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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
He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner.the most vulnerable point. He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows.) Stink of alcohol. First point of attack. The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round. HOLMES (V. Holmes launches a hammer blow.) Head cocked to the left. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS .NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face.ENTRANCE . 2/2/09 3. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact. carrying the lantern and a gun. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it. as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. but does not see Holmes. The man swings the lantern away again. just at the top of the jaw -.) Then throat. A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs. HOLMES (V.O. BACK TO 24 fps.O. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows. paralyze vocal chords. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . stop screaming. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door. He peers about. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees.O. The man’s mouth opens to cry out.SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES (V. but not as fit as he used to be. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop. BACK TO 24 fps. partial deafness in right ear. confused. He takes a moment to recover. 4 5 OMITTED INT. he’s fit.Rev. strangling his scream.
grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun. HOLMES Hhhmm.5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . further down into the crypts. POV . reaches around him. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver. the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. 6 7 OMITTED INT. Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move. THWACK! Hammer blow to ear. Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows.NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard. picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing. ducks down into the shadows. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively. BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4. THUG What’s goin’ on. He draws his gun and approaches. good cigar. John? When he gets no answer. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase. dropping him. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION . CRACK! Karate chop to throat. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase. Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister.Rev.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows.BALCONY . Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. He has seen the lantern light.
Right. out of sight.Rev.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. WATSON You left this behind. Thought I’d left the stove on. distaste. Just got it. CUT TO: This is what they do. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat. Eyes alive with intelligence. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something. WATSON Getting his troops in formation. You did. processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE. Watson hands him his pistol. doesn’t take it. HOLMES Perfect timing.) Watson. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) .
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A. Yeah. but not the man underneath. s’me.Rev.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 7 He can see the hat. WATSON (CONTINUED) .
using headbutts. still hooded. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6. We do not yet see his face. never stops. Some kind of ritual is about to climax. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. He is more of a brawler. 8 9 OMITTED INT. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure). shrouded in shadow. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. WATSON (CONTINUED) . the woman rises up like a broken puppet.Rev. as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. Their footsteps echo. powerful stuff. This is spooky. real. Holmes and Watson head down. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . The girl. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl. 9A INT.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . trance-like. fast. We do not see his face. Still kneeling.BALCONY . ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. knees. 7 Watson takes out the two men. but no less effective. Less artful. A sword has been placed at her feet. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. Blackwood chants softly. Blackwood simply ignores them. and elbows. Her eyes roll back in her head. Suddenly. Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level.NIGHT Thugs dispatched. ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation. not caring if they make a noise or not. Watson closer to Blackwood. lit with candles at each corner.
Look.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . BLACKWOOD Tell me. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . picks up the sword and turns it on herself. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him. Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. She collapses. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly.Rev. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. ready to plunge the point into her heart. Blackwood throws back his hood. HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip. Holmes lunges. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. he is tapped into something dark and cruel. almost mockingly. trains it on Blackwood. And Watson as well. That’s more than Watson can take. Holmes. strangely. doctor. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -. BLACKWOOD Well done. His eyes are intense. WATSON Stay right there. No. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. We finally see his face. grabs the woman’s arm. as a medical man.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. Watson raises his gun.
the girl’s parents hired me. sees nothing.. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope. not the Yard.the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE. really nasty concealed weapon.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Look.? It is. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8. Watson looks. as Lestrade and his men finally appear. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help. HOLMES Watson looks. almost invisible --. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood. you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. fun. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES If I had. HOLMES Impeccable timing. What a shame. and sees it and his eyes flare wide.Rev. POLICEMEN flood the area. Besides. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. Lestrade. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance.
9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. hating himself for needing to. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. put chains on him. Lestrade eyes the double circle. not understanding them. Grudgingly. 10 10A . FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. he turns to Holmes.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. a piece of photo paper on top. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. a bench strewn with scientific equipment. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher.Rev.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. shakes his head. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony. the pentacle. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. Have a cigar. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. Lestrade. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. frustrated. She’s still mouthing the incantation. As usual. Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. HOLMES Bravo. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray. 9A Lestrade turns. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. reluctantly.
Rev. 10B 10C INT. solving crimes..” 10F 10G INT.. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street. older. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD. Their eyes are shut for the photo. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT. This time.. The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson.. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper. The men are front page news now.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes and Watson getting older. More and more headlines.. unaccustomed to flashes. 10G . holding a goose by its feet and smiling.. and. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson. light as it is exposed. coming to rest on the letter “H. 2/2/09 10. 10D 10E INT. they look more confident. shaking hands with a royal. 10B INT. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files. the article bigger.” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk.. 10C 10D INT. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY..
Captain. Papers are bundled and tied. MRS. 10J 11 EXT. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL. (CONTINUED) 12 . dominating the front page. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. walking down the street with the day’s shopping. 221 BAKER ST. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. very good. an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals.AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type. Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. 2/2/09 11. a whirring mass of wheels and gears.” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street. everything in its place. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. WATSON 71 over 104. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -. 10H INT.” one metal time. The whole thing is fed into a printing press. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years.. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. . she shoos it away.Rev.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS. thanks to you. A raven lands on the entry gate. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold.. and inside. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image.all is neat and tidy. 221 BAKER ST. HUDSON. walks up the steps.SHERLOCK HOLMES . . 12 INT.
And there’ll be a woman’s touch. There won’t be so many stairs. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .your new offices.Rev.ground floor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA. I hope? WATSON No -. too. 12 Watson is pleased by that.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
(CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A. Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation.S. writes a prescription on a piece of paper. then helps Captain Philips to his feet. terrified. just to be safe.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O. (beat) I’ll be right back. Philips hits the floor. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer.Rev.
shoots up the stairs with the paper. 12 He heads out. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Captain. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. that’s all. Watson takes the newspaper from her. WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. HUDSON. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. . MRS. heads towards them. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. Which is a relief to Mrs. MRS. 13 INT. Mrs. It’ll be quieter. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. (CONTINUED) 13 . his landlady. WATSON You’re not going in at all. MRS. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. let’s go down. What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. Urgent. not while he’s in this state. MRS. HUDSON Come on. 221 BAKER ST. WATSON I smell burning.HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. Hudson.Rev.
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Nonetheless, Watson himself. Something fact, Holmes’ usual now, that Watson is
stops, takes a deep breath, gathers like this has happened before (is, in brand of chaos) the difference being, sick to death of dealing with it.
Which doesn’t mean he won’t. Newspaper in hand, Watson opens the door, pokes his head in, cautiously. He sees -14 INT. 221 BAKER ST. - HOLMES’ APARTMENTS Watson squeezes through the doorway to find that the obstruction is Holmes who is sitting in the dark on a chair, blocking the door, aiming a gun (with an odd contraption fastened on its barrel) at the wall. Unadulterated chaos. A series of FLAMING BULLET HOLES blasted into the wall in the (ragged) initials “V.R.” WATSON May I join you in the armory? HOLMES Please... Watson, I’ve been working on a device which will suppress the sound of a gunshot. Watson heads towards the conservatory. HOLMES Please... Don’t, don’t, don’t... Watson pulls open the curtains allowing the light to pour in. It needs work. WATSON May I see?... 14 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Watson passes him heading to the other side of the room (possibly grabs the gun) picking up a pile of open letters from a table. HOLMES Gently, gently, Watson... Watson whips open more curtains and opens a window. Holmes crawls on his hands and knees over to a table where he finds his sunglasses and puts them on. Watson sits on a chair and begins to leaf though the letters.
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WATSON It’s been three months since the last case. About time you found another one. HOLMES I can’t but agree. My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work. The sooner the better. Paper? WATSON
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Watson hands Holmes the newspaper. WATSON Let’s see, we have a letter here from Mrs. Ramsey in Queen’s Park -her husband has gone missing. HOLMES He’s in Belgium with the scullery maid. Is it December? WATSON Yes, Holmes. Lady Radford reports a missing emerald bracelet. HOLMES Insurance swindle. Lord Radford likes fast women and slow ponies. I see you’re the attending physician at Blackwood’s hanging. WATSON Yes, it’s our last case together and I wanted to see it through to the end. Awkward pause. Cough.
WATSON Mr. Lewis is seeking... Mrs. Hudson enters carrying a tray of bread and tea. is steeling herself for this interaction. HOLMES (to Watson) There is only one case that intrigues me at present... the curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. (MORE)
SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) HOLMES (CONT'D) I have been studying her comings and goings and they appear most sinister.
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MRS. HUDSON Tea, Mr. Holmes. Mrs. Hudson crosses to Holmes and puts the tray before him. HOLMES Is it poisoned, nanny? MRS. HUDSON There’s enough of that in you already. She goes to remove an old tray from behind him. HOLMES Don’t touch that. Everything is in its proper place, as per usual. She ignores him and removes the tray then crosses back towards the door noticing a bulldog lying unconscious under the table. MRS. HUDSON He’s killed the dog... again. Watson jumps up. His bulldog, GLADSTONE, lies on the floor in a drugged stupor. WATSON What have you done to Gladstone this time? HOLMES I was simply testing a new anesthetic. He doesn’t mind. Holmes! WATSON As your doctor...
HOLMES He’ll be right as a trivet in no time. Watson’s finally had enough.
Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. on earth. you’ve been in this room for two weeks. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there. 14 WATSON .. I insist you get out of here. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening.Rev. * (CONTINUED) . WATSON So. HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. The Royale. Wonderful. Not available. For dinner. you have nothing to do? Nothing. Mary’s coming. at all. Absolutely. A little smile from Holmes. My favorite. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. HOLMES Then it’s not official..14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and your friend.
Half past eight. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table. And then Watson and Mary arrive. The Royale. It really is a thrill to meet you. She extends her hand. 14 WATSON It’s happening. and clearly a woman worth marrying. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced. talking. 30s. Mary and Watson on either side of him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16. He is quite uncomfortable in this setting.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos. MARY The pleasure’s mine. Holmes. It all becomes quite overbearing. THE ROYALE . Mr. The dog wakes up and runs out.looks again. WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. Holmes stands.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . For the first time. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -. the name on a bottle of wine. She’s beautiful. WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -. Holmes! WATSON You’re early.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. they sit. WATSON And wear a jacket. like it or not. Watson exits. CUT TO: 15 INT. we see a hint of fear in his eyes. HOLMES My pleasure. intent on each other -. Holmes gestures politely. a surreptitious argument between waiters.
15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Wilkie Collins. 16A. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.Rev.. Poe.. 15 (CONTINUED) . WATSON (proudly) It’s true.
HOLMES Yes. MARY Watson likes that. Take Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. born to be a man of action. WATSON Those days are behind me..Rev. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) . 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes. Holmes less so -... see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .a forced chuckle. brave. no no. HOLMES (livening up) Oh. Strong.. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details. like all military men. you know him. Holmes. And neat. I intend to. by the way.not a good idea. ah. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. The little details are by far the most important. A stub from a boxing match.. Then I check his pockets. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once. though. right behind you. HOLMES . MARY With all due respect. Mr. so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier.. Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler. Mary laughs.
WATSON Yes. Well done. reaches for the wine. MARY I insist. 15 HOLMES Yes. MARY Charlie’s 7. I doubt -MARY No. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. (instantly) You’re a governess. actually. HOLMES It’s breathing. Mary nods. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. Watson’s getting nervous.Rev.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. stops him. well done. Holmes (CONTINUED) . HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. it’d be wonderful.
. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18.Rev. A very impetuous act by the boy.. the jewels you’re not wearing tell us rather more. WATSON Give us a few minutes. He shakes his head. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -. (beat) However. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. pours wine for all. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear. anyway. 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today. not the gems of a governess. It’s from Asprey’s. (CONTINUED) . flawless. MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. please.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (to Watson) What would madam care for this evening? Watson gives Holmes a hard look: that’s a bit much. India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off.
15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . intensely focused.. Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19. turns back. Watson gets up. Holmes pauses. then: HOLMES You were engaged. faster. She turns to leave. I didn’t leave my fiance. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. 15 Holmes. A doctor perhaps.. The restaurant goes silent.Rev. pauses. They’re leaving... he died. moves to help Mary to her feet. As Holmes talks. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face. manic. But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly.
all sinew and gristle. He tastes his own blood from a split lip. She’s lovely.the sounds muffled and indistinct -. talking. Their orders arrive -. It interests him. McMURDO -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. Suddenly. He is stripped to the waist.an array of plates piled high.bangs his fists together and moves in.huge but flabby -.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant. This is soothing to him. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt. Holmes hears no words. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. His opponent.and Watson goes with her.then pauses.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -. He just sees their mouths moving. The waiter puts them down.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD. old man.Rev. 15 WATSON Well done. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. spaghetti style. laughing. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him. -. looks around. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. PUNCH BOWL PUB . (CONTINUED) . The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --.
He looks for the woman. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. smiles. HOLMES Thank you. thank you. Finished. He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. And as I said.until he notices a face at ringside. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. He turns back to McMurdo. But that’s all. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. Well done. Once or twice. stands. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. just using his reflexes to protect himself. She’s gone.Rev. moment.SHERLOCK HOLMES . sometimes even drops his hands. (CONTINUED) . not just think. He throws nothing in return. the sound floods back into the room. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. Holmes is completely in control --. it was most pleasurable. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. Holmes begins walking away. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. when the big man leaves an obvious opening. Holmes rolls over.
The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. battered on the outside. scanning McMurdo. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. soothed inside. who is frozen on the spot. which buckles altogether wrong. He grabs a bottle in his hand. Holmes strides out of the bar. nearly invisible. Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. The crowd applauds. Feels the back of his head.NIGHT A candle shivers. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. but from Holmes’ POV. PENTONVILLE PRISON . over and out. The crowd falls silent. A row of stone cells. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. they’re not sure if they like it. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. He doesn’t care. catching him on the back of the head. McMurdo falls. CHARLIE. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard.SHERLOCK HOLMES . all is calm. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms.Rev. He turns. incorporating exotic martial arts. hand.CORRIDOR . braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. Steps back into the ring. His eyes tick slowly. Taking a huge swig. He sees the crowd fall silent. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. Holmes stops. Hm. there really isn’t any sport. working into a fever pitch. casting jagged shadows. 18A INT. A full-scale riot is on.
sketches of animals. down here and get him to the infirmary. That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again. Blackwood. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie. GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense. LOUDER. (CONTINUED) . The Guard Captain continues around the corner. Eyes closed. get. He coughs harder. And now he’s in some kind of fit. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. He’s confused.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -. Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. lies convulsing on the floor. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. resumes his soft murmur. JACK. PENTONVILLE PRISON . GUARD CAPTAIN All right.Rev.NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. 19 INT. We see another guard.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. an upside-down cross. the Captain starts COUGHING. a headless sphinx. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23. WHISPERING ungodly sounds.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES . he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. A hint of some method to his madness. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols.
keeps coughing. 19 Blackwood keeps whispering. knee. terrified. horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP. He looks down. Prisoners start SHOUTING.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A. The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. windowsill flutters away. (CONTINUED) .Rev. spits it out onto the stone floor.
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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
You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence. HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming. I have your cut from last night. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26. Silence. I was aware she’d been engaged. Silence. WATSON That’s my waistcoat.. I’ll keep it with your check book. HOLMES You’re right. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. locked safely away in my drawer. Watson. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. 23 HOLMES Oh. HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence. She told me. Holmes takes off his shirt. Holmes rubs his jaw. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening. WATSON Well. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. (CONTINUED) . by the way. it’s my property and I want it back. HOLMES It’s too small for you.Rev. Holmes puts on his vest. Watson punches him square in the face.
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.Rev.
Religious zealots and occultists swarm.SHERLOCK HOLMES .EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. papers are for sale. Blackwood’s death is the headline. 24 EXT. Watson stops. 2/2/09 26A. 24 25 OMITTED 25 . I’ve no business with him while he’s alive. Holmes heads inside.Rev. WATSON You go ahead. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Police keep them away from the entrance.
2/2/09 27.. In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood. thank you.DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. Thank you. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is.CORRIDOR . if you have other duties to attend to. PENTONVILLE PRISON . No way this creep’s getting to him. strolling insouciantly. who’s reading aloud to himself. They share a smile -. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd. 27 (CONTINUED) . getting closer. BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me. 26 INT. Holmes listens. There’s something about him.two heavyweights sizing each other up. Blackwood pauses. HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. sir. PENTONVILLE PRISON . sir. it’s like he can get inside your head. 26 27 INT. GUARD Much obliged... All the cells are now EMPTY. The Guard high-tails it out of there.BLACKWOOD’S CELL .SHERLOCK HOLMES .. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place. otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands. turns. HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em.Rev.DAWN A pale. sees Holmes.
Despite the bars between them.I am merely the channel. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind. Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment.Rev. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. Suddenly.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot. close to Holmes. by comparison. HOLMES However. (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD How can I help? HOLMES I’d already followed the murders with some interest and while my heart went out to the families of the victims. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear. and that’s why you’re really here. your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -. Blackwood is right at the bars. HOLMES Actually. the men are close together.
Then you would serve a greater purpose. shakes his head. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Holmes. and there is nothing you can do to save them. you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords. you must widen your gaze. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. HOLMES Bon voyage. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. too. Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. BLACKWOOD Mr. a sacrifice. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. As Holmes walks away.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood calls after him. I need you. and it worries me.Rev. Blackwood. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier.after you’re hanged. HOLMES I must say. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. Steel your mind. of course. Holmes steps back. I might have spared five lives.
meets Lestrade and a PRIEST. 29 INT.MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor.CORRIDOR . PENTONVILLE PRISON . Father. 29A. HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing. Watson is there too.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) . Not for this one. Blackwood walks up into the noose. PENTONVILLE PRISON . HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest.Rev. members of the government and cops. The place is bustling with cops and officials. 27 28 INT.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. We get a good look at some of the faces.
CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. 221 BAKER STREET . CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening.) London’s so bleak this time of year.Rev.29 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible. 29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly.DAY Holmes is out cold. Legs fall through and yank tight. dead. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. CRACK! His eyes fly open. 30 INT. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. The show is over.S. His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning. lying on his tiger skin rug. .
30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab. her back to Holmes. just before she turns back to face him. dried fruit. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him.. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain. She leans down. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile.Rev. olives. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs.. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Irene gets up to cross the room....30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31.. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up. cracking walnuts. stunned by this intrusion. etc. IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. Dates from Jordan. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. Irene opens the file. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports.
TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck. revealing and enormous diamond. HOLMES Ah. No ring? IRENE He snored. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. 30 HOLMES Simply studying your methodology for when the authorities ask me to hunt you down. There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you. Then.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. Let’s not dwell on the past. HOLMES And you. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. They move to sit at the table. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone.Rev. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. HOLMES But your signature is clear. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand. husbands. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. Holmes almost melts. Plus.
30 IRENE This is all the information you need. IRENE I’m my own man.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment. she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. She hands him the envelope.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33.
. IRENE 31 * * * * * * -.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel.does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. She pauses behind him as she exits. waits for her to pass -Hello. 221 BAKER ST. HOLMES Keep your money. Holmes examines the envelope. As she walks out she puts her photo back upright. She ignores him. IRENE They gave me our old room.STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in. He lifts his hat. I didn’t say I’d take the case. John. 31 INT. Irene keeps moving. . 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A.
Someone waiting outside takes the paper. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. 32 EXT. looks around her. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out. Looks. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). Before she can speak. CARRIAGE Irene sits. Too dark to see much in there. She sniffs them appreciatively. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street.Rev. a gesture from the shadow stills her. She turns into the alley. CUT TO: 32 33 INT. You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 .SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. Pauses. and their footsteps clatter away. finally prepared to engage with her. 2/2/09 34. gets in. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. and the carriage starts moving. Moriarty closes the window. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. walks on. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. but for me. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA. it’s accurate. 34 EXT.Rev. me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) .33 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. 33 I’m certain. they lurch forward. A better word. the coach comes to a halt. Ow.
yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A. (CONTINUED) .34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit. yes it would. sir. 34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over.Rev. sir. He has disgusting blackened teeth.
Watson won’t stop. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain. I -WATSON I know. 35 INT. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out. Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. WATSON Look at you.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room. Within a nanosecond. HOLMES Thank you. Watson approaches.. anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style). 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Leaping about. all aflutter.. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead. 221 BAKER ST. she made a proper idiot of you. you were going to explain something. This is a hopeless cause -. utterly alive. who backs off in fear. The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar. 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. HOLMES You’ve had your fun. . I’m sorry. The carriage moves on. She’d love that. WATSON What’s she after.Rev. almost enraged. very concerned. completely transformed now. 34 He reaches toward the window.
I don’t agree. HOLMES Regrettably. She likes ginger dwarfs. It’s more than a technicality. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. Go on. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. Holmes grabs the envelope back.. Luke Reordon. missing two front teeth. I can tell. WATSON I’ve already read it. we’ve had our last case together. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. WATSON I’ve upset you. Holmes looks like he’s had enough. a beard.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. four foot ten. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. red hair. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. said too much. WATSON I won’t interrupt.Rev.. Holmes picks up his violin. a human canoe. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. Those are my dates. I’ve .
the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene.Rev. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. I’m just saying. He bolts into -36A INT. IRENE Why don’t I see myself out. Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. Before Watson can speak.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 221 BAKER ST.INT. 221 BAKER ST. one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 . The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. Holmes plucks his violin. .HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. he steps quickly to a window. 36 FLASHBACK . 35 HOLMES No. WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do. turning down an alley. 221 BAKER ST. Alright.REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs. He lands just right. Once Irene leaves. . . Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A. and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street.
the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth. signalling the mugger to be quiet. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. sweetheart. how nice of you. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. 2/2/09 37. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. Even without the man -. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. 38 38A EXT. all the way to his collar. He obeys. Quick as a snake. Still holding the roses.Rev. There is excitement in her eyes. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty.who is scrofulous and sly -. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -. 38 EXT. She’s mugging the mugger. 38B (CONTINUED) .SHERLOCK HOLMES . Another man steps in behind her. IRENE Oh. Irene frisks him expertly. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley. this turns her on. 38B INT. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed.but at the other side. cutting his belt. trapping her. eyes bulging.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. He closes in to grab her --. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. then his clothes. dropping him immediately.
then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. a wallet. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. -. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely. He hurries after Irene down the alley. 38B IRENE Oh. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. He runs past a coal cart. she turns back. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. look.Rev. takes his wallet too. but this time we can see that Holmes gets a view of the man on the other end of the weapon before the carriage pulls away. He drops a coin in his hand. then pops it in his mouth. 38C EXT. shall I? She takes both wallets. 39 EXT. chews it to blacken his teeth.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . then leaves. snags a lump of coal. Doesn’t look like yours. catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. thank you. On second thoughts. rubs it on his face and hands. runs on. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out. I’ll return them.and leaves. 39 38C . does it? And -naughty boy -. that’s the Irene I know. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. which is being assembled. Holmes picks up the pace.here’s another one.
SHERLOCK HOLMES . After all. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O. A man has to make a living. 40 INT.. 2/2/09 37B. WATSON You know what. at once.) Mister Holmes. He’s got Adler on edge.? He turns to see.. I may not have a choice. WATSON And yet she works for him. It’s nothing to do with me. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table.Rev. HOLMES This man intrigues me. sir. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own.. but leave this case. .HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin. HOLMES Well.S. scared. pale.. Holmes motions to the bills. WATSON Which is no mean feat. (CONTINUED) . Breathless. That’s bad money.. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me.. HOLMES She’s intimidated. thinking. 221 BAKER ST. Watson. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door. scared.
CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening. WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. it’s a matter of professional integrity. Clarky laughs. sir. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. You means us. just this morning. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. grab a compass. Us means you. Watson walks into his office.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . They all move to the exit. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38. It appears he’s come back from the dead. HOLMES Watson. 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now.Rev. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here.
scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance. WATSON Look at this mess.SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials. 2/2/09 38aA. not even on a bright sunny day -. Watson barely lifts his head. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE . opens the door. 42 (CONTINUED) . 41 EXT. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT.DAY Judging by the estate. 41 42 EXT.ESTABLISHING . Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled.Rev. Blackwood comes from old money. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. A COP stops the carriage. We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. Holmes and Watson exit. Not a place for a picnic. and lots of it. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT .and it’s starting to rain. They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt.
once again. The cops are in tight clusters. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -.Rev. whispering to themselves. He is sweating. shaken.this is interesting. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Lestrade emerges from the crypt. They’d rather be anywhere but here. As Holmes and Watson approach. spooked. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest.
Lestrade waves it off. He notices the Blackwood CREST. drags his boys in close. Holmes. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone. LESTRADE (low. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. You can question him if you like -.smashed outward like they were nothing. direction. angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand. The witness is over there. pale and terrified. duly chastened. Watson heads for him. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now.Rev. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . Holmes inspects the door. LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -. not a word.but you won’t get much. checking the hinges. LESTRADE Explain it if you can. and the image of a SPHINX. The old GROUNDSKEEPER. On second thought.
OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . Holmes chuckles. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. a few moments. They place it on the ground. murmuring. 42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. (at Watson.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . step back. Lestrade stomps up.Rev. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. him. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. or the Yard. soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40. looking in his eyes. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. HOLMES Inspector. Four beefy. He’s in shock. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt. crossing themselves. plainly terrified.
a small measure of revenge.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Watson’s had enough. (CONTINUED) . overflowing. to reveal. disturbed. HOLMES All yours.three quarters of an inch. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. in everyday clothes. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. He marches forward --.. Watson opens his forensic kit. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen.. Holmes and Lestrade move forward. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. eerie groan. still stunned. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood. jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. He takes a CALIPER. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago.. begins examining the body. Vials. the cops move backward.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. The coffin is filled with EARTH. They brush away a layer of dirt.snatches the crowbar away. 42 But no one moves. HOLMES Inspector. Inspector. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. WATSON Lividity is late stage.Rev. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot.. Lestrade looks at it with dismay. A DEAD BODY in the coffin. silver tools. with red hair.
) He was walking.Rev. (etc. Trust me.S.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT. Watson. Lestrade follows. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. suddenly. ready to unburden himself.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. It’s not natural. And I’m not daft. They all stop. anxious. They all want to get the hell out of there. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid. He was as alive as you or me. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . (turns.. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. It’s not right.. This one has five. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42. LONDON STREET . so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. Most drunks are the same. HOLMES Now the game is afoot. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt.
Watson appears preoccupied. I once heard a man predict his death. 51 Just eat.Rev. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him. WATSON You know. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A. I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain. WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along. (CONTINUED) .51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Watson shakes his head. His face falls. screws it into his eye. HOLMES Let’s see now. HOLMES Very good. WATSON Maddison and Haig.. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own.. 51 HOLMES (mouth full. you end up twisting facts to suit theories. hence the scratches.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. and flips Reordon’s watch open. Watson looks quite chuffed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP. HOLMES Hmm. Adler’s midget is the key to this. instead of theories to suit facts. there are several sets of initials scored into the lid. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. Invariably. Excellent. scratches around the keyhole.H... He examines the lid. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES The most recent is M. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data.
HOLMES WATSON The time. a J.. the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. PAWNBROKERS. RESPECTABLE. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. brothers. thank you.. DISCREET. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. PALM READER Reckon your future. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed. They should give us an address. PALM READER I see two men. here we are. She has their (CONTINUED) .Rev. Holmes and Watson look at each other. wait. You remember. attention. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord. On the watch. No. ahead of them there on Bow Street. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary. I think not.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . no. I see the letters S and an L. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. Not in blood but in bond.
.. Enough.. PALM READER I see a letter... Mary? You will be married.even for you.. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness. I see. china figurines. PALM READER She turns to fat.Rev. WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes. (horrified) Patterned table clothes.. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman. the letter M. another M. Watson looks at Holmes.... WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence. (CONTINUED) . lace doilies.. Watson snatches his hand away. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B...51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON This is a new low -. I see. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force....
looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. storms into Madison and Haig. As he follows Watson. he’s not safe. LONDON EAST END . PALM READER I seen something in his hand.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Even Holmes is taken aback by this. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. Why. Not bad.. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. the pawnshop behind them. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. Mortal peril.Rev. pleased with himself.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. (CONTINUED) . and Holmes is not. Darkness and great pain. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring. Watson. 52 EXT. as well you should be. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside. produces a wad of coins. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre..MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years. HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend. Now Watson is smiling. Here we are. Warn your friend. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm. And you know it yourself.
HOLMES Looks promising. Oh. And possibly dangerous. dingy LODGING HOUSE. 52 He slows. give my regards to Mary. windows are boarded up. well.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. looks up at a dark. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. Some (CONTINUED) .
finds a door with scratches on the keyhole. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom. (CONTINUED) . CRACK! Watson’s boot flashes past him as he KICKS the door off its hinges. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch. strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage. 52 Holmes heads for lodging house. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. It is fiddly. 55 INT. He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. 53 54 OMITTED INT. Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. every available inch is covered in writing. biblical Latin and Hebrew. Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. Holmes inspects it. he gestures them inside. moves through a door. WATSON I can spare ten minutes. Something did.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him. REORDON’S ROOMS .DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms. Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling. It takes him a while.Rev.
pulls out vials. Watson digs through his forensic bag. Hemlock. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia.. HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous.) Watson.S. goes towards.. He digs through them. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief. REORDON’S LAB Instantly. sniffing like a morbid perfumer. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. something ROTTING.. Watson does his best not to gag. impossible to read..55 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes moves around the room. Eyes opened impossibly wide. finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. Formaldehyde. HOLMES (inhaling deeply. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46. a seething cloud of flies. their bodies frozen in strange contortions. Watson moves to the stove. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars.. 56 INT. A CREST stamped on it.. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS.... loving it) Ammonium sulfate. as if mid-death-rattle.Rev. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS. 55 HOLMES (O. come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) . In the center of the room. An experiment generating a massive stench. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum..
Long as it’s not too burnt. starts walking back to the other room. Holmes senses something. Holmes gets a whiff of something. stops at an open window. moves into the next room. puts it by the lantern.. starts pouring the acid. WATSON He worked for Blackwood.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sniffs) Barley sugar. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on.. 57 58 OMITTED INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47. Sweet.. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here. (stops. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper.. or sugar. but something else. almost like perfume. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room.Rev. raises an eyebrow. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) . faint words APPEAR on the blank page. Watson catches it. Ghostly chemistry. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles. Sucks the iron right out of the ink.. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after.. tosses one to Watson. Slowly. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide. Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s. The door WHIPS open..
WATSON Seems about fair. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. He catches the rod. HOLMES You take them. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. swinging at them. He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy).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. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . eyes widen at the giant. sliding it into his hand as a weapon. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. surprised to see Holmes and Watson.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. slightly deformed. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. HOLMES Let me guess -. gentlemen. He spins the rod expertly. trapping the steel rod under his arm. who follows them into the room. Dredger is deadpan. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face. HOLMES Hello. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. ripping it down. knows it won’t make a dent. Sweet tooth. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. a huge man. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. They stop. He looks at Dredger. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. I’ll handle Mr. It stuns the giant for a beat. He keeps moving.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 58 They are followed by DREDGER.
and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. Watson ducks and dodges. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. 58 INT. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. The rod sparks and hums. He blinks.. Watson just barely ducks the blade. and. Head The men whip out knives. cranks his weapon. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. kicking the other in the groin. ripping off his pocket. He sees Dredger incoming. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. Holmes thinks quickly. which SMACKS into the second thug. scattering all the bottles and tools. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon. who swings the metal shaft desperately.. trying to gather his senses. sending it across the ground. REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. and knocking the ring away. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. the shaft SPARKS. Watson fights the first thug. blades flashing on either side of him. the first man HURLS his knife. knocking him off his feet. Dredger tries to recover.Rev. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. One of the blades slices his shirt. just as -Dredger flies through the air. who falls. 58A INT. SLAMMING into Watson. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . climbing off of Watson. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. A truly pathetic weapon. a bar-room brawler. He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. anything he can grab. as he scrambles toward the ring. butting one.
which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP.. Watson chases the engagement ring. then leaps out the window. just as he’s about to grab it. big wooden chocks hold it in place. it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water. SLIPWAY . Holmes gives chase.Rev. grips his ruined ring. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. leaps out the window.58B SHERLOCK HOLMES . and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window.. lost in the floorboards. picks up the ring.. frantic as -Dredger rises. darting around people. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through.DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY. He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well.FIRST SLIPWAY For now though. landing atop a heap of coal. They weave through the shadows. THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING. as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . knocking people out of his way. 63 EXT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50. takes an angle to cut off Dredger..GATE Dredger runs down the street. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. the rest of the ring mangled. The vessel can’t be far from completion. Watson darkens. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile. a clear change in his demeanor. Watson brings up the rear. bends down. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. starts running for it. TOOLEY IRONWORKS .
And now. splintering another chock.. 64 EXT. hitting him with the lightning-rod. 64B EXT. 64A EXT. The ship LURCHES forward. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path. Dredger in pursuit. 65 . ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt. knocking him back. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway. but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER.DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull. tearing others out of his way. SECOND SLIPWAY .63 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sizzles.Rev. Holmes backs away.. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. grabs the weapon and. smashing some of the wooden supports. He reaches out. the whole thing starts to creak. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer. Dredger kicks out viciously. smiles a terrifying smile. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --.. FABRICATION SHED . Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT. out. FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point.the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them.. Watson can see what’s coming. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . for a moment. just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. and swings the hammer at Holmes.CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. It’s the last straw for the support mechanism.SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air.. Dredger tosses the rod..
once. half expecting to find himself in the after-life. falling through the air -The ship is free again.. He tries to roll out of the way. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. 2/2/09 52. Holmes lies semi-conscious.as he blinks back into consciousness.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 66 EXT. parting the Thames with a vast. Watson arrives. And they find: (CONTINUED) . The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face.. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing. Holmes collapses back. A quiet beat. but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs. as the leviathan roars down towards him. Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -. He’s doomed.Rev.CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship. The timber finally gives way. as -- 66 66A EXT.CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --. He realizes the ship has stopped. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. And. helps him to his feet. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship.. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard. frothy explosion of water. eyes rolled back into his head. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -.from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds. SECOND SLIPWAY .Holmes charges into Dredger again. knocks his head against the runner -. He opens one tentative eye. twice -.the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --. pulling him backwards across the runners. The ground beneath him shakes.. A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and. SECOND SLIPWAY . but he doesn’t know why.and then the ship’s away. Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. He tries to pull himself to his feet.
Watson sits next to him. and. The big man is gone.. WATSON I haven’t slept all night. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53. I clearly deserve it.. man. deep burn.MORNING The next morning... Watson looks at his watch and does a slow. No blood or trace. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months. 66A Nothing. it was selfdefense. He’s reading his notebook. Now of course I’m in jail. Holmes and Watson.Rev. 67 INT. Watson? We were set upon. shaking his head. exhausted. officers swarm the scene. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him. LONDON JAIL . bloodshot eyes. 67 (CONTINUED) . the ship adrift. making the odd change here and there. They see the wreckage. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face. The police whistles get louder.66A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief. How could I ever be so deluded as to believe I could meet Mary’s parents for tea once I let myself be talked into going with you.. Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep.. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you. I deserve this. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled.
a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54... (CONTINUED) . Watson challenges him with a look. I never complain. if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson.. your stealing my clothes. HOLMES Ah. 67 WATSON (CONT’D) Why else would I continually allow myself to be led into situations where you’re deliberately withholding your intentions from me? HOLMES You’ve never complained about my methods before.. Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat. your lack of hygiene..67 SHERLOCK HOLMES .) Remember me.. boys? Put me away for robbery a few years back? Holmes turns and comes face-to-face with a dangerouslooking man who has a few conspicuous WARTS on his face. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident. your mess. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London.. WATSON I’m not complaining. Watson snaps at the man. Now. BIG MAN (O.. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning. WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you.Rev.S. Mr. Brownlee.
It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. Holmes. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog. You’re not -Me and her. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. Watson now turns away. HOLMES What you need is a rest. Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well.Rev. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. WATSON If I were going to the country. You and I could go out to the countryside. WATSON No. It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A. Not you. My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. I completely understand now. We could throw a lamb on the spit. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well. in the interest of science. Watson. completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding. We should have her along.
You don’t get it. (CONTINUED) . She gives him a polite nod. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail. He steps Watson steps up.. flanked by prison wardens. And he does --. 68 He’s never looked more alone. 67 WATSON You’re not human. heads off with Watson.Rev. Just Watson.CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. then locks eyes with Mary. MARY emerges from behind the Guard.. He touches his own heart.he leaves. But the Guard shakes his head. they see. The mob surrounds Holmes. (touches his own head) . 68 INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B.. PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. He must make a decision. The bars slide shut. turns. Holmes looks confused. LONDON JAIL ... Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary. do you? You are this. without this.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes watches him walk out. bars. forward..
LESTRADE We don’t have time. LONDON JAIL . A public that’s working itself into a frenzy. Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper.Rev. having just been battered through it by Holmes. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55. They just paid a small fortune to bail you out.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along. 68 As the door is opened.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . in another life. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat. an excellent policeman.. HOLMES All in good time. the thug blasts out backwards. Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. LESTRADE You know. Holmes sees a dark. HOLMES Lestrade -. strange carriage waiting. 70 71 (CONTINUED) . door open. 70 71 OMITTED INT.your usual impeccable timing. CARRIAGE Holmes enters.. 69 EXT. sir. HOLMES And you. you’d have made an excellent criminal.
I was. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES As to who you are -. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. the carriage forked left.. That would be your official title. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. He holds a black hood.but Holmes is on a roll. rises from a pile of papers. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -. After that. Holmes shrugs. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on. eyes flicking around the room. SIR THOMAS Mr. Who you realy are is another matter entirely. Holmes takes in the scene. SIR THOMAS. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. admittedly. Sir Thomas shakes his head. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s. and who I am. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. FADE IN: 72 INT. apologies for summoning you like this. CUT TO BLACK. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. HOLMES As to where I am -.. then right.Rev. 72 (CONTINUED) . Holmes. Lord Chief Justice.
James Square. Holmes shakes his head.) I think we have the right man. ambitious man in his 30s. (CONTINUED) .72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . well. SIR THOMAS Yes. it’s standard procedure. you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand. Standish is an American in his sixties. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring. STANDISH (O.the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place. Coward is a hard. (beat) And as to the mystery -.Rev. what a massive lack of judgement on their part. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. on the northwest corner of St. I suppose.S. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A.
the Home Secretary. We don’t ask you to share our faith.barely -. only our fears. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -. STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist. fear of your own child.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . or practical magic. Holmes acknowledges them -.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. yes? You have the same colored irises -.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57. Holmes looks around the room. That shocks them rigid. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward.as they enter. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. HOLMES They’re almost interesting. variations of the SPHINX.practices of our Order? Yes. isn’t impressed by rank. HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes.a rare dark green. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) . sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes. (at Sir Thomas) In this case.
plus identical outer ears. 58. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went. more likely.. 72 Stunned. Though not enough to survive giving birth to him. digs for something. What family he had tended to. A man who’s just fallen out a window. a BODY covered by a sheet. father and son. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals.looks on. SIR THOMAS We were young. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . from his birth to arms he made and sold. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. or. which only pass down through the direct bloodline. not survive. They turn back to Holmes. She was a powerful practitioner. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . but she shared our beliefs. No one could prove anything of course. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE. which would make you either brothers.Rev. His mother wasn’t my wife. Sir Thomas opens a bureau..young Lord Blackwood -. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. come to some sort of conclusion. A photograph from the 1860s. Evidently. or pinna. Holmes is appalled and shows it. the men consult silently. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information. It’s chilling: a death scene. and we want to keep it that way.
HOLMES I have one last question. I’ll get him. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. 73 OMITTED 73 . why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table. (beat) Name your price. but it’s not enough. We need you to find him and stop him before he does. Sir Thomas. but not for you. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. As Home Secretary. leaves.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. His resurrection is evidence of that. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze. turns. Holmes stalks out -. The present and future are worse. I have considerable influence over the police. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world. 72 STANDISH All this is history.stops at the door. SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves.
and could get you into a lot of trouble.. They both eye the Derringer on the table. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people.. Sherlock. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table. 2/2/09 60. IRENE I knew I could count on you.. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense. (CONTINUED) . As she continues. IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . 74 EXT. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner. Sherlock.Rev. the least you can do is help me with the buttons.SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter. lets her hair down. a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass). 74 75 INT.. There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine. That’s better. She pulls long thin needles from her hair. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage.
Rev. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN.S. Holmes steps out to confront Irene. refusing to get turned on. Unbuttoning done. and on such a clever contraption. She moves back to the dressing table. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb. We’re not. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61. (CONTINUED) . Unfairly gorgeous. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own. A professor perhaps? Irene gets up. IRENE Wonderful. HOLMES Irene steps out. Your hand was trembling. I couldn’t see his face. IRENE (O.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES I can’t help wondering if your employer will be as content with these results? You were uncharacteristically ill at ease in his presence. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. Holmes won’t look at her. Your services are no longer required. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun.) Let’s not argue. Case closed then. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck. your gaze was averted. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch.
IRENE This wine is excellent. Irene kisses him. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. hard and angry at first.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government.Rev. Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. 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. HOLMES IRENE You see. Holmes grabs her arm. Irene snatches up her gun. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. should really try some. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. Irene. Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently. not only is it my business. 75 I disagree. HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. The kiss leads them to the bed. we are arguing. and the one that disarms Holmes. (CONTINUED) . missing his toe. becoming something else. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time.
the other with the key. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise.Rev. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. While he struggles on the bed. IRENE He doesn’t resist. 75 That’s better. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame.well. She’s in charge now.one in shackles. Sherlock -. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. She approaches. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) . IRENE But free. And on my own terms.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CLICK! Much better. She gets off him. Irene pulls him down to it. straddles him. now dressed as a man. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. Just like you -. Irene walks casually across the room. HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62.
Holmes has no retort. Perigrine. PERIGRINE Good evening. His butler. OR ALT: IRENE What were you doing consorting with a married business traveller in his hotel room is something you’ll have to explain for yourself. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . throws the handcuff keys down there. IRENE -.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers. please let them know that Mr. (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63.Rev. Irene takes the scarf off his neck.but generally speaking. sir. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. stands there waiting for him. he looks tired. IRENE If anyone asks. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) . She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and. PERIGRINE. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. I’m going to bed. SIR THOMAS No thank you.NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. moves to the doorway.
76 PERIGRINE Nor the port. 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. INT. as he hears an eerie WHISPER O. goes up. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. like the rushing of wind. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A.S. The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on. drip.Rev. sir. drip. licking his lips. drip. 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. Relaxing. (CONTINUED) . Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. tries to sit up.. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. Not all the way.76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Can’t. Thomas smiles.
who watches him drown. The water closes over his face. 77 BLACKWOOD (O. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64. a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door..DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. The water flows over Sir Thomas.. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time. Father.. Clothes in total disarray. lit in a sinister fashion. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK.Rev. still handcuffed to the bed.. 78 INT.CORRIDOR ... Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. Besides. then grim recognition sets in. It comes from a power greater than yours... she misinterpreted my intention entirely.. slowly and surely.) Hello.S. to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes. as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger. Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom. THE GRAND HOTEL . I must admit. .. BLACKWOOD . it’s better than I thought it would be. You can only surrender. HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP. Sir Thomas’ eyes widen. slowly. He slides back down.77 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A . Her shriek wakes him. but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT. He looks down at himself and reacts with shock. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it.
The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. The body was in the tub. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. finds him right back at the doorway. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . No sign of a break-in. Right now. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. in full virtuoso detective mode.only his ring was missing. The tub has been drained. 65. right here is where Holmes is at his very best -. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark. looking for Holmes. there is no latitude for misunderstanding.this is. 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason. 78B EXT. in fact. continues into the bathroom. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter.Rev. CONSTABLE CLARK Well. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket). Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. 78C INT. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. He turns. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you. why he exists.so that Const. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C . The Butler didn’t hear anything. The coach stops.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . eyes wide open --. As Constable Clark continues in. puzzled.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. Clark ends up talking to thin air.
.. jasmine? HOLMES Superb. Now Holmes can really get down to work. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away. it may mean he looks down from a window sill.Holmes is not their boss. Both cops hesitate -. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. data. Holmes is happy. What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. logic is rare. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. He glances around the room. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency.Rev. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Data. And. or in a linen closet with a vent. The decent thing to do is catch the killer. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A. I suspect this comes from a larger cannister. opens it. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself. Hmm. not provide comfort to the corpse.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes swivels. sniffs it. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. scoops it up. sits in it himself. It’ll either be in the pantry. high up where it’s warm and dry. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common.. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. Constable. leans over..
The dust has a line down it. Holmes steps to the sink.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. noticing something on a wall. 78C His eyes keep moving. revealing: (CONTINUED) . He steps toward it. runs his hand along a layer of dust. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B. as if the wall cracked open.
78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table. and ancient texts. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out. He is well into packing his things.Const. and a FEATHER. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) . just as -78F INT. He pushes the panel. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. and the wall shifts. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS .78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . Clark and the Officer return. They are startled by the secret room --. a large sharp FANG. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS. opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. the walls and shelves are very sparse. The office is full of boxes. Maybe he continues singing between words. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT. As soon as they arrive. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. On the altar. spellbooks. 221 BAKER ST.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open. HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. . one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx. a cow’s BONE. four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. (vis I have no that.Rev.they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself.
revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper. They unzip the bag. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop. HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large. boys. Holmes steps into the room. HOLMES Figure of speech. (CONTINUED) . do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A. WATSON There isn’t any. Holmes steps aside.
WATSON HOLMES No. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out.) Really. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. starting.Rev. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. of all places.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (alt: He has more humor than you. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes. he’s your friend from Reordon’s. * * * (CONTINUED) . 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. Frustrated. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. Holmes analyzes the body. He’s an inspiring conversationalist. Poor fellow. 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...
(MORE) (CONTINUED) . He bangs on the door. 82B INT. shipping. gone as fast as it came. Standish looks at Coward. turns to the others -. The door finally opens. Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne. He hits the door to a building.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them.all except STANDISH. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES . betrayed.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room. Effective immediately. The crowd is stunned. (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions. I am honored. we see the rain stops behind him. He stays standing as they all sit -. Blackwood enters. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. It is locked. As he enters.NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. industry -they were given to me for a purpose. It’s why he’s here. He raises his collar. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS .Rev.S. STANDISH Are you mad. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. He looks as if he’s been to hell. and come back more powerful than ever. A RAVEN flaps into the night. BLACKWOOD I am humbled.) Of course he does. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . wiping the raindrops off his coat. as he enters -83 INT. and keeps moving. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. surprised by the rain. trying to dry himself. as the rain comes harder. He looks up.
A different future. (CONTINUED) ...he’s won. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history. Then. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71. (beat) . (beat) With their resources and our power. Blackwood stands. for without death there can be no rebirth. their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours. sir. we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries... BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Now. and will be again.. The men are beginning to like what they hear. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose. prowls. at noon tomorrow. Their civil war weakened them. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No. a future ruled by us. We’ll take it from them. you’ll make it openly. Nobody moves. we’ll create the future.even death holds no sway. we’ll remake the world. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late.. Blackwood smiles -.Rev. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours. the whole world will. (beat) England will know our power.
surveys them.Rev. LONDON STREET . But as he aims it -. 83 In desperation. are terrified. People look up. Flames consuming him. They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . The flames flicker blinding white.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 83B INT. shocked. terrified. gape. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. cross themselves. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. Standish flails. Standish pulls a gun. melting away. People scream. faint. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. lighting city blocks. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. as his body contorts. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. but they are with him.he IGNITES. as they witness this unnatural act. gasp. and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. It doesn’t taste good. 83B Blackwood turns to Coward. As they drink.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . drink your allegiance here. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice. but it tastes like power. BLACKWOOD Come. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) .Rev. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE. nods.
doctor? Army type. the boat drifts. The engine shudders off.Rev. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. and furious. Holmes starts clambering over the side.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73.CAPTAIN TANNER. TANNER Not a great one for the water. He whispers at Tanner. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. WE SEE a boat is being loaded. (CONTINUED) . Coward nods. Wharves stretch out into the water. He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard.NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -.ESTABLISHING . Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. TANNER Just a little leak. 84 Use them. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. Watson’s pissed. HOLMES Everything all right. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. are you. Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. nothing to worry about. EXT. 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. Watson glares. He’s soaked. We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW.
Tanner nods. Watson steps forward. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. doctor. (CONTINUED) . covered in mud. WATSON Come on. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. the closest he’ll come to a confession. Holmes looks back at Watson. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. etc. says nothing. Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. please. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. Send for the police when you get there. let’s get this over with. where two more THUGS patrol. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. watch.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson does. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. takes the gun. Watson glares. Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind.Rev. with his walking stick. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows. goes over the side. towards the entrance. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75. looks at shadows.86 SHERLOCK HOLMES . QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . He inspects it. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness.) You need to see this. Holmes whispers.S. and pockets it as he follows Watson. He simply walks up to the door and whacks the larger man in the face with the gun -before dispatching the other with a backhand pistol-whip. 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door. He picks one up. spooked. The big one’s been drinking -. He slows. not minutes ago. sensing something behind him. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive.. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. As they go. picks up one of the dead rats. Holmes and Watson move through it. A few RATS lay dead. sees something on its skin. might prove easily distracted. Holmes follows. takes a whiff. Holmes slows. A truly creepy scene. passing Watson into -89 INT. notices that both men have hip flasks.. WATSON (O.TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. Watson? Watson has already left.whether for courage or from habit. He runs his finger through a layer of dust.. Holmes notices rows of empty tables. Holmes catches up. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors. inspecting it. Nothing. Metal groans softly.Rev. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . stopped in his tracks. He turns. 89 87 88 Holmes looks up.. Holmes. trying to figure out the best strategy. some kind of dark spore. (CONTINUED) .ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. like a plaintive wail.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76. a 118. lifeless and silent for now. slipping it into his pocket. his voice echoes. I am alive forevermore. Misfire. Watson pulls his gun. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen. his eyes narrow.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Click. whispering in the wind. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam. An automated butchery on a grand scale. pulls the trigger. ‘I am He that liveth. as the hooks move through the air.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. the world as you know it ends.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. stepping into -90 INT. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . This is the killing floor. 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER.S. Holmes tightens. Blackwood continues.Rev. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh. swaying softly.) ‘And behold. HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. the ceiling. draws a bead on Blackwood. 90 Holmes shakes his head. Amen. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O. strangely. Now you see the truth for yourself. as he joins Watson.’ Another voice completes the passage. Revelation 1:18. time? WATSON It’s a date. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. ticking. and was dead. On the high walls. gliding on a track. and have the keys of hell and of death. At noon tomorrow. (CONTINUED) . Shadows hang heavy around him.
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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
So is Sherlock. The bandsaw whines viciously. Irene swings aside. the scorched.smashes the shackle lock. still shackled by her right hand. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH. painted red. swings the cleaver with all his might --. but that’s all. As Watson holds Irene.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . jumps onto the belt. equipment.close one -. Sherlock? IRENE Now. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. Irene rides the belt upwards. 90A -. (CONTINUED) .Rev. Shit a brick. scalded pig carcass precedes them. sprints for the switch. She’s still shackled. following her.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. Irene swings sideways violently. she’s showing nerves. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS.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. Holmes clambers the Up ahead. grabs one.and Watson catches her feet. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. Holmes darts through a trimming station. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand. (PLEASE NOTE. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. He braces himself on the belt. pulls her horizontal. Holmes wastes no time. just misses it. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water. catches up to Irene --. he spots a small. leaves her for Holmes to deal with.
She looks at Holmes.pulls a knife. Irene. HOLMES You owe me information. magical. their eyes locking. Irene unhooks herself. They’re okay.Rev. heads for the door. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched. lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles). (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) .. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . grabs her. Then Holmes is under her. And. cutin-half pig carcasses. (angry) No more games. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. heads after Watson. -. looking for Blackwood. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. 90A Gets a free haircut. They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME. stops her. More powerful than anything else. falls forward. looks down --. Watson sprints towards where they fell. Irene gives Holmes a sweet. gets up. I owe you. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock. turns. Lately there’ve been rumors of something new.. Watson shakes his head. Finally. boiled. taking Holmes with her.
. HOLMES WAATTTSSSSSONNN!!!! Holmes is pushed back barrels that line the it looks as it Watson knocked to the ground by the explosion as the rest of the dock begin exploding arond them -hasn’t survived. He reaches Irene. processing. running toward the door.. Holmes slows. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. it lights up all of London. Watson! A chemical. but to safety. For a moment. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. They blast through the doors to -91 EXT. looking around the dock. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. occasionally knocking him to the ground. it. 90A And she’s off. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) .90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . picks her up and grabs part of an exploded barrel to shield the two as they run for cover -BOOM! The barrel splinters as a final blast knocks them down. Holmes trails her. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson. 81. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. WATSON Time slows.Rev. Holmes races towards her as more explosions. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion.
so make it look good. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes. Mary stays at the door. unsure whether to enter or not. Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. reaches for the handle. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. sir. HOLMES Thank you. Clarky. THROUGH THE GLASS. there is a smear on her cheek. One reads the paper. HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed. 92 INT. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOSPITAL . having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. they spot Watson. but --. alive. 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene.Rev.is intercepted by Constable Clark. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. Irene has disappeared. CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. makes his escape fast. but unconscious. helps him gently to his knees. The two coppers nod respectfully. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now. 93 INT. Holmes turns away. studying Watson’s chart. pauses.
He’s delirious. cut. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A. his eyes still closed. 93 Watson is burned. bruised.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . scraped. He mumbles inaudibly.Rev. pock-marked with shrapnel. sweating.
or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. This reveals that Mary has entered the room. letting the Doctor do his work. WATSON Get a mirror. WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. stands back respectfully. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. handbag. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. Doctor. Watson tries to sit up again. for the pain. WATSON I haven’t time for that. The surgeon should be along shortly. Watson tries to sit up. private life. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. wincing with pain.Rev. A sixth of a grain. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. (CONTINUED) . The shot wakes him. already in the room. coat.) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. etc. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. I’ll extract them myself. WATSON Are they subcutaneous. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that.
WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. to face her... She’s suddenly very angry. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures...93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . ON MARY As she takes a closer. patients. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . MARY If anything happens to him. eyes flashing. MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um..Rev. sharper look at the Doctor. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known.. The Doctor has no words. but not surprised. Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other. Do you really? MARY Doctor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A. The Doctor turns just outside the door. Mary steps towards the Doctor. both our lives are lost. MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed. I’ll check in on him again shortly. worth many wounds.
Rev.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer. turns. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B. . MARY -. leaves fast.or are you so selfish that’s just not possible.
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94 .CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen. 94 INT. HOSPITAL . 2/2/09 84A.SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev.
pained. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle.but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. opens the blade.SHERLOCK HOLMES . LONDON . He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle. Parts of it hang down. The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock). fang) from Sir Thomas’ house. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). In the center circle he draws a pentagram (using wax from a burning candle?). He pulls a pocket knife from his coat.NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. A train crosses on an overhead railway. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT. 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone. horrified.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. Emotions swirling. Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor. cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle. 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.Rev. feather. There is something grotesque about his face. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand. so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 85. disturbed. They begin to overflow with tears. hair. 94A EXT. We PUSH IN UNDER the railway arch until we can make out a splash of white in the shadows -. He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross. possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. obscuring him --. Gathering himself. The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock). PUNCH BOWL PUB .ATTIC Holmes enters.
the circle around Holmes ignites. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -.as it hits the ground.S. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you. 95 Then he begins to chant.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . you begin to recognize your part in his play. Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting. fuzzy.Rev. Holmes snaps around. (CONTINUED) . He struggles to focus on Blackwood. BLACKWOOD (O. Holmes sways. followed by a larger circle beyond that. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A.) And now it dawns on you.
so I could die on the biggest stage of all. 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection. PUNCH BOWL PUB . has Blackwood killed Holmes. he can barely see straight. Why would I take a sixth under St.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -. Holmes’ eyes snap open.ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS.Rev. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86. BLACKWOOD .. You made me what I am.the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head.. or is he hallucinating. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -. he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind.. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB.. (CONTINUED) 96 97 .just as we saw Reordon in his coffin. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head.
.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -.Rev. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic. IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE.just as we saw Standish. he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS. THE DEAD RATS. Holmes’ eyes snap open. We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS. THE SPHINX. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87.
FADE IN: 98 INT. In the b. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. into the light. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. They both smile.is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared. HOLMES (confused) Watson. -. His arm is in a sling.. You look He writes something in his notebook.. (CONTINUED) .or some deathly version of his old friend -. HOLMES (quietly. He’s been through it. United in agony. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -. bloody awful. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee.then tosses it away.? Watson leans closer.g. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor. cuts and bruises.ATTIC The sun is rising. PUNCH BOWL PUB .SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Interesting artwork. oddly. it seems she might understand the power of partnership. but with burn flashes. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup. He is decidedly alive. 2/2/09 87A. HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself.Rev. Mary said I had a lousy doctor.
HOLMES Thank you. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup. twisted understanding of one another. HOLMES Excellent brew. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88. Exactly. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department. They smile at their unique.. IRENE I was.. You know. Holmes takes a drink of coffee..98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine..Rev. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this. I dreamt that you were strangling me. I had to get you to pass out to settle down. Watson.
Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog. He takes a sip. The fiddler’s owner -. WATSON With your own venom no doubt. But then he decides that’s absurd. I poisoned that one. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. sits opposite him with the other.from the pub’s band -. And untreatable. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it. 99 INT. WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities.it’s called psychology. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN. puts one down in front of him. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion. IRENE Oh. doctor.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table. IRENE No. I’m simply a woman. Quite severe. Irene arrives with two pints. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) .
PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops. Then to an American flag.Rev. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come.a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. Flash to Reordon’s red hair.Sir Thomas -. and you’ll have a happy marriage. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor. but not with a bow. He draws an ox in charcoal. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. with a lot fewer words -. Next to it he writes a big question mark. Next to it Holmes writes Man. 100 INT. doctor. Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin. Irene and Watson notice the silence.I’m what’s called a woman.a flash to an Eagle in flight -.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 101 INT. And Holmes emerges. Then he moves to a Lion fang. They swap a glance. PUNCH BOWL PUB . He sketches out a lion -he thinks -.BUT no flashes. Next to the feather he writes America. Let me make it simple for you. HOLMES I need a map of London. A beat. He draws a man’s face.OX ring. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor. he strums it. 101 100 . 89A.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. Then he moves to the ox bone -. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane. he makes strange atonal sounds. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that.ATTIC . 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite. he moves to the feather -.he quickly sketches an eagle. Then he moves to the hair. He plucks it. and you’ll have a happy marriage. Next. (beat) Understand that. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation.
I have done just that.. IRENE Yes. PUNCH BOWL PUB . The fraternity who silently control the Empire. to get inside it. I shall begin. the Lion. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox. and Man -(CONTINUED) . I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably. with a few enhancements of my own. At minimum. Pharoahs. he suggested I widen my gaze and. HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. electric.ATTIC Holmes is excited.SHERLOCK HOLMES . To fully understand this system. your little white tail got rather dirty. But that’s for another time. 2/2/09 90. at minimum. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries. 102 INT.. My initial approach was far too narrow. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas.Rev.. In fact. the Eagle. I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt.. share the belief with the Kings.
(beat) Reordon. therefore the System.. Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple. We see the Ox body.. wore the ox ring. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. the hair of a man.Rev. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox. Blackwood has killed three men. (CONTINUED) . the tooth of a lion. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock). HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. Master of the Temple.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . covering other parts with his hand.. he died here. really flying now. 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). 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx. Eagle wings. represents Man. the ginger midget. We found his body here. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system.. 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. Lion paws. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames... Man’s face. HOLMES Now... HOLMES Then Sir Thomas. the feather of an eagle.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B. Right here.the point at which the other four come together. Parliament.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -. Holmes points to the map. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -. He connects the dots on the map. WATSON Man. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map... HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here. (CONTINUED) . Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper.and not by coincidence.the ethereal. the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross. HOLMES It is the fifth element -. of a cross.... They look to where it would correspond to on the map -. That which can’t yet be known..right in the middle of the river. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing. HOLMES Correspondingly. 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America. Ox. Eagle.
Ladies first. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. PUNCH BOWL PUB . boots echoing. shaking his head -. but the door EXPLODES inward. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. 103 INT. Police. We’re at the Houses of Parliament. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. Irene jumps down. 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. He simply raises his arms. cuffed and bruised. 102A INT. IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. Police fill the hall.he can’t believe it’s come to this. POLICE CARRIAGE . Holmes looks back. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. where more police block his path. though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state. Irene looks out the window. and they drag him away. Flings it open. 104 EXT. Lestrade sits opposite. HOLMES Follow these plans. sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub.Rev. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) . HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. hands it to Watson. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him.MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. Watson goes down. He looks at Holmes.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside.
Rev. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. m’lord. 104 The carriage pulls up. who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade. climbing toward noon.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 105 INT. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. PARLIAMENT . at its ceremonial best. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. if you could wait outside. 106 INT. sir. plenty of flags and enthusiasm. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. hawkers and tourists. Lestrade pulls his lapel.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. Lestrade. Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. Thank you. revealing a temple of four orders pin. (CONTINUED) . why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. I know it’s unorthodox. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. but Mr. Lestrade knocks. They come to a door. preparing for pomp and circumstance. Crowds are gathering outside. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. Lestrade punches Holmes. HOLMES Oh. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes.
HOLMES No. but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. I could deduce very little from my investigation. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93. looks at Holmes in some astonishment.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . but I don’t care much what you think. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd. LORD COWARD Very clever. Coward turns away for a moment -. It’s mercy. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. ox. Holmes. Mr.Rev. HOLMES Nonetheless. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. He opens it to try and clear the smoke. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end. But it’s not murder.the lion is parliament. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. (CONTINUED) . lion -. 106 HOLMES I’m curious. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room. I confess to being completely out-matched. eagle. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. and now you have given it to me. Coward. HOLMES Fortunately. did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire.
The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud.O.O.. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine. you would have made a valuable ally.) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS. HOLMES (V. HOLMES (V.. slide across the floor to Coward’s feet.. Holmes.O. HOLMES (V.) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago.. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LORD COWARD (V. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94. The big ceremonial sword is prominent. 106 A pair of handcuffs.Rev. Coward performing a ritual. from where you have been standing.. Coward.) A faint aroma of excrement.O.) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood. from where you’ve been kneeling. He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found.O. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door.) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .. HOLMES (V. HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope. Blackwood. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room.
OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed. PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames. With a single bound. REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward. 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today. when it brings no profit to the wise. Holmes. The entire government will be present. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. He misses. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine.Rev. (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. 94A/94B. He disappears for a moment then surfaces.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then. THAMES . 107 (CONTINUED) . looks about in the water.O.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. He’s never going to like guns. Holmes opens the drum. And.. Irene looks out. TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window. Irene is also present. about everything except the window. come to think of it. 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. When Holmes is level. soldier boy. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. Tanner takes it happily. grimaces. checks the load. still pleased with himself. IRENE Where to.. He grabs it with his hands. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL. her eyes narrow. pulling Holmes in on the rope. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. little too perfectly. your instructions were fairly precise. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. Tanner smiles. Holmes is pulled up into the boat. Tanner turns the boat.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Captain Tanner. HOLMES Watson. No way he’d be coming over the terrace. WATSON Well. Watson stands on the rear deck.Rev. (CONTINUED) . Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. HOLMES Port side. into the sewers. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic. pockets it... Clearly the whole escape has been planned. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters.
heading into this epic building.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels. TANNER Far as I can go. She can see this is more than a social invitation. she takes a hit. Irene passes him the bottle. on the edge of the darkness. 107A EXT.BOAT Tanner’s boat. The boat is almost at the sewers. He drinks. HOLMES Trust me.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . unlit. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96.. have a drink. The entire government is here. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him.Rev. smiles. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament. floats at the opening to the tunnel. SEWERS . As they head toward the sewers. who swallows it without flinching. the time moving toward noon. grimaces. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience. Holmes nods towards Watson.. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse. Irene follows. wipes his mouth. 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. hands it on to Tanner. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 . IRENE Starting early. I am about to show you. He takes a shot. (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. Doctor. pulls a face. Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT .
the pentagram remains. In the center.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The first of its kind.Rev. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. bricks dismantled. But there is something sitting in it. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. Cyanide. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. the faint smell of bitter almonds. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. standing in shadows. Tell-tale signs of cyanide. HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. stops. He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. (CONTINUED) . to be precise. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. It sits below a shattered ceiling. Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene. Irene and Watson flank him. HOLMES I can tell it from here. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. When activated. Blackwood’s magic. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. the RAT TAIL. WATSON You can tell that from here? No. Note the blue discoloration.
It’s there when he needs it. Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps. Shoulder-to-shoulder. 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. UP a channel.DAY Holmes checks his watch. They burst into the area. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98.. Irene trails them closely. Lord Coward steps up. they move down the tunnel. (CONTINUED) . 110 HOLMES As if by magic. 111 112 OMITTED INT. Watson pistol-whips the nearest. DOWN a bend. The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. They nod.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. SEWERS . checks the crowd. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. HOLMES He doesn’t. They draw their guns. PARLIAMENT . There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . As they start to take seats. I wouldn’t. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals. faster and faster. out of the way otherwise. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device.. completely surprising the three thugs.Rev. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. next.
both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. she drops the knife. who is out). flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. Over there. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. Dredger spins Watson around. Holmes joins Irene at the device.which puts his back to another tunnel. Before Irene can alert him. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. WATSON Sullen.. Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind. sparking coils.. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. sparks flashing. IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --. (CONTINUED) . Irene recoils. A totally wire-free weapon. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. Electrocuted. She grips her knife. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. Now unguarded. 112 Take this.Rev. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. sending both guns spinning away --. Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. which falls into the cradle. surrounded by humming.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse). Gun in each hand. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. but without much resistance.
LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 113 INT.who doesn’t even bother to block anything. trying to figure out how to defuse it. Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air. deflecting him for a moment.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall.DAY The chime echoes. 114 INT. PARLIAMENT . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. commanding. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some. Voices rise. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. Dredger grabs Holmes. Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. Blackwood is calm. BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. very emphatically.Rev. Coward looks up. The hall goes silent. Holmes goes for Dredger. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx. BONG! The second chime resounds. staring at a ghost. Irene sits at the device. SEWERS . Look. Holmes flies into him feet-first. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it. and points. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device. up in the Lords’ Gallery. waiting for the session to begin.
Dredger grunts angrily. Dredger grins --.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson dives desperately. but not very big. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand. BONG! The clock is ticking down. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left. His eyes narrow. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. HOLMES Give me your gun.the bowl of his pipe. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. swung with full force by Watson. Dredger drops Holmes. Dredger backs off. enough. pouring the gunpowder into --. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) . only just keeping Dredger at bay --. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS.until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. The bullets. flexes his bicep. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge. sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep. a plan forming. then he pulls it out. as if scared of the sword -. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe. This is going to be more uneven than usual. staggers back holding his bleeding ears. WATSON You owe me for the ring. Holmes heads back to Irene.Rev. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. I need the bullets. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them. lunges with his little sword.
which shatters against the floor.. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. Then he braces his massive feet. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan. HOLMES We need a light. Got it. 114 -.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She rolls up a sleeve. Guards are banging outside the doors. 116 INT.Rev. but the doors are locked. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice. driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --.hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud. Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash. then turns back to the device. SEWER TUNNEL . He calmly intones a familiar chant. Lords are on their feet. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them. (CONTINUED) . placed them on the balustrade in front of him. While Watson is down. angles his huge legs and pushes. Victorian-style. Shaped charge.. arms wide. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place.
snatching her blade. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . Fizzling.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES . BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device. the dying giant falls like a tree.. still. HOUSE OF LORDS . cams turn. and she angles the blade. mouth wide with a silent scream. Hey! WATSON (O. eyes bulging. He lurches away. ZAP! A spark hits the blade. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. on his belly..DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords. Bad news. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe.Rev.where he found HOLMES’ GUN. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. just barely avoiding the sparks and coils. and. Watson is face-down on the stones. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103. crawled from the sewer -. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT.S. out of his limp hand.and continue to burn inside Dredger. gears ratchet past each other. boiling inside. stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --.
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 . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104. 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. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider.. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air.DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. 117A INT. I am here to change all this. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy.Rev. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death. 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. electrodes sizzle. He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air.. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman. triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ... He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. SEWER TUNNELS .
She looks past Holmes. nothing happens. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic.. neither knows what to say. first time.DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye. But again. Nothing at all. 117B EXT. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . Everyone is still standing. 117D 118 OMITTED INT. 2/2/09 104A. scared.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. IRENE That was something new for us. it was.. He ducks away fast. WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. BIG BEN .. 117B 117C INT. magical.SHERLOCK HOLMES . SEWER JUNCTION . Blackwood hits the remote again. Yes. Other Temple members eye him. Coward looks confused. They look around. 117C Nothing happens. disappearing into the gallery.Rev.. And.
looks. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime. you’re going to miss this. relieved. drops to his knees next to Watson. HOLMES Come on. you’ve got to admit.sees Watson. The cylinders are gone.DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses.. 118A . Watson looks around. sits up. we made it. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105.Rev. HOLMES Yes. I’m sorry. feels for a pulse. had enough. INT. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. Holmes looks down at his friend. He motions to the disabled device. He misread her yet again. He’s done. seemingly dead. Just. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. WATSON Holmes. 118 Holmes whips around -. heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. Watson nods. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels. HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns. He goes to him. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . and so is Irene. Watson rolls over.. His face darkens.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES . face grim.
Blackwood scoops it up. almost imperceptibly. flung there from the previous action with Dredger.SHERLOCK HOLMES . about 500 yards away. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. Irene hesitates for a moment. Blackwood follows them. 118D 118C . SEWER TUNNELS . The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -.DAY Panting. 118D INT. Then Holmes. then sees Irene sprint across the maze.DAY The pipe angles down. ahead -.pauses. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. claustrophobic gamble. damp. 2/2/09 106. hears. light. This is as tight. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK. pinched down. She picks up speed.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. then slithers into the pipe. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets.a dark. subterranean. anxious breath the only point of reference. Irene’s quick. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. And then the tunnel ends. 118C INT. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns. turns. Light increases. horrible. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --.and pinches tighter. PIPE .Rev. 118B INT. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. and so does Irene’s rate of movement. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. into the unknown. The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. Then. For a long moment it is pitch black. next to Irene’s head.
CELLAR . shimmies TOWARDS us. Irene accelerates for it. As fit and athletic as she is. vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it.DAY Holmes grimaces. upward. 118H INT. Stonework fairly new. 118J INT. 2/2/09 107. CELLAR . CELLAR . Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards.SHERLOCK HOLMES . and sees. PIPE . 118F 118G INT. 118E INT. yes --. HOLLOW BUILDING .DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building.more stairs. Irene charges the stairs -118I INT. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate. HOLLOW BUILDING .just as Holmes pops out of the pipe. Anger lends him energy. She surges for light -. chest heaving. The only ready way out. this is a grind.Rev. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. 118H Gritting her teeth.DAY -. enters the pipe.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark.a brick-framed window -.ON THE LADDER . hollow building full of construction equipment.DAY 118G Irene -.and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I . An even tighter fit for him.climbing with one hand.DAY IN A SERIES OF TIME JUMPS MARKED BY INCREASING EXHAUSTION: Irene finally makes it to a floor in the building that is flooded with sky-bright daylight. 118E 118F INT.
SHERLOCK HOLMES . She makes it to the end. .’ Irene turns.then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --. SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye. We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure. She’s 250 feet above the Thames. 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT. 2/2/09 108. no further to go.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames.and returns to Irene as.Rev. the center of the world. laid out for us in breathtaking.REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger.HELICOPTER SHOT .WALKWAY . * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge. They circle around each other. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower. spectacular beauty --. recovered somewhat -. TOWER BRIDGE . TOWER BRIDGE . Goodbye! He start to move towards her. 118K EXT. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive.DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her.then the glory of London. winded.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. She drops. She shoots him in the arm. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands. and kicks her gun away. But he swipes her legs away. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. (CONTINUED) . Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. HOLMES Why hurry off.Rev. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. As she falls. give it a try. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. stunned. He moves in again. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK.
The two men finally part. slashes. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm.which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in. but. Flimsy.his eyes lock on to something. Blackwood smiles. And you’ll be the first. Blackwood snarls. They continue to spar. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him.DAY A look between them and then it’s on. TOWER BRIDGE . as before. Holmes quickly ducks. his target is the cylinder first.whipping a coil of rope across the floor. Blackwood second. The wind will do the rest. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. He lands. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge.Rev. Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. Holmes turns. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110. mounts a frenzied attack. (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . self defense third.. -. Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. 119H EXT.WALKWAY . Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . which falls --. hooking Blackwood around his ankle.. Blackwood fires at Holmes. which Holmes simply tries to survive. chops six inches off the batten.Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank. but now because of you thousands are going to die. The bullet misses him. now bound. awaiting Holmes. He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier). binding them together. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder. no match for the sword --. He looks back to Blackwood. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. Holmes is on the defensive throughout. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge.
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. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes. Holmes remains cool. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap. (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science.Rev. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation... screeching to a painful halt. Very clever of Reordon to find a paralytic that was activated by the combination of copper and water and was therefore undetectable once the bath water was drained. Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. HOLMES There was never any magic.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off.a mixture of egg and honey. Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest. He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -. like the prison guard. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. conjuring tricks. His fingers are white from strain. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. pulled toward the edge.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue. (CONTINUED) . 110B. An odorless. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf. tasteless.at one of your ceremonies I suspect. Ingenious. 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS. Had it worked. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. Instead. 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. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery. your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them. A simple rigged bullet in his gun.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . flammable liquid -.Rev.
HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice. IN B. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed. 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet.. The rope yanks down a crane.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes bends down. cutting the rope.: a bucket drops. The timbers start to topple. Blackwood is on his knees. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. The last timber falls over the edge. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS. Wind whips harder. hits a row of standing timbers. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt. lands on a rope.: We see the slow.G.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies. strikes another crane. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. Blackwood can hold on no longer. inexorable dominoes continue to fall. The storm grows in ferocity. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose.G. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. starting a slow.Rev. cowed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. the crane swings.. the atmosphere electric and dangerous. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Quick as a snake.
disappearing into a cloud.. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away. Blackwood looks up. She appears to be dead. stunned. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain. Then you will hang. the world will see you for what you are. His brow furrows. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we.. hanged like a common man after all. a silhouette against the stormy sky. He falls farther. properly this time. with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. Holmes just stands there. 119H HOLMES First. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. It’s a long journey from here to the rope.. CREAK.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth.. Blackwood looks up. (CONTINUED) . CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks.. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away.. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. Holmes moves down to her. Holmes looks up. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we. and farther.. killing him instantly. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. Irene. Oh. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one.. The bird flaps its wings.Rev. He takes her hand. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES.
this time. A bit of a smile and break. an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames. HOLMES We’ve still got a moment. he is a professor. cuffing her instead. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A. Moriarty. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. Key’s in the watch pocket. seat next to her. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him.Rev. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. 119H Her eyes pop open. IRENE It looks like rain. IRENE You were right. (CONTINUED) .119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants). yes. (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. Lestrade. She smiles. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. detective.DUSK Rain falls softly. Their faces close. At the end of the top of the stairs.. 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT. HOLMES Thank you. the rain falling hard. 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. And he sees. Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . TOWER BRIDGE . keeps walking.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. Holmes keeps moving into the night. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. near a kiss. Sadly.. Then Lestrade cracks a smile. Cylinder to one of the policemen. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113. Sherlock. LESTRADE You’re welcome. LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one. turns and walks away. The storm curls around him.
.Rev. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. 122A A shadow is waiting for him. We recognize the figure of WATSON.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES . He joins Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A. no words spoken. Holmes can’t help but smile. Watson takes it. Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick.
Rev.. . his back to them. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger... . WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes. WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring. 221 BAKER ST. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B.. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. I’d love to read them sometime. MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course.. cases we’ve worked on over the years. Just a few scribbles.DAYS LATER MOVING DAY.. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring. 221 BAKER ST. 2/2/09 114. One moment.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 123B INT. 123A INT. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * .STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs. MARY All your adventures. Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. 123 EXT. He looks dead. 221 BAKER ST.
But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness. Clearing your good name. Turns him around. WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. Holmes. WATSON Get on with it. as it were. John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll. I can’t feel my cheeks. 123B WATSON Don’t panic. he’s far too fond of himself. I should probably come down. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution.Rev. Holmes? (CONTINUED) .123B SHERLOCK HOLMES .I believe my legs have fallen asleep. like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Watson pokes him. MARY Shouldn’t you help him. Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. dear. Do carry on. My lord. Watson and Mary walk by. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon.
Please. WATSON Worse things could happen. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Watson draws his sword. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down.Rev. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. my tongue is going next. Watson. John. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum.mad honey disease. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. belts and a coat hook. Holmes tumbles to the ground. 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.
There. They are interrupted by a knock on the door.. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -. a maintenance man found his body this morning. Yes. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants.he shakes his head..Rev. He went missing in the sewers. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr. sir. right away. Indeed. HOLMES With small caliber bullet.. The dog has regained its vital signs.. Constable Clark enters. there. Well. everything’s going to be all right.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. HOLMES What is it this time. Shot in the head. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene.complete change of demeanor -. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range. Holmes. MARY There’s a brave boy.mind racing.. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? . HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. Moriarty. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -.. looking concerned. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. case * * * 124 .Rev. Watson nods. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. WATSON Adler was just a diversion. sir. sir. A KNOCK. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. Watson nods. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. the Driver exits. Constable Clarke nods. reopened. The Driver pokes his head in.. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison. Holmes pulls his coat on. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. 124 OMITTED Clarky. They’ve taken over the case..123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Well.
CONSTABLE CLARK (V. We don’t see his face.) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there.O. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. BANG! 125 . and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene. SERGEANT Oi. 2/2/09 116B. what you doing? The policeman looks up.O.) Shot in the head.Rev. SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device. SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel.SHERLOCK HOLMES . where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device. 125 FLASHBACK .INT. They spread out to seal the crime scene.
everything’s going to be all right. WATSON There’s a brave boy. Holmes pulls his coat on... I thought those days were behind you. There. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . The dog has regained its vital signs. however. 126 (CONTINUED) . CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing. 221 BAKER ST. Holmes and Watson look at each other -.Rev. there. 126 INT. CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range.. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods.mind racing. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. 2/2/09 117. HOLMES Wager. Excellent deduction. looking concerned. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods. sir. They’ve taken over the case.THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device. Watson.complete change of demeanor -..SHERLOCK HOLMES .
sir. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. HOLMES I’ll walk out with you.. . (wistful) Irene was just a diversion. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along. Well. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes.. Holmes nods.Rev. 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison.. MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. Watson nods. It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two.126 SHERLOCK HOLMES .... 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A. the Driver exits. A KNOCK.
be careful. 127 EXT.Rev. an understanding between the two men.SHERLOCK HOLMES . puts a hand on his arm. She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway. Holmes. Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. Watson. HOLMES Magnificent woman. looks relieved and excited.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage. A stiff beat. WATSON Take care of yourself. Doctor. FADE OUT. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and. 221 BAKER ST. .. Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. 2/2/09 118. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you. Watson A THE END . Holmes extends an awkward hand. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. warm look.perhaps the POV of the raven.. We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -.
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