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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

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

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

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

7 He can see the hat.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . s’me. WATSON (CONTINUED) .Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A. Yeah. but not the man underneath.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nonetheless, Watson himself. Something fact, Holmes’ usual now, that Watson is

stops, takes a deep breath, gathers like this has happened before (is, in brand of chaos) the difference being, sick to death of dealing with it.

Which doesn’t mean he won’t. Newspaper in hand, Watson opens the door, pokes his head in, cautiously. He sees -14 INT. 221 BAKER ST. - HOLMES’ APARTMENTS Watson squeezes through the doorway to find that the obstruction is Holmes who is sitting in the dark on a chair, blocking the door, aiming a gun (with an odd contraption fastened on its barrel) at the wall. Unadulterated chaos. A series of FLAMING BULLET HOLES blasted into the wall in the (ragged) initials “V.R.” WATSON May I join you in the armory? HOLMES Please... Watson, I’ve been working on a device which will suppress the sound of a gunshot. Watson heads towards the conservatory. HOLMES Please... Don’t, don’t, don’t... Watson pulls open the curtains allowing the light to pour in. It needs work. WATSON May I see?... 14 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Watson passes him heading to the other side of the room (possibly grabs the gun) picking up a pile of open letters from a table. HOLMES Gently, gently, Watson... Watson whips open more curtains and opens a window. Holmes crawls on his hands and knees over to a table where he finds his sunglasses and puts them on. Watson sits on a chair and begins to leaf though the letters.
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WATSON It’s been three months since the last case. About time you found another one. HOLMES I can’t but agree. My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work. The sooner the better. Paper? WATSON

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Watson hands Holmes the newspaper. WATSON Let’s see, we have a letter here from Mrs. Ramsey in Queen’s Park -her husband has gone missing. HOLMES He’s in Belgium with the scullery maid. Is it December? WATSON Yes, Holmes. Lady Radford reports a missing emerald bracelet. HOLMES Insurance swindle. Lord Radford likes fast women and slow ponies. I see you’re the attending physician at Blackwood’s hanging. WATSON Yes, it’s our last case together and I wanted to see it through to the end. Awkward pause. Cough.

WATSON Mr. Lewis is seeking... Mrs. Hudson enters carrying a tray of bread and tea. is steeling herself for this interaction. HOLMES (to Watson) There is only one case that intrigues me at present... the curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. (MORE)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. .23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA. looks out the opposite window. Holmes frowns. 23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOLMES Regrettably. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. Those are my dates.Rev. She likes ginger dwarfs. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi.. Go on. Holmes grabs the envelope back. WATSON I won’t interrupt. I can tell. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. a human canoe. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. missing two front teeth.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . four foot ten. red hair. I don’t agree. Luke Reordon. Holmes. a beard. Holmes looks like he’s had enough. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. WATSON I’ve already read it. It’s more than a technicality. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. we’ve had our last case together. Holmes picks up his violin. I’ve .. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. WATSON I’ve upset you. said too much.

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

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

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

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

2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. You means us. 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. HOLMES Watson. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . sir. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening. They all move to the exit. Clarky laughs. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not.Rev. just this morning.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. grab a compass. it’s a matter of professional integrity. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. Watson walks into his office. WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. Us means you. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. It appears he’s come back from the dead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just like you -. now dressed as a man. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. While he struggles on the bed. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise. And on my own terms. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) . 75 That’s better. Irene pulls him down to it. Irene walks casually across the room. She approaches. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. IRENE But free. Sherlock -.Rev. CLICK! Much better. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. She gets off him.well. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the other with the key.one in shackles. straddles him. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. IRENE He doesn’t resist. HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. She’s in charge now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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

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

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

They blast through the doors to -91 EXT. He reaches Irene. Holmes trails her. processing. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . it lights up all of London. picks her up and grabs part of an exploded barrel to shield the two as they run for cover -BOOM! The barrel splinters as a final blast knocks them down. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. looking around the dock. occasionally knocking him to the ground. 81. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion. Holmes races towards her as more explosions. running toward the door. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock.Rev. Holmes slows. 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! A metallic conductor SPARKS.. but to safety. Watson! A chemical. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson. For a moment. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. it.. WATSON Time slows. 90A And she’s off.

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

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

letting the Doctor do his work.Rev. handbag. A sixth of a grain. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. The surgeon should be along shortly. Watson tries to sit up again. for the pain. Doctor. wincing with pain. WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. I’ll extract them myself. This reveals that Mary has entered the room. etc. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that. The shot wakes him. WATSON I haven’t time for that. stands back respectfully. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. WATSON Are they subcutaneous. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. (CONTINUED) . DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. private life. WATSON Get a mirror. coat. Watson tries to sit up. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection.) The doctor injects Watson in the arm.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . already in the room. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines.

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

leaves fast.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES .or are you so selfish that’s just not possible. . MARY -. 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer. turns.

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

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

2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86. he can barely see straight. has Blackwood killed Holmes. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ 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. Holmes’ eyes snap open. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES .the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT. Why would I take a sixth under St.. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes.Rev. or is he hallucinating. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -. (CONTINUED) 96 97 . Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head. PUNCH BOWL PUB .. BLACKWOOD . It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -.ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS.just as we saw Reordon in his coffin.. he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind. so I could die on the biggest stage of all. You made me what I am..

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

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

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

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

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

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

Master of the Temple.. We found his body here.. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock). Lion paws. Eagle wings. the ginger midget. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames.. really flying now. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system. Again the spot Holmes points is directly north of the river and corresponds to the point on the cross that has the ox bone (12 o’clock). the feather of an eagle. (beat) Reordon. Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross.. HOLMES Now.. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx.. wore the ox ring.. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor. therefore the System. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. Blackwood has killed three men. 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. he died here.Rev. We see the Ox body.. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. covering other parts with his hand. the tooth of a lion. Man’s face. represents Man. (CONTINUED) .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am here to change all this. triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider.. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air. SEWER TUNNELS . BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman. 117A INT. electrodes sizzle. 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. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death.Rev..DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy.. 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. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle..117 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. Well. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along. They’ve taken over the case. Watson nods. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. A KNOCK. The Driver pokes his head in. the Driver exits. 124 OMITTED Clarky. case * * * 124 . Constable Clarke nods.. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . reopened. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. sir. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. WATSON Adler was just a diversion. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. Watson nods.. sir. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. Holmes pulls his coat on.

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

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

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

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

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