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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
heavy drinker -knuckles to liver.SHERLOCK HOLMES .) Stink of alcohol. He peers about.O. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows. he’s fit.) Head cocked to the left.Rev.O. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact. The man’s mouth opens to cry out. 4 5 OMITTED INT. partial deafness in right ear. paralyze vocal chords. A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes. as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. BACK TO 24 fps. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it.) Then throat. 2/2/09 3. HOLMES (V. but not as fit as he used to be. HOLMES (V. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner. carrying the lantern and a gun. but does not see Holmes. HOLMES (V. BACK TO 24 fps. confused. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door. He takes a moment to recover. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . Holmes launches a hammer blow.O. strangling his scream. stop screaming.NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell. The man swings the lantern away again. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop. just at the top of the jaw -. First point of attack. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs. He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face.the most vulnerable point.ENTRANCE . RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear.
Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move. dropping him. picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase. THWACK! Hammer blow to ear. Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4. HOLMES Hhhmm.Rev. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION . POV .NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard. reaches around him. further down into the crypts. CRACK! Karate chop to throat.5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing. the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. THUG What’s goin’ on. John? When he gets no answer.BALCONY . Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows. good cigar. ducks down into the shadows. He has seen the lantern light. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. 6 7 OMITTED INT. He draws his gun and approaches. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase.
WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. You did. Thought I’d left the stove on. CUT TO: This is what they do.Rev. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something.) Watson.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. Watson hands him his pistol. reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. WATSON You left this behind. out of sight. doesn’t take it. HOLMES Perfect timing. distaste. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) . Right. Just got it. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know. WATSON Getting his troops in formation. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE. Eyes alive with intelligence. processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder.
Yeah.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON (CONTINUED) . but not the man underneath.Rev. 7 He can see the hat. s’me. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A.
the woman rises up like a broken puppet.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. A sword has been placed at her feet. We do not yet see his face. WATSON (CONTINUED) . lit with candles at each corner. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. shrouded in shadow. real. Blackwood chants softly. Their footsteps echo. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl.BALCONY . Some kind of ritual is about to climax. using headbutts. Less artful. as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. still hooded. 7 Watson takes out the two men. Suddenly. and elbows. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . but no less effective. trance-like. 9A INT. powerful stuff. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure). CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. He is more of a brawler. This is spooky.NIGHT Thugs dispatched. not caring if they make a noise or not.Rev. The girl. We do not see his face. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. fast. never stops. Her eyes roll back in her head. ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation. knees. Watson closer to Blackwood. ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. 8 9 OMITTED INT. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. Still kneeling. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6. Holmes and Watson head down. Blackwood simply ignores them.
grabs the woman’s arm. Watson raises his gun. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. Holmes lunges. Holmes. doctor. almost mockingly. We finally see his face. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny. HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip.Rev. No. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly. And Watson as well. That’s more than Watson can take. as a medical man.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. BLACKWOOD Well done. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. WATSON Stay right there. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him. ready to plunge the point into her heart. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. trains it on Blackwood. Look. Blackwood throws back his hood. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. strangely. BLACKWOOD Tell me. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . he is tapped into something dark and cruel.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. She collapses. His eyes are intense.
you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Besides.the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. HOLMES If I had. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help.? It is. Watson looks. sees nothing. POLICEMEN flood the area. Lestrade. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood. as Lestrade and his men finally appear. What a shame. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony.. really nasty concealed weapon. fun. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE. HOLMES Impeccable timing. and sees it and his eyes flare wide. HOLMES Watson looks.. (CONTINUED) .Rev. not the Yard. the girl’s parents hired me. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye. Look. almost invisible --. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance.
10 10A . He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. HOLMES Bravo. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. reluctantly.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray. shakes his head. CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. Lestrade. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony. put chains on him. not understanding them. Grudgingly.Rev. a bench strewn with scientific equipment.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. a piece of photo paper on top. the pentacle. She’s still mouthing the incantation. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. Have a cigar. FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. hating himself for needing to. he turns to Holmes. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. 9A Lestrade turns. frustrated. Lestrade eyes the double circle. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher. As usual.
LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it..Rev. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson. unaccustomed to flashes. they look more confident. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. Their eyes are shut for the photo.SHERLOCK HOLMES . This time. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY. 10D 10E INT.” 10F 10G INT.. solving crimes. 10C 10D INT. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD. 2/2/09 10.. 10G . NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers.. coming to rest on the letter “H. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT.” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper... older. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. The men are front page news now. 10B 10C INT.. the article bigger. Holmes and Watson getting older. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files. The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street. light as it is exposed. and.. shaking hands with a royal. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson. holding a goose by its feet and smiling. More and more headlines. 10B INT.
” one metal time. a whirring mass of wheels and gears. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET..Rev.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 11. 10J 11 EXT. thanks to you. very good. walking down the street with the day’s shopping. (CONTINUED) 12 . TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. and inside. dominating the front page. she shoos it away. Papers are bundled and tied. A raven lands on the entry gate. The whole thing is fed into a printing press. HUDSON. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold. 12 INT.all is neat and tidy. walks up the steps. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image. MRS. WATSON 71 over 104. 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. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. .. Captain. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. everything in its place. 10H INT. 221 BAKER ST.AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter. 221 BAKER ST. . an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -.” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street.
I hope? WATSON No -. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -. too. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA.Rev.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES .ground floor. And there’ll be a woman’s touch. 12 Watson is pleased by that. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .your new offices. There won’t be so many stairs.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A. (beat) I’ll be right back.S. then helps Captain Philips to his feet. Philips hits the floor.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) .Rev. terrified. writes a prescription on a piece of paper. 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O. Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer. just to be safe.
13 INT. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. It’ll be quieter. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. that’s all. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. WATSON I smell burning. 12 He heads out. Watson takes the newspaper from her. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’.Rev. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. HUDSON. .12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . shoots up the stairs with the paper. MRS. HUDSON Come on. let’s go down. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. Urgent. Hudson. MRS. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. heads towards them. WATSON You’re not going in at all. Which is a relief to Mrs. (CONTINUED) 13 . MRS. MRS.HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. Mrs. Captain. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. 221 BAKER ST. What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case. not while he’s in this state. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door. WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. his landlady.
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Nonetheless, Watson himself. Something fact, Holmes’ usual now, that Watson is
stops, takes a deep breath, gathers like this has happened before (is, in brand of chaos) the difference being, sick to death of dealing with it.
Which doesn’t mean he won’t. Newspaper in hand, Watson opens the door, pokes his head in, cautiously. He sees -14 INT. 221 BAKER ST. - HOLMES’ APARTMENTS Watson squeezes through the doorway to find that the obstruction is Holmes who is sitting in the dark on a chair, blocking the door, aiming a gun (with an odd contraption fastened on its barrel) at the wall. Unadulterated chaos. A series of FLAMING BULLET HOLES blasted into the wall in the (ragged) initials “V.R.” WATSON May I join you in the armory? HOLMES Please... Watson, I’ve been working on a device which will suppress the sound of a gunshot. Watson heads towards the conservatory. HOLMES Please... Don’t, don’t, don’t... Watson pulls open the curtains allowing the light to pour in. It needs work. WATSON May I see?... 14 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Watson passes him heading to the other side of the room (possibly grabs the gun) picking up a pile of open letters from a table. HOLMES Gently, gently, Watson... Watson whips open more curtains and opens a window. Holmes crawls on his hands and knees over to a table where he finds his sunglasses and puts them on. Watson sits on a chair and begins to leaf though the letters.
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WATSON It’s been three months since the last case. About time you found another one. HOLMES I can’t but agree. My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work. The sooner the better. Paper? WATSON
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Watson hands Holmes the newspaper. WATSON Let’s see, we have a letter here from Mrs. Ramsey in Queen’s Park -her husband has gone missing. HOLMES He’s in Belgium with the scullery maid. Is it December? WATSON Yes, Holmes. Lady Radford reports a missing emerald bracelet. HOLMES Insurance swindle. Lord Radford likes fast women and slow ponies. I see you’re the attending physician at Blackwood’s hanging. WATSON Yes, it’s our last case together and I wanted to see it through to the end. Awkward pause. Cough.
WATSON Mr. Lewis is seeking... Mrs. Hudson enters carrying a tray of bread and tea. is steeling herself for this interaction. HOLMES (to Watson) There is only one case that intrigues me at present... the curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. (MORE)
SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) HOLMES (CONT'D) I have been studying her comings and goings and they appear most sinister.
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MRS. HUDSON Tea, Mr. Holmes. Mrs. Hudson crosses to Holmes and puts the tray before him. HOLMES Is it poisoned, nanny? MRS. HUDSON There’s enough of that in you already. She goes to remove an old tray from behind him. HOLMES Don’t touch that. Everything is in its proper place, as per usual. She ignores him and removes the tray then crosses back towards the door noticing a bulldog lying unconscious under the table. MRS. HUDSON He’s killed the dog... again. Watson jumps up. His bulldog, GLADSTONE, lies on the floor in a drugged stupor. WATSON What have you done to Gladstone this time? HOLMES I was simply testing a new anesthetic. He doesn’t mind. Holmes! WATSON As your doctor...
HOLMES He’ll be right as a trivet in no time. Watson’s finally had enough.
I insist you get out of here. Mary’s coming. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there. A little smile from Holmes. Absolutely. HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. at all. My favorite.. * (CONTINUED) . HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening. Wonderful. 14 WATSON . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. The Royale. For dinner. WATSON So. and your friend. Not available. you have nothing to do? Nothing. HOLMES Then it’s not official. Holmes.Rev. on earth.. you’ve been in this room for two weeks.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16.looks again. Watson exits. intent on each other -. And then Watson and Mary arrive. Mary and Watson on either side of him.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Mr. 14 WATSON It’s happening. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced. a surreptitious argument between waiters. She’s beautiful. we see a hint of fear in his eyes. CUT TO: 15 INT.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos. Holmes. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table. HOLMES My pleasure. WATSON And wear a jacket. It really is a thrill to meet you. It all becomes quite overbearing. Holmes! WATSON You’re early. Half past eight. and clearly a woman worth marrying. She extends her hand.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. The Royale. talking. Holmes stands. THE ROYALE . like it or not. 30s. The dog wakes up and runs out. WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. Holmes gestures politely.Rev. MARY The pleasure’s mine. they sit. the name on a bottle of wine. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. For the first time. He is quite uncomfortable in this setting. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably.
16A. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.Rev. Poe.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Wilkie Collins. 15 (CONTINUED) .. WATSON (proudly) It’s true..
Then I check his pockets. born to be a man of action. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. brave. I intend to. The little details are by far the most important. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) . Holmes. though. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -.not a good idea. 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes. Strong. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once. by the way. like all military men. HOLMES Yes. Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler. no no. ah. HOLMES . so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier. Mr. MARY With all due respect. MARY Watson likes that. A stub from a boxing match. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details. Holmes less so -. Mary laughs. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. WATSON Those days are behind me..Rev. HOLMES (livening up) Oh. right behind you.a forced chuckle. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that... And neat.. you know him. Take Watson.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel...
15 HOLMES Yes. actually. Well done. I doubt -MARY No.Rev. Watson’s getting nervous. well done. HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. Holmes (CONTINUED) . MARY Charlie’s 7. Mary nods. MARY I insist. So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. (instantly) You’re a governess. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. stops him.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Yes. reaches for the wine. it’d be wonderful. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. HOLMES It’s breathing.
. flawless. pours wine for all. It’s from Asprey’s. please.Rev. not the gems of a governess. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18. the jewels you’re not wearing tell us rather more. anyway.. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself. (beat) However. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off. He shakes his head. MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. A very impetuous act by the boy. (to Watson) What would madam care for this evening? Watson gives Holmes a hard look: that’s a bit much. (CONTINUED) . WATSON Give us a few minutes. 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace.
. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) . But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly. moves to help Mary to her feet.Rev. manic. Holmes pauses.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . They’re leaving. intensely focused. turns back. he died. pauses.. 15 Holmes.. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. I didn’t leave my fiance. then: HOLMES You were engaged. A doctor perhaps. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face.. She turns to leave. As Holmes talks. The restaurant goes silent. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. Watson gets up. faster. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19.
which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD. She’s lovely. talking. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt. He is stripped to the waist.bangs his fists together and moves in.then pauses. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT. Holmes hears no words. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -. McMURDO -. His opponent. spaghetti style.Rev.an array of plates piled high. Suddenly. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. 15 WATSON Well done. (CONTINUED) . laughing. He just sees their mouths moving.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow. -. Their orders arrive -. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. looks around. old man.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .the sounds muffled and indistinct -. He tastes his own blood from a split lip. The waiter puts them down.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant.and Watson goes with her. It interests him. all sinew and gristle. This is soothing to him. PUNCH BOWL PUB . The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face.huge but flabby -.
SHERLOCK HOLMES . She’s gone. Finished. when the big man leaves an obvious opening. thank you. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. sometimes even drops his hands.until he notices a face at ringside. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot. Well done. Holmes rolls over. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here. not just think. (CONTINUED) . Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. He throws nothing in return. He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him. just using his reflexes to protect himself. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21. stands. the sound floods back into the room.Rev. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. Holmes is completely in control --. moment. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. Holmes begins walking away. He turns back to McMurdo. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. But that’s all. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. smiles. it was most pleasurable. He looks for the woman. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. And as I said. HOLMES Thank you. Once or twice.
He turns. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. nearly invisible. catching him on the back of the head. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. 18A INT. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas. they’re not sure if they like it.NIGHT A candle shivers.CORRIDOR . who is frozen on the spot. A full-scale riot is on. there really isn’t any sport. braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. He doesn’t care. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. Taking a huge swig. soothed inside. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . The crowd falls silent. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. Steps back into the ring.Rev. Hm. Feels the back of his head. hand. scanning McMurdo. Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. His eyes tick slowly. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. which buckles altogether wrong. over and out. He sees the crowd fall silent. all is calm. McMurdo falls. but from Holmes’ POV. He grabs a bottle in his hand. casting jagged shadows.SHERLOCK HOLMES . he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms. CHARLIE. battered on the outside. A row of stone cells. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. Holmes stops. incorporating exotic martial arts. Holmes strides out of the bar. working into a fever pitch. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard. The crowd applauds.
Eyes closed. He’s confused. 19 INT. JACK. resumes his soft murmur. sketches of animals. GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -. the Captain starts COUGHING. We see another guard. down here and get him to the infirmary. A hint of some method to his madness.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. GUARD CAPTAIN All right. a headless sphinx. And now he’s in some kind of fit.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . WHISPERING ungodly sounds. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. He coughs harder. he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells.Rev. lies convulsing on the floor. Blackwood. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie. (CONTINUED) . get.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES . GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again. The Guard Captain continues around the corner. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23. an upside-down cross. LOUDER. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly.NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark.
19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP. Prisoners start SHOUTING.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A. windowsill flutters away. (CONTINUED) . spits it out onto the stone floor. 19 Blackwood keeps whispering. keeps coughing. terrified. He looks down. knee.
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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
It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening. I have your cut from last night. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. it’s my property and I want it back. She told me. I’ll keep it with your check book. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. WATSON That’s my waistcoat. HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming. HOLMES You’re right. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26.. HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence. I was aware she’d been engaged. locked safely away in my drawer.Rev. HOLMES It’s too small for you. Watson. (CONTINUED) . WATSON Well. Watson punches him square in the face.. Holmes rubs his jaw. Silence. Holmes puts on his vest. 23 HOLMES Oh. by the way. You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes takes off his shirt. Silence.
23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . looks out the opposite window. Holmes frowns. 23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA.Rev. .
papers are for sale. Police keep them away from the entrance. 24 EXT. Blackwood’s death is the headline.EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. Watson stops.SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON You go ahead. Holmes heads inside. I’ve no business with him while he’s alive. 24 25 OMITTED 25 . PENTONVILLE PRISON . Religious zealots and occultists swarm. 2/2/09 26A.Rev.
CORRIDOR . No way this creep’s getting to him. The Guard high-tails it out of there. HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em.DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell. sir.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . 26 INT... otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands. GUARD Much obliged. 27 (CONTINUED) . turns. There’s something about him. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me. PENTONVILLE PRISON .Rev. sir. Thank you. All the cells are now EMPTY. strolling insouciantly. 26 27 INT. if you have other duties to attend to. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd.. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is. PENTONVILLE PRISON . They share a smile -. HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. sees Holmes.. it’s like he can get inside your head. who’s reading aloud to himself. Blackwood pauses.DAWN A pale.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes listens. 2/2/09 27. getting closer. In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood.two heavyweights sizing each other up. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place. thank you.
Suddenly. BLACKWOOD How can I help? HOLMES I’d already followed the murders with some interest and while my heart went out to the families of the victims. by comparison. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot. HOLMES However.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . close to Holmes. the men are close together. your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind. (CONTINUED) . Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment.I am merely the channel. HOLMES Actually. Despite the bars between them. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear.Rev. and that’s why you’re really here. Blackwood is right at the bars.
you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords.after you’re hanged. and there is nothing you can do to save them. HOLMES Bon voyage. Blackwood calls after him. As Holmes walks away. Holmes steps back. I might have spared five lives. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. a sacrifice. Then you would serve a greater purpose. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -. Holmes. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. Blackwood. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. Holmes.Rev.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. too. of course. I need you. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. shakes his head. Steel your mind. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. HOLMES I must say. and it worries me. you must widen your gaze. BLACKWOOD Mr.
Blackwood walks up into the noose. Father. HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest.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.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES .MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. Watson is there too. HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed.Rev. PENTONVILLE PRISON . The place is bustling with cops and officials. CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) . 29 INT. Not for this one. 29A. members of the government and cops. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST. 27 28 INT. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing.CORRIDOR .
CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. lying on his tiger skin rug.Rev. 221 BAKER STREET .DAY Holmes is out cold.) London’s so bleak this time of year.S. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. 30 INT. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening. His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning. The show is over. 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. Legs fall through and yank tight. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. dead.29 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CRACK! His eyes fly open. .
flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31.. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs.. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile. Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene.Rev. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain.. her back to Holmes. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. just before she turns back to face him. As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea. Irene gets up to cross the room. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. She leans down. dried fruit. olives. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. Dates from Jordan. She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. cracking walnuts. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . stunned by this intrusion... Irene opens the file. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked.. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab. etc.
Rev. Let’s not dwell on the past. IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. Then. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . the Maharajah’s missing diamond. TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. HOLMES And you. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck. HOLMES But your signature is clear. No ring? IRENE He snored. husbands. HOLMES Ah.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . They move to sit at the table. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. Holmes almost melts. 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. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. revealing and enormous diamond. Plus.
HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33. She hands him the envelope. she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . IRENE I’m my own man.Rev.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 30 IRENE This is all the information you need.
She ignores him. On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A.does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. IRENE They gave me our old room. HOLMES Keep your money. As she walks out she puts her photo back upright. She pauses behind him as she exits. . He lifts his hat. waits for her to pass -Hello. IRENE 31 * * * * * * -. I didn’t say I’d take the case. Irene keeps moving.STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in. . 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins. 221 BAKER ST.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. John. Holmes examines the envelope. 31 INT.
finally prepared to engage with her. You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . Before she can speak. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). Pauses. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. walks on. CUT TO: 32 33 INT. and the carriage starts moving. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street. but for me. a gesture from the shadow stills her. Too dark to see much in there. CARRIAGE Irene sits. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. looks around her. Moriarty closes the window. Someone waiting outside takes the paper. She sniffs them appreciatively. HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. Looks. 2/2/09 34. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. gets in. and their footsteps clatter away. She turns into the alley. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours.Rev.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 32 EXT. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out.
me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) . A better word. 34 EXT. I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA. 33 I’m certain. the coach comes to a halt.Rev. LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach.33 SHERLOCK HOLMES . they lurch forward. it’s accurate. Ow.
BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. He has disgusting blackened teeth. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . 34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit. sir. yes it would. yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up. sir.Rev.
very concerned. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead. 34 He reaches toward the window. utterly alive. HOLMES You’ve had your fun. anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . she made a proper idiot of you. This is a hopeless cause -. Within a nanosecond.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room. She’d love that.Watson won’t stop. all aflutter. I’m sorry. The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar..Rev. 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. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style). WATSON Look at you. HOLMES Thank you. almost enraged. 221 BAKER ST. you were going to explain something. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out. The carriage moves on.. who backs off in fear. . Watson approaches. 35 INT. Leaping about. Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON What’s she after. I -WATSON I know. completely transformed now.
Luke Reordon. WATSON I’ve upset you. Holmes looks like he’s had enough. Go on. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people.. Holmes grabs the envelope back. Holmes. I don’t agree. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. Those are my dates.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I’ve . a human canoe. WATSON I’ve already read it. we’ve had our last case together. HOLMES Regrettably. It’s more than a technicality. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. a beard. red hair. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. missing two front teeth.Rev. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. said too much. four foot ten. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. WATSON I won’t interrupt. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. I can tell. Holmes picks up his violin. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. She likes ginger dwarfs..
Holmes plucks his violin. 221 BAKER ST. he steps quickly to a window. He bolts into -36A INT. Alright. and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs. 221 BAKER ST.Rev. the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene. 36 FLASHBACK . all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. He lands just right.INT. . Before Watson can speak. 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 . one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. 221 BAKER ST. Once Irene leaves. . doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A. WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do. 35 HOLMES No. . Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. turning down an alley. The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect.REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof. IRENE Why don’t I see myself out.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. I’m just saying.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT.
Quick as a snake. Even without the man -. how nice of you. then his clothes. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin.Rev. He closes in to grab her --. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. Irene frisks him expertly.SHERLOCK HOLMES . all the way to his collar. cutting his belt. IRENE Oh. Still holding the roses. trapping her. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward.who is scrofulous and sly -. 38 38A EXT. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -. dropping him immediately. 2/2/09 37. signalling the mugger to be quiet. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth. Another man steps in behind her. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. sweetheart. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed. 38 EXT. 38B INT. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley. this turns her on. He obeys. eyes bulging. 38B (CONTINUED) .but at the other side. She’s mugging the mugger. There is excitement in her eyes. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth.
here’s another one. chews it to blacken his teeth. that’s the Irene I know. 38C EXT. He runs past a coal cart. He hurries after Irene down the alley. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely. rubs it on his face and hands. a wallet. 38B IRENE Oh. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. -.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . thank you. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. 39 38C . catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. snags a lump of coal. then leaves. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. He drops a coin in his hand. 39 EXT. shall I? She takes both wallets. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. 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.Rev. I’ll return them. look. she turns back. does it? And -naughty boy -. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out. Doesn’t look like yours. then pops it in his mouth. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor.and leaves. Holmes picks up the pace. runs on. takes his wallet too. which is being assembled. On second thoughts.
That’s bad money. ... scared. 40 INT. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me.S.. 221 BAKER ST. thinking.. Holmes motions to the bills. It’s nothing to do with me. scared. After all. A man has to make a living. Breathless. (CONTINUED) . at once. HOLMES This man intrigues me.Rev. WATSON And yet she works for him. but leave this case. WATSON Which is no mean feat. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door. WATSON You know what.) Mister Holmes..HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin. HOLMES Well. 2/2/09 37B.SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES She’s intimidated. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own. Watson. sir. I may not have a choice. He’s got Adler on edge. pale.? He turns to see. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O.. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table.
Watson walks into his office.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * .Rev. They all move to the exit. Us means you. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. Clarky laughs. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. sir. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38. It appears he’s come back from the dead. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. grab a compass. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. it’s a matter of professional integrity. 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. You means us. HOLMES Watson. just this morning.
DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials. 41 EXT. 41 42 EXT. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE . not even on a bright sunny day -. They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt.DAY Judging by the estate. scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance. Watson barely lifts his head. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. opens the door. Not a place for a picnic. and lots of it.ESTABLISHING . Blackwood comes from old money. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT . 42 (CONTINUED) . WATSON Look at this mess.Rev. 2/2/09 38aA. Holmes and Watson exit. We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. A COP stops the carriage.and it’s starting to rain.SHERLOCK HOLMES .
He is sweating.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. spooked. whispering to themselves. As Holmes and Watson approach. They’d rather be anywhere but here.Rev.this is interesting. (CONTINUED) . Lestrade emerges from the crypt. shaken. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A. The cops are in tight clusters. once again. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest. Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -.
angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod. LESTRADE Explain it if you can. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. checking the hinges. LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -. He notices the Blackwood CREST. LESTRADE (low. Lestrade waves it off. duly chastened. On second thought. The old GROUNDSKEEPER. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand.smashed outward like they were nothing. Watson heads for him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. pale and terrified.but you won’t get much. not a word. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . Holmes. Holmes inspects the door. and the image of a SPHINX. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree. You can question him if you like -. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. drags his boys in close. direction. The witness is over there. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now.Rev. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
or the Yard. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . looking in his eyes. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt. They place it on the ground. Holmes chuckles. WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. him. Lestrade stomps up. (at Watson. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. murmuring. plainly terrified. 42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. Four beefy. He’s in shock. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. HOLMES Inspector.Rev. soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. crossing themselves. a few moments. step back.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot. Holmes and Lestrade move forward.three quarters of an inch. overflowing. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago.a small measure of revenge. jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. with red hair. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. silver tools. HOLMES Inspector. Vials. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. They brush away a layer of dirt. 42 But no one moves.snatches the crowbar away.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. He takes a CALIPER.. in everyday clothes. disturbed. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood. begins examining the body..Rev. (CONTINUED) . The coffin is filled with EARTH. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen. A DEAD BODY in the coffin. the cops move backward. Inspector. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. eerie groan. He marches forward --. Watson’s had enough. Lestrade looks at it with dismay. still stunned. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw.. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget.. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth. WATSON Lividity is late stage. HOLMES All yours.. to reveal. Watson opens his forensic kit.
Lestrade follows. Most drunks are the same.S. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt.. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. And I’m not daft.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go. anxious. They all want to get the hell out of there. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. They all stop. leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch. ready to unburden himself. suddenly. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . A sudden gust of wind moans eerily.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. It’s not natural. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid.Rev. He was as alive as you or me. so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them. Watson. Trust me. LONDON STREET . It’s not right. HOLMES Now the game is afoot. (etc. (turns..) He was walking.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . This one has five.
I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him. WATSON You know. Watson appears preoccupied. (CONTINUED) .51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 51 Just eat. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A. I once heard a man predict his death. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible.Rev. WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along.
His face falls.Rev.. Invariably.. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data.H. and flips Reordon’s watch open. He examines the lid. screws it into his eye. Excellent. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP. Adler’s midget is the key to this. 51 HOLMES (mouth full. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP. HOLMES Hmm. WATSON Maddison and Haig. instead of theories to suit facts. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. (CONTINUED) . scratches around the keyhole. HOLMES The most recent is M. HOLMES Let’s see now. hence the scratches.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own.. there are several sets of initials scored into the lid. Watson shakes his head. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. you end up twisting facts to suit theories. Watson looks quite chuffed. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks.. HOLMES Very good. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43.
I think not. Not in blood but in bond. I see the letters S and an L. thank you. PALM READER Reckon your future. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. RESPECTABLE. a J. On the watch. Holmes and Watson look at each other. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary. attention. brothers.. She has their (CONTINUED) . PAWNBROKERS. DISCREET. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord.. no. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG.Rev. No.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. HOLMES WATSON The time. They should give us an address. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. You remember. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed. PALM READER I see two men. ahead of them there on Bow Street. wait. here we are.
. Watson snatches his hand away.. I see... I see. (horrified) Patterned table clothes.. the letter M.. Mary? You will be married. PALM READER She turns to fat. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman. WATSON This is a new low -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B.. lace doilies. china figurines. WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence.. another M. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force. (CONTINUED) ... Enough.Rev. WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes....even for you.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness... PALM READER I see a letter. Watson looks at Holmes.
Why. storms into Madison and Haig. As he follows Watson. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre.. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet. And you know it yourself. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. Here we are. (CONTINUED) . 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years.MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. Not bad. Mortal peril. as well you should be. looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. 52 EXT.Rev. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Now Watson is smiling. Watson..” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. Even Holmes is taken aback by this. and Holmes is not. pleased with himself. he’s not safe. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring. Darkness and great pain. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away. the pawnshop behind them. HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend. produces a wad of coins. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside. LONDON EAST END . PALM READER I seen something in his hand. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. Warn your friend.
And possibly dangerous. HOLMES Looks promising.Rev. dingy LODGING HOUSE.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Oh. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. windows are boarded up. Some (CONTINUED) . give my regards to Mary. well. 52 He slows. looks up at a dark.
52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . every available inch is covered in writing. REORDON’S ROOMS . moves through a door. It takes him a while. Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling. 55 INT. he gestures them inside. 53 54 OMITTED INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. It is fiddly. CRACK! Watson’s boot flashes past him as he KICKS the door off its hinges. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom.DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms. finds a door with scratches on the keyhole.Rev. strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. biblical Latin and Hebrew. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him. WATSON I can spare ten minutes. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch. 52 Holmes heads for lodging house. crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage. (CONTINUED) . He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. Something did. Holmes inspects it.
sniffing like a morbid perfumer. something ROTTING. pulls out vials. Watson moves to the stove... as if mid-death-rattle.) Watson... finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. 56 INT. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice.. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS. HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous. come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. An experiment generating a massive stench. Watson digs through his forensic bag. Formaldehyde.S. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief. REORDON’S LAB Instantly. Eyes opened impossibly wide.. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46. a seething cloud of flies. goes towards. A CREST stamped on it.. Holmes moves around the room.55 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Hemlock. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars. HOLMES (inhaling deeply. impossible to read.. 55 HOLMES (O. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia. loving it) Ammonium sulfate. Watson does his best not to gag. In the center of the room.Rev. He digs through them.. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum. their bodies frozen in strange contortions.
57 58 OMITTED INT. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide. tosses one to Watson.. Holmes senses something. Watson catches it... but something else. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. Ghostly chemistry. Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper.. puts it by the lantern. faint words APPEAR on the blank page. almost like perfume. moves into the next room. Sucks the iron right out of the ink. Long as it’s not too burnt... REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room.Rev. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s. starts pouring the acid. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. sniffs) Barley sugar. raises an eyebrow. Sweet. or sugar. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper. The door WHIPS open. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES . starts walking back to the other room.. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here. Holmes gets a whiff of something. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on. (stops. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) . Slowly. stops at an open window.
He spins the rod expertly. They stop. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. HOLMES Hello. trapping the steel rod under his arm. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. who follows them into the room. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. Sweet tooth. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. a huge man. HOLMES You take them. Dredger is deadpan. swinging at them. bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face. He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy). HOLMES Let me guess -. He catches the rod. 58 They are followed by DREDGER. knows it won’t make a dent. I’ll handle Mr. He looks at Dredger. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. He keeps moving. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . eyes widen at the giant. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. ripping it down. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . slightly deformed. sliding it into his hand as a weapon.Rev. WATSON Seems about fair. gentlemen. As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp.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. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. It stuns the giant for a beat.
(CONTINUED) . just as -Dredger flies through the air. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. knocking him off his feet. as he scrambles toward the ring. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon. He sees Dredger incoming. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 58A INT. the shaft SPARKS. the first man HURLS his knife. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. a bar-room brawler. He blinks. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. blades flashing on either side of him. climbing off of Watson. Watson ducks and dodges. cranks his weapon. He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. who falls. Holmes thinks quickly. scattering all the bottles and tools. and. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. trying to gather his senses.. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. ripping off his pocket. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. which SMACKS into the second thug. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. who swings the metal shaft desperately. anything he can grab. kicking the other in the groin.Rev. Watson fights the first thug. butting one. A truly pathetic weapon. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. SLAMMING into Watson. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. sending it across the ground. The rod sparks and hums.. 58 INT. Watson just barely ducks the blade. Dredger tries to recover. One of the blades slices his shirt. Head The men whip out knives. and knocking the ring away.
big wooden chocks hold it in place. knocking people out of his way.58B SHERLOCK HOLMES .. frantic as -Dredger rises. picks up the ring. as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. Watson darkens.GATE Dredger runs down the street. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile. grips his ruined ring. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50. a clear change in his demeanor. leaps out the window. darting around people. starts running for it. 63 EXT. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window. takes an angle to cut off Dredger. He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well. just as he’s about to grab it. landing atop a heap of coal.. SLIPWAY .Rev. They weave through the shadows. lost in the floorboards. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. The vessel can’t be far from completion.. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly. Watson chases the engagement ring. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through. it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water.. Holmes gives chase. Watson brings up the rear. which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. bends down. THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP .FIRST SLIPWAY For now though. the rest of the ring mangled. then leaps out the window. TOOLEY IRONWORKS .DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts.
63 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT. Dredger tosses the rod. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. Watson can see what’s coming. knocking him back. The ship LURCHES forward. smashing some of the wooden supports. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. 64B EXT. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP .DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull.SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air. Dredger kicks out viciously. He reaches out. 64 EXT. the whole thing starts to creak...CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. SECOND SLIPWAY . And now. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --. It’s the last straw for the support mechanism. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. smiles a terrifying smile. and swings the hammer at Holmes. just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. tearing others out of his way.the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them. for a moment.Rev. out.. hitting him with the lightning-rod. sizzles. 64A EXT. grabs the weapon and. ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt. Holmes backs away. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway. Dredger in pursuit. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down.. 65 . FABRICATION SHED . FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point.. but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER. splintering another chock..
great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs. Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. eyes rolled back into his head.Rev. A quiet beat. pulling him backwards across the runners. He tries to roll out of the way. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -. as the leviathan roars down towards him. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and. 2/2/09 52. parting the Thames with a vast. knocks his head against the runner -.Holmes charges into Dredger again.from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds. but he doesn’t know why. twice -.. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship. And. SECOND SLIPWAY .once. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face.as he blinks back into consciousness. helps him to his feet. And they find: (CONTINUED) . Watson arrives. half expecting to find himself in the after-life. Holmes collapses back. falling through the air -The ship is free again. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing. Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -.. frothy explosion of water. as -- 66 66A EXT..and then the ship’s away. He opens one tentative eye. He realizes the ship has stopped. 66 EXT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . He’s doomed. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard.the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --.CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship. He tries to pull himself to his feet.CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. SECOND SLIPWAY . Holmes lies semi-conscious. but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground. The timber finally gives way.. The ground beneath him shakes.
exhausted. The police whistles get louder. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration. officers swarm the scene. I deserve this. 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. The big man is gone. Holmes and Watson. making the odd change here and there. shaking his head.. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow. No blood or trace. They see the wreckage. 67 INT. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months. Watson sits next to him.MORNING The next morning. Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep. WATSON I haven’t slept all night.. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled. the ship adrift.. man. Now of course I’m in jail.66A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him. LONDON JAIL .. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face.Rev.. Watson? We were set upon. bloodshot eyes. He’s reading his notebook. deep burn. and. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53.. it was selfdefense. 66A Nothing. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you. I clearly deserve it. 67 (CONTINUED) .
WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you. BIG MAN (O.. HOLMES Ah.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning. your stealing my clothes. I never complain.Rev. (CONTINUED) . Now. Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat. Brownlee. Mr. Watson snaps at the man... 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.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident.. boys? Put me away for robbery a few years back? Holmes turns and comes face-to-face with a dangerouslooking man who has a few conspicuous WARTS on his face. if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson.. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks.) Remember me. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London. your mess. your lack of hygiene. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident. Watson challenges him with a look.S. WATSON I’m not complaining..
HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well. Holmes. HOLMES Watson. I completely understand now. I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester.Rev. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog. WATSON No. Not you. It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well. We could throw a lamb on the spit.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding. WATSON If I were going to the country. You’re not -Me and her. in the interest of science. Watson now turns away. We should have her along. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . You and I could go out to the countryside. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A. HOLMES What you need is a rest.
68 INT. turns. they see. You don’t get it. forward. then locks eyes with Mary. Holmes watches him walk out. bars. He steps Watson steps up.he leaves. Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary.. PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. She gives him a polite nod.. 67 WATSON You’re not human.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B.CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. (touches his own head) . heads off with Watson. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail.. He touches his own heart. flanked by prison wardens. Just Watson.. Holmes looks confused. The bars slide shut. without this..67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 68 He’s never looked more alone. He must make a decision. do you? You are this. But the Guard shakes his head. MARY emerges from behind the Guard. And he does --. The mob surrounds Holmes. LONDON JAIL .. (CONTINUED) .
. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks. A public that’s working itself into a frenzy.your usual impeccable timing. having just been battered through it by Holmes. HOLMES And you. LESTRADE We don’t have time.Rev. HOLMES All in good time.. HOLMES Lestrade -. in another life.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along. LONDON JAIL . 70 71 (CONTINUED) . 68 As the door is opened. LESTRADE You know. 69 EXT. They just paid a small fortune to bail you out. an excellent policeman. you’d have made an excellent criminal. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers. Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper. strange carriage waiting. Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. the thug blasts out backwards. 70 71 OMITTED INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CARRIAGE Holmes enters. Holmes sees a dark. door open. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat. sir.
Lord Chief Justice. SIR THOMAS. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. Sir Thomas shakes his head. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. FADE IN: 72 INT. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. HOLMES As to where I am -. 72 (CONTINUED) .71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . eyes flicking around the room.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. That would be your official title. and who I am. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on. apologies for summoning you like this. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s. Holmes shrugs. After that. Who you realy are is another matter entirely. He holds a black hood.. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. SIR THOMAS Mr. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are.I was.. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. the carriage forked left. Holmes. HOLMES As to who you are -. admittedly. Holmes takes in the scene.but Holmes is on a roll. rises from a pile of papers. CUT TO BLACK. then right.Rev.
ambitious man in his 30s. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. it’s standard procedure. James Square. what a massive lack of judgement on their part. well. Coward is a hard. (beat) And as to the mystery -. SIR THOMAS Yes. STANDISH (O.) I think we have the right man. (CONTINUED) . on the northwest corner of St. I suppose.Rev. Holmes shakes his head. Standish is an American in his sixties.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES .S. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring.the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place. you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A.
variations of the SPHINX.a rare dark green. Holmes acknowledges them -. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. fear of your own child. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward. isn’t impressed by rank.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. HOLMES They’re almost interesting.Rev. yes? You have the same colored irises -. or practical magic. HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes. We don’t ask you to share our faith. STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist. That shocks them rigid. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes.barely -.as they enter.practices of our Order? Yes. only our fears.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57. the Home Secretary. Holmes looks around the room. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) . LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. (at Sir Thomas) In this case.
She was a powerful practitioner. come to some sort of conclusion. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals. a BODY covered by a sheet. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. A man who’s just fallen out a window. They turn back to Holmes. Though not enough to survive giving birth to him. not survive.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . more likely.looks on. Evidently. It’s chilling: a death scene. No one could prove anything of course. but she shared our beliefs. or pinna. A photograph from the 1860s. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. the men consult silently. What family he had tended to. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. which would make you either brothers. 58. Holmes is appalled and shows it. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information.young Lord Blackwood -. from his birth to arms he made and sold.. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . digs for something. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. and we want to keep it that way.. Sir Thomas opens a bureau. which only pass down through the direct bloodline. His mother wasn’t my wife. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went. father and son.plus identical outer ears. or. 72 Stunned. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE.Rev. SIR THOMAS We were young.
His resurrection is evidence of that. but not for you. turns.stops at the door. I’ll get him. Holmes stalks out -.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 72 STANDISH All this is history. SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. leaves. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table. 73 OMITTED 73 . fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze. I have considerable influence over the police.Rev. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead. The present and future are worse. (beat) Name your price.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. As Home Secretary. Sir Thomas. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59. but it’s not enough. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. We need you to find him and stop him before he does. HOLMES I have one last question.
Rev. a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass). That’s better. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner. 74 EXT.. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. IRENE I knew I could count on you.DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress. 74 75 INT. IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table.. They both eye the Derringer on the table. the least you can do is help me with the buttons. and could get you into a lot of trouble.SHERLOCK HOLMES . She pulls long thin needles from her hair. As she continues. Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense. 2/2/09 60. Sherlock. Sherlock. There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter. (CONTINUED) ... THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . lets her hair down. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people.
A professor perhaps? Irene gets up. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb. Unbuttoning done.Rev. We’re not. HOLMES Irene steps out. Unfairly gorgeous. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun. Holmes steps out to confront Irene. your gaze was averted. She moves back to the dressing table.S. refusing to get turned on. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck. I couldn’t see his face. IRENE (O. IRENE Wonderful. and on such a clever contraption. Your services are no longer required. Holmes won’t look at her. Your hand was trembling. IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61.) Let’s not argue. Case closed then. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments. HOLMES I can’t help wondering if your employer will be as content with these results? You were uncharacteristically ill at ease in his presence. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. (CONTINUED) . Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers.
should really try some. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time. Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently. The kiss leads them to the bed. 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. 75 I disagree.Rev. Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. Irene. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. missing his toe. IRENE This wine is excellent. HOLMES IRENE You see. we are arguing. (CONTINUED) . Irene kisses him.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. Irene snatches up her gun. Holmes grabs her arm. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. and the one that disarms Holmes. HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. becoming something else. not only is it my business. hard and angry at first.
Sherlock -. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. She’s in charge now.well. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62. Irene pulls him down to it. Irene walks casually across the room. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise. While he struggles on the bed. Just like you -. CLICK! Much better. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. She approaches. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. straddles him. HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. She gets off him.Rev. IRENE But free. the other with the key. IRENE He doesn’t resist. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) .one in shackles. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. 75 That’s better. now dressed as a man. And on my own terms.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
IRENE If anyone asks. stands there waiting for him. I’m going to bed. IRENE -. please let them know that Mr. PERIGRINE. (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. SIR THOMAS No thank you. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. Irene takes the scarf off his neck. sir. throws the handcuff keys down there. His butler. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out.but generally speaking. Holmes has no retort. moves to the doorway. (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste. PERIGRINE Good evening.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 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 .NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and.Rev. he looks tired. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. Perigrine.
Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. tries to sit up. licking his lips. as he hears an eerie WHISPER O.76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Relaxing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A. Not all the way. (CONTINUED) . The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on.Rev. goes up. drip. 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. like the rushing of wind. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. INT. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port.S. drip. 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. sir. Thomas smiles.. Can’t. drip.
Sir Thomas’ eyes widen.Rev. Father. It comes from a power greater than yours. still handcuffed to the bed. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK. 78 INT. Clothes in total disarray. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis. then grim recognition sets in. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A ... THE GRAND HOTEL .. slowly and surely. He slides back down.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64.. I must admit. Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom.) Hello. she misinterpreted my intention entirely.. HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed. who watches him drown. Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it.. The water flows over Sir Thomas. He looks down at himself and reacts with shock.CORRIDOR . it’s better than I thought it would be.. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP. The water closes over his face. HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way. Besides.77 SHERLOCK HOLMES . slowly. 77 BLACKWOOD (O. but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT. a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door.. lit in a sinister fashion. as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger. You can only surrender.S. Her shriek wakes him.. to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time.DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. BLACKWOOD . .
right here is where Holmes is at his very best -. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. The tub has been drained.only his ring was missing. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. As Constable Clark continues in. The coach stops. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket). 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering. why he exists. The Butler didn’t hear anything. 78B EXT. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C . it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you. 78C INT. He turns. 65.Rev. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. Right now.so that Const.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. eyes wide open --. Clark ends up talking to thin air. looking for Holmes. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter. finds him right back at the doorway. No sign of a break-in. The body was in the tub. continues into the bathroom. there is no latitude for misunderstanding. HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason.this is. in fact. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. in full virtuoso detective mode. CONSTABLE CLARK Well. puzzled. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES .
not provide comfort to the corpse. (CONTINUED) . Hmm. He glances around the room. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. data. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A. sits in it himself. Now Holmes can really get down to work..Holmes is not their boss.. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away. logic is rare. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. Holmes is happy. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. Constable. sniffs it. Both cops hesitate -. And. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself. leans over.Rev. high up where it’s warm and dry. The decent thing to do is catch the killer. What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common. scoops it up. it may mean he looks down from a window sill. I suspect this comes from a larger cannister..78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes swivels.. or in a linen closet with a vent. It’ll either be in the pantry. HOLMES Data. jasmine? HOLMES Superb. opens it.
He steps toward it. noticing something on a wall.Rev. as if the wall cracked open. runs his hand along a layer of dust.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . 78C His eyes keep moving. The dust has a line down it. revealing: (CONTINUED) . Holmes steps to the sink. grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B.
Clark and the Officer return.Rev. a cow’s BONE. the walls and shelves are very sparse. On the altar. Maybe he continues singing between words. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out. HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. just as -78F INT. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. They are startled by the secret room --. and ancient texts. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT. opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx. He pushes the panel. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. and a FEATHER. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) .they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. spellbooks. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS. a large sharp FANG.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open. and the wall shifts.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . (vis I have no that.Const. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. 221 BAKER ST. As soon as they arrive. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS . He is well into packing his things. . four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66. The office is full of boxes.
HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use.Rev.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A. Holmes steps aside. Holmes steps into the room. HOLMES Figure of speech. boys. They unzip the bag. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop. (CONTINUED) . 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. WATSON There isn’t any. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large.
80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. Holmes analyzes the body. (alt: He has more humor than you. Poor fellow. * * * (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67. WATSON HOLMES No. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. he’s your friend from Reordon’s.) Really. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. Frustrated.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . starting. Watson keeps packing. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. of all places. He’s an inspiring conversationalist.Rev.
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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...
as he enters -83 INT. He looks up. A RAVEN flaps into the night. He looks as if he’s been to hell. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . It’s why he’s here. BLACKWOOD I am humbled. wiping the raindrops off his coat. 82B INT. shipping. The door finally opens. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. betrayed. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne. He hits the door to a building. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . Blackwood enters.) Of course he does. turns to the others -.Rev. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. as the rain comes harder.all except STANDISH. Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O. surprised by the rain. As he enters. trying to dry himself.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room.S. we see the rain stops behind him. and keeps moving. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them. STANDISH Are you mad.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES .NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. The crowd is stunned. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . gone as fast as it came. It is locked. (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. and come back more powerful than ever. He raises his collar. Effective immediately. He stays standing as they all sit -. industry -they were given to me for a purpose. I am honored. He bangs on the door. Standish looks at Coward.
Blackwood stands. (beat) England will know our power. The men are beginning to like what they hear. the whole world will. sir. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours. we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. a future ruled by us. Their civil war weakened them. Blackwood smiles -. for without death there can be no rebirth. and will be again. (CONTINUED) ..he’s won. Now. we’ll remake the world. at noon tomorrow. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose. Then. (beat) With their resources and our power.. Nobody moves.even death holds no sway. (beat) . We’ll take it from them. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No. we’ll create the future.. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history..Rev. A different future. BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one. you’ll make it openly. prowls. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -..
surveys them. terrified. Standish pulls a gun. melting away. gape. People scream. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. gasp. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. lighting city blocks. but they are with him. faint. 83B INT. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. LONDON STREET . They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . shocked. People look up.he IGNITES. as his body contorts. Standish flails. But as he aims it -.Rev.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . as they witness this unnatural act. 83 In desperation. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. Flames consuming him. The flames flicker blinding white. cross themselves.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. are terrified.
Coward produces a brimming silver chalice. As they drink. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . It doesn’t taste good. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) . drink your allegiance here. 83B Blackwood turns to Coward.Rev. BLACKWOOD Come. but it tastes like power. nods.
84 Use them. doctor? Army type. WE SEE a boat is being loaded. are you. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73. (CONTINUED) . Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.CAPTAIN TANNER. He’s soaked. Watson glares. Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. and furious. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it. We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water. 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. the boat drifts. Coward nods. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. EXT. Watson’s pissed.ESTABLISHING . Holmes starts clambering over the side. Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. TANNER Not a great one for the water. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -. TANNER Just a little leak. HOLMES Everything all right. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. Wharves stretch out into the water. The engine shudders off.NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames. nothing to worry about. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW. He whispers at Tanner.Rev.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard.
Watson does. let’s get this over with. etc. (CONTINUED) . please. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. Holmes looks back at Watson. WATSON Come on.Rev. Send for the police when you get there. Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. watch. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. doctor. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. takes the gun. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. where two more THUGS patrol. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. the closest he’ll come to a confession. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. says nothing. Watson steps forward. towards the entrance. Tanner nods. with his walking stick. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN. covered in mud. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. goes over the side. Watson glares.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
might prove easily distracted. inspecting it. He picks one up. (CONTINUED) .S. Holmes notices rows of empty tables. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive. and pockets it as he follows Watson. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here.. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness. passing Watson into -89 INT. takes a whiff. Holmes follows. spooked..TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. Holmes whispers.. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . A truly creepy scene. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors. He inspects it. notices that both men have hip flasks. some kind of dark spore. 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. stopped in his tracks.whether for courage or from habit.Rev. picks up one of the dead rats. A few RATS lay dead. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75. He slows.. not minutes ago. Holmes and Watson move through it. The big one’s been drinking -. He turns. trying to figure out the best strategy.86 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sees something on its skin.) You need to see this. Holmes slows. like a plaintive wail. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . He runs his finger through a layer of dust. sensing something behind him. WATSON (O. Watson? Watson has already left.ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. Holmes catches up. Holmes. Nothing. 89 87 88 Holmes looks up. 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door. As they go. Metal groans softly. looks at shadows.
(CONTINUED) . HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. Holmes tightens. Watson pulls his gun. a 118. his eyes narrow. 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER. the ceiling. swaying softly. Amen. Now you see the truth for yourself. On the high walls. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh. time? WATSON It’s a date. An automated butchery on a grand scale.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I am alive forevermore. draws a bead on Blackwood. as the hooks move through the air. 90 Holmes shakes his head. Blackwood continues. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam. pulls the trigger. At noon tomorrow. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. Revelation 1:18. his voice echoes. gliding on a track. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. the world as you know it ends. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness. whispering in the wind. lifeless and silent for now. This is the killing floor.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. as he joins Watson.’ Another voice completes the passage. Shadows hang heavy around him. and was dead. Click. ticking. stepping into -90 INT.Rev.) ‘And behold.S.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. Misfire. strangely. ‘I am He that liveth. slipping it into his pocket. and have the keys of hell and of death. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O.
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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
The bandsaw whines viciously. Shit a brick. So is Sherlock. scalded pig carcass precedes them. As Watson holds Irene. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH. Irene swings aside. swings the cleaver with all his might --. Holmes darts through a trimming station. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water. 90A -. Irene swings sideways violently. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. She’s still shackled. following her. Sherlock? IRENE Now. painted red. just misses it.close one -. he spots a small. (CONTINUED) .90A SHERLOCK HOLMES .smashes the shackle lock.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.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. (PLEASE NOTE. catches up to Irene --. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. grabs one.Rev. the scorched. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand. Holmes clambers the Up ahead. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -.and Watson catches her feet. Holmes wastes no time. leaves her for Holmes to deal with. she’s showing nerves. sprints for the switch. jumps onto the belt. but that’s all. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS. Irene rides the belt upwards. equipment. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. still shackled by her right hand. He braces himself on the belt. pulls her horizontal.
(MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) . Lately there’ve been rumors of something new. falls forward. (angry) No more games.. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock. heads after Watson. turns. They’re okay. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. Watson shakes his head.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles). And. Then Holmes is under her. Finally. She looks at Holmes. I owe you. 90A Gets a free haircut. magical. Watson sprints towards where they fell. Irene.. HOLMES You owe me information. Irene gives Holmes a sweet. More powerful than anything else. stops her.pulls a knife. cutin-half pig carcasses. looking for Blackwood. their eyes locking. Irene unhooks herself. looks down --. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A. taking Holmes with her. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME. gets up. heads for the door.Rev. grabs her. boiled. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. -.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched.
. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock. For a moment. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. 90A And she’s off. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. Watson! A chemical. it.Rev. 81. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion. They blast through the doors to -91 EXT. processing. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. picks her up and grabs part of an exploded barrel to shield the two as they run for cover -BOOM! The barrel splinters as a final blast knocks them down.. He reaches Irene. occasionally knocking him to the ground. but to safety. Holmes trails her. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. running toward the door. Holmes slows. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. 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. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. WATSON Time slows. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . looking around the dock. Holmes races towards her as more explosions. it lights up all of London. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS.
they spot Watson. there is a smear on her cheek. unsure whether to enter or not. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. so make it look good. alive. CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. HOLMES Thank you.Rev. but unconscious. helps him gently to his knees.is intercepted by Constable Clark. Clarky. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now. HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes. studying Watson’s chart. HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed. Holmes turns away.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sir. 93 INT. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . reaches for the handle. having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup. One reads the paper. THROUGH THE GLASS. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend. The two coppers nod respectfully. Mary stays at the door. but --. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. pauses. HOSPITAL . 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene. she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. 92 INT. Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. Irene has disappeared.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. makes his escape fast.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A. his eyes still closed. pock-marked with shrapnel. cut.Rev.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . He’s delirious. scraped. sweating. bruised. He mumbles inaudibly. 93 Watson is burned.
and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. (CONTINUED) . already in the room. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. wincing with pain. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that. A sixth of a grain. Watson tries to sit up again. letting the Doctor do his work. 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines. WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. handbag. The surgeon should be along shortly. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. This reveals that Mary has entered the room. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. The shot wakes him.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES .) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. WATSON Get a mirror. stands back respectfully. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. WATSON Are they subcutaneous. Watson tries to sit up. private life. coat. Doctor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. for the pain. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. WATSON I haven’t time for that. I’ll extract them myself.Rev. etc.
.. She’s suddenly very angry. The Doctor turns just outside the door.. I’ll check in on him again shortly. The Doctor has no words. Do you really? MARY Doctor.. worth many wounds. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other. Mary steps towards the Doctor. eyes flashing. but not surprised. MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um.. patients. to face her.Rev. sharper look at the Doctor. MARY If anything happens to him. WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. both our lives are lost.. MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures. ON MARY As she takes a closer.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
leaves fast.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . turns. MARY -. . 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B.or are you so selfish that’s just not possible.
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SHERLOCK HOLMES .CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen. 2/2/09 84A. HOSPITAL . 94 INT.Rev. 94 .
he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. opens the blade.but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. LONDON . He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death. He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. In the center circle he draws a pentagram (using wax from a burning candle?). fang) from Sir Thomas’ house.NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. They begin to overflow with tears. pained. Gathering himself. disturbed. A train crosses on an overhead railway. Emotions swirling. He pulls a pocket knife from his coat.Rev. (CONTINUED) . The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock).the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. PUNCH BOWL PUB . The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock). feather.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 85. cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle. Parts of it hang down. There is something grotesque about his face. We PUSH IN UNDER the railway arch until we can make out a splash of white in the shadows -. possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. horrified. We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. obscuring him --. 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. Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor. 94A EXT. so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT.ATTIC Holmes enters. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone. hair.
S.Rev. Holmes snaps around. (CONTINUED) .as it hits the ground. followed by a larger circle beyond that. the circle around Holmes ignites. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -. fuzzy.) And now it dawns on you. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you. Holmes sways. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 95 Then he begins to chant. BLACKWOOD (O. Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame. you begin to recognize your part in his play. He struggles to focus on Blackwood.
he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind..95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Why would I take a sixth under St. You made me what I am. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head. he can barely see straight. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86.Rev. Holmes’ eyes snap open. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -.. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head. (CONTINUED) 96 97 . or is he hallucinating. PUNCH BOWL PUB ..the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT. BLACKWOOD . It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB. so I could die on the biggest stage of all.ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS. 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection. has Blackwood killed Holmes..just as we saw Reordon in his coffin.
We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. THE DEAD RATS. he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS. .Rev. THE SPHINX. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic. Holmes’ eyes snap open. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -. IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87.just as we saw Standish. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas.
He is decidedly alive.SHERLOCK HOLMES .is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared.or some deathly version of his old friend -.. He’s been through it.? Watson leans closer. it seems she might understand the power of partnership. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. oddly. His arm is in a sling. WATSON Interesting artwork.ATTIC The sun is rising. bloody awful. (CONTINUED) . -. cuts and bruises. FADE IN: 98 INT. Mary said I had a lousy doctor. HOLMES (quietly. HOLMES (confused) Watson. PUNCH BOWL PUB . HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -. 2/2/09 87A.g.then tosses it away.Rev.. into the light. You look He writes something in his notebook. They both smile. but with burn flashes. In the b. United in agony. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor.
I dreamt that you were strangling me. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE I was. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine. You know. HOLMES Excellent brew. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88. HOLMES (CONTINUED) .Rev. Watson.. Holmes takes a drink of coffee... I had to get you to pass out to settle down.. Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup. They smile at their unique. Exactly. HOLMES Thank you. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department. twisted understanding of one another.
Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it. IRENE Oh. IRENE No.it’s called psychology.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. But then he decides that’s absurd.Rev. I’m simply a woman. The fiddler’s owner -. sits opposite him with the other. Irene arrives with two pints. Quite severe.from the pub’s band -. I poisoned that one. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table. doctor. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . 99 INT. He takes a sip. It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN. WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -. WATSON With your own venom no doubt.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . puts one down in front of him. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. And untreatable.
They swap a glance. with a lot fewer words -. Then he moves to the ox bone -. 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite. 89A. 101 100 .OX ring. and you’ll have a happy marriage. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that. Then he moves to the hair.he quickly sketches an eagle. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor. (beat) Understand that. PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops. Irene and Watson notice the silence. and you’ll have a happy marriage. He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation.BUT no flashes. HOLMES I need a map of London.a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. 101 INT. Then to an American flag. PUNCH BOWL PUB . 100 INT.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. Then he moves to a Lion fang. And Holmes emerges. Let me make it simple for you. he strums it.ATTIC .ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. he moves to the feather -. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor. Next to the feather he writes America. A beat.Rev.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He draws a man’s face. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane. He draws an ox in charcoal. Next. doctor. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come. Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin. he makes strange atonal sounds.Sir Thomas -. Next to it Holmes writes Man. but not with a bow.I’m what’s called a woman. Next to it he writes a big question mark. He plucks it. Flash to Reordon’s red hair.
I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened. The fraternity who silently control the Empire. the Eagle. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably.Rev. I shall begin..ATTIC Holmes is excited. HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox. In fact. My initial approach was far too narrow.. 102 INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension. at minimum. to get inside it. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas... share the belief with the Kings. At minimum. the Lion. PUNCH BOWL PUB . IRENE Yes. But that’s for another time. I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity. your little white tail got rather dirty. with a few enhancements of my own. he suggested I widen my gaze and. and Man -(CONTINUED) . I have done just that. To fully understand this system. 2/2/09 90. electric. Pharoahs.
Lion paws.. Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple. Man’s face. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock). Master of the Temple.. the hair of a man. the feather of an eagle.Rev.. (beat) Reordon. represents Man. wore the ox ring.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A.. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas. We see the Ox body. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross. he died here. therefore the System. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. the ginger midget. Then he picks up the charcoal and (following the map) draws a serpentine curve of the River Thames straight through the middle of the cross that he drew on the floor. HOLMES Now. We found his body here. (CONTINUED) . covering other parts with his hand. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx. Eagle wings. the tooth of a lion. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames. 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 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor.. Blackwood has killed three men.. really flying now.. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox.
the ethereal. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -. WATSON Man. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing. He connects the dots on the map.Rev. That which can’t yet be known.. HOLMES Correspondingly. Right here.. Eagle.. Parliament. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -. HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here.the point at which the other four come together.. Ox. HOLMES It is the fifth element -. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B.and not by coincidence. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map.. (CONTINUED) . 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America. of a cross. Holmes points to the map.. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper. the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act. WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion.right in the middle of the river.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
where more police block his path. Watson goes down.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. cuffed and bruised. Police fill the hall. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) . IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. and they drag him away. sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub. hands it to Watson. POLICE CARRIAGE . PUNCH BOWL PUB . Irene jumps down. but the door EXPLODES inward.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He simply raises his arms. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state.MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. Ladies first. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. HOLMES Follow these plans. 102A INT. Flings it open. boots echoing. We’re at the Houses of Parliament. Lestrade sits opposite. Holmes looks back. 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. 103 INT.Rev. 104 EXT. Police. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. shaking his head -.he can’t believe it’s come to this. Irene looks out the window. He looks at Holmes.
revealing a temple of four orders pin. hawkers and tourists. why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. Lestrade. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. Lestrade pulls his lapel. HOLMES Oh.Rev. Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. but Mr. if you could wait outside. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. PARLIAMENT . m’lord. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. preparing for pomp and circumstance. 105 INT. climbing toward noon. Thank you. who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade. 106 INT.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES . at its ceremonial best. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. plenty of flags and enthusiasm. I know it’s unorthodox. They come to a door. Crowds are gathering outside. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. sir. (CONTINUED) . that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. Lestrade punches Holmes. 104 The carriage pulls up. Lestrade knocks.
there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. He opens it to try and clear the smoke. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93. Coward turns away for a moment -. did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours. It’s mercy. Coward. eagle. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. I confess to being completely out-matched. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end. I could deduce very little from my investigation. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. Mr.the lion is parliament. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire. HOLMES Nonetheless. Holmes. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. but I don’t care much what you think. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 106 HOLMES I’m curious. HOLMES No. lion -. Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window. but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. ox. and now you have given it to me. HOLMES Fortunately. (CONTINUED) . LORD COWARD Very clever. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room. But it’s not murder.Rev. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd.
HOLMES (V. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94..) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood. The big ceremonial sword is prominent.O. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door. Holmes. The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking..O. 106 A pair of handcuffs. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground. from where you have been standing. LORD COWARD (V. Coward.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope.O. HOLMES (V.) A faint aroma of excrement. you would have made a valuable ally. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud..) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee. Coward performing a ritual. slide across the floor to Coward’s feet. Blackwood. He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found..Rev. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS.. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing. HOLMES (V..) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago.O. from where you’ve been kneeling.O. HOLMES (V.
A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today. The entire government will be present. 107 (CONTINUED) . PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then. (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot.Rev. THAMES . 94A/94B. REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He disappears for a moment then surfaces. 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames.O. Holmes.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed. looks about in the water. when it brings no profit to the wise. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. He misses. With a single bound.
your instructions were fairly precise. No way he’d be coming over the terrace. pockets it. WATSON Well. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. her eyes narrow.. Captain Tanner. Tanner takes it happily. grimaces. TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. little too perfectly. When Holmes is level. checks the load. about everything except the window. He’s never going to like guns. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL. Watson stands on the rear deck.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Port side. He grabs it with his hands. Tanner smiles. Irene is also present. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. still pleased with himself. Holmes is pulled up into the boat.Rev. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. And. IRENE Where to.. into the sewers. HOLMES Watson.. Tanner turns the boat. soldier boy. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. Irene looks out. pulling Holmes in on the rope.. Holmes opens the drum. Clearly the whole escape has been planned. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. (CONTINUED) . come to think of it.
107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . unlit. hands it on to Tanner. floats at the opening to the tunnel.BOAT Tanner’s boat.. TANNER Far as I can go. The entire government is here. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 . have a drink. SEWERS . Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse. pulls a face. As they head toward the sewers.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels. on the edge of the darkness. The boat is almost at the sewers. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament. heading into this epic building. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing. IRENE Starting early. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96. who swallows it without flinching.. He takes a shot. I am about to show you. HOLMES Trust me. 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT.Rev. She can see this is more than a social invitation. Holmes nods towards Watson. Irene follows. the time moving toward noon. grimaces. wipes his mouth. 107A EXT. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience. Irene passes him the bottle. she takes a hit. He drinks.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. Doctor. smiles.
It sits below a shattered ceiling. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. the RAT TAIL. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon. But there is something sitting in it. standing in shadows. stops. those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. the pentagram remains. Irene and Watson flank him.Rev. HOLMES I can tell it from here. Cyanide. Blackwood’s magic. The first of its kind. In the center. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. to be precise.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Note the blue discoloration. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. the faint smell of bitter almonds. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. When activated. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. WATSON You can tell that from here? No. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. bricks dismantled. HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. Tell-tale signs of cyanide. He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. (CONTINUED) . Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene.
They burst into the area. 111 112 OMITTED INT. As they start to take seats. HOLMES He doesn’t. It’s there when he needs it. They nod. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps. out of the way otherwise.Rev. checks the crowd. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. faster and faster. There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control.DAY Holmes checks his watch.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. 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. Shoulder-to-shoulder.. The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. SEWERS . DOWN a bend. Irene trails them closely. next.. Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. Lord Coward steps up. They draw their guns. completely surprising the three thugs.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . Watson pistol-whips the nearest. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals. they move down the tunnel. 110 HOLMES As if by magic. UP a channel. I wouldn’t. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve. PARLIAMENT .
sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. Electrocuted. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --. Dredger spins Watson around. WATSON Sullen.. sparks flashing.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. sending both guns spinning away --. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene recoils. who is out).which puts his back to another tunnel. surrounded by humming. Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. 112 Take this. (CONTINUED) . they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun. sparking coils. Now unguarded. Holmes joins Irene at the device.Rev. which falls into the cradle. Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. Gun in each hand. A totally wire-free weapon. she drops the knife. Over there. both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. Before Irene can alert him. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse). IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it. She grips her knife. but without much resistance.
up in the Lords’ Gallery. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD. Holmes goes for Dredger. BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) .who doesn’t even bother to block anything. waiting for the session to begin. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. BONG! The second chime resounds. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100.DAY The chime echoes. Voices rise. commanding.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall. and points. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it. Coward looks up.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. SEWERS . Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. very emphatically. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some. 114 INT. Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. deflecting him for a moment. Irene sits at the device. Dredger grabs Holmes. PARLIAMENT . The hall goes silent. Holmes flies into him feet-first. Blackwood is calm. trying to figure out how to defuse it. Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air. 113 INT. staring at a ghost. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben. Look. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device.
Holmes heads back to Irene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. Dredger grins --. staggers back holding his bleeding ears. Dredger backs off.the bowl of his pipe.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . but not very big. sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) . Dredger grunts angrily. Dredger drops Holmes. I need the bullets. Watson dives desperately. pouring the gunpowder into --. BONG! The clock is ticking down. swung with full force by Watson. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. as if scared of the sword -.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge. a plan forming. This is going to be more uneven than usual.until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. flexes his bicep. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe.Rev. His eyes narrow. then he pulls it out. lunges with his little sword. enough. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them. The bullets. WATSON You owe me for the ring. HOLMES Give me your gun. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left. only just keeping Dredger at bay --. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut.
116 INT. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place. placed them on the balustrade in front of him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow.which shatters against the floor. SEWER TUNNEL . BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT. Shaped charge. (CONTINUED) . arms wide. She rolls up a sleeve.. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. 114 -. HOLMES We need a light. Got it. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE. Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash. 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.. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan. but the doors are locked. Guards are banging outside the doors. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both. then turns back to the device. Victorian-style. He calmly intones a familiar chant.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . While Watson is down. angles his huge legs and pushes. Lords are on their feet.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. Then he braces his massive feet.Rev.
.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES . just barely avoiding the sparks and coils. the dying giant falls like a tree. stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --. Fizzling. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords. HOUSE OF LORDS .. Hey! WATSON (O. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods. still. mouth wide with a silent scream. out of his limp hand.S. and. gears ratchet past each other. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly. eyes bulging. He lurches away. Bad news. and she angles the blade. cams turn. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT. boiling inside.where he found HOLMES’ GUN. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. ZAP! A spark hits the blade. snatching her blade. Watson is face-down on the stones. crawled from the sewer -. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe.Rev.and continue to burn inside Dredger. on his belly.
stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony. 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.DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. 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. He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air. BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider.Rev. SEWER TUNNELS . He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air..117 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall.. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. 117A INT. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air. electrodes sizzle. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr. I am here to change all this..
magical. 117B 117C INT. Nothing at all.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. Yes.. 2/2/09 104A. Other Temple members eye him.. disappearing into the gallery. 117B EXT. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic. 117C Nothing happens.DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye. She looks past Holmes. first time. But again. scared. neither knows what to say. Blackwood hits the remote again.. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . BIG BEN . WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear.Rev. IRENE That was something new for us. nothing happens. 117D 118 OMITTED INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . They look around. He ducks away fast. Coward looks confused. SEWER JUNCTION .. And. it was. Everyone is still standing.
Just. He motions to the disabled device. Holmes looks down at his friend. He’s done..DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. The cylinders are gone. INT. HOLMES Come on. His face darkens. face grim. sits up. you’re going to miss this. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. looks. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns. relieved.sees Watson. WATSON Holmes. HOLMES Yes. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105. 118A . Watson looks around. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . we made it. He misread her yet again. Watson rolls over. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime. you’ve got to admit. heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. seemingly dead. I’m sorry. feels for a pulse. 118 Holmes whips around -. drops to his knees next to Watson. He goes to him. had enough. and so is Irene.Rev. Watson nods. HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact.
Irene hesitates for a moment. For a long moment it is pitch black.DAY Panting. PIPE . about 500 yards away. The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. ahead -. She picks up speed. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . then slithers into the pipe. SEWER TUNNELS . 118D 118C . anxious breath the only point of reference. Irene’s quick. hears. into the unknown. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. This is as tight. subterranean. damp. then sees Irene sprint across the maze.SHERLOCK HOLMES .and pinches tighter.a dark. Blackwood follows them. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --. next to Irene’s head. The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -. flung there from the previous action with Dredger. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns. 118D INT. claustrophobic gamble. almost imperceptibly. pinched down. Then Holmes.DAY The pipe angles down. turns. and so does Irene’s rate of movement.Rev. Light increases. And then the tunnel ends. Blackwood scoops it up. Then. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets. 118C INT.pauses. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. horrible. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. 118B INT. light. 2/2/09 106.
Anger lends him energy. yes --. 118F 118G INT. As fit and athletic as she is. this is a grind. 118E INT. 118H Gritting her teeth.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe. Irene accelerates for it.more stairs.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark. upward. 118H INT. Stonework fairly new. CELLAR .a brick-framed window -. The only ready way out. vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it. shimmies TOWARDS us.DAY -. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate. Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards. 2/2/09 107.ON THE LADDER . Irene charges the stairs -118I INT. 118J INT. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside.DAY Holmes grimaces.Rev. chest heaving.DAY 118G Irene -. HOLLOW BUILDING . and sees. hollow building full of construction equipment. 118E 118F INT. HOLLOW BUILDING .DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building. enters the pipe. An even tighter fit for him.and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I . PIPE . CELLAR . She surges for light -. CELLAR .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.SHERLOCK HOLMES .climbing with one hand.
REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE.then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger. Goodbye! He start to move towards her.WALKWAY .DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. recovered somewhat -. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --. * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge. winded.’ Irene turns. She makes it to the end. the center of the world. 118K EXT. SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye.Rev. . We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure. TOWER BRIDGE .and returns to Irene as. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive. no further to go.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower. laid out for us in breathtaking. 2/2/09 108. spectacular beauty --. They circle around each other.SHERLOCK HOLMES . TOWER BRIDGE .then the glory of London. She’s 250 feet above the Thames. Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her.HELICOPTER SHOT . 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT.
She shoots him in the arm. She drops. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. As she falls. Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. But he swipes her legs away.Rev. (CONTINUED) . He moves in again. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands. Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. stunned. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. give it a try. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry. and kicks her gun away. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK. HOLMES Why hurry off.
whipping a coil of rope across the floor.which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in. Blackwood second. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm.WALKWAY .his eyes lock on to something. And you’ll be the first. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. no match for the sword --. TOWER BRIDGE . hooking Blackwood around his ankle. which falls --.Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong. Holmes is on the defensive throughout. mounts a frenzied attack. Flimsy. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder. awaiting Holmes. The wind will do the rest. but now because of you thousands are going to die. slashes.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . chops six inches off the batten. Holmes turns. binding them together. The bullet misses him. as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. Blackwood smiles. now bound. Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. which Holmes simply tries to survive.DAY A look between them and then it’s on. Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge. his target is the cylinder first. He looks back to Blackwood. but...Rev. The two men finally part. as before. They continue to spar. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. He lands. (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . 119H EXT. Holmes quickly ducks. He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier). Blackwood snarls. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110. -. Blackwood fires at Holmes. self defense third.
a mixture of egg and honey. HOLMES There was never any magic. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm. pulled toward the edge. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank. like the prison guard. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on. screeching to a painful halt. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes. Holmes remains cool. conjuring tricks. (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -. Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway..Rev. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . His fingers are white from strain. 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. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation. Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals.. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell.
Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians. 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS. An odorless. A simple rigged bullet in his gun. (CONTINUED) . They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -. 110B. Had it worked.at one of your ceremonies I suspect. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf. tasteless. your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Ingenious. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery. Instead. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power.Rev. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end. flammable liquid -.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue.
cutting the rope. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies. Wind whips harder. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on. Blackwood is on his knees. the crane swings. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. hits a row of standing timbers. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet.: We see the slow. cowed.G.G.Rev. inexorable dominoes continue to fall. The timbers start to topple. Quick as a snake. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt. Blackwood can hold on no longer. HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. The last timber falls over the edge.. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm. Holmes bends down. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111.: a bucket drops. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B.. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS. The rope yanks down a crane. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. IN B. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose. lands on a rope. the atmosphere electric and dangerous.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . strikes another crane. The storm grows in ferocity. starting a slow.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you.
disappearing into a cloud.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112.. Holmes just stands there. It’s a long journey from here to the rope. (CONTINUED) . She appears to be dead. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks.. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down. properly this time. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. the world will see you for what you are. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we. Blackwood looks up. CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we. Holmes looks up.Rev. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one. His brow furrows. Blackwood looks up. and farther. a silhouette against the stormy sky. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. He takes her hand.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Then you will hang.. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away.. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained. stunned. hanged like a common man after all. Oh. 119H HOLMES First. The bird flaps its wings. killing him instantly. Holmes moves down to her. CREAK. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge.. He falls farther. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse.. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES.. Irene.
Key’s in the watch pocket. he is a professor. IRENE It looks like rain. seat next to her. HOLMES We’ve still got a moment.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE You were right. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. 119H Her eyes pop open. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A. A bit of a smile and break. an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames.Rev. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him. Moriarty. this time. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. cuffing her instead.
119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. keeps walking. She smiles.DUSK Rain falls softly. near a kiss. The storm curls around him. TOWER BRIDGE . (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. Lestrade. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick. Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants). LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one. At the end of the top of the stairs. yes. Sadly. Cylinder to one of the policemen.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113. detective. And he sees. Their faces close.. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. HOLMES Thank you.. turns and walks away. Holmes keeps moving into the night. LESTRADE You’re welcome. Then Lestrade cracks a smile.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT. Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . Sherlock. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. the rain falling hard. calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me.
Watson takes it. We recognize the figure of WATSON. He joins Watson.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. . Holmes can’t help but smile. no words spoken. Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick. 122A A shadow is waiting for him.
DAYS LATER MOVING DAY. Just a few scribbles.Rev. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope. his back to them.. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really.. He looks dead.STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring.. 123 EXT. .SHERLOCK HOLMES . 123A INT. 221 BAKER ST. . I’d love to read them sometime. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. 221 BAKER ST. MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course. 221 BAKER ST. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B. MARY All your adventures. cases we’ve worked on over the years. WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes.. One moment. 2/2/09 114.. Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment. WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring.. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * . 123B INT.
My lord. Turns him around. like a caterpillar in a cocoon. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. WATSON Get on with it. 123B WATSON Don’t panic. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. dear.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll. Holmes. he’s far too fond of himself. Do carry on. Clearing your good name.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A. as it were. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution. Watson and Mary walk by.Rev. But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon. Watson pokes him. MARY Shouldn’t you help him. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -. Holmes. I should probably come down. I can’t feel my cheeks. HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness.
Rev. Watson draws his sword. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time. belts and a coat hook. my tongue is going next. WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES .mad honey disease. He doesn’t mind. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum. I’ll be of no use to you at all. Watson. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down. WATSON Worse things could happen. Holmes tumbles to the ground. John. HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. Please. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own.
HOLMES With small caliber bullet. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range. looking concerned. HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr... CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. He went missing in the sewers. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me.. There.. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants.Rev. right away. HOLMES What is it this time. They are interrupted by a knock on the door. a maintenance man found his body this morning. Moriarty. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -. Well. Yes.mind racing. Constable Clark enters. The dog has regained its vital signs. there. Shot in the head. Holmes. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? . everything’s going to be all right.he shakes his head. sir.complete change of demeanor -..123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . MARY There’s a brave boy. Indeed..
. Well.. sir. sir. Constable Clarke nods. case * * * 124 . HOLMES I’ll leave with you. Watson nods. A KNOCK. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. 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. WATSON Adler was just a diversion. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A.Rev. Watson nods. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along. 124 OMITTED Clarky. They’ve taken over the case.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. Holmes pulls his coat on. The Driver pokes his head in. reopened. the Driver exits. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest.
125 FLASHBACK .SHERLOCK HOLMES .) Shot in the head. BANG! 125 . where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device.) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there. what you doing? The policeman looks up.Rev. We don’t see his face.O. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. They spread out to seal the crime scene. and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene. 2/2/09 116B. SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel.O. SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device. SERGEANT Oi.INT.
mind racing. CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range. 126 (CONTINUED) . Holmes and Watson look at each other -. Excellent deduction. however. I thought those days were behind you. HOLMES Wager.SHERLOCK HOLMES . looking concerned.. everything’s going to be all right.. 126 INT. there.. WATSON There’s a brave boy. 221 BAKER ST.THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device. sir.Rev. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods.. There.complete change of demeanor -. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing. 2/2/09 117. The dog has regained its vital signs. Holmes pulls his coat on. Watson. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . They’ve taken over the case. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it.
WATSON Watson turns to Holmes.. It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two. A KNOCK. .. HOLMES I’ll walk out with you.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A..Rev. Well.. Watson nods.. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion. sir. MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. Holmes nods. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along. the Driver exits.126 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -.perhaps the POV of the raven. Holmes extends an awkward hand.Rev. Watson. A stiff beat. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage. 221 BAKER ST. 2/2/09 118. WATSON Take care of yourself. 127 EXT. . be careful. an understanding between the two men. Watson A THE END . She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away.. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and. FADE OUT. warm look. Holmes. HOLMES Magnificent woman. looks relieved and excited. Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. Watson shakes Holmes’ hand.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Doctor. puts a hand on his arm.. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you.
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