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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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FADE IN: 1 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Autumnal streets seen through the sooty glass of a STREET LAMP. Shadows within shadows. Fog in the air. Full moon. WATSON (V.O.) The year was 1891. London was the capital of the world -- the height of modernity, with the hiss of steam and smell of coal in the air. It was also the great cesspool into which all the sinners and criminals of the empire drained. Gas hisses audibly, the street lamp ignites, and casts a POOL OF LIGHT onto the street, silhouetting a MAN making his way through the fog and dark shadows with a lantern. WATSON (V.O.) I had come to London, ten years prior, to find a life after the Afghan war. I had hoped to start a medical practice and settle into a nice, steady existence. The life I found was anything but nice and steady. We can see that the MAN wears a cape. The distinctive silhouette of his deerstalker hat is unmistakable. A FURIOUS CLATTER OF HOOVES APPROACHES in the distance. The MAN tugs on a pipe and turns towards the growing stampede. WATSON (V.O.) And that had everything to do with one man. My friend, my partner, my burden... The MAN exhales a plume of smoke calmly, giving us the impression that he knows something that we don’t. WATSON (V.O.) ... Sherlock Holmes. WHAM! The MAN in the deerstalker hat is KNOCKED FLAT by A RUNNING MAN who has vaulted over a wall, sending him, his pipe, and hat flying across the cobbles. 1

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The RUNNING MAN leans down as if to assist, but instead just picks up the smoker’s broken umbrella and studies it. The MAN in the deerstalker hat’s eyes widen as he recognizes his famous assailant. MAN Sherlock Holmes?! SHERLOCK HOLMES offers the handle of the umbrella to the MAN, hauls him to his feet and hands back his broken umbrella. HOLMES My apologies. Send the bill to John Watson, 221B Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes sprints off down an alleyway. takes a step into the road to watch him go -The MAN

-- and is nearly flattened for good by the first of a number of POLICE CARRIAGES, hurtling by on a serious pursuit, Victorian-style. 2 INT. CARRIAGE - CLOSEUP ON THE OFFICERS - NIGHT inside. Big, uniformed guys assemble their weaponry -- a 19th century SWAT team. One man stands out as a leader, older than the rest, INSPECTOR LESTRADE. A man in plainclothes sits to one side of the officers: DR. JOHN WATSON, physically as tough as anyone else in the carriage, but with a more pensive air about him. A thinking man of action. 3 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Almost tipping over, the carriage turns onto the Embankment and hurtles through the writhing fog along the river. As the carriage banks, we see Holmes cut across the carriage path again, taking a line the horses cannot follow. CUT TO: ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes bursts out of an alley, sprints round a corner and runs across a courtyard to a side door. WE PULL BACK to see the FACADE OF ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL. 3 2

O. First point of attack. The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round.Rev. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face. partial deafness in right ear. but does not see Holmes. stop screaming. Holmes launches a hammer blow. HOLMES (V. BACK TO 24 fps. as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. HOLMES (V. he’s fit.ENTRANCE . confused. BACK TO 24 fps. The man swings the lantern away again.) Stink of alcohol. paralyze vocal chords. He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows.SHERLOCK HOLMES .O. 4 5 OMITTED INT. 2/2/09 3. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . strangling his scream. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs.O. HOLMES (V. carrying the lantern and a gun.the most vulnerable point. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows. He takes a moment to recover.) Then throat. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact.) Head cocked to the left. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it. He peers about. The man’s mouth opens to cry out. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver. just at the top of the jaw -. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop. A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes.NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . but not as fit as he used to be.

He draws his gun and approaches. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. He has seen the lantern light. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase. THUG What’s goin’ on. further down into the crypts. dropping him. ducks down into the shadows. POV . THWACK! Hammer blow to ear. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase.5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 6 7 OMITTED INT. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . John? When he gets no answer. BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground. But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG. CRACK! Karate chop to throat. reaches around him. the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION . Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move.Rev. HOLMES Hhhmm. Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister. picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4. good cigar. moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows.BALCONY .NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard.

out of sight. distaste. You did. WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE. Thought I’d left the stove on. Just got it. doesn’t take it. HOLMES Perfect timing. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know.) Watson.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) . Watson hands him his pistol. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something.Rev. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. WATSON Getting his troops in formation. WATSON You left this behind. reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. Eyes alive with intelligence. Right. CUT TO: This is what they do.

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We do not see his face. Holmes and Watson head down. Still kneeling.NIGHT Thugs dispatched. The girl. ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. never stops. real. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle.Rev. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. knees. still hooded. powerful stuff. Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. Blackwood chants softly. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. A sword has been placed at her feet. the woman rises up like a broken puppet. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure). Watson closer to Blackwood. 7 Watson takes out the two men. Her eyes roll back in her head. He is more of a brawler. WATSON (CONTINUED) . Some kind of ritual is about to climax. This is spooky. fast. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl. We do not yet see his face. ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . lit with candles at each corner. using headbutts. but no less effective. and elbows. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6. shrouded in shadow. 8 9 OMITTED INT. Suddenly. 9A INT. Their footsteps echo. Less artful.BALCONY . as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. trance-like. not caring if they make a noise or not. Blackwood simply ignores them.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES .

strangely. We finally see his face. as a medical man. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. That’s more than Watson can take. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly. Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. Blackwood throws back his hood. BLACKWOOD Well done. almost mockingly. trains it on Blackwood. Look. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. His eyes are intense. And Watson as well. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -. grabs the woman’s arm. No. Holmes. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. BLACKWOOD Tell me. ready to plunge the point into her heart. Holmes lunges.Rev. She collapses. he is tapped into something dark and cruel. doctor. Watson raises his gun. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . WATSON Stay right there. HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip.

2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8.? It is. fun. HOLMES Impeccable timing. sees nothing. HOLMES If I had. Besides. as Lestrade and his men finally appear. not the Yard. almost invisible --. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. Lestrade. you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor.. HOLMES Watson looks. really nasty concealed weapon. (CONTINUED) .the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. Watson looks.. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope. What a shame. POLICEMEN flood the area. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony. Look. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance.Rev. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE. the girl’s parents hired me. and sees it and his eyes flare wide.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood.

10 10A . the pentacle.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. hating himself for needing to. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. Lestrade eyes the double circle. 9A Lestrade turns.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Have a cigar. a piece of photo paper on top. As usual. FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops. Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. frustrated. CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. Grudgingly. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony. Lestrade. shakes his head.Rev. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher. put chains on him. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. he turns to Holmes. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. HOLMES Bravo. She’s still mouthing the incantation. not understanding them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. a bench strewn with scientific equipment. reluctantly.

Their eyes are shut for the photo.. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street..Rev.” 10F 10G INT. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. shaking hands with a royal. 10D 10E INT.. Holmes and Watson getting older. This time. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson... 2/2/09 10. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files. light as it is exposed. holding a goose by its feet and smiling. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY.. older. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD. 10C 10D INT.. 10B INT. and. coming to rest on the letter “H.SHERLOCK HOLMES . unaccustomed to flashes. they look more confident.. 10B 10C INT. solving crimes. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT. More and more headlines. The men are front page news now. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT.” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers. 10G . the article bigger.

CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years. thanks to you.SHERLOCK HOLMES .AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter. 10J 11 EXT. The whole thing is fed into a printing press. . A raven lands on the entry gate. Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. a whirring mass of wheels and gears.” one metal time. 10H INT. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. walking down the street with the day’s shopping. MRS. very good. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT.Rev. 221 BAKER ST. 2/2/09 11. (CONTINUED) 12 .. she shoos it away.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS.. Papers are bundled and tied. dominating the front page. . an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. WATSON 71 over 104. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL. walks up the steps.” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold. 12 INT. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. everything in its place. and inside. 221 BAKER ST. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image. HUDSON. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -.all is neat and tidy. Captain.

And there’ll be a woman’s touch. too. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA. 12 Watson is pleased by that. There won’t be so many stairs.Rev.ground floor.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . I hope? WATSON No -.your new offices.

Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation. (CONTINUED) .S. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer. then helps Captain Philips to his feet. 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O. (beat) I’ll be right back.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . terrified.Rev. just to be safe. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A. Philips hits the floor. writes a prescription on a piece of paper.

MRS. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. 12 He heads out. Hudson. shoots up the stairs with the paper. . Which is a relief to Mrs. WATSON I smell burning. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. heads towards them. Captain. 13 INT. Urgent.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HUDSON Come on. Mrs.Rev. MRS. let’s go down. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. It’ll be quieter. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. not while he’s in this state. (CONTINUED) 13 . MRS. What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. 221 BAKER ST. that’s all. HUDSON. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. Watson takes the newspaper from her. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door.HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. MRS. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. his landlady. WATSON You’re not going in at all.

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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 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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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)

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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.

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WATSON So. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. you have nothing to do? Nothing. 14 WATSON . Absolutely. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening. Not available. My favorite. HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . at all. For dinner. A little smile from Holmes. on earth. Wonderful. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. HOLMES Then it’s not official. I insist you get out of here. you’ve been in this room for two weeks. * (CONTINUED) .Rev. and your friend. The Royale... Holmes. Mary’s coming.

WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. the name on a bottle of wine. 14 WATSON It’s happening. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos. MARY The pleasure’s mine. Watson exits. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table. intent on each other -. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. He is quite uncomfortable in this setting.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . we see a hint of fear in his eyes. WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -. talking. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced. CUT TO: 15 INT. Holmes stands. WATSON And wear a jacket. And then Watson and Mary arrive. The Royale.Rev. Holmes. THE ROYALE . Half past eight. Mr.looks again. It really is a thrill to meet you. and clearly a woman worth marrying. 30s. She extends her hand.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive. For the first time. a surreptitious argument between waiters. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -. It all becomes quite overbearing. Holmes! WATSON You’re early. HOLMES My pleasure. like it or not. The dog wakes up and runs out. Holmes gestures politely. they sit. She’s beautiful. Mary and Watson on either side of him.

.Rev. 16A. Poe. WATSON (proudly) It’s true. Wilkie Collins.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.. 15 (CONTINUED) .

2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) . ah. no no.. Holmes less so -. see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details. by the way. like all military men.. I intend to. Mr. HOLMES . though. right behind you. MARY Watson likes that. And neat.. brave.Rev.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES ... (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once. Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler. HOLMES Yes. you know him. Strong. WATSON Those days are behind me. Then I check his pockets.not a good idea. MARY With all due respect. born to be a man of action. Holmes. A stub from a boxing match. Take Watson. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that.. Mary laughs. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -. The little details are by far the most important. so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier. 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes.a forced chuckle. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. HOLMES (livening up) Oh.

HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. (instantly) You’re a governess. it’d be wonderful. Holmes (CONTINUED) . (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. reaches for the wine. Mary nods.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . MARY I insist. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. actually. well done. Watson’s getting nervous. HOLMES It’s breathing. I doubt -MARY No. 15 HOLMES Yes. MARY Charlie’s 7.Rev. Well done. WATSON Yes. stops him.

A very impetuous act by the boy. anyway. It’s from Asprey’s. 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18. MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. not the gems of a governess. He shakes his head. (beat) However. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off.. the jewels you’re not wearing tell us rather more. WATSON Give us a few minutes. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself..Rev. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. please. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace. flawless. (to Watson) What would madam care for this evening? Watson gives Holmes a hard look: that’s a bit much. (CONTINUED) . pours wine for all.

.. pauses. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19. faster. She turns to leave. Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) .. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes.. The restaurant goes silent. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone. he died. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him.Rev. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth. Watson gets up.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . moves to help Mary to her feet. then: HOLMES You were engaged. intensely focused. manic. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. They’re leaving. I didn’t leave my fiance. turns back. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. 15 Holmes. But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly. Holmes pauses. As Holmes talks. A doctor perhaps.

The waiter puts them down. -.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. He just sees their mouths moving.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . talking. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT.then pauses. 15 WATSON Well done.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -.and Watson goes with her. all sinew and gristle. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt.huge but flabby -. PUNCH BOWL PUB . His opponent. Holmes hears no words. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow.an array of plates piled high.bangs his fists together and moves in. He is stripped to the waist. It interests him. looks around. She’s lovely. He tastes his own blood from a split lip. This is soothing to him. McMURDO -. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --. Their orders arrive -. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -. Suddenly. laughing. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. (CONTINUED) . old man. spaghetti style.Rev.the sounds muffled and indistinct -.

most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. smiles. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex. the sound floods back into the room.until he notices a face at ringside. Holmes begins walking away. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. stands. thank you. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. Holmes is completely in control --. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. But that’s all. He throws nothing in return. Once or twice. He turns back to McMurdo. (CONTINUED) . And as I said. moment. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him.SHERLOCK HOLMES . when the big man leaves an obvious opening. it was most pleasurable. Holmes rolls over. just using his reflexes to protect himself. sometimes even drops his hands. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21. He looks for the woman. HOLMES Thank you. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot. Well done. She’s gone. not just think. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. Finished.Rev. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here.

who is frozen on the spot. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . scanning McMurdo. he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms. incorporating exotic martial arts. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. soothed inside. they’re not sure if they like it. but from Holmes’ POV. The crowd applauds. Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. A row of stone cells. over and out. He doesn’t care. Holmes strides out of the bar. He sees the crowd fall silent. McMurdo falls. catching him on the back of the head. Holmes stops. which buckles altogether wrong. casting jagged shadows. Feels the back of his head. there really isn’t any sport. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas. battered on the outside. Hm. CHARLIE.NIGHT A candle shivers.Rev. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Steps back into the ring. The crowd falls silent.SHERLOCK HOLMES .CORRIDOR . 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. Taking a huge swig. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. all is calm. 18A INT. A full-scale riot is on. He grabs a bottle in his hand. braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. He turns. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. hand. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. working into a fever pitch. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. His eyes tick slowly. nearly invisible. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard.

resumes his soft murmur. GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES . he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells. That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again. an upside-down cross.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . He coughs harder. 19 INT. lies convulsing on the floor. GUARD CAPTAIN All right. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. LOUDER.Rev. the Captain starts COUGHING. Eyes closed. GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. A hint of some method to his madness. Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Blackwood. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols. And now he’s in some kind of fit. sketches of animals. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. down here and get him to the infirmary. We see another guard. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly. He’s confused. WHISPERING ungodly sounds. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie. get.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. (CONTINUED) .NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. a headless sphinx. The Guard Captain continues around the corner. JACK.

Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A. The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP. spits it out onto the stone floor. (CONTINUED) . keeps coughing. horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. 19 Blackwood keeps whispering. He looks down. windowsill flutters away.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Prisoners start SHOUTING. terrified. 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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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

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You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence. Holmes puts on his vest. HOLMES It’s too small for you. I’ll keep it with your check book.Rev. Silence. I have your cut from last night. WATSON Well. HOLMES You’re right.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I was aware she’d been engaged. She told me. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. it’s my property and I want it back. HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening. HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence. Watson punches him square in the face... It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. Holmes takes off his shirt. locked safely away in my drawer. (CONTINUED) . Silence. by the way. WATSON That’s my waistcoat. Watson. 23 HOLMES Oh. Holmes rubs his jaw.

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Blackwood’s death is the headline. Police keep them away from the entrance.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 24 25 OMITTED 25 .Rev. Holmes heads inside.EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. 24 EXT. I’ve no business with him while he’s alive. Watson stops. WATSON You go ahead. 2/2/09 26A. Religious zealots and occultists swarm. PENTONVILLE PRISON . papers are for sale.

All the cells are now EMPTY. sir..BLACKWOOD’S CELL .. HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em. There’s something about him. strolling insouciantly. getting closer. 26 INT. The Guard high-tails it out of there. In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood.two heavyweights sizing each other up. otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands. Holmes listens. 2/2/09 27. HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here.SHERLOCK HOLMES . They share a smile -. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. it’s like he can get inside your head.. sir. Blackwood pauses. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd. 27 (CONTINUED) . sees Holmes. No way this creep’s getting to him. who’s reading aloud to himself. thank you. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is.DAWN A pale.. PENTONVILLE PRISON . BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me. turns.CORRIDOR . GUARD Much obliged. PENTONVILLE PRISON . if you have other duties to attend to. 26 27 INT.Rev. Thank you. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place.DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell.

Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment. your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. HOLMES However. the men are close together. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear. Blackwood is right at the bars. 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. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind. by comparison. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. close to Holmes. HOLMES Actually. (CONTINUED) .27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and that’s why you’re really here. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -.Rev. Despite the bars between them.I am merely the channel. Suddenly. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot.

27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. Blackwood. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. BLACKWOOD Mr. I might have spared five lives. Then you would serve a greater purpose. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. I need you. As Holmes walks away. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic.after you’re hanged. Steel your mind. shakes his head. Holmes. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. and there is nothing you can do to save them. and it worries me. Blackwood calls after him. you must widen your gaze. of course. Holmes. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords. HOLMES Bon voyage. Holmes steps back.Rev. a sacrifice. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . too. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. HOLMES I must say.

meets Lestrade and a PRIEST. 29 INT.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Father. Watson is there too.Rev. Not for this one. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing. PENTONVILLE PRISON .MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. 27 28 INT. HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest. or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head. CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) .CORRIDOR . HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. 29A. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. members of the government and cops. We get a good look at some of the faces. The place is bustling with cops and officials.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. Blackwood walks up into the noose.

CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck. His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning.) London’s so bleak this time of year.29 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly. Legs fall through and yank tight. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening. .DAY Holmes is out cold. CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O.Rev. dead. 221 BAKER STREET . CRACK! His eyes fly open. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. lying on his tiger skin rug. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30. The show is over. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible.S. 30 INT.

2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31. her back to Holmes. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him. olives. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright.. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. She leans down. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain.. 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. etc. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. stunned by this intrusion. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. cracking walnuts. Dates from Jordan. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. Irene gets up to cross the room. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. just before she turns back to face him.. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. dried fruit.Rev. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter... Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene. Irene opens the file. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up.

revealing and enormous diamond. TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. Let’s not dwell on the past. No ring? IRENE He snored. Plus. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. husbands. They move to sit at the table.Rev. HOLMES But your signature is clear. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Holmes almost melts. HOLMES And you. 30 HOLMES Simply studying your methodology for when the authorities ask me to hunt you down. Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you. Then. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. HOLMES Ah.

IRENE I’m my own man. she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. She hands him the envelope. HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33. 30 IRENE This is all the information you need.

. . Holmes examines the envelope.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. 31 INT.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A. As she walks out she puts her photo back upright. 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins. IRENE 31 * * * * * * -. waits for her to pass -Hello. I didn’t say I’d take the case. On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel.STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in. IRENE They gave me our old room. She pauses behind him as she exits. 221 BAKER ST. HOLMES Keep your money. Irene keeps moving. She ignores him. He lifts his hat. John.

You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . CUT TO: 32 33 INT. HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. She sniffs them appreciatively. CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. Moriarty closes the window.SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. walks on. and their footsteps clatter away. 32 EXT. but for me. She turns into the alley. Someone waiting outside takes the paper. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). a gesture from the shadow stills her. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. CARRIAGE Irene sits. Too dark to see much in there. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street. 2/2/09 34. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. and the carriage starts moving. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. Looks. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. Before she can speak. Pauses. looks around her. finally prepared to engage with her. gets in.

I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. the coach comes to a halt. they lurch forward. A better word. it’s accurate.Rev. me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) . 33 I’m certain. Ow. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA.33 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. 34 EXT.

He has disgusting blackened teeth. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A. sir. (CONTINUED) .34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up. sir. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit. BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. yes it would.Rev. 34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over.

utterly alive. anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . all aflutter. almost enraged. I’m sorry. The carriage moves on. HOLMES Thank you. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar. Within a nanosecond. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain. 35 INT. 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. completely transformed now. WATSON Look at you. 221 BAKER ST. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead.. very concerned. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35.Rev. HOLMES You’ve had your fun. She’d love that. Leaping about. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style). WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out. Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears. you were going to explain something. Watson approaches.. .HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I -WATSON I know.Watson won’t stop. 34 He reaches toward the window. This is a hopeless cause -. she made a proper idiot of you. who backs off in fear. WATSON What’s she after.

HOLMES Regrettably. missing two front teeth. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. a human canoe. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. Go on. WATSON I’ve already read it. Holmes looks like he’s had enough. I’ve . Holmes picks up his violin.. Holmes grabs the envelope back. said too much. Those are my dates. It’s more than a technicality. four foot ten.. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . a beard. I don’t agree. She likes ginger dwarfs. red hair. I can tell. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. Luke Reordon. Holmes. we’ve had our last case together. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. WATSON I won’t interrupt. WATSON I’ve upset you. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on.

221 BAKER ST. He bolts into -36A INT. one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A. Alright.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs. Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. he steps quickly to a window. The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect.Rev. Holmes plucks his violin. the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene. . Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. turning down an alley. He lands just right. I’m just saying. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street.INT. Before Watson can speak. 36 FLASHBACK . . 35 HOLMES No. 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 . He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. 221 BAKER ST. 221 BAKER ST.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. Once Irene leaves. . IRENE Why don’t I see myself out.REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof. WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES .

38B (CONTINUED) .Rev. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife.who is scrofulous and sly -.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley. trapping her. Irene frisks him expertly. 2/2/09 37. Still holding the roses. IRENE Oh. then his clothes. Another man steps in behind her. He closes in to grab her --. There is excitement in her eyes.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. He obeys. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you. cutting his belt. Quick as a snake. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. Even without the man -. signalling the mugger to be quiet.but at the other side. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. 38 EXT. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. all the way to his collar. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth.SHERLOCK HOLMES . how nice of you. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. She’s mugging the mugger. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -. eyes bulging. dropping him immediately. 38 38A EXT. 38B INT. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. this turns her on. sweetheart.

look. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. which is being assembled. then pops it in his mouth. catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR.and leaves. takes his wallet too. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously. but this time we can see that Holmes gets a view of the man on the other end of the weapon before the carriage pulls away. He drops a coin in his hand. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. a wallet. On second thoughts. 39 EXT. 38C EXT. does it? And -naughty boy -. snags a lump of coal. 38B IRENE Oh. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. 39 38C . she turns back. Doesn’t look like yours. -. then leaves. He hurries after Irene down the alley.Rev. runs on. that’s the Irene I know. chews it to blacken his teeth. He runs past a coal cart. shall I? She takes both wallets. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. Holmes picks up the pace.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . I’ll return them. thank you. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely.here’s another one. rubs it on his face and hands.

Holmes motions to the bills.S. at once. He’s got Adler on edge. I may not have a choice. Watson... (CONTINUED) . scared. thinking.. scared. WATSON And yet she works for him.SHERLOCK HOLMES . .Rev. 40 INT. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table. WATSON Which is no mean feat. HOLMES She’s intimidated. but leave this case. pale. WATSON You know what.. Breathless. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O. 2/2/09 37B. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own..) Mister Holmes. After all. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door. HOLMES This man intrigues me. That’s bad money. It’s nothing to do with me. HOLMES Well.? He turns to see. 221 BAKER ST.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin. sir. A man has to make a living..

grab a compass. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. sir. Clarky laughs. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. HOLMES Watson. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening. it’s a matter of professional integrity. 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. It appears he’s come back from the dead. Watson walks into his office. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . Us means you. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself.Rev. just this morning. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. They all move to the exit. You means us. you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here.

DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. 42 (CONTINUED) . Blackwood comes from old money. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT .DAY Judging by the estate. opens the door. A COP stops the carriage. 2/2/09 38aA. We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. Holmes and Watson exit. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE . WATSON Look at this mess. They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt. 41 EXT. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT.and it’s starting to rain. Watson barely lifts his head.SHERLOCK HOLMES . scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance. Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. not even on a bright sunny day -.Rev.ESTABLISHING . Not a place for a picnic. and lots of it. 41 42 EXT.

He is sweating. shaken. spooked.Rev. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest. Lestrade emerges from the crypt. They’d rather be anywhere but here. The cops are in tight clusters.this is interesting. As Holmes and Watson approach. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -. Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A. whispering to themselves. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. once again. (CONTINUED) .

42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -.smashed outward like they were nothing. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. Holmes inspects the door. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. and the image of a SPHINX. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. Holmes. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. checking the hinges. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. He notices the Blackwood CREST. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. You can question him if you like -. LESTRADE (low. The old GROUNDSKEEPER. LESTRADE Explain it if you can. duly chastened. pale and terrified.Rev. On second thought. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand.but you won’t get much. drags his boys in close. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. Watson heads for him. direction. The witness is over there. Lestrade waves it off. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now. not a word. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned.

42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. looking in his eyes. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt. They place it on the ground. crossing themselves. murmuring. step back. plainly terrified. him. Lestrade stomps up. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. HOLMES Inspector. a few moments. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. Holmes chuckles. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. He’s in shock. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. or the Yard. Four beefy. LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40. soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. (at Watson.Rev. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .

overflowing. the cops move backward. still stunned. Holmes and Lestrade move forward. HOLMES All yours. disturbed. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget.. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood.snatches the crowbar away. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. (CONTINUED) . putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago.... may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen. A DEAD BODY in the coffin. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. silver tools. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. He takes a CALIPER.Rev. 42 But no one moves. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth. eerie groan. in everyday clothes. He marches forward --. jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot. Watson opens his forensic kit. Inspector. Watson’s had enough.. They brush away a layer of dirt. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. begins examining the body.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . to reveal. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. Vials. HOLMES Inspector. with red hair. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket.a small measure of revenge. WATSON Lividity is late stage. Lestrade looks at it with dismay.three quarters of an inch. The coffin is filled with EARTH. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH..

ready to unburden himself.. They all want to get the hell out of there. This one has five. HOLMES Now the game is afoot. And I’m not daft. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . Watson.) He was walking. LONDON STREET .) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O. It’s not right. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid. Lestrade follows. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT. They all stop. He was as alive as you or me. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. Trust me. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42.S. leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . anxious. It’s not natural.Rev. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. suddenly. (turns. Most drunks are the same.. (etc. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily.

2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A.Rev. (CONTINUED) . WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible. 51 Just eat. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON You know. I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain. Watson appears preoccupied. I once heard a man predict his death.

WATSON Maddison and Haig. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks. Invariably. Watson shakes his head. scratches around the keyhole. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip.H. instead of theories to suit facts. He examines the lid.. HOLMES Hmm. Excellent. (CONTINUED) ..51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson looks quite chuffed. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP. and flips Reordon’s watch open. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP. HOLMES Very good. there are several sets of initials scored into the lid.. you end up twisting facts to suit theories. Adler’s midget is the key to this. screws it into his eye. HOLMES Let’s see now.Rev. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own. HOLMES The most recent is M. 51 HOLMES (mouth full. His face falls.. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. hence the scratches. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data.

HOLMES WATSON The time. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. here we are. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed. On the watch. thank you. the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. RESPECTABLE. I see the letters S and an L. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. They should give us an address.Rev. She has their (CONTINUED) . PAWNBROKERS. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. You remember.. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. attention. Not in blood but in bond. ahead of them there on Bow Street. brothers. wait. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG. a J.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary.. No. PALM READER Reckon your future. no. I think not. DISCREET. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. Holmes and Watson look at each other. PALM READER I see two men.

. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness.Rev. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. I see. china figurines.even for you. Watson looks at Holmes... WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes.... Mary? You will be married. lace doilies. Enough.. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman. PALM READER I see a letter. I see. Watson snatches his hand away... PALM READER She turns to fat. WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence. (horrified) Patterned table clothes...... (CONTINUED) . another M.. WATSON This is a new low -. the letter M. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B.

HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend.. Watson.. Even Holmes is taken aback by this. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. And you know it yourself. Here we are. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years. (CONTINUED) . Warn your friend.Rev. LONDON EAST END . Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet. looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. Why. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside. he’s not safe. Darkness and great pain. 52 EXT. as well you should be. Now Watson is smiling. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre.MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. Not bad. Mortal peril.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. the pawnshop behind them. produces a wad of coins. PALM READER I seen something in his hand. storms into Madison and Haig. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. pleased with himself. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and Holmes is not. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm. As he follows Watson.

well. windows are boarded up. Oh. And possibly dangerous. HOLMES Looks promising. 52 He slows.Rev. looks up at a dark. give my regards to Mary. Some (CONTINUED) .52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . dingy LODGING HOUSE. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A.

strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. finds a door with scratches on the keyhole. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom. Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. Something did. 55 INT. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. WATSON I can spare ten minutes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. 52 Holmes heads for lodging house.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It takes him a while. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him. biblical Latin and Hebrew. 53 54 OMITTED INT. Holmes inspects it.DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms. (CONTINUED) . he gestures them inside. It is fiddly. moves through a door.Rev. Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch. crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage. CRACK! Watson’s boot flashes past him as he KICKS the door off its hinges. Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling. every available inch is covered in writing. REORDON’S ROOMS .

Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS. loving it) Ammonium sulfate. An experiment generating a massive stench.. pulls out vials. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice. a seething cloud of flies. Eyes opened impossibly wide.S.. HOLMES (inhaling deeply. HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46. 55 HOLMES (O. Watson digs through his forensic bag. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. He digs through them. Watson moves to the stove.. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) . finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia. Holmes moves around the room.. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief.... come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. something ROTTING. REORDON’S LAB Instantly.55 SHERLOCK HOLMES . their bodies frozen in strange contortions. as if mid-death-rattle.Rev. impossible to read. Watson does his best not to gag.. Formaldehyde. Hemlock. In the center of the room. sniffing like a morbid perfumer.. goes towards. 56 INT.) Watson. A CREST stamped on it. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars.. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS.

56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. sniffs) Barley sugar. Sucks the iron right out of the ink. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47. or sugar. almost like perfume. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) . raises an eyebrow... faint words APPEAR on the blank page. moves into the next room.. Holmes senses something. but something else. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room. starts walking back to the other room. Watson catches it. The door WHIPS open. stops at an open window. starts pouring the acid. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on. tosses one to Watson. Long as it’s not too burnt. puts it by the lantern. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here. Ghostly chemistry.. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s. Holmes gets a whiff of something. Slowly. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide. 57 58 OMITTED INT.Rev... Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper. Sweet. (stops. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES . another chemical on a clean sheet of paper..

He keeps moving. ripping it down. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. slightly deformed. He catches the rod. gentlemen. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward.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. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. swinging at them. It stuns the giant for a beat. trapping the steel rod under his arm. Sweet tooth. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . He looks at Dredger. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. WATSON Seems about fair. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. HOLMES Let me guess -. sliding it into his hand as a weapon. As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy). eyes widen at the giant. HOLMES Hello. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. They stop. knows it won’t make a dent. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. He spins the rod expertly. Dredger is deadpan. a huge man. I’ll handle Mr. HOLMES You take them. 58 They are followed by DREDGER.Rev. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. who follows them into the room. bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it.

REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. (CONTINUED) . He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. He blinks. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. just as -Dredger flies through the air. climbing off of Watson. knocking him off his feet. anything he can grab. butting one. Head The men whip out knives. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. as he scrambles toward the ring. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon. Watson fights the first thug. and. blades flashing on either side of him. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon. A truly pathetic weapon. who falls. trying to gather his senses.Rev. Dredger tries to recover. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. One of the blades slices his shirt. kicking the other in the groin. 58A INT. Holmes thinks quickly. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. the shaft SPARKS. SLAMMING into Watson. 58 INT. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes.. He sees Dredger incoming. which SMACKS into the second thug. ripping off his pocket. The rod sparks and hums. Watson just barely ducks the blade.. and knocking the ring away. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. a bar-room brawler. the first man HURLS his knife. sending it across the ground. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. cranks his weapon.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . scattering all the bottles and tools. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. who swings the metal shaft desperately. Watson ducks and dodges.

as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. They weave through the shadows. SLIPWAY . 63 EXT. leaps out the window. grips his ruined ring. Holmes gives chase. The vessel can’t be far from completion. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through. takes an angle to cut off Dredger.FIRST SLIPWAY For now though. bends down. it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water. Watson chases the engagement ring. knocking people out of his way.. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. the rest of the ring mangled. just as he’s about to grab it. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. landing atop a heap of coal. lost in the floorboards. picks up the ring. Watson brings up the rear. and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50. which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders.. Watson darkens. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window. a clear change in his demeanor.. big wooden chocks hold it in place. TOOLEY IRONWORKS . He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly. darting around people. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts.GATE Dredger runs down the street. frantic as -Dredger rises.DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . then leaps out the window. starts running for it.Rev.58B SHERLOCK HOLMES . THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING..

63 SHERLOCK HOLMES . ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt... 64 EXT. And now.DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull. but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER. grabs the weapon and. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path.. sizzles. It’s the last straw for the support mechanism. Watson can see what’s coming. hitting him with the lightning-rod. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP .Rev. Holmes backs away. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. The ship LURCHES forward. for a moment. Dredger in pursuit. He reaches out. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer. knocking him back. 65 . just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. splintering another chock. 64B EXT.. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down. Dredger kicks out viciously. FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point. and swings the hammer at Holmes... out. 64A EXT.the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them.SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air. tearing others out of his way. smiles a terrifying smile. the whole thing starts to creak. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway.CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. SECOND SLIPWAY . FABRICATION SHED . smashing some of the wooden supports. Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT. Dredger tosses the rod.

SHERLOCK HOLMES .. pulling him backwards across the runners. Holmes lies semi-conscious.from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds. SECOND SLIPWAY . but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground. helps him to his feet. He realizes the ship has stopped. And they find: (CONTINUED) . falling through the air -The ship is free again. He tries to roll out of the way. frothy explosion of water. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -. 66 EXT.once. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs. Watson arrives. Holmes collapses back. A quiet beat.Rev. 2/2/09 52. He opens one tentative eye.. parting the Thames with a vast. He’s doomed. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship. Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. twice -. but he doesn’t know why. Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard. SECOND SLIPWAY .CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship.and then the ship’s away. knocks his head against the runner -. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing..CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --.the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --..as he blinks back into consciousness. as the leviathan roars down towards him. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face. A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and.Holmes charges into Dredger again. as -- 66 66A EXT. half expecting to find himself in the after-life. And. eyes rolled back into his head. The ground beneath him shakes. He tries to pull himself to his feet. The timber finally gives way.

67 (CONTINUED) . WATSON I haven’t slept all night. shaking his head. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face.66A SHERLOCK HOLMES . They see the wreckage. Holmes and Watson.. Watson sits next to him. officers swarm the scene. Watson? We were set upon. 66A Nothing...MORNING The next morning. I clearly deserve it.Rev. 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. 67 INT. The big man is gone.. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you. making the odd change here and there. I deserve this. it was selfdefense. No blood or trace. Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep. and. bloodshot eyes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration. deep burn. man. LONDON JAIL . Now of course I’m in jail. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him.. exhausted. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow. The police whistles get louder. the ship adrift. He’s reading his notebook.. Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief.

Brownlee. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident..Rev. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning. WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you. Now. 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. your stealing my clothes. BIG MAN (O. Watson snaps at the man. Watson challenges him with a look.. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London.S. your lack of hygiene. if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson. Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat. HOLMES Ah. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks. I never complain. Mr. (CONTINUED) .) Remember me. boys? Put me away for robbery a few years back? Holmes turns and comes face-to-face with a dangerouslooking man who has a few conspicuous WARTS on his face.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54. your mess.. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident....67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON I’m not complaining..

Watson now turns away. Watson. Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well. It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary.Rev. in the interest of science. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well. I completely understand now. I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. You’re not -Me and her. We could throw a lamb on the spit. You and I could go out to the countryside. WATSON No. HOLMES What you need is a rest. completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A. Not you. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog. Holmes. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. We should have her along. WATSON If I were going to the country. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. HOLMES Watson.

You don’t get it. flanked by prison wardens.. (touches his own head) . without this.he leaves. 67 WATSON You’re not human.CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. Holmes looks confused.. forward. heads off with Watson. then locks eyes with Mary.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . do you? You are this.. they see. PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. turns. And he does --. LONDON JAIL .. But the Guard shakes his head. Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary. The bars slide shut. MARY emerges from behind the Guard. He must make a decision.. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail. 68 INT.Rev. Just Watson.. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B. The mob surrounds Holmes. Holmes watches him walk out. She gives him a polite nod. 68 He’s never looked more alone. He steps Watson steps up. He touches his own heart. bars.

HOLMES All in good time. in another life. They just paid a small fortune to bail you out. LESTRADE You know. strange carriage waiting. LONDON JAIL . 68 As the door is opened. CARRIAGE Holmes enters.Rev. Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper. A public that’s working itself into a frenzy. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks. LESTRADE We don’t have time.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . an excellent policeman. having just been battered through it by Holmes.. sir. HOLMES And you. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers. the thug blasts out backwards. you’d have made an excellent criminal. 70 71 (CONTINUED) .DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along. 69 EXT.your usual impeccable timing. 70 71 OMITTED INT. HOLMES Lestrade -. Holmes sees a dark.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55. door open.

I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on. Sir Thomas shakes his head. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. FADE IN: 72 INT. Lord Chief Justice.. rises from a pile of papers. apologies for summoning you like this. admittedly. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. CUT TO BLACK. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. Holmes shrugs. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s. HOLMES As to who you are -. Holmes. That would be your official title. then right.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. SIR THOMAS Mr. Who you realy are is another matter entirely.Rev. After that. the carriage forked left.but Holmes is on a roll. HOLMES As to where I am -.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He holds a black hood.I was. and who I am. 72 (CONTINUED) . the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. SIR THOMAS. Holmes takes in the scene. eyes flicking around the room. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram.

(beat) And as to the mystery -. James Square. it’s standard procedure. (CONTINUED) . what a massive lack of judgement on their part. STANDISH (O.Rev. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring. I suppose. you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand. ambitious man in his 30s. Holmes shakes his head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A.) I think we have the right man. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. well.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . SIR THOMAS Yes. Coward is a hard. Standish is an American in his sixties.S.the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place. on the northwest corner of St.

Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist.as they enter.barely -. isn’t impressed by rank. That shocks them rigid.Rev. only our fears.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. or practical magic. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols. yes? You have the same colored irises -. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -. Holmes acknowledges them -.a rare dark green. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) . HOLMES They’re almost interesting. HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. Holmes looks around the room. (at Sir Thomas) In this case. fear of your own child.practices of our Order? Yes. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes. variations of the SPHINX. We don’t ask you to share our faith. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes. the Home Secretary. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57.

Holmes is appalled and shows it. Though not enough to survive giving birth to him. not survive. A photograph from the 1860s. digs for something. She was a powerful practitioner. and we want to keep it that way. Evidently. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. No one could prove anything of course. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information. from his birth to arms he made and sold. 58. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals. SIR THOMAS We were young. the men consult silently. father and son. or. Sir Thomas opens a bureau. or pinna. A man who’s just fallen out a window. What family he had tended to. which only pass down through the direct bloodline.looks on.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. which would make you either brothers.young Lord Blackwood -. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE.plus identical outer ears. more likely. 72 Stunned..Rev. It’s chilling: a death scene. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -. They turn back to Holmes. but she shared our beliefs.. a BODY covered by a sheet. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . come to some sort of conclusion. His mother wasn’t my wife.

he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. HOLMES I have one last question. His resurrection is evidence of that. 73 OMITTED 73 . but not for you. but it’s not enough. As Home Secretary. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead. The present and future are worse. We need you to find him and stop him before he does. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table.Rev.stops at the door. (beat) Name your price. turns. leaves. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. I have considerable influence over the police. 72 STANDISH All this is history. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -. Holmes stalks out -. SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. Sir Thomas. I’ll get him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59.

Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. 74 75 INT. IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 74 EXT. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . They both eye the Derringer on the table. and could get you into a lot of trouble. As she continues. Sherlock. That’s better. IRENE I knew I could count on you.. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense.. She pulls long thin needles from her hair.. Sherlock. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter.. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage.DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass).Rev. There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people. lets her hair down. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner. 2/2/09 60. the least you can do is help me with the buttons. (CONTINUED) . IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table.

Unbuttoning done. IRENE Wonderful. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. Holmes won’t look at her. your gaze was averted. IRENE (O. Unfairly gorgeous. and on such a clever contraption.) Let’s not argue. (CONTINUED) . 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. Your hand was trembling. A professor perhaps? Irene gets up. HOLMES Irene steps out. We’re not. She moves back to the dressing table. IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own. Your services are no longer required. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. refusing to get turned on. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun.S. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch. I couldn’t see his face.Rev. Holmes steps out to confront Irene. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Case closed then. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck.

IRENE This wine is excellent. and the one that disarms Holmes. 75 I disagree. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. should really try some. 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. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A. Irene snatches up her gun. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. Holmes grabs her arm. HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. (CONTINUED) .Rev. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time. we are arguing. missing his toe. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. The kiss leads them to the bed. HOLMES IRENE You see. hard and angry at first. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene. not only is it my business. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. Irene kisses him. becoming something else.

CLICK! Much better. And on my own terms. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise. straddles him. IRENE But free.one in shackles. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) .Rev. IRENE He doesn’t resist.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. Irene walks casually across the room.well. Irene pulls him down to it. the other with the key. Just like you -. now dressed as a man. She gets off him. 75 That’s better. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. She approaches. She’s in charge now. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. Sherlock -. While he struggles on the bed.

(as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste.NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. moves to the doorway. SIR THOMAS No thank you. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers. throws the handcuff keys down there. stands there waiting for him. His butler. PERIGRINE Good evening. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. Irene takes the scarf off his neck. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE .but generally speaking. She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out. he looks tired.Rev. sir. Perigrine. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) . 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. IRENE If anyone asks. IRENE -. Holmes has no retort. (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. PERIGRINE. please let them know that Mr. I’m going to bed.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES .

drip. Can’t. 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A.Rev. like the rushing of wind. drip.S. tries to sit up.. Not all the way. (CONTINUED) . 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. licking his lips. sir. drip. INT. goes up. Thomas smiles. The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. Relaxing.76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . as he hears an eerie WHISPER O. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port.

The water flows over Sir Thomas... Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed.CORRIDOR . Sir Thomas’ eyes widen.. but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT. as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger. still handcuffed to the bed.. You can only surrender. who watches him drown.77 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 77 BLACKWOOD (O. slowly. The water closes over his face.S.. Father.. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time.) Hello. He looks down at himself and reacts with shock..DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis. then grim recognition sets in. I must admit.. It comes from a power greater than yours. to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes. Her shriek wakes him. she misinterpreted my intention entirely. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK. Besides. Clothes in total disarray. THE GRAND HOTEL . He slides back down.Rev. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP. BLACKWOOD .. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A . a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64. . Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom.. it’s better than I thought it would be. HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way. 78 INT. lit in a sinister fashion. slowly and surely.

2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. in fact. The Butler didn’t hear anything. in full virtuoso detective mode.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. 78C INT. HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason. 65. As Constable Clark continues in. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you.this is. looking for Holmes. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark. 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering. Right now.only his ring was missing. No sign of a break-in. finds him right back at the doorway. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. The body was in the tub. Clark ends up talking to thin air. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. continues into the bathroom. The coach stops. 78B EXT. why he exists. He turns. puzzled. there is no latitude for misunderstanding. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. CONSTABLE CLARK Well. eyes wide open --. The tub has been drained. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C .Rev. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket). right here is where Holmes is at his very best -.so that Const. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter.

or in a linen closet with a vent. The decent thing to do is catch the killer.Holmes is not their boss. What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. sits in it himself. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. Hmm. He glances around the room.. Holmes is happy.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . it may mean he looks down from a window sill. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common.Rev. It’ll either be in the pantry. And. Constable. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own.. Both cops hesitate -. (CONTINUED) . high up where it’s warm and dry. Holmes swivels. scoops it up.. logic is rare. HOLMES Data.. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency. jasmine? HOLMES Superb. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. data. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A. leans over. opens it. sniffs it. not provide comfort to the corpse. Now Holmes can really get down to work. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself. I suspect this comes from a larger cannister.

Rev. He steps toward it. 78C His eyes keep moving. noticing something on a wall. Holmes steps to the sink. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . runs his hand along a layer of dust. revealing: (CONTINUED) . grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. The dust has a line down it. as if the wall cracked open.

CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS . HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. Maybe he continues singing between words. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table. and ancient texts. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES .they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. spellbooks. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper. Clark and the Officer return. just as -78F INT. As soon as they arrive. four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. (vis I have no that. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) . a large sharp FANG. opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. He pushes the panel. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx. . and a FEATHER. 221 BAKER ST. a cow’s BONE. On the altar. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT.Const. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels.Rev. The office is full of boxes. They are startled by the secret room --. He is well into packing his things. the walls and shelves are very sparse. and the wall shifts.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open.

Holmes steps into the room. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. They unzip the bag. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A. boys. 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper. HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Figure of speech. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large.Rev. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. (CONTINUED) . Holmes steps aside. WATSON There isn’t any. revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging.

Frustrated. * * * (CONTINUED) . He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. He’s an inspiring conversationalist. 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. starting. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out.Rev. Holmes analyzes the body. he’s your friend from Reordon’s. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes. WATSON HOLMES No.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES .) Really. of all places. (alt: He has more humor than you. Watson keeps packing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67. Poor fellow.

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HOLMES Elbows and arms stained with blood, but older than his own injuries. Plenty of it, layer on layer... Holmes scrapes at the layers of blood with his knife, examines it. HOLMES Though none of it human. Watson slows down slightly. He keeps packing, trying to resist the mystery, but it’s not easy. HOLMES A butcher perhaps...? What else?

Holmes cuts a lock of the man’s hair, ignites it, studies the color of the flame carefully. Watson wrinkles his nose at the smell. HOLMES Hm -- predominantly yellow flame, but with distinct green bursts. Sulfurous. He spent lots of time around industrial work and very little around a wash basin. Holmes uses a curved nail file to scrape dirt from under the man’s fingernails, rubs the evidence between his fingers like a connoisseur. HOLMES Coal... river silt... Watson slows down further, struggling. HOLMES That plus the river silt and industrial slag on his trousers puts him squarely in... A hanging beat. And Watson finally cracks, blurting out: WATSON

Nine Elms.

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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 * * * * * * *

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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...
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shipping. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. A RAVEN flaps into the night. It’s why he’s here.S. Effective immediately. He bangs on the door. we see the rain stops behind him. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them.) Of course he does.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES . He stays standing as they all sit -. As he enters. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. BLACKWOOD I am humbled. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . and keeps moving. industry -they were given to me for a purpose. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . turns to the others -. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down. Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O. It is locked. (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions. STANDISH Are you mad. I am honored. He hits the door to a building. He looks up. as the rain comes harder.Rev. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room. He looks as if he’s been to hell. betrayed. Blackwood enters. The door finally opens. He raises his collar. The crowd is stunned. 82B INT. as he enters -83 INT.all except STANDISH.NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. trying to dry himself. surprised by the rain. wiping the raindrops off his coat. gone as fast as it came. Standish looks at Coward. and come back more powerful than ever. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne.

(beat) England will know our power. BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one. for without death there can be no rebirth. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES .he’s won. and will be again. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries. Nobody moves.. A different future. We’ll take it from them.even death holds no sway. a future ruled by us. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -. Blackwood stands.Rev. we’ll create the future.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71. Their civil war weakened them.. Blackwood smiles -. The men are beginning to like what they hear. Then.. we’ll remake the world. Now. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late.. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose. we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. (CONTINUED) . their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours.. (beat) . at noon tomorrow. you’ll make it openly. prowls. the whole world will. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No. sir. (beat) With their resources and our power.

are terrified.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . terrified. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. cross themselves. surveys them. Flames consuming him.he IGNITES. Standish flails. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. People scream. LONDON STREET . They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . Standish pulls a gun. as his body contorts. lighting city blocks. and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage. melting away. as they witness this unnatural act. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. The flames flicker blinding white. People look up. shocked.Rev. but they are with him. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. 83 In desperation. gasp. But as he aims it -. faint.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. 83B INT. gape. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards.

83B SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. drink your allegiance here. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE. BLACKWOOD Come. As they drink. 83B Blackwood turns to Coward. nods. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) . It doesn’t taste good. but it tastes like power. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice.

QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE .NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames.CAPTAIN TANNER. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. the boat drifts.ESTABLISHING .Rev. Watson glares. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . He’s soaked. 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. are you. Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. doctor? Army type. Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. Watson’s pissed. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -. (CONTINUED) . He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it. He whispers at Tanner. HOLMES Everything all right. TANNER Not a great one for the water. 84 Use them. We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW. WE SEE a boat is being loaded. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. Coward nods. Wharves stretch out into the water. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73. nothing to worry about. Holmes starts clambering over the side. The engine shudders off. and furious. TANNER Just a little leak. EXT. Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard.

WATSON Come on. Tanner nods. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there. covered in mud. doctor. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. the closest he’ll come to a confession. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. (CONTINUED) . Holmes looks back at Watson.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . let’s get this over with. where two more THUGS patrol. Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. Watson glares. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows. Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. takes the gun.Rev. Send for the police when you get there. with his walking stick. Watson steps forward. towards the entrance. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it. says nothing. watch. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. etc. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. goes over the side. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. please. Watson does.

some kind of dark spore. Watson? Watson has already left.ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. 89 87 88 Holmes looks up. Holmes whispers. He runs his finger through a layer of dust. A truly creepy scene. WATSON (O. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. might prove easily distracted. looks at shadows. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here.Rev. The big one’s been drinking -. passing Watson into -89 INT. and pockets it as he follows Watson. Holmes follows. takes a whiff.. A few RATS lay dead. Metal groans softly.86 SHERLOCK HOLMES . QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door. He picks one up. Holmes and Watson move through it. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive. like a plaintive wail. As they go. He inspects it.S. Holmes catches up.. sensing something behind him. not minutes ago. Holmes slows. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE .. Holmes. inspecting it. He turns. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness.) You need to see this. spooked. 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. notices that both men have hip flasks. trying to figure out the best strategy. picks up one of the dead rats.whether for courage or from habit. stopped in his tracks. (CONTINUED) . Holmes notices rows of empty tables.TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors.. sees something on its skin. He slows. Nothing.

90 Holmes shakes his head. as he joins Watson. Misfire. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . lifeless and silent for now.) ‘And behold. slipping it into his pocket. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O. HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. Blackwood continues. Holmes tightens.S. (CONTINUED) . as the hooks move through the air. Now you see the truth for yourself. strangely. Amen. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. the ceiling. pulls the trigger. time? WATSON It’s a date. and have the keys of hell and of death. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL.Rev. the world as you know it ends. his voice echoes. stepping into -90 INT. draws a bead on Blackwood. An automated butchery on a grand scale. At noon tomorrow. his eyes narrow. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER. I am alive forevermore. Watson pulls his gun. swaying softly. This is the killing floor. ticking. Revelation 1:18. Shadows hang heavy around him. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam. Click.’ Another voice completes the passage. gliding on a track. and was dead. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness. On the high walls. ‘I am He that liveth. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh. a 118. whispering in the wind.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES .FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen.

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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

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Irene rides the belt upwards. The bandsaw whines viciously. following her. (PLEASE NOTE.and Watson catches her feet. Holmes darts through a trimming station. just misses it. still shackled by her right hand.Rev. scalded pig carcass precedes them. he spots a small. Irene swings aside.smashes the shackle lock. grabs one. Holmes clambers the Up ahead. Sherlock? IRENE Now. He braces himself on the belt. painted red. the scorched. sprints for the switch. but that’s all.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. catches up to Irene --. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. 90A -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. (CONTINUED) . leaves her for Holmes to deal with. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH. As Watson holds Irene. So is Sherlock.close one -. Shit a brick. Irene swings sideways violently. she’s showing nerves. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -. jumps onto the belt. She’s still shackled. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water. equipment. pulls her horizontal.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. swings the cleaver with all his might --. Holmes wastes no time.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand.

Finally. (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) . They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME. Irene gives Holmes a sweet. looks down --.Rev. -.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . She looks at Holmes. Watson shakes his head. grabs her. Irene. They’re okay. Watson sprints towards where they fell. lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles). looking for Blackwood. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock. boiled. Then Holmes is under her. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. 90A Gets a free haircut. gets up. And. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A. cutin-half pig carcasses. magical.. taking Holmes with her. I owe you. stops her.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched. HOLMES You owe me information.. Irene unhooks herself. falls forward. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. turns.pulls a knife. heads for the door. More powerful than anything else. their eyes locking. (angry) No more games. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. Lately there’ve been rumors of something new. heads after Watson.

it. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. Holmes races towards her as more explosions. Watson! A chemical. but to safety. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. 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. processing. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES .. They blast through the doors to -91 EXT. Holmes slows. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion. running toward the door. Holmes trails her. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . looking around the dock. HOLMES WAATTTSSSSSONNN!!!! Holmes is pushed back barrels that line the it looks as it Watson knocked to the ground by the explosion as the rest of the dock begin exploding arond them -hasn’t survived. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. it lights up all of London.. He reaches Irene. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. WATSON Time slows. 90A And she’s off. occasionally knocking him to the ground. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS.Rev. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. 81. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock. For a moment.

Holmes turns away. CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. HOSPITAL . sir. makes his escape fast.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup. but --. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. alive. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend. THROUGH THE GLASS. reaches for the handle. HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes. The two coppers nod respectfully. there is a smear on her cheek.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene. Irene has disappeared. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. unsure whether to enter or not. HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed. she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. One reads the paper. so make it look good. studying Watson’s chart. they spot Watson. pauses. Clarky. but unconscious. 93 INT. Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot.Rev. HOLMES Thank you. Mary stays at the door. 92 INT. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . helps him gently to his knees.is intercepted by Constable Clark.

He mumbles inaudibly. 93 Watson is burned. He’s delirious.Rev. bruised. scraped.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . his eyes still closed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A. pock-marked with shrapnel. sweating. (CONTINUED) . cut.

(CONTINUED) . Doctor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. A sixth of a grain. Watson tries to sit up again. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. already in the room. The surgeon should be along shortly. for the pain. The shot wakes him. I’ll extract them myself. Watson tries to sit up. stands back respectfully. wincing with pain. WATSON Get a mirror. etc. 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines.) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. private life. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. handbag. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. WATSON I haven’t time for that. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that. This reveals that Mary has entered the room.Rev. coat. WATSON Are they subcutaneous. letting the Doctor do his work. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery.

patients.. I’ll check in on him again shortly. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known. The Doctor has no words.. She’s suddenly very angry. but not surprised.Rev. Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other. eyes flashing.. ON MARY As she takes a closer.. MARY If anything happens to him.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . both our lives are lost. The Doctor turns just outside the door. MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed. MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) .. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures. worth many wounds. to face her. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A. Mary steps towards the Doctor. WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. sharper look at the Doctor. Do you really? MARY Doctor..

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CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen.Rev. HOSPITAL . 94 . 2/2/09 84A.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 94 INT.

The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock). We PUSH IN UNDER the railway arch until we can make out a splash of white in the shadows -. opens the blade. fang) from Sir Thomas’ house. horrified.ATTIC Holmes enters. obscuring him --. he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. There is something grotesque about his face. He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor. feather. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT. 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. Emotions swirling. 94A EXT. PUNCH BOWL PUB . Gathering himself. pained. He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross.Rev. so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. Parts of it hang down. The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock).SHERLOCK HOLMES . 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). They begin to overflow with tears. LONDON . We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. He pulls a pocket knife from his coat.but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone. A train crosses on an overhead railway. possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. 2/2/09 85. (CONTINUED) . cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle.NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. disturbed. In the center circle he draws a pentagram (using wax from a burning candle?). hair.

Holmes sways. Holmes snaps around. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A. followed by a larger circle beyond that. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you. the circle around Holmes ignites. 95 Then he begins to chant. Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -. you begin to recognize your part in his play.S. He struggles to focus on Blackwood.as it hits the ground. fuzzy. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting.) And now it dawns on you.Rev.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . BLACKWOOD (O.

(CONTINUED) 96 97 . has Blackwood killed Holmes. Holmes’ eyes snap open. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . so I could die on the biggest stage of all.ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS.. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head. 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection. or is he hallucinating..just as we saw Reordon in his coffin.the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT.. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -. You made me what I am. PUNCH BOWL PUB .. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head. BLACKWOOD .Rev. he can barely see straight. he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind. Why would I take a sixth under St.

Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. THE SPHINX. THE DEAD RATS. THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes’ eyes snap open. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS.Rev.just as we saw Standish. IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. .

FADE IN: 98 INT.then tosses it away. HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself.SHERLOCK HOLMES . -. oddly. bloody awful. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. You look He writes something in his notebook. WATSON Interesting artwork. In the b. He’s been through it.ATTIC The sun is rising. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup. HOLMES (confused) Watson. it seems she might understand the power of partnership. His arm is in a sling..g.Rev. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee.. Mary said I had a lousy doctor. They both smile. into the light. He is decidedly alive. 2/2/09 87A.or some deathly version of his old friend -. HOLMES (quietly. (CONTINUED) . United in agony. cuts and bruises. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -. PUNCH BOWL PUB .is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared. but with burn flashes.? Watson leans closer. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor.

98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this.. I dreamt that you were strangling me. I had to get you to pass out to settle down. twisted understanding of one another. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88. You know. HOLMES Excellent brew. Holmes takes a drink of coffee. Watson.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Exactly. They smile at their unique. HOLMES Thank you.. Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup..Rev. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine.. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . IRENE I was.

doctor. sits opposite him with the other.it’s called psychology. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. Quite severe.Rev. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it.from the pub’s band -. WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -. It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities. And untreatable. Irene arrives with two pints.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion. 99 INT. IRENE No. WATSON With your own venom no doubt.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN. But then he decides that’s absurd. puts one down in front of him. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table. IRENE Oh. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog. I poisoned that one. The fiddler’s owner -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. I’m simply a woman. He takes a sip. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs.

99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. and you’ll have a happy marriage. with a lot fewer words -. he strums it. He plucks it. He draws a man’s face.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. Then he moves to the ox bone -.BUT no flashes.he quickly sketches an eagle. Next to it he writes a big question mark. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come. (beat) Understand that. but not with a bow. he makes strange atonal sounds. Then he moves to the hair. HOLMES I need a map of London. 101 100 . Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin. 101 INT. They swap a glance. Flash to Reordon’s red hair. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that. he moves to the feather -. Then he moves to a Lion fang.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Let me make it simple for you. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor.I’m what’s called a woman. PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops.ATTIC .Sir Thomas -. 100 INT.OX ring. 89A. Then to an American flag.Rev. Next. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor. and you’ll have a happy marriage.a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. PUNCH BOWL PUB . Next to it Holmes writes Man. And Holmes emerges. He draws an ox in charcoal. Irene and Watson notice the silence. doctor. He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. A beat.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. Next to the feather he writes America.

I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt. At minimum. Pharoahs. I shall begin.. In fact. The fraternity who silently control the Empire. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox. the Lion. with a few enhancements of my own. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks... My initial approach was far too narrow. HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries. PUNCH BOWL PUB . and Man -(CONTINUED) . 102 INT. at minimum. he suggested I widen my gaze and. IRENE Yes. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened. your little white tail got rather dirty. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas.ATTIC Holmes is excited. electric.SHERLOCK HOLMES . But that’s for another time. to get inside it. 2/2/09 90. I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension. share the belief with the Kings. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably. the Eagle.. To fully understand this system. I have done just that.Rev.

(CONTINUED) . Blackwood has killed three men. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock).. covering other parts with his hand. HOLMES Now.Rev. We see the Ox body. 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). Eagle wings. really flying now. represents Man.. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames. Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple. Master of the Temple. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system.. therefore the System. Man’s face. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx.. wore the ox ring.. (beat) Reordon. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. the hair of a man. Then he picks up the charcoal and (following the map) draws a serpentine curve of the River Thames straight through the middle of the cross that he drew on the floor. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor. Lion paws... HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox. the feather of an eagle. We found his body here. the tooth of a lion. the ginger midget. he died here.

HOLMES It is the fifth element -... HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper. (CONTINUED) .. WATSON Man. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -.. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross.the point at which the other four come together. of a cross. Eagle. 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America. HOLMES Correspondingly. the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -. That which can’t yet be known. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B. WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion.Rev. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -.. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES ..right in the middle of the river.the ethereal. Parliament. Holmes points to the map.and not by coincidence. Ox. Right here. He connects the dots on the map.

Ladies first.he can’t believe it’s come to this. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. 103 INT. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) . 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. but the door EXPLODES inward. He looks at Holmes. We’re at the Houses of Parliament. where more police block his path. 104 EXT.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. He simply raises his arms. Police. hands it to Watson.Rev. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. Watson goes down. boots echoing. and they drag him away. Irene looks out the window. PUNCH BOWL PUB .102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. shaking his head -. sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub. Lestrade sits opposite. though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state.MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. cuffed and bruised. POLICE CARRIAGE . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. Police fill the hall. HOLMES Follow these plans. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. Irene jumps down. BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside. Flings it open. Holmes looks back. 102A INT.

if you could wait outside. PARLIAMENT . but Mr. at its ceremonial best. who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade.Rev. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. I know it’s unorthodox. 106 INT. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. revealing a temple of four orders pin. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES . All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. HOLMES Oh. (CONTINUED) . hawkers and tourists. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. Lestrade pulls his lapel. Lestrade punches Holmes. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. Lestrade. Lestrade knocks. Crowds are gathering outside.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. sir. 104 The carriage pulls up. They come to a door. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. Thank you. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. 105 INT. m’lord. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. plenty of flags and enthusiasm. preparing for pomp and circumstance. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. climbing toward noon.

the lion is parliament. but I don’t care much what you think. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. I confess to being completely out-matched. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. eagle. and now you have given it to me. He opens it to try and clear the smoke. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. HOLMES No. did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. 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. Mr. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. I could deduce very little from my investigation. HOLMES Fortunately. But it’s not murder. Coward turns away for a moment -. HOLMES Nonetheless. LORD COWARD Very clever.Rev. Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93. lion -. It’s mercy.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end. 106 HOLMES I’m curious. Coward.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire. ox. but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. (CONTINUED) .

The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking.Rev. from where you’ve been kneeling. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door.) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago.O. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room. HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope. The big ceremonial sword is prominent.. you would have made a valuable ally.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES ... slide across the floor to Coward’s feet.) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee. HOLMES (V..) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Coward. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud.O. Holmes.) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing. LORD COWARD (V..O. HOLMES (V. from where you have been standing. HOLMES (V..O. Blackwood. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine. Coward performing a ritual. 106 A pair of handcuffs. He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found.O. HOLMES (V.) A faint aroma of excrement.

O. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames. The entire government will be present. looks about in the water.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed. He misses. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V. 107 (CONTINUED) . With a single bound.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot. He disappears for a moment then surfaces. THAMES . REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward. 94A/94B.Rev. Holmes. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT. when it brings no profit to the wise. A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine.

checks the load.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes is pulled up into the boat. Irene looks out. He grabs it with his hands. come to think of it. HOLMES Watson. into the sewers. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. WATSON Well. little too perfectly. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. Tanner turns the boat. grimaces. TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. And. Watson stands on the rear deck.. (CONTINUED) . WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. He’s never going to like guns. Holmes opens the drum. pockets it.Rev. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic. No way he’d be coming over the terrace. still pleased with himself. Clearly the whole escape has been planned. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL. Captain Tanner.. IRENE Where to. pulling Holmes in on the rope. soldier boy.. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. your instructions were fairly precise. Irene is also present. about everything except the window. Tanner takes it happily.. 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. her eyes narrow. Tanner smiles. HOLMES Port side. When Holmes is level.

Holmes nods towards Watson. SEWERS . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96. Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. she takes a hit.. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him. unlit. the time moving toward noon. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . hands it on to Tanner. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience. pulls a face. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament. He drinks. 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse. Irene passes him the bottle. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 . (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. floats at the opening to the tunnel. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her.Rev. IRENE Starting early. heading into this epic building. He takes a shot. smiles.BOAT Tanner’s boat. HOLMES Trust me. The entire government is here.. TANNER Far as I can go.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 107A EXT. Doctor.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels. As they head toward the sewers. The boat is almost at the sewers. who swallows it without flinching. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing. Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer. I am about to show you. grimaces. Irene follows. on the edge of the darkness. wipes his mouth. have a drink. She can see this is more than a social invitation.

But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. Cyanide. Tell-tale signs of cyanide. HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament. stops. bricks dismantled. to be precise. the pentagram remains. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. But there is something sitting in it. The first of its kind.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. the RAT TAIL. the faint smell of bitter almonds. (CONTINUED) . Irene and Watson flank him. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. In the center. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. It sits below a shattered ceiling. standing in shadows.Rev. Note the blue discoloration. HOLMES I can tell it from here. WATSON You can tell that from here? No. Blackwood’s magic. When activated. those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon. Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene.

As they start to take seats. checks the crowd.. faster and faster. I wouldn’t. 111 112 OMITTED INT. They burst into the area.. It’s there when he needs it. PARLIAMENT .110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 110 HOLMES As if by magic. 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. They nod. next. SEWERS . They draw their guns. Watson pistol-whips the nearest. The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. completely surprising the three thugs.DAY Holmes checks his watch.Rev. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve. HOLMES He doesn’t. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98. out of the way otherwise. Shoulder-to-shoulder. There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control. Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. they move down the tunnel. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps. UP a channel. DOWN a bend. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. (CONTINUED) . Lord Coward steps up. Irene trails them closely.

Holmes joins Irene at the device. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse). Electrocuted. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. sparking coils. Irene recoils. IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it. Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and. Before Irene can alert him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. surrounded by humming. Over there. Now unguarded. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. sparks flashing.. Gun in each hand.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. 112 Take this. (CONTINUED) .which puts his back to another tunnel.. but without much resistance. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . who is out). sending both guns spinning away --.Rev. Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind. Dredger spins Watson around. which falls into the cradle. She grips her knife. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. WATSON Sullen. she drops the knife. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. A totally wire-free weapon. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil.

deflecting him for a moment. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. SEWERS . thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air. very emphatically. Irene sits at the device. Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. 114 INT. Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. Coward looks up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100. up in the Lords’ Gallery. commanding. BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . PARLIAMENT . Holmes goes for Dredger. waiting for the session to begin. Holmes flies into him feet-first. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben.Rev. Blackwood is calm. BONG! The second chime resounds. trying to figure out how to defuse it. Dredger grabs Holmes. and points. The hall goes silent.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes crushes the other’s larynx.who doesn’t even bother to block anything. 113 INT. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it.DAY The chime echoes. Look. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device. staring at a ghost. Voices rise. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some.

This is going to be more uneven than usual. as if scared of the sword -.the bowl of his pipe. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. The bullets. pouring the gunpowder into --. I need the bullets. but not very big. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) .Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. a plan forming.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge. Dredger grins --. BONG! The clock is ticking down. enough. sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe. Dredger backs off.Rev. flexes his bicep. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. Holmes heads back to Irene. WATSON You owe me for the ring. Dredger grunts angrily. swung with full force by Watson. HOLMES Give me your gun. Dredger drops Holmes. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. lunges with his little sword. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES .until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left. then he pulls it out. His eyes narrow. staggers back holding his bleeding ears. only just keeping Dredger at bay --. Watson dives desperately. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig.

That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan. She rolls up a sleeve. Then he braces his massive feet. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three. While Watson is down. angles his huge legs and pushes. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE.hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud. Got it.. driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Lords are on their feet. SEWER TUNNEL .which shatters against the floor. 114 -. but the doors are locked. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them. He calmly intones a familiar chant.Rev. Guards are banging outside the doors. 116 INT. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. Victorian-style. Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash. then turns back to the device.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. arms wide.. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT. placed them on the balustrade in front of him. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES We need a light. Shaped charge.

mouth wide with a silent scream. Bad news. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103.. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. the dying giant falls like a tree. on his belly.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. and she angles the blade. still. HOUSE OF LORDS . gears ratchet past each other. Hey! WATSON (O. He lurches away. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. cams turn. Watson is face-down on the stones. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly.S. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods. crawled from the sewer -. snatching her blade. just barely avoiding the sparks and coils.and continue to burn inside Dredger. eyes bulging. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords. ZAP! A spark hits the blade.where he found HOLMES’ GUN.. and. stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --.Rev. out of his limp hand. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . boiling inside. Fizzling.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES .

BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air. I will not sit idly by and watch you violate the innocence of the public trust as you drag this great Empire into the quagmire that your pride has dug and filled with the excrement of your corruption.DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device.117 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air. BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air. triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall.. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. I am here to change all this. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman. 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.Rev. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy. stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony. 117A INT.. SEWER TUNNELS . electrodes sizzle.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104..

Coward looks confused. nothing happens. Blackwood hits the remote again.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve.. Nothing at all. She looks past Holmes. But again. neither knows what to say. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic. WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. SEWER JUNCTION . 117D 118 OMITTED INT. first time.SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye. Other Temple members eye him. BIG BEN .Rev.. And. 2/2/09 104A. 117B EXT. disappearing into the gallery.. 117C Nothing happens. magical. 117B 117C INT. it was. Yes. Everyone is still standing. They look around. IRENE That was something new for us. scared. He ducks away fast..

face grim. He misread her yet again. seemingly dead.. I’m sorry. WATSON Holmes. and so is Irene. Just. drops to his knees next to Watson. sits up. we made it. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns. feels for a pulse. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. The cylinders are gone. He motions to the disabled device. Watson rolls over..sees Watson.DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels.Rev. HOLMES Come on. you’re going to miss this. relieved. He’s done. 118A . heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. HOLMES Yes. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . had enough. His face darkens. HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact. Watson nods. He goes to him. Watson looks around. you’ve got to admit. 118 Holmes whips around -. Holmes looks down at his friend. looks.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES . INT. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime.

The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -.DAY Panting. turns. about 500 yards away. almost imperceptibly. 118D 118C . next to Irene’s head. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. 118D INT. And then the tunnel ends. Blackwood follows them. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue.a dark. The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets. Blackwood scoops it up. then sees Irene sprint across the maze.and pinches tighter. She picks up speed. ahead -. pinched down. damp. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --. For a long moment it is pitch black.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. 118B INT. flung there from the previous action with Dredger. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. Irene hesitates for a moment. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. Then. claustrophobic gamble. SEWER TUNNELS . SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . 118C INT. Irene’s quick. This is as tight.Rev. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK.DAY The pipe angles down. anxious breath the only point of reference. light. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns.SHERLOCK HOLMES . PIPE . 2/2/09 106. then slithers into the pipe. hears. and so does Irene’s rate of movement.pauses. Then Holmes. into the unknown. subterranean. Light increases. horrible.

2/2/09 107. Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards.a brick-framed window -. 118J INT. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate.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.ON THE LADDER .and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I . 118H Gritting her teeth. yes --.DAY -. CELLAR . 118F 118G INT. HOLLOW BUILDING . An even tighter fit for him. 118E INT.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe. Anger lends him energy.climbing with one hand. Irene charges the stairs -118I INT. chest heaving. shimmies TOWARDS us. She surges for light -. 118H INT. CELLAR . hollow building full of construction equipment. PIPE . vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it. CELLAR . Stonework fairly new. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. Irene accelerates for it. and sees. HOLLOW BUILDING .SHERLOCK HOLMES . As fit and athletic as she is. The only ready way out.DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building.Rev. this is a grind. enters the pipe. upward.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark.DAY Holmes grimaces.DAY 118G Irene -. 118E 118F INT.more stairs.

then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --. They circle around each other. 2/2/09 108. Goodbye! He start to move towards her.WALKWAY .REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower. the center of the world. SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive.SHERLOCK HOLMES . laid out for us in breathtaking. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --. . winded. * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge. recovered somewhat -.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames. 118K EXT.then the glory of London.and returns to Irene as.DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. She’s 250 feet above the Thames. TOWER BRIDGE . Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her. spectacular beauty --.’ Irene turns.Rev.HELICOPTER SHOT . 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT. She makes it to the end. TOWER BRIDGE . We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure. no further to go.

He moves in again. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Why hurry off. (CONTINUED) . stunned. As she falls. and kicks her gun away. But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. But he swipes her legs away. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands.Rev. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK. She drops. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand. She shoots him in the arm. give it a try.

Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. chops six inches off the batten.. as before. his target is the cylinder first. He lands. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110.his eyes lock on to something. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. Blackwood snarls.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in. Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. Blackwood second.WALKWAY . mounts a frenzied attack.. now bound. but. Blackwood smiles.whipping a coil of rope across the floor. no match for the sword --. He looks back to Blackwood. The wind will do the rest. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder. Blackwood fires at Holmes.Rev. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. hooking Blackwood around his ankle.DAY A look between them and then it’s on. The two men finally part. They continue to spar. -. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him. which Holmes simply tries to survive. binding them together. 119H EXT. Flimsy. (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . but now because of you thousands are going to die. slashes. He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier).Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank. And you’ll be the first. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. Holmes is on the defensive throughout. awaiting Holmes. self defense third. The bullet misses him. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong. TOWER BRIDGE . which falls --. as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. Holmes turns. Holmes quickly ducks.

(bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap.a mixture of egg and honey.. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation. Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest. conjuring tricks. screeching to a painful halt.. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. like the prison guard. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on. His fingers are white from strain. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -.Rev. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank. Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. HOLMES There was never any magic. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. Holmes remains cool. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off. Very clever of Reordon to find a paralytic that was activated by the combination of copper and water and was therefore undetectable once the bath water was drained.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . pulled toward the edge. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals. He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm.

Rev.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue. (CONTINUED) . An odorless. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. 110B. A simple rigged bullet in his gun. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf. Instead. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery. tasteless.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS. Ingenious. Had it worked. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power. flammable liquid -. They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians.at one of your ceremonies I suspect. your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end.

the crane swings. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet. inexorable dominoes continue to fall. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt.G..Rev. The rope yanks down a crane. Holmes bends down.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . strikes another crane. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed. lands on a rope.: We see the slow. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B. The last timber falls over the edge. the atmosphere electric and dangerous.: a bucket drops.G. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose. cutting the rope. Quick as a snake. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear. hits a row of standing timbers.. Blackwood is on his knees. starting a slow. IN B. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile. The timbers start to topple. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm. Blackwood can hold on no longer. HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. Wind whips harder. cowed. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. The storm grows in ferocity.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you.

killing him instantly. The bird flaps its wings.. Holmes looks up. It’s a long journey from here to the rope. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain.Rev. disappearing into a cloud.. 119H HOLMES First. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away.. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. and farther. with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. Oh. He takes her hand. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below.. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES. (CONTINUED) . which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge. Holmes moves down to her. Then you will hang.. His brow furrows.. Blackwood looks up. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down. the world will see you for what you are. Blackwood looks up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we. properly this time. CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . stunned. He falls farther. a silhouette against the stormy sky. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one. Irene.. hanged like a common man after all. She appears to be dead. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we. Holmes just stands there.. CREAK.

Moriarty. Key’s in the watch pocket. this time.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE It looks like rain. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames. 119H Her eyes pop open. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A. A bit of a smile and break. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him. IRENE You were right. he is a professor. seat next to her.Rev. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. HOLMES We’ve still got a moment. cuffing her instead.

near a kiss. (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants).. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113. And he sees.DUSK Rain falls softly. TOWER BRIDGE . Holmes keeps moving into the night. LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. yes. keeps walking. 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT. calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. LESTRADE You’re welcome. Sherlock. Cylinder to one of the policemen. The storm curls around him. At the end of the top of the stairs. Sadly. turns and walks away. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one. She smiles.Rev. HOLMES Thank you. 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick. Lestrade. the rain falling hard..119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . detective. Then Lestrade cracks a smile. Their faces close.

2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A. We recognize the figure of WATSON. no words spoken. Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes can’t help but smile. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. . Watson takes it. 122A A shadow is waiting for him.Rev. He joins Watson.

. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger. He looks dead. MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course..DAYS LATER MOVING DAY.. WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes.. One moment. 123 EXT. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * .. . Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope.. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. 2/2/09 114. 123B INT. his back to them. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. I’d love to read them sometime.SHERLOCK HOLMES .. cases we’ve worked on over the years. 221 BAKER ST.STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs. 221 BAKER ST. MARY All your adventures.Rev. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring. WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring. 221 BAKER ST. Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter. Just a few scribbles. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B. 123A INT.

I should probably come down. I can’t feel my cheeks. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. WATSON Get on with it. he’s far too fond of himself. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -. But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . Clearing your good name. Do carry on. Turns him around.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. My lord. WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . 123B WATSON Don’t panic. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. Watson pokes him. MARY Shouldn’t you help him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A. Watson and Mary walk by. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. as it were.Rev. Holmes. HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon. dear. John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll. Holmes. like a caterpillar in a cocoon.

Holmes tumbles to the ground. HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. Watson draws his sword.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. belts and a coat hook. my tongue is going next. I’ll be of no use to you at all. He doesn’t mind. Watson. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .mad honey disease.Rev. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis. WATSON Worse things could happen. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. Please. WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. John. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time.

Well. HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. everything’s going to be all right.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES .mind racing. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr. Indeed. looking concerned. Yes. The dog has regained its vital signs. MARY There’s a brave boy.. there. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -. Holmes. He went missing in the sewers. They are interrupted by a knock on the door. a maintenance man found his body this morning.. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene. HOLMES With small caliber bullet. There. Constable Clark enters.he shakes his head. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? . HOLMES What is it this time. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116.. Moriarty. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants.Rev. sir. right away. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -. Shot in the head.complete change of demeanor -.. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me.. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range..

case * * * 124 . Well.Rev. 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 Watson turns to Holmes. reopened. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. sir. sir. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. The Driver pokes his head in. Constable Clarke nods. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes pulls his coat on. Watson nods. Watson nods. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. They’ve taken over the case. the Driver exits. 124 OMITTED Clarky. A KNOCK.. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. WATSON Adler was just a diversion.

where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device.) Shot in the head.O. BANG! 125 .SHERLOCK HOLMES . They spread out to seal the crime scene.O. SERGEANT Oi.INT. what you doing? The policeman looks up. SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device. We don’t see his face. CONSTABLE CLARK (V.Rev. 2/2/09 116B. and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene. 125 FLASHBACK .) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there.

everything’s going to be all right. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. Holmes and Watson look at each other -.. HOLMES Wager. Holmes pulls his coat on. there. They’ve taken over the case.Rev.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 126 INT.. however. Excellent deduction. WATSON There’s a brave boy. The dog has regained its vital signs. I thought those days were behind you. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing.THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device. 2/2/09 117. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range. 221 BAKER ST. Watson. 126 (CONTINUED) ... sir. There. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it.mind racing. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods.complete change of demeanor -. looking concerned.

the Driver exits. A KNOCK. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A... 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison.126 SHERLOCK HOLMES ... MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along.. . Well. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion. sir. Holmes nods. It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two. HOLMES I’ll walk out with you.Rev. Watson nods.. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes.

Doctor. an understanding between the two men. ..Rev.SHERLOCK HOLMES . be careful.perhaps the POV of the raven. Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you. 2/2/09 118. 221 BAKER ST. Watson A THE END . MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and. looks relieved and excited. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -. WATSON Take care of yourself. puts a hand on his arm. HOLMES Magnificent woman. She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away. warm look. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway. FADE OUT. Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. Holmes extends an awkward hand. Watson. Holmes.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage.. 127 EXT. A stiff beat.

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