES .CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --.once. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship. twice -. A quiet beat. half expecting to find himself in the after-life. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs. He’s doomed.. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing. Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -. helps him to his feet. SECOND SLIPWAY . knocks his head against the runner -. And. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. He realizes the ship has stopped.
No blood or trace. The police whistles get louder. I deserve this. bloodshot eyes. LONDON JAIL .. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53. shaking his head. and. 67 INT.MORNING The next morning. Watson sits next to him. 66A Nothing.. He’s reading his notebook. officers swarm the scene.. exhausted. WATSON I haven’t slept all night.. making the odd change here and there. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you.. it was selfdefense. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him. deep burn. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face. Watson? We were set upon. 67 (CONTINUED) . Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months. Holmes and Watson.66A SHERLOCK HOLMES .. the ship adrift. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow. 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. They see the wreckage. Now of course I’m in jail. Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief. The big man is gone. man. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration. I clearly deserve it.Rev.
if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning.. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London. HOLMES Ah. your mess. Watson challenges him with a look. WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you. Mr. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident..Rev. BIG MAN (O.. Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54. Watson snaps at the man.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON I’m not complaining. (CONTINUED) .. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident. boys? Put me away for robbery a few years back? Holmes turns and comes face-to-face with a dangerouslooking man who has a few conspicuous WARTS on his face. your lack of hygiene. your stealing my clothes..) Remember me. 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. I never complain.S.. Now... Brownlee.
Rev. Watson now turns away. Holmes. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A. WATSON No. We could throw a lamb on the spit. We should have her along. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . Watson shakes his head in disbelief. You and I could go out to the countryside. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog. completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding. Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well. I completely understand now.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well. HOLMES What you need is a rest. HOLMES Watson. It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary. It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly. in the interest of science. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. You’re not -Me and her. Not you. My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. Watson. WATSON If I were going to the country.
Holmes looks confused. MARY emerges from behind the Guard. He steps Watson steps up. turns. Just Watson.. LONDON JAIL . they see. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B. then locks eyes with Mary.he leaves.Rev. flanked by prison wardens. The mob surrounds Holmes. 68 He’s never looked more alone. do you? You are this. He must make a decision.CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. bars.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 67 WATSON You’re not human. You don’t get it.. And he does --. (touches his own head) . heads off with Watson. She gives him a polite nod. without this. (CONTINUED) . PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. He touches his own heart. Holmes watches him walk out.. 68 INT.. Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary.. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail. forward. The bars slide shut. But the Guard shakes his head..
strange carriage waiting. Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. 70 71 (CONTINUED) .Rev. HOLMES And you. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along. 68 As the door is opened.. door open. LESTRADE You know. Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper. the thug blasts out backwards. Holmes sees a dark. an excellent policeman. A public that’s working itself into a frenzy. HOLMES Lestrade -. LESTRADE We don’t have time. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks. 70 71 OMITTED INT.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . having just been battered through it by Holmes. you’d have made an excellent criminal. in another life. LONDON JAIL . An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat..your usual impeccable timing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55. sir. They just paid a small fortune to bail you out. 69 EXT. HOLMES All in good time. CARRIAGE Holmes enters.
rises from a pile of papers. then right. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. SIR THOMAS. admittedly. He holds a black hood. That would be your official title. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s. HOLMES As to who you are -. Holmes takes in the scene. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. 72 (CONTINUED) . I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn.. SIR THOMAS Mr. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on. eyes flicking around the room. Who you realy are is another matter entirely. Lord Chief Justice. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. FADE IN: 72 INT. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. the carriage forked left. Holmes.. CUT TO BLACK. Holmes shrugs. After that.I was. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -.Rev.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES As to where I am -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. and who I am. apologies for summoning you like this.but Holmes is on a roll. Sir Thomas shakes his head.
Standish is an American in his sixties.the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place.S. I suppose.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (beat) And as to the mystery -.) I think we have the right man. Holmes shakes his head. ambitious man in his 30s. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. James Square. STANDISH (O. SIR THOMAS Yes. (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. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring. on the northwest corner of St.Rev. well. it’s standard procedure. what a massive lack of judgement on their part.
HOLMES Blackwood is your son. HOLMES They’re almost interesting.as they enter. yes? You have the same colored irises -. the Home Secretary. fear of your own child.barely -.Rev. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. We don’t ask you to share our faith.a rare dark green. or practical magic.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. only our fears. STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist. HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes. That shocks them rigid. isn’t impressed by rank. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols.practices of our Order? Yes. Holmes acknowledges them -. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes. (at Sir Thomas) In this case. Holmes looks around the room. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. variations of the SPHINX. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) .72 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Though not enough to survive giving birth to him.Rev. A man who’s just fallen out a window. Sir Thomas opens a bureau. from his birth to arms he made and sold.young Lord Blackwood -. a BODY covered by a sheet. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. A photograph from the 1860s.. Holmes is appalled and shows it. She was a powerful practitioner.plus identical outer ears. the men consult silently. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. 72 Stunned. and we want to keep it that way. 58. They turn back to Holmes. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -. digs for something. or. Evidently. which would make you either brothers. but she shared our beliefs. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went.. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . No one could prove anything of course. or pinna. more likely. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals. It’s chilling: a death scene. which only pass down through the direct bloodline. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE. father and son. What family he had tended to. not survive.looks on.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . come to some sort of conclusion. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. His mother wasn’t my wife. SIR THOMAS We were young. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information.
turns. leaves. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. I’ll get him. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead. The present and future are worse. but not for you. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59. We need you to find him and stop him before he does. His resurrection is evidence of that. I have considerable influence over the police. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -.stops at the door. Holmes stalks out -.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world. 72 STANDISH All this is history. Sir Thomas. HOLMES I have one last question. As Home Secretary. 73 OMITTED 73 .72 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. (beat) Name your price. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. but it’s not enough.
They both eye the Derringer on the table. 74 75 INT. IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. Sherlock. There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine. lets her hair down. a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass). Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage. 74 EXT. (CONTINUED) . the least you can do is help me with the buttons. She pulls long thin needles from her hair. As she continues.. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table.SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE I knew I could count on you. That’s better. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people.. 2/2/09 60.. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense.DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress. IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon.. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter.Rev. and could get you into a lot of trouble. Sherlock.
She moves back to the dressing table. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. Holmes won’t look at her. IRENE (O. Your hand was trembling. Your services are no longer required. your gaze was averted. A professor perhaps? Irene gets up. IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I couldn’t see his face. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun. HOLMES Irene steps out. We’re not.Rev. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. HOLMES I can’t help wondering if your employer will be as content with these results? You were uncharacteristically ill at ease in his presence. Holmes steps out to confront Irene. refusing to get turned on. IRENE Wonderful. Case closed then. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. and on such a clever contraption. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments. Unfairly gorgeous.) Let’s not argue. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch.S. Unbuttoning done. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. (CONTINUED) .
missing his toe. 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. Irene kisses him. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A.Rev. HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. becoming something else. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. we are arguing.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES IRENE You see. hard and angry at first. IRENE This wine is excellent. 75 I disagree. The kiss leads them to the bed. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. should really try some. Irene. Irene snatches up her gun. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. not only is it my business. Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently. Holmes grabs her arm. and the one that disarms Holmes.
She approaches. Irene pulls him down to it. straddles him. Sherlock -. the other with the key. IRENE He doesn’t resist. 75 That’s better. Irene walks casually across the room. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) . She gets off him. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. She’s in charge now.one in shackles. now dressed as a man. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. Just like you -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62. CLICK! Much better. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us.Rev.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . And on my own terms. While he struggles on the bed. IRENE But free. HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive.well.
Rev. moves to the doorway. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE .NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes has no retort.but generally speaking. throws the handcuff keys down there. PERIGRINE. I’m going to bed. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) . please let them know that Mr. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out. Perigrine. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. Irene takes the scarf off his neck. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. sir. (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste. stands there waiting for him. SIR THOMAS No thank you. (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and. 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. he looks tired. IRENE -. PERIGRINE Good evening. IRENE If anyone asks. His butler. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers.
drip. Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. tries to sit up. 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. Can’t. 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. Relaxing. drip. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port. sir. The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on. INT.Rev. Not all the way. goes up. Thomas smiles. as he hears an eerie WHISPER O. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. licking his lips..76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . like the rushing of wind. (CONTINUED) . SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. drip. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A.S.
He slides back down. 78 INT.. lit in a sinister fashion. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK. He looks down at himself and reacts with shock. The water closes over his face. THE GRAND HOTEL . it’s better than I thought it would be.Rev. . HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP. still handcuffed to the bed. Clothes in total disarray. Besides. Sir Thomas’ eyes widen. a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door.DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. You can only surrender. I must admit. then grim recognition sets in. HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way.. slowly.. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A . 77 BLACKWOOD (O. but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT. Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom.. slowly and surely. Her shriek wakes him. The water flows over Sir Thomas.CORRIDOR . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64.) Hello.. Father. BLACKWOOD .77 SHERLOCK HOLMES . who watches him drown.. It comes from a power greater than yours... as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger.S.. she misinterpreted my intention entirely. Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood.. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it. to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling.Rev. He turns. As Constable Clark continues in. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you. continues into the bathroom. right here is where Holmes is at his very best -. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. finds him right back at the doorway. 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket). (CONTINUED) 78B 78C . 65. The Butler didn’t hear anything. No sign of a break-in. Clark ends up talking to thin air. 78B EXT. eyes wide open --. The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark. looking for Holmes. in fact. CONSTABLE CLARK Well. The tub has been drained. in full virtuoso detective mode.only his ring was missing.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . The coach stops. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason. puzzled.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. there is no latitude for misunderstanding. Right now.this is. 78C INT. why he exists. The body was in the tub.so that Const. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds.
. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself. Holmes is happy. logic is rare. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency. sits in it himself. jasmine? HOLMES Superb. data. Holmes swivels. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Now Holmes can really get down to work. it may mean he looks down from a window sill. And. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common. Hmm.. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. Constable. I suspect this comes from a larger cannister. He glances around the room.Rev. high up where it’s warm and dry. Both cops hesitate -. opens it. not provide comfort to the corpse. HOLMES Data.. scoops it up. leans over. or in a linen closet with a vent.Holmes is not their boss. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. The decent thing to do is catch the killer. It’ll either be in the pantry. (CONTINUED) . What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. sniffs it. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A.
78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes steps to the sink. He steps toward it. noticing something on a wall. revealing: (CONTINUED) . 78C His eyes keep moving. runs his hand along a layer of dust. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B. grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. as if the wall cracked open.Rev. The dust has a line down it.
The office is full of boxes. . 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels. the walls and shelves are very sparse. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) . He pushes the panel. HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. and ancient texts. As soon as they arrive.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS .Rev. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. and a FEATHER. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66. (vis I have no that. He is well into packing his things. On the altar. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx. Maybe he continues singing between words. four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out. They are startled by the secret room --.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open. just as -78F INT. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. a cow’s BONE. a large sharp FANG. spellbooks.they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. Clark and the Officer return. and the wall shifts.Const. 221 BAKER ST. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper.
HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. WATSON There isn’t any. Holmes steps aside.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A.Rev. Holmes steps into the room. HOLMES Figure of speech. 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop. boys. revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging. They unzip the bag. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. (CONTINUED) .
Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes. He’s an inspiring conversationalist. of all places.) Really. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. starting. Holmes analyzes the body.Rev. * * * (CONTINUED) . 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. he’s your friend from Reordon’s. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. WATSON HOLMES No. (alt: He has more humor than you. Frustrated.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Poor fellow. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67. Watson keeps packing.
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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...
(beat) My powers and my assets -munitions. STANDISH Are you mad. As he enters. Standish looks at Coward. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order. surprised by the rain. turns to the others -. 82B INT. and come back more powerful than ever. gone as fast as it came. shipping.Rev.S. we see the rain stops behind him. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . He looks as if he’s been to hell. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .all except STANDISH. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down. I am honored. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne. Effective immediately. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. He hits the door to a building. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . industry -they were given to me for a purpose. He bangs on the door. and keeps moving. A RAVEN flaps into the night. The door finally opens.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. He looks up. He raises his collar. as the rain comes harder. wiping the raindrops off his coat. Blackwood enters. betrayed. The crowd is stunned. Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O.NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. He stays standing as they all sit -.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them. trying to dry himself.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES .) Of course he does. It is locked. BLACKWOOD I am humbled. It’s why he’s here. as he enters -83 INT.
A different future.. at noon tomorrow. we’ll remake the world. the whole world will. prowls. (CONTINUED) . for without death there can be no rebirth. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71. The men are beginning to like what they hear. you’ll make it openly. Blackwood smiles -. and will be again. Their civil war weakened them. We’ll take it from them.he’s won.even death holds no sway.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (beat) . we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control..Rev. (beat) With their resources and our power.. we’ll create the future. sir. a future ruled by us. (beat) England will know our power. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose.. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late.. Blackwood stands. Then. Nobody moves. BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one. Now. their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours.. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries.
Rev. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. But as he aims it -. melting away. LONDON STREET . are terrified. People look up. 83 In desperation. They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . The flames flicker blinding white. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. 83B INT.he IGNITES. faint. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage. gasp. but they are with him. as his body contorts. surveys them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. cross themselves. gape. shocked.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . terrified. Standish pulls a gun. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. as they witness this unnatural act. lighting city blocks. People scream. Standish flails. Flames consuming him.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD Come. As they drink. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice.Rev. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE. 83B Blackwood turns to Coward. drink your allegiance here. but it tastes like power. It doesn’t taste good.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . nods.
HOLMES Everything all right. 84 Use them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73.ESTABLISHING . Holmes starts clambering over the side. Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. are you.NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames. Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard. TANNER Not a great one for the water. doctor? Army type. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. and furious. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . He’s soaked. TANNER Just a little leak. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. WE SEE a boat is being loaded. Watson glares.CAPTAIN TANNER. Coward nods. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. the boat drifts. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. The engine shudders off. Watson’s pissed. Wharves stretch out into the water. Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it.Rev. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -. nothing to worry about. He whispers at Tanner. (CONTINUED) . 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. EXT.
towards the entrance. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. Send for the police when you get there. Watson does. doctor. Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. Watson steps forward. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. watch. with his walking stick. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. please. covered in mud. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it. let’s get this over with. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. takes the gun. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. where two more THUGS patrol. Tanner nods. WATSON Come on. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. says nothing. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. etc. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN.Rev. the closest he’ll come to a confession. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. Holmes looks back at Watson. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. (CONTINUED) .84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there. goes over the side. Watson glares.
QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . (CONTINUED) .Rev. The big one’s been drinking -.86 SHERLOCK HOLMES .whether for courage or from habit. Nothing. Holmes whispers. He slows.TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. Holmes and Watson move through it. notices that both men have hip flasks. some kind of dark spore. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here. takes a whiff. He inspects it. passing Watson into -89 INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75. 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door.) You need to see this. Holmes slows. like a plaintive wail. Holmes follows. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness. WATSON (O.S.. Holmes notices rows of empty tables. might prove easily distracted. He runs his finger through a layer of dust. A truly creepy scene. picks up one of the dead rats. Holmes. not minutes ago. trying to figure out the best strategy. Watson? Watson has already left.ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. looks at shadows.. As they go. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . and pockets it as he follows Watson.. 89 87 88 Holmes looks up. inspecting it. 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. sensing something behind him. stopped in his tracks. Metal groans softly. Holmes catches up.. spooked. sees something on its skin. He turns. A few RATS lay dead. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive. He picks one up.
On the high walls. the ceiling. draws a bead on Blackwood. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh. Blackwood continues. This is the killing floor.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES .’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER. gliding on a track. 90 Holmes shakes his head.’ Another voice completes the passage. ticking. Holmes tightens. Click. ‘I am He that liveth. whispering in the wind. stepping into -90 INT. Now you see the truth for yourself. his eyes narrow. Watson pulls his gun. At noon tomorrow. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL. time? WATSON It’s a date. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . and was dead. I am alive forevermore. Misfire. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. Shadows hang heavy around him. An automated butchery on a grand scale. slipping it into his pocket. the world as you know it ends. (CONTINUED) .S. as the hooks move through the air. his voice echoes. and have the keys of hell and of death. as he joins Watson. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam. Amen. swaying softly. pulls the trigger. lifeless and silent for now. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O.Rev.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. a 118. Revelation 1:18. strangely.) ‘And behold. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76.
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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
with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS. The bandsaw whines viciously. swings the cleaver with all his might --. (CONTINUED) . sprints for the switch. Sherlock? IRENE Now. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal.close one -. the scorched. still shackled by her right hand. (PLEASE NOTE. Holmes wastes no time. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water. pulls her horizontal. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. 90A -. grabs one. Irene rides the belt upwards. following her. painted red.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. scalded pig carcass precedes them. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH. leaves her for Holmes to deal with. equipment. catches up to Irene --. Holmes darts through a trimming station. jumps onto the belt. Holmes clambers the Up ahead. Shit a brick.and Watson catches her feet.smashes the shackle lock. Irene swings aside.Rev. She’s still shackled. but that’s all. He braces himself on the belt. he spots a small.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. So is Sherlock. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. just misses it. As Watson holds Irene.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene swings sideways violently. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. she’s showing nerves.
stops her. Irene. More powerful than anything else.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched.pulls a knife. And. lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles). Irene unhooks herself. grabs her. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. boiled. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. Then Holmes is under her. Watson shakes his head. I owe you. Lately there’ve been rumors of something new.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Finally.. They’re okay. Watson sprints towards where they fell. falls forward. cutin-half pig carcasses. HOLMES You owe me information. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. magical.. taking Holmes with her. heads for the door. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock. -.Rev. turns. (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) . Irene gives Holmes a sweet. heads after Watson. their eyes locking. She looks at Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A. looks down --. (angry) No more games. 90A Gets a free haircut. gets up. looking for Blackwood. They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME.
processing. 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. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes.. Holmes trails her. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. Holmes races towards her as more explosions.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. 90A And she’s off. looking around the dock. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS. running toward the door. HOLMES WAATTTSSSSSONNN!!!! Holmes is pushed back barrels that line the it looks as it Watson knocked to the ground by the explosion as the rest of the dock begin exploding arond them -hasn’t survived. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock. They blast through the doors to -91 EXT.Rev. WATSON Time slows. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. but to safety. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson. Holmes slows. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. For a moment. 81. He reaches Irene. it. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. Watson! A chemical. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion. it lights up all of London.. occasionally knocking him to the ground.
HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed. HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes. HOLMES Thank you.Rev. unsure whether to enter or not. they spot Watson. sir. 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend. pauses. HOSPITAL . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. The two coppers nod respectfully. Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. 93 INT. helps him gently to his knees. Clarky. having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup. there is a smear on her cheek. but unconscious. One reads the paper. makes his escape fast. 92 INT. Holmes turns away. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . THROUGH THE GLASS. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room.is intercepted by Constable Clark. reaches for the handle. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. but --. so make it look good. Mary stays at the door. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. studying Watson’s chart.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. alive. Irene has disappeared.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A. bruised. sweating. (CONTINUED) . He’s delirious. He mumbles inaudibly. pock-marked with shrapnel.Rev.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . cut. his eyes still closed. scraped. 93 Watson is burned.
(CONTINUED) .) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. Watson tries to sit up. wincing with pain. Watson tries to sit up again. private life. etc. The surgeon should be along shortly. The shot wakes him. WATSON I haven’t time for that. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. for the pain. This reveals that Mary has entered the room. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. A sixth of a grain. handbag. WATSON Get a mirror. letting the Doctor do his work. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. already in the room. coat. Doctor. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. I’ll extract them myself. 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines. stands back respectfully.Rev. WATSON Are they subcutaneous.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that.
MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um. sharper look at the Doctor. The Doctor turns just outside the door. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A. eyes flashing... I’ll check in on him again shortly.. MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed..93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . patients. both our lives are lost. to face her. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures. The Doctor has no words. Do you really? MARY Doctor. MARY If anything happens to him... Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other. She’s suddenly very angry. worth many wounds. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . but not surprised. ON MARY As she takes a closer.Rev. WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known. Mary steps towards the Doctor.
93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . leaves fast. turns. MARY -.or are you so selfish that’s just not possible.Rev. 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer. . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B.
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CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen. 2/2/09 84A. HOSPITAL . 94 INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 94 .
94A EXT.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock). obscuring him --. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand. horrified. opens the blade. PUNCH BOWL PUB . pained. fang) from Sir Thomas’ house. cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. He pulls a pocket knife from his coat.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 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?). 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 -. Emotions swirling. He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle. Parts of it hang down. He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross. We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). They begin to overflow with tears. Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor.Rev.ATTIC Holmes enters. LONDON . (CONTINUED) . possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone.NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock). hair. There is something grotesque about his face. disturbed. 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death. 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. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT.but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. A train crosses on an overhead railway. 2/2/09 85. Gathering himself.
Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame.S. fuzzy. 95 Then he begins to chant. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -.) And now it dawns on you. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES .as it hits the ground. BLACKWOOD (O. (CONTINUED) . the circle around Holmes ignites.Rev. He struggles to focus on Blackwood. Holmes snaps around. Holmes sways. you begin to recognize your part in his play. followed by a larger circle beyond that. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting.
caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -. (CONTINUED) 96 97 . We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head..Rev. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes.just as we saw Reordon in his coffin. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head... he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -. Holmes’ eyes snap open.ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS. 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection.the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT. has Blackwood killed Holmes. he can barely see straight. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head. Why would I take a sixth under St. You made me what I am. or is he hallucinating. PUNCH BOWL PUB . so I could die on the biggest stage of all. BLACKWOOD .95 SHERLOCK HOLMES ..
She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. Holmes’ eyes snap open. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic. We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -.Rev. he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS. THE SPHINX. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. . IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. THE DEAD RATS. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM.just as we saw Standish.
bloody awful. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. United in agony.is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared. HOLMES (confused) Watson. PUNCH BOWL PUB . -. You look He writes something in his notebook.ATTIC The sun is rising. FADE IN: 98 INT. He is decidedly alive. His arm is in a sling. WATSON Interesting artwork.Rev. but with burn flashes. 2/2/09 87A. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -. Mary said I had a lousy doctor. He’s been through it.or some deathly version of his old friend -.then tosses it away.. (CONTINUED) .? Watson leans closer.g. it seems she might understand the power of partnership. oddly. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee. They both smile. cuts and bruises.. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. into the light. In the b. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor.SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES (quietly. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup. HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself.
HOLMES Thank you. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this. I had to get you to pass out to settle down.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Exactly. You know. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine. HOLMES (CONTINUED) ... Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup. I dreamt that you were strangling me.. They smile at their unique. twisted understanding of one another. HOLMES Excellent brew.Rev. Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department. IRENE I was. Holmes takes a drink of coffee.
Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . WATSON With your own venom no doubt. I poisoned that one. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it.Rev. But then he decides that’s absurd. WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -. IRENE Oh. IRENE No. puts one down in front of him. Quite severe. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN. I’m simply a woman.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sits opposite him with the other. doctor. He takes a sip. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion. 99 INT. Irene arrives with two pints.it’s called psychology. It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities. And untreatable. The fiddler’s owner -.from the pub’s band -.
Next to it he writes a big question mark. he moves to the feather -. He draws a man’s face. PUNCH BOWL PUB .ATTIC . He plucks it.a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. but not with a bow. with a lot fewer words -. And Holmes emerges. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. Then to an American flag. Irene and Watson notice the silence. Flash to Reordon’s red hair. 101 INT.I’m what’s called a woman. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that.BUT no flashes.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin. Next to it Holmes writes Man. They swap a glance. 100 INT. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come. Let me make it simple for you. He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. doctor. Next to the feather he writes America. (beat) Understand that. HOLMES I need a map of London. Then he moves to the ox bone -. he strums it. A beat. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation. PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops.Rev. Next.Sir Thomas -. He draws an ox in charcoal. 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite.OX ring.he quickly sketches an eagle. he makes strange atonal sounds. Then he moves to a Lion fang. and you’ll have a happy marriage. 101 100 . 89A. Then he moves to the hair. and you’ll have a happy marriage.
. electric.. share the belief with the Kings.. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. your little white tail got rather dirty. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened. Pharoahs. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably.SHERLOCK HOLMES . I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt.ATTIC Holmes is excited. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries. the Lion. he suggested I widen my gaze and. and Man -(CONTINUED) . the Eagle. The fraternity who silently control the Empire. IRENE Yes. 2/2/09 90. at minimum. To fully understand this system.. with a few enhancements of my own. At minimum. to get inside it. 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. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas. But that’s for another time. PUNCH BOWL PUB . I have done just that.Rev. 102 INT. I shall begin. In fact. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. My initial approach was far too narrow. I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity.
the hair of a man.. covering other parts with his hand. Master of the Temple.. represents Man. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas..102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross. HOLMES Now. (CONTINUED) . really flying now. 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. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock). the tooth of a lion. Lion paws. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox.. We found his body here. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. he died here. the ginger midget. 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. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx. We see the Ox body. Blackwood has killed three men. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system.. 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).Rev. (beat) Reordon.. wore the ox ring. Eagle wings. Man’s face...
Eagle.the point at which the other four come together..the ethereal. That which can’t yet be known. the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -. HOLMES It is the fifth element -.. Holmes points to the map. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing. of a cross. He connects the dots on the map. Right here. Ox. HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here.. 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America. (CONTINUED) .and not by coincidence. WATSON Man.Rev.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion.. HOLMES Correspondingly. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -. Parliament. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper..right in the middle of the river. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map.
HOLMES Follow these plans. shaking his head -. BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside. where more police block his path. Police. hands it to Watson. 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. Holmes looks back. Lestrade sits opposite. Flings it open. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. Irene looks out the window.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Police fill the hall. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub. We’re at the Houses of Parliament. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) .MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered.Rev. boots echoing. though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state. Watson goes down. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. but the door EXPLODES inward. He looks at Holmes.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. Ladies first. 102A INT. Irene jumps down. PUNCH BOWL PUB . IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. cuffed and bruised. and they drag him away. POLICE CARRIAGE .he can’t believe it’s come to this. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. He simply raises his arms. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. 103 INT. 104 EXT.
hawkers and tourists. Thank you.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. at its ceremonial best. 106 INT. sir. Lestrade pulls his lapel. PARLIAMENT . LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. plenty of flags and enthusiasm. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. Lestrade punches Holmes. Lestrade knocks. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes.Rev. why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. m’lord. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. preparing for pomp and circumstance. but Mr. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. climbing toward noon. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade. (CONTINUED) . Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. HOLMES Oh. I know it’s unorthodox. revealing a temple of four orders pin. They come to a door. Crowds are gathering outside. 104 The carriage pulls up. if you could wait outside. 105 INT. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. Lestrade.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed.the lion is parliament. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window. did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours. Holmes. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. But it’s not murder. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93. Coward. but I don’t care much what you think. 106 HOLMES I’m curious. Coward turns away for a moment -. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end. It’s mercy. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. lion -. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. ox. (CONTINUED) . We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd. Mr. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. HOLMES Nonetheless. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. and now you have given it to me.Rev. eagle. HOLMES No. LORD COWARD Very clever. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He opens it to try and clear the smoke. I could deduce very little from my investigation. HOLMES Fortunately.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire. I confess to being completely out-matched.
The big ceremonial sword is prominent. 106 A pair of handcuffs.O.O..) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing. from where you’ve been kneeling..O.O. HOLMES (V.Rev. slide across the floor to Coward’s feet. The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking. Coward.) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago.) A faint aroma of excrement.. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS.O. LORD COWARD (V. HOLMES (V. HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope. Holmes. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Coward’s knee dropping to the ground. HOLMES (V. HOLMES (V. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud. Blackwood. you would have made a valuable ally. from where you have been standing.) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room.) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94..106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine.. Coward performing a ritual. He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door..
94A/94B. (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed. A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine. Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot. The entire government will be present. 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom. when it brings no profit to the wise. 107 (CONTINUED) . He misses. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES .O. THAMES . Holmes. REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today. With a single bound. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then.Rev. He disappears for a moment then surfaces. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. looks about in the water.
TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window.. WATSON Well. your instructions were fairly precise. pockets it. He grabs it with his hands. IRENE Where to. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. little too perfectly. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic. pulling Holmes in on the rope. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. soldier boy. Irene is also present. checks the load. Watson stands on the rear deck. Irene looks out.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. grimaces.Rev.. come to think of it. HOLMES Watson. Clearly the whole escape has been planned. still pleased with himself. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. her eyes narrow. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. Tanner takes it happily. HOLMES Port side. No way he’d be coming over the terrace. Captain Tanner. Tanner smiles. He’s never going to like guns. (CONTINUED) . When Holmes is level. into the sewers. Holmes opens the drum.. Tanner turns the boat. Holmes is pulled up into the boat.. about everything except the window. And.
IRENE Starting early. grimaces. smiles. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him. have a drink. Irene follows. Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer. I am about to show you. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96. Doctor. who swallows it without flinching.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels. As they head toward the sewers. hands it on to Tanner. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse. SEWERS . Irene passes him the bottle. He takes a shot. 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. she takes a hit. floats at the opening to the tunnel.. He drinks. on the edge of the darkness. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. 107A EXT. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience. the time moving toward noon. She can see this is more than a social invitation. (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. wipes his mouth. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. unlit. heading into this epic building.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 .BOAT Tanner’s boat. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing. Holmes nods towards Watson. pulls a face. The boat is almost at the sewers.Rev.. The entire government is here. TANNER Far as I can go.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . HOLMES Trust me.
those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. stops. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. WATSON You can tell that from here? No. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon.Rev. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Tell-tale signs of cyanide. the pentagram remains. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene. (CONTINUED) . standing in shadows. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. But there is something sitting in it. The first of its kind. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. bricks dismantled. HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament. It sits below a shattered ceiling. to be precise. When activated. Cyanide. Irene and Watson flank him. the RAT TAIL. the faint smell of bitter almonds. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. Blackwood’s magic. In the center. Note the blue discoloration. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. HOLMES I can tell it from here.
Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. Shoulder-to-shoulder. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals.DAY Holmes checks his watch.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. SEWERS .. Watson pistol-whips the nearest. checks the crowd. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. completely surprising the three thugs. UP a channel. 110 HOLMES As if by magic. As they start to take seats. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps. I wouldn’t. 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. The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. Irene trails them closely. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. They burst into the area. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve. DOWN a bend. They draw their guns.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . next. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. they move down the tunnel. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98.. out of the way otherwise. PARLIAMENT . It’s there when he needs it. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES He doesn’t. faster and faster. There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control. 111 112 OMITTED INT.Rev. They nod. Lord Coward steps up.
Now unguarded. looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse). Gun in each hand. WATSON Sullen. IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it. Irene recoils. who is out).. (CONTINUED) .. but without much resistance. 112 Take this. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. surrounded by humming. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind. Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and. She grips her knife. Before Irene can alert him. sparks flashing. Electrocuted. which falls into the cradle. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil. A totally wire-free weapon. Holmes joins Irene at the device. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it.which puts his back to another tunnel. both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. sparking coils.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. Over there.Rev. sending both guns spinning away --. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene. she drops the knife. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. Dredger spins Watson around.
simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some. Irene sits at the device. Voices rise. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device. up in the Lords’ Gallery. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD. Holmes flies into him feet-first.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall.who doesn’t even bother to block anything. PARLIAMENT . SEWERS . Dredger grabs Holmes. Look. Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood is calm. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof.Rev. waiting for the session to begin. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx. commanding. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben.DAY The chime echoes. trying to figure out how to defuse it. and points. The hall goes silent. BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . Coward looks up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100. Holmes goes for Dredger. 113 INT. staring at a ghost. deflecting him for a moment. Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. very emphatically. Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. 114 INT. BONG! The second chime resounds.
Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. BONG! The clock is ticking down. This is going to be more uneven than usual. then he pulls it out.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge. Dredger grins --. Holmes heads back to Irene. WATSON You owe me for the ring. Dredger grunts angrily. I need the bullets. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. but not very big.the bowl of his pipe. pouring the gunpowder into --.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left. swung with full force by Watson. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand. lunges with his little sword. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. flexes his bicep. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. a plan forming. enough.Rev. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them. sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) . Dredger backs off. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut.until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. Watson dives desperately. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. Dredger drops Holmes. staggers back holding his bleeding ears. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. only just keeping Dredger at bay --. The bullets.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. HOLMES Give me your gun. as if scared of the sword -. His eyes narrow.
places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place. 114 -. angles his huge legs and pushes. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three. Then he braces his massive feet.. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice. Shaped charge.. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. HOLMES We need a light. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. Lords are on their feet. placed them on the balustrade in front of him.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He calmly intones a familiar chant.hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud. Victorian-style. SEWER TUNNEL . She rolls up a sleeve. Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash.Rev. Guards are banging outside the doors. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them. arms wide. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT. driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --. 116 INT. but the doors are locked. then turns back to the device.which shatters against the floor. (CONTINUED) . Got it. While Watson is down. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe.
. boiling inside. out of his limp hand. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly. and she angles the blade. ZAP! A spark hits the blade. on his belly.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. the dying giant falls like a tree. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device. still. cams turn. HOUSE OF LORDS . just barely avoiding the sparks and coils. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . Bad news. Hey! WATSON (O. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --. Fizzling. mouth wide with a silent scream. Watson is face-down on the stones. crawled from the sewer -.and continue to burn inside Dredger.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords.where he found HOLMES’ GUN. gears ratchet past each other.Rev. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. snatching her blade. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. eyes bulging. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT.S. He lurches away. and.
The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. 117A INT. BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death.. electrodes sizzle. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr. BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman.. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall.Rev. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as. stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony.117 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He raises his hand and traces a circle 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. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104.DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. SEWER TUNNELS . He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy.. I am here to change all this. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. triangle 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. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and..
. 117B 117C INT. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic. Blackwood hits the remote again.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. Coward looks confused.. He ducks away fast. WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. Nothing at all.Rev. Yes.. She looks past Holmes. 117C Nothing happens.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 104A.DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye. neither knows what to say. SEWER JUNCTION . nothing happens. And. They look around. But again. 117B EXT. Other Temple members eye him. first time. Everyone is still standing. disappearing into the gallery. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . scared. BIG BEN . IRENE That was something new for us.. it was. magical. 117D 118 OMITTED INT.
WATSON Holmes. face grim. He goes to him. INT. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime.. HOLMES Come on. He motions to the disabled device. heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. we made it. feels for a pulse. He’s done. looks. had enough. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. and so is Irene..118 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns.DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses. you’re going to miss this. Watson rolls over. HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact. relieved. The cylinders are gone. His face darkens. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels. drops to his knees next to Watson. Just. I’m sorry. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105. Holmes looks down at his friend. Watson looks around. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . 118 Holmes whips around -.Rev. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. Watson nods. 118A . you’ve got to admit.sees Watson. sits up. He misread her yet again. seemingly dead. HOLMES Yes.
Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK. The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -. 118C INT. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns. and so does Irene’s rate of movement. light. Light increases. next to Irene’s head. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. She picks up speed. subterranean. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --.a dark. about 500 yards away. 2/2/09 106. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. horrible. This is as tight. Then Holmes. 118B INT. then sees Irene sprint across the maze. then slithers into the pipe. Blackwood follows them.pauses. The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . Blackwood scoops it up. 118D INT. ahead -.Rev. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets. PIPE .DAY The pipe angles down. turns. Irene’s quick. SEWER TUNNELS .and pinches tighter. Then. into the unknown. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. 118D 118C .DAY Panting. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. almost imperceptibly. For a long moment it is pitch black. pinched down. claustrophobic gamble. anxious breath the only point of reference. damp. And then the tunnel ends. flung there from the previous action with Dredger.SHERLOCK HOLMES . We can make out Irene’s determined profile.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. Irene hesitates for a moment. hears.
yes --. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate. CELLAR . Irene accelerates for it. The only ready way out. PIPE . 118J INT.more stairs. HOLLOW BUILDING .DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building.DAY 118G Irene -.DAY -. chest heaving.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark. Anger lends him energy. 118H Gritting her teeth. 118H INT. 118E 118F INT.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.a brick-framed window -. She surges for light -. this is a grind.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe.ON THE LADDER . Stonework fairly new. CELLAR . 118E INT. 2/2/09 107.climbing with one hand. Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards.Rev. shimmies TOWARDS us. 118F 118G INT.and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I . enters the pipe. CELLAR . HOLLOW BUILDING . has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it. Irene charges the stairs -118I INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . As fit and athletic as she is.DAY Holmes grimaces. and sees. An even tighter fit for him. upward. hollow building full of construction equipment.
SHERLOCK HOLMES . Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her.DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. spectacular beauty --. 118K EXT. She makes it to the end.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames. no further to go.then the glory of London.then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --. the center of the world. TOWER BRIDGE . TOWER BRIDGE . laid out for us in breathtaking. They circle around each other. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger.Rev. 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT. We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure.’ Irene turns. recovered somewhat -. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive. .REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE. She’s 250 feet above the Thames. * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge. Goodbye! He start to move towards her.HELICOPTER SHOT . SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye. 2/2/09 108.and returns to Irene as.WALKWAY . NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --. winded. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower.
stunned. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands. and kicks her gun away. Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. She drops. But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. give it a try. As she falls. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene. HOLMES Why hurry off. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . She shoots him in the arm. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. He moves in again. (CONTINUED) . Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. But he swipes her legs away. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees.Rev. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK.
as before. which falls --. now bound.his eyes lock on to something.DAY A look between them and then it’s on. -. Blackwood fires at Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110. but. The wind will do the rest.WALKWAY . Holmes is on the defensive throughout. TOWER BRIDGE . Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. He lands. Blackwood smiles. as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. but now because of you thousands are going to die. Blackwood snarls. awaiting Holmes.Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank. The two men finally part. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. hooking Blackwood around his ankle. which Holmes simply tries to survive. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder.which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in. And you’ll be the first.. slashes. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. Blackwood second. 119H EXT. The bullet misses him.whipping a coil of rope across the floor. Flimsy. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. his target is the cylinder first.. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge. He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier). He looks back to Blackwood. no match for the sword --.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . Holmes turns. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm. binding them together. self defense third.Rev. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong. mounts a frenzied attack. Holmes quickly ducks. chops six inches off the batten. They continue to spar.
Blackwood strains desperately to hold on. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes. screeching to a painful halt. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. 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. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation. conjuring tricks. (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science. pulled toward the edge. Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. His fingers are white from strain. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. like the prison guard. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * .a mixture of egg and honey. He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm. Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off.. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank. Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -. Holmes remains cool. HOLMES There was never any magic.
at one of your ceremonies I suspect. tasteless. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians. 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS. Had it worked. Instead. flammable liquid -. 110B. An odorless. They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them. Ingenious. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end. A simple rigged bullet in his gun. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery. (CONTINUED) .Rev. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark.
cutting the rope. The rope yanks down a crane.: a bucket drops. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS. strikes another crane. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed. The timbers start to topple.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice. hits a row of standing timbers. the crane swings. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile. 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on. The last timber falls over the edge. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose. starting a slow. lands on a rope. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet. Holmes bends down. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. cowed. The storm grows in ferocity. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. Quick as a snake.G.. inexorable dominoes continue to fall. Wind whips harder. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt.: We see the slow.Rev. Blackwood can hold on no longer.G. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B. the atmosphere electric and dangerous.. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Blackwood is on his knees. HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. IN B.
It’s a long journey from here to the rope. CREAK.. Holmes moves down to her. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down. He falls farther. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain. properly this time. His brow furrows. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we. The bird flaps its wings. and farther... with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth. a silhouette against the stormy sky. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks. Blackwood looks up. Holmes just stands there. killing him instantly. (CONTINUED) .. Irene. Blackwood looks up.. She appears to be dead. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one. disappearing into a cloud. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse.Rev. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained.. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. Oh. CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER. the world will see you for what you are. hanged like a common man after all.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. Holmes looks up. Then you will hang. He takes her hand. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES.. stunned. 119H HOLMES First. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge.
Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A. HOLMES We’ve still got a moment. 119H Her eyes pop open. cuffing her instead. IRENE You were right. Key’s in the watch pocket.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames. seat next to her. (CONTINUED) . A bit of a smile and break. he is a professor. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. this time. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him. IRENE It looks like rain. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. Moriarty.
Rev. Lestrade. Holmes keeps moving into the night. LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. LESTRADE You’re welcome. Sherlock..DUSK Rain falls softly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113. At the end of the top of the stairs. 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT. Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants). She smiles. And he sees. the rain falling hard. (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. turns and walks away. TOWER BRIDGE . HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. The storm curls around him. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick. Then Lestrade cracks a smile. calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. yes.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one. detective. Their faces close. Cylinder to one of the policemen. Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . Sadly. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. HOLMES Thank you. keeps walking. near a kiss.. 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. . Holmes can’t help but smile. We recognize the figure of WATSON. 122A A shadow is waiting for him. Watson takes it. He joins Watson. Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick. no words spoken.
123 EXT.. . MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course. 221 BAKER ST.STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B. I’d love to read them sometime. cases we’ve worked on over the years.. his back to them.DAYS LATER MOVING DAY.. Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter.Rev. 2/2/09 114. WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring. WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes. 123B INT. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope. One moment. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment. 123A INT... 221 BAKER ST.. 221 BAKER ST. He looks dead. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * . Just a few scribbles. .SHERLOCK HOLMES . MARY All your adventures.
123B WATSON Don’t panic. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution. as it were. Watson pokes him. But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. I should probably come down. he’s far too fond of himself. Clearing your good name. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. Watson and Mary walk by. I can’t feel my cheeks. Turns him around.Rev. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. MARY Shouldn’t you help him. John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . dear. Do carry on.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness. WATSON Get on with it. like a caterpillar in a cocoon. My lord. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. Holmes. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon. Holmes.
WATSON Worse things could happen.Rev. Please. Holmes tumbles to the ground.mad honey disease. CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. belts and a coat hook. HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. Watson draws his sword. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. my tongue is going next.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . John. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down. He doesn’t mind. I’ll be of no use to you at all. WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Watson. It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time.
Constable Clark enters. Yes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116. sir. Holmes. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -. They are interrupted by a knock on the door. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr. Well.. HOLMES What is it this time.complete change of demeanor -. Shot in the head. Indeed. HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. MARY There’s a brave boy. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants. There. there..123B SHERLOCK HOLMES ...Rev. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? . looking concerned. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. Moriarty. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range.. He went missing in the sewers. a maintenance man found his body this morning. right away. HOLMES With small caliber bullet.he shakes his head. The dog has regained its vital signs.. everything’s going to be all right.mind racing. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene.
Watson nods. case * * * 124 . A KNOCK. reopened. Constable Clarke nods. Well. WATSON Adler was just a diversion. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison. sir. the Driver exits. 124 OMITTED Clarky. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. They’ve taken over the case. The Driver pokes his head in. sir.. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes.. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. Watson nods.Rev. Holmes pulls his coat on. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves.
) Shot in the head.O. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. CONSTABLE CLARK (V.INT. 125 FLASHBACK . and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene.) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there. SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device. They spread out to seal the crime scene. We don’t see his face. BANG! 125 .SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev.O. where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device. SERGEANT Oi. 2/2/09 116B. what you doing? The policeman looks up. SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel.
There. 126 INT. Holmes pulls his coat on. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . They’ve taken over the case.THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device. 221 BAKER ST. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods. WATSON There’s a brave boy. 126 (CONTINUED) ..mind racing. there. Excellent deduction.. everything’s going to be all right.. Watson.. however. CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range. I thought those days were behind you. Holmes and Watson look at each other -.SHERLOCK HOLMES . sir. 2/2/09 117.complete change of demeanor -. The dog has regained its vital signs.Rev. looking concerned. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. HOLMES Wager.
. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. Well. It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. . sir.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A.126 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes nods. the Driver exits. Watson nods. HOLMES I’ll walk out with you. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along. 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison. A KNOCK..Rev.... MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion.
looks relieved and excited. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you. 2/2/09 118. puts a hand on his arm.SHERLOCK HOLMES . FADE OUT. Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. . Holmes. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and. 221 BAKER ST. Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway.perhaps the POV of the raven. She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away. Doctor.Rev. HOLMES Magnificent woman.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage. We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -. warm look. 127 EXT. Holmes extends an awkward hand. an understanding between the two men. A stiff beat. Watson.. Watson A THE END . Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. be careful.. WATSON Take care of yourself.
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