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SHERLOCK HOLMES screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg screen story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were created by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and appear in stories and novels by him
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SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09
FADE IN: 1 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Autumnal streets seen through the sooty glass of a STREET LAMP. Shadows within shadows. Fog in the air. Full moon. WATSON (V.O.) The year was 1891. London was the capital of the world -- the height of modernity, with the hiss of steam and smell of coal in the air. It was also the great cesspool into which all the sinners and criminals of the empire drained. Gas hisses audibly, the street lamp ignites, and casts a POOL OF LIGHT onto the street, silhouetting a MAN making his way through the fog and dark shadows with a lantern. WATSON (V.O.) I had come to London, ten years prior, to find a life after the Afghan war. I had hoped to start a medical practice and settle into a nice, steady existence. The life I found was anything but nice and steady. We can see that the MAN wears a cape. The distinctive silhouette of his deerstalker hat is unmistakable. A FURIOUS CLATTER OF HOOVES APPROACHES in the distance. The MAN tugs on a pipe and turns towards the growing stampede. WATSON (V.O.) And that had everything to do with one man. My friend, my partner, my burden... The MAN exhales a plume of smoke calmly, giving us the impression that he knows something that we don’t. WATSON (V.O.) ... Sherlock Holmes. WHAM! The MAN in the deerstalker hat is KNOCKED FLAT by A RUNNING MAN who has vaulted over a wall, sending him, his pipe, and hat flying across the cobbles. 1
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The RUNNING MAN leans down as if to assist, but instead just picks up the smoker’s broken umbrella and studies it. The MAN in the deerstalker hat’s eyes widen as he recognizes his famous assailant. MAN Sherlock Holmes?! SHERLOCK HOLMES offers the handle of the umbrella to the MAN, hauls him to his feet and hands back his broken umbrella. HOLMES My apologies. Send the bill to John Watson, 221B Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes sprints off down an alleyway. takes a step into the road to watch him go -The MAN
-- and is nearly flattened for good by the first of a number of POLICE CARRIAGES, hurtling by on a serious pursuit, Victorian-style. 2 INT. CARRIAGE - CLOSEUP ON THE OFFICERS - NIGHT inside. Big, uniformed guys assemble their weaponry -- a 19th century SWAT team. One man stands out as a leader, older than the rest, INSPECTOR LESTRADE. A man in plainclothes sits to one side of the officers: DR. JOHN WATSON, physically as tough as anyone else in the carriage, but with a more pensive air about him. A thinking man of action. 3 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Almost tipping over, the carriage turns onto the Embankment and hurtles through the writhing fog along the river. As the carriage banks, we see Holmes cut across the carriage path again, taking a line the horses cannot follow. CUT TO: ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes bursts out of an alley, sprints round a corner and runs across a courtyard to a side door. WE PULL BACK to see the FACADE OF ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL. 3 2
2/2/09 3.) Head cocked to the left. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face. paralyze vocal chords. The man swings the lantern away again. partial deafness in right ear. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. HOLMES (V. He takes a moment to recover. just at the top of the jaw -.NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell.Rev. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees.ENTRANCE .O. BACK TO 24 fps. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear. he’s fit. stop screaming. but not as fit as he used to be. Holmes launches a hammer blow. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver.O.) Stink of alcohol. He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop. First point of attack. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it. confused. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner.) Then throat. HOLMES (V. The man’s mouth opens to cry out.SHERLOCK HOLMES . but does not see Holmes. 4 5 OMITTED INT. carrying the lantern and a gun. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs. strangling his scream.the most vulnerable point. HOLMES (V. He peers about. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes. BACK TO 24 fps. The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round.O.
But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows. reaches around him.5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing. 6 7 OMITTED INT. John? When he gets no answer. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . good cigar. HOLMES Hhhmm. Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase. THWACK! Hammer blow to ear. picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4. further down into the crypts. ducks down into the shadows. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively.BALCONY . THUG What’s goin’ on. CRACK! Karate chop to throat. He draws his gun and approaches. Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows. POV . dropping him. the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION .Rev. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . He has seen the lantern light. Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun. BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground.NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard.
reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. doesn’t take it. WATSON You left this behind. processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat. HOLMES Perfect timing. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) . Eyes alive with intelligence.Rev. Right. Thought I’d left the stove on. You did. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. distaste. Watson hands him his pistol. out of sight. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE.) Watson. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. WATSON Getting his troops in formation. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Just got it. CUT TO: This is what they do.
7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . but not the man underneath. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A. WATSON (CONTINUED) .Rev. s’me. 7 He can see the hat. Yeah.
fast. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. Blackwood chants softly. ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. Less artful. Watson closer to Blackwood. lit with candles at each corner.Rev. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. Some kind of ritual is about to climax. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. trance-like. Blackwood simply ignores them. using headbutts. We do not see his face. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6. A sword has been placed at her feet. the woman rises up like a broken puppet. 8 9 OMITTED INT. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure). real. We do not yet see his face. 7 Watson takes out the two men. not caring if they make a noise or not. He is more of a brawler. shrouded in shadow. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . 9A INT. Still kneeling. but no less effective. never stops. Suddenly. Their footsteps echo. knees. Holmes and Watson head down. and elbows. Her eyes roll back in her head. as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. still hooded. powerful stuff. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. WATSON (CONTINUED) .7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl.NIGHT Thugs dispatched. ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation. The girl. This is spooky.BALCONY .
9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness.Rev. That’s more than Watson can take. HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip. almost mockingly.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. as a medical man. His eyes are intense. he is tapped into something dark and cruel. Holmes. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson raises his gun. Holmes lunges. doctor. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. Blackwood throws back his hood. strangely. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. And Watson as well. Look. trains it on Blackwood. BLACKWOOD Well done. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. BLACKWOOD Tell me. WATSON Stay right there. ready to plunge the point into her heart. No. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. She collapses. We finally see his face. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him. grabs the woman’s arm.
What a shame.. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor. and sees it and his eyes flare wide. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE. almost invisible --. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Watson looks. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help. HOLMES Impeccable timing. POLICEMEN flood the area.? It is. Look.the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8. HOLMES If I had. HOLMES Watson looks. Lestrade. really nasty concealed weapon. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. not the Yard. as Lestrade and his men finally appear. the girl’s parents hired me. sees nothing. Besides. fun. (CONTINUED) .
LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. a bench strewn with scientific equipment. 9A Lestrade turns. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. Grudgingly. he turns to Holmes. Lestrade.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. She’s still mouthing the incantation. reluctantly. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. a piece of photo paper on top. hating himself for needing to.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. frustrated. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . As usual. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher. HOLMES Bravo. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. Have a cigar. Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony. put chains on him. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. shakes his head. CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. 10 10A .Rev. the pentacle. Lestrade eyes the double circle. not understanding them.
SHERLOCK HOLMES .. 10B 10C INT.. holding a goose by its feet and smiling. light as it is exposed. 10B INT.. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT.. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT. coming to rest on the letter “H.. solving crimes. The men are front page news now. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files. 10C 10D INT. 10D 10E INT. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. 10G . NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers...” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk. The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson.. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street. Their eyes are shut for the photo. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. the article bigger. 2/2/09 10.Rev. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. they look more confident. More and more headlines. and. unaccustomed to flashes. shaking hands with a royal. Holmes and Watson getting older.” 10F 10G INT. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson. LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. This time. older.
.. 2/2/09 11.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS. 221 BAKER ST.” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street. walking down the street with the day’s shopping. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold. (CONTINUED) 12 . 10J 11 EXT. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type. A raven lands on the entry gate. . very good. WATSON 71 over 104. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. 12 INT. HUDSON.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Captain. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years. walks up the steps. MRS. she shoos it away. everything in its place. The whole thing is fed into a printing press.all is neat and tidy. a whirring mass of wheels and gears. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. thanks to you.Rev. Papers are bundled and tied. 221 BAKER ST. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -. Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. dominating the front page. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL. 10H INT. and inside. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image..” one metal time.AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter. an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS.
your new offices.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES .ground floor. too. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . There won’t be so many stairs. I hope? WATSON No -. 12 Watson is pleased by that.Rev. And there’ll be a woman’s touch. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA.
then helps Captain Philips to his feet. writes a prescription on a piece of paper.S. 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . just to be safe. (beat) I’ll be right back. Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation.Rev. terrified. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A. Philips hits the floor.
WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. WATSON I smell burning. . MRS. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. Watson takes the newspaper from her. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. Mrs.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES .HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall.Rev. shoots up the stairs with the paper. HUDSON. Hudson. 12 He heads out. HUDSON Come on. heads towards them. WATSON You’re not going in at all. What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. that’s all. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. not while he’s in this state. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. Captain. let’s go down. 221 BAKER ST. Which is a relief to Mrs. (CONTINUED) 13 . It’ll be quieter. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. Urgent. MRS. MRS. MRS. his landlady. 13 INT. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient.
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Nonetheless, Watson himself. Something fact, Holmes’ usual now, that Watson is
stops, takes a deep breath, gathers like this has happened before (is, in brand of chaos) the difference being, sick to death of dealing with it.
Which doesn’t mean he won’t. Newspaper in hand, Watson opens the door, pokes his head in, cautiously. He sees -14 INT. 221 BAKER ST. - HOLMES’ APARTMENTS Watson squeezes through the doorway to find that the obstruction is Holmes who is sitting in the dark on a chair, blocking the door, aiming a gun (with an odd contraption fastened on its barrel) at the wall. Unadulterated chaos. A series of FLAMING BULLET HOLES blasted into the wall in the (ragged) initials “V.R.” WATSON May I join you in the armory? HOLMES Please... Watson, I’ve been working on a device which will suppress the sound of a gunshot. Watson heads towards the conservatory. HOLMES Please... Don’t, don’t, don’t... Watson pulls open the curtains allowing the light to pour in. It needs work. WATSON May I see?... 14 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Watson passes him heading to the other side of the room (possibly grabs the gun) picking up a pile of open letters from a table. HOLMES Gently, gently, Watson... Watson whips open more curtains and opens a window. Holmes crawls on his hands and knees over to a table where he finds his sunglasses and puts them on. Watson sits on a chair and begins to leaf though the letters.
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WATSON It’s been three months since the last case. About time you found another one. HOLMES I can’t but agree. My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work. The sooner the better. Paper? WATSON
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Watson hands Holmes the newspaper. WATSON Let’s see, we have a letter here from Mrs. Ramsey in Queen’s Park -her husband has gone missing. HOLMES He’s in Belgium with the scullery maid. Is it December? WATSON Yes, Holmes. Lady Radford reports a missing emerald bracelet. HOLMES Insurance swindle. Lord Radford likes fast women and slow ponies. I see you’re the attending physician at Blackwood’s hanging. WATSON Yes, it’s our last case together and I wanted to see it through to the end. Awkward pause. Cough.
WATSON Mr. Lewis is seeking... Mrs. Hudson enters carrying a tray of bread and tea. is steeling herself for this interaction. HOLMES (to Watson) There is only one case that intrigues me at present... the curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. (MORE)
SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) HOLMES (CONT'D) I have been studying her comings and goings and they appear most sinister.
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MRS. HUDSON Tea, Mr. Holmes. Mrs. Hudson crosses to Holmes and puts the tray before him. HOLMES Is it poisoned, nanny? MRS. HUDSON There’s enough of that in you already. She goes to remove an old tray from behind him. HOLMES Don’t touch that. Everything is in its proper place, as per usual. She ignores him and removes the tray then crosses back towards the door noticing a bulldog lying unconscious under the table. MRS. HUDSON He’s killed the dog... again. Watson jumps up. His bulldog, GLADSTONE, lies on the floor in a drugged stupor. WATSON What have you done to Gladstone this time? HOLMES I was simply testing a new anesthetic. He doesn’t mind. Holmes! WATSON As your doctor...
HOLMES He’ll be right as a trivet in no time. Watson’s finally had enough.
. 14 WATSON .. Holmes. HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring.Rev. at all. WATSON So. Mary’s coming. you have nothing to do? Nothing.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. on earth. A little smile from Holmes. * (CONTINUED) . you’ve been in this room for two weeks. Wonderful. Absolutely. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there. For dinner. HOLMES Then it’s not official. The Royale. I insist you get out of here. My favorite. Not available. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. and your friend.
we see a hint of fear in his eyes. THE ROYALE . the name on a bottle of wine. Watson exits. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16. Holmes gestures politely. WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. HOLMES My pleasure. a surreptitious argument between waiters. 14 WATSON It’s happening. 30s. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos. He is quite uncomfortable in this setting. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably. The dog wakes up and runs out. WATSON And wear a jacket. And then Watson and Mary arrive. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks. Mr. intent on each other -. Holmes. She extends her hand. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .looks again. It really is a thrill to meet you. Holmes stands. Holmes! WATSON You’re early.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive. CUT TO: 15 INT. It all becomes quite overbearing. Half past eight.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced. She’s beautiful. and clearly a woman worth marrying. WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . talking. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -. The Royale. they sit. MARY The pleasure’s mine.Rev. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. Mary and Watson on either side of him. like it or not. For the first time.
16A. 15 (CONTINUED) .15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Wilkie Collins. WATSON (proudly) It’s true.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.. Poe.
right behind you. Mr. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) ..15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . MARY Watson likes that. HOLMES (livening up) Oh. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. I intend to. Mary laughs. Then I check his pockets.. though. HOLMES . A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. WATSON Those days are behind me. no no. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -. Holmes less so -.. like all military men. see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel. And neat.. MARY With all due respect.not a good idea.. HOLMES Yes. ah. born to be a man of action.Rev. Strong. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that. by the way. Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler. The little details are by far the most important.a forced chuckle. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details. you know him.. Take Watson. A stub from a boxing match. brave. 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes. so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier. Holmes.
So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. it’d be wonderful. MARY I insist. (instantly) You’re a governess. HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. stops him.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . actually. Holmes (CONTINUED) . reaches for the wine. MARY Charlie’s 7. HOLMES It’s breathing. Well done. well done. WATSON Yes. 15 HOLMES Yes.Rev. Mary nods. Watson’s getting nervous. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. I doubt -MARY No. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age.
WATSON Give us a few minutes.Rev.. A very impetuous act by the boy. flawless. not the gems of a governess. India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -. anyway. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself. (to Watson) What would madam care for this evening? Watson gives Holmes a hard look: that’s a bit much. It’s from Asprey’s.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace. (CONTINUED) . 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today. please.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (beat) However. He shakes his head. pours wine for all.. MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. the jewels you’re not wearing tell us rather more.
Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face. A doctor perhaps... he died. As Holmes talks. I didn’t leave my fiance. faster. Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) .Rev. turns back. then: HOLMES You were engaged. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. The restaurant goes silent. But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly. pauses.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. Holmes pauses. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone. Watson gets up. She turns to leave. manic.. moves to help Mary to her feet. They’re leaving. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. 15 Holmes.. intensely focused.
the sounds muffled and indistinct -. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. looks around. The waiter puts them down. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him. old man. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. It interests him. He is stripped to the waist. Suddenly.and Watson goes with her. His opponent. -. PUNCH BOWL PUB . laughing. 15 WATSON Well done.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow. talking. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -. Their orders arrive -. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . spaghetti style. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. She’s lovely.an array of plates piled high.bangs his fists together and moves in. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt. The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --.huge but flabby -.then pauses. He just sees their mouths moving. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. He tastes his own blood from a split lip. (CONTINUED) . Holmes hears no words. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20.Rev. all sinew and gristle.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant. This is soothing to him. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT. McMURDO -.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD.
He looks for the woman. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. HOLMES Thank you. He throws nothing in return. Holmes rolls over. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. smiles. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat.Rev. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot. Once or twice. not just think. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. And as I said. Holmes begins walking away. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. stands. He turns back to McMurdo. He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex.until he notices a face at ringside. She’s gone. Well done. Holmes is completely in control --. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21. (CONTINUED) . when the big man leaves an obvious opening. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. moment. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. the sound floods back into the room.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Finished. But that’s all. thank you. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. sometimes even drops his hands. it was most pleasurable. just using his reflexes to protect himself.
which buckles altogether wrong. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms. A row of stone cells. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. Holmes strides out of the bar. hand. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. He doesn’t care. He grabs a bottle in his hand. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. Steps back into the ring. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes.NIGHT A candle shivers. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. scanning McMurdo. working into a fever pitch. soothed inside. Hm. casting jagged shadows.Rev. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas. who is frozen on the spot. Feels the back of his head. nearly invisible. but from Holmes’ POV. catching him on the back of the head. His eyes tick slowly.CORRIDOR . PENTONVILLE PRISON . there really isn’t any sport. battered on the outside. Holmes stops. The crowd applauds. He turns. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. McMurdo falls. A full-scale riot is on. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. The crowd falls silent. incorporating exotic martial arts.SHERLOCK HOLMES . smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. 18A INT. braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves. all is calm. CHARLIE. over and out. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . they’re not sure if they like it. Taking a huge swig. He sees the crowd fall silent.
resumes his soft murmur.BLACKWOOD’S CELL .NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. The Guard Captain continues around the corner. Blackwood. 19 INT. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie. GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense. sketches of animals. Eyes closed. And now he’s in some kind of fit. JACK. PENTONVILLE PRISON . you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly. the Captain starts COUGHING. (CONTINUED) . what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. He coughs harder. He’s confused. We see another guard. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23.Rev. Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. lies convulsing on the floor. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. a headless sphinx. an upside-down cross. WHISPERING ungodly sounds. LOUDER. he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells. A hint of some method to his madness. That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols. GUARD CAPTAIN All right.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES . get. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. down here and get him to the infirmary.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A.Rev. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP. Prisoners start SHOUTING. terrified. The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. spits it out onto the stone floor. 19 Blackwood keeps whispering. knee. He looks down.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. (CONTINUED) . keeps coughing. windowsill flutters away.
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GUARD #2 Get him to the infirmary, now! Guards pull the Captain away. The remaining guard picks up the cross, stares at Blackwood, chilled. Blackwood’s eyes snap open. BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. 20 21 OMITTED INT. PUNCH BOWL PUB - BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING RING - NIGHT The fighting is over and the pub is closing. Only a few people remain cleaning up, mopping the beer and blood. Watson enters fast, looks around, and moves upstairs. 22 INT. PUNCH BOWL PUB - ATTIC Watson walks down a dingy hallway towards a door. With a look of resignation, he opens the door to see Holmes sitting alone in the sterile, barely furnished room. Holmes faces the corner, playing scales on his VIOLIN. On the table next to him, an upside down BEER STEIN and an assortment of prescription medicine bottles. Watson approaches, sees Holmes has bloodshot eyes from lack of sleep. Watson picks one of the medicine bottles which is open. WATSON You know this is for eye surgery? HOLMES I find that it lifts my spirits. WATSON It’s a pathological amorbic process, it increases tissue change and weakness. And you know what a black reaction comes on you afterwards. No answer. More scales. Watson approaches, sees Holmes has bloodshot eyes from lack of sleep. The beer stein is full of FLIES all buzzing about. 22 20 21
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HOLMES Look at this. If you play a chromatic scale, they move clockwise. As soon as you switch to a pentatonic scale -Holmes plays a different scale, the flies all stop moving, stick to the glass. WATSON (faking interest) Really? What about when you -oops -Watson picks up the glass, lets loose the flies. Holmes looks up; Watson’s already moving for the door, pissed.
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WATSON Let’s go. Lestrade wants you at Pentonville Prison. HOLMES That’s your job, not mine. WATSON You’re Blackwood’s last request. Says he has information he’ll give only to you. But Watson’s already out the door. 23 EXT. LONDON - DAWN Watson and Holmes ride in a cab, passing familiar landmarks as the city comes to life. They sit in silence, tension hanging between them. Finally Holmes grabs Watson’s bag, rummages around and pulls out a clean white shirt. Watson looks out the window, frustrated. He sees THE HALF-CONSTRUCTED MASS OF TOWER BRIDGE. Near ground level, workers take down a large BLACKWOOD STEEL sign. HOLMES Look at that structure. What has it been? Five years’ work already? Are you aware that is the first combination of bascule and suspension bridge. Very innovative. No reply. As Holmes is taking off his jacket, he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a wad of money. 23
HOLMES It’s too small for you. Silence. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening.Rev. locked safely away in my drawer. it’s my property and I want it back. HOLMES You’re right. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. WATSON That’s my waistcoat. Silence. HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence.. You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence. I was aware she’d been engaged. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. I have your cut from last night.. Watson punches him square in the face. 23 HOLMES Oh. Holmes puts on his vest. I’ll keep it with your check book. (CONTINUED) . Holmes takes off his shirt. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26. She told me.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson. Holmes rubs his jaw. by the way. WATSON Well.
Holmes frowns. 23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window. . looks out the opposite window.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
Police keep them away from the entrance. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Holmes heads inside. I’ve no business with him while he’s alive.EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. 2/2/09 26A. 24 EXT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 24 25 OMITTED 25 . Watson stops. Blackwood’s death is the headline. WATSON You go ahead. papers are for sale.Rev. Religious zealots and occultists swarm.
SHERLOCK HOLMES .CORRIDOR .. strolling insouciantly. if you have other duties to attend to.DAWN A pale.two heavyweights sizing each other up.DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell. All the cells are now EMPTY. 26 INT.. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. thank you.. sir. Holmes listens. Thank you. In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood. 27 (CONTINUED) . 26 27 INT.Rev. The Guard high-tails it out of there. HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em. HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. sees Holmes. 2/2/09 27. They share a smile -. turns. PENTONVILLE PRISON . sir.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me.. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd. it’s like he can get inside your head. GUARD Much obliged. Blackwood pauses. No way this creep’s getting to him. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is. There’s something about him. PENTONVILLE PRISON . otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands. getting closer. who’s reading aloud to himself. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place.
Rev. BLACKWOOD How can I help? HOLMES I’d already followed the murders with some interest and while my heart went out to the families of the victims. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind.I am merely the channel. the men are close together. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. Blackwood is right at the bars. Despite the bars between them. Suddenly. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment. close to Holmes. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear. your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. and that’s why you’re really here. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -. by comparison. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28. (CONTINUED) .27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Actually. HOLMES However.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. Holmes. As Holmes walks away. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. and it worries me. of course.after you’re hanged. you must widen your gaze. HOLMES Bon voyage. Steel your mind. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. HOLMES I must say. too. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD Mr. a sacrifice. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. I need you. Blackwood. I might have spared five lives. shakes his head. Holmes steps back. Then you would serve a greater purpose. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity.Rev. and there is nothing you can do to save them. Blackwood calls after him. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. Holmes. you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
We get a good look at some of the faces. 29 INT.CORRIDOR . HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest. Blackwood walks up into the noose. members of the government and cops. PENTONVILLE PRISON . CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) . 27 28 INT. Not for this one.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson is there too. The place is bustling with cops and officials. or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST.MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor.Rev. Father. HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. 29A. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials.
29 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CRACK! His eyes fly open. CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening. The show is over. 30 INT. lying on his tiger skin rug. His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30.DAY Holmes is out cold. Legs fall through and yank tight. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck.) London’s so bleak this time of year. 29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly.S.Rev. dead. 221 BAKER STREET . .
She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him.. stunned by this intrusion. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. olives. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31. Dates from Jordan. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. cracking walnuts. She leans down.. her back to Holmes. Irene opens the file. Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter. Irene gets up to cross the room.. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. dried fruit. 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright. etc. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk.Rev. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs... just before she turns back to face him. IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up.
They move to sit at the table. Let’s not dwell on the past. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. HOLMES Ah.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 30 HOLMES Simply studying your methodology for when the authorities ask me to hunt you down. Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck.Rev. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. Then. TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. husbands. No ring? IRENE He snored. HOLMES And you. There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand. revealing and enormous diamond. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. Plus. Holmes almost melts. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . HOLMES But your signature is clear.
she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She hands him the envelope. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33. IRENE I’m my own man. HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment.Rev. 30 IRENE This is all the information you need. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .
As she walks out she puts her photo back upright. 221 BAKER ST. 31 INT.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene keeps moving. She pauses behind him as she exits.does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. John. . waits for her to pass -Hello. Holmes examines the envelope. HOLMES Keep your money. On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel. . I didn’t say I’d take the case.Rev. IRENE They gave me our old room.STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in. 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins. She ignores him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A. IRENE 31 * * * * * * -. He lifts his hat.
A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. 32 EXT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out. gets in. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. finally prepared to engage with her. Moriarty closes the window. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. Too dark to see much in there. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. CUT TO: 32 33 INT. walks on. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). 2/2/09 34. and the carriage starts moving.Rev. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street. but for me. a gesture from the shadow stills her. looks around her. and their footsteps clatter away. Someone waiting outside takes the paper. Pauses. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. She turns into the alley. She sniffs them appreciatively. CARRIAGE Irene sits. HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. Looks. You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . Before she can speak. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY.
33 SHERLOCK HOLMES . me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) . Ow. it’s accurate. they lurch forward. 34 EXT. I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA. LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. 33 I’m certain.Rev. the coach comes to a halt. A better word.
yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up. BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A. sir. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit.Rev. He has disgusting blackened teeth. sir. (CONTINUED) .34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . yes it would. 34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over.
HOLMES Thank you. Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears. She’d love that. all aflutter. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35. I -WATSON I know. utterly alive. The carriage moves on. very concerned. . WATSON What’s she after. who backs off in fear. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out. almost enraged.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 221 BAKER ST. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead. anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . completely transformed now. WATSON Look at you.Watson won’t stop.. 34 He reaches toward the window. This is a hopeless cause -. Within a nanosecond. The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar. I’m sorry. she made a proper idiot of you. you were going to explain something. Watson approaches. 35 INT. Leaping about.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style).Rev. instead of just being tricked into being a witness at her wedding like last time -HOLMES I don’t believe -WATSON You dress up as clergyman and actually perform the ceremony. HOLMES You’ve had your fun.
You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. Holmes picks up his violin. Go on.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. HOLMES Regrettably. said too much. Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. Holmes grabs the envelope back. WATSON I’ve upset you.Rev. a beard.. a human canoe. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on.. four foot ten. Those are my dates. Holmes looks like he’s had enough. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. missing two front teeth. I can tell. red hair. WATSON I won’t interrupt. I’ve . we’ve had our last case together. WATSON I’ve already read it. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. She likes ginger dwarfs. It’s more than a technicality. I don’t agree. Luke Reordon.
221 BAKER ST.INT. IRENE Why don’t I see myself out. . . 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 .REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof. Before Watson can speak. Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. he steps quickly to a window. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A. and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street. 221 BAKER ST. one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. He bolts into -36A INT. doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. Alright. The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. Once Irene leaves. 221 BAKER ST.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs. I’m just saying.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do. 36 FLASHBACK . 35 HOLMES No. . Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. He lands just right. turning down an alley. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. Holmes plucks his violin. the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene.
The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. then his clothes. trapping her. He closes in to grab her --. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. 38B (CONTINUED) . dropping him immediately. Irene frisks him expertly. She’s mugging the mugger. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed. IRENE Oh. cutting his belt. how nice of you.who is scrofulous and sly -. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -.SHERLOCK HOLMES .no woman in her right mind would go down this alley.Rev. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. Even without the man -. sweetheart. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. 38B INT. 2/2/09 37. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. 38 EXT. He obeys. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth. There is excitement in her eyes. Still holding the roses.but at the other side. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. signalling the mugger to be quiet. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. this turns her on. Quick as a snake. all the way to his collar. 38 38A EXT. Another man steps in behind her. eyes bulging.
catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. He hurries after Irene down the alley. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. takes his wallet too. which is being assembled. Doesn’t look like yours. 39 EXT. but this time we can see that Holmes gets a view of the man on the other end of the weapon before the carriage pulls away. He drops a coin in his hand. shall I? She takes both wallets. 38C EXT. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. 38B IRENE Oh.Rev. Holmes picks up the pace. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously.and leaves. a wallet. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. 39 38C . then leaves. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely. On second thoughts.here’s another one. I’ll return them.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . rubs it on his face and hands. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. He runs past a coal cart. snags a lump of coal. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out. look. runs on. she turns back. thank you. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. that’s the Irene I know. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. then pops it in his mouth. -. chews it to blacken his teeth. does it? And -naughty boy -.
. 221 BAKER ST. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table. That’s bad money. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. 40 INT. Watson. WATSON You know what. WATSON And yet she works for him. scared.S..SHERLOCK HOLMES . thinking.) Mister Holmes. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O... HOLMES This man intrigues me..? He turns to see. He’s got Adler on edge. Holmes motions to the bills. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own. 2/2/09 37B. scared.. (CONTINUED) .. sir. but leave this case. Breathless. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door. After all. pale. It’s nothing to do with me. I may not have a choice. HOLMES She’s intimidated. A man has to make a living.Rev. HOLMES Well.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin. WATSON Which is no mean feat. at once.
WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38.Rev. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. sir. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. HOLMES Watson. It appears he’s come back from the dead. grab a compass. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. They all move to the exit. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. Clarky laughs. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . Us means you. just this morning. it’s a matter of professional integrity. you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. Watson walks into his office. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. You means us.
scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance.Rev.DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials.SHERLOCK HOLMES . THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE .and it’s starting to rain. 41 42 EXT. 2/2/09 38aA. We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. Blackwood comes from old money. They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt. Watson barely lifts his head.DAY Judging by the estate. and lots of it. 41 EXT. opens the door. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT . Not a place for a picnic. 42 (CONTINUED) . not even on a bright sunny day -. A COP stops the carriage.ESTABLISHING . Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. WATSON Look at this mess. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT. Holmes and Watson exit.
spooked. once again. They’d rather be anywhere but here. The cops are in tight clusters. Lestrade emerges from the crypt. (CONTINUED) . He is sweating. As Holmes and Watson approach.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest. shaken. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE.this is interesting. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A. whispering to themselves.Rev. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -.
Watson heads for him. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now. He notices the Blackwood CREST. LESTRADE Explain it if you can. and the image of a SPHINX. The old GROUNDSKEEPER. You can question him if you like -. pale and terrified. Lestrade waves it off. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand. drags his boys in close.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LESTRADE (low. Holmes. LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -. The witness is over there. direction.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod. duly chastened. Holmes inspects the door. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. checking the hinges. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone.but you won’t get much. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree. not a word. On second thought.smashed outward like they were nothing.
soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. (at Watson. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. Lestrade stomps up. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40. or the Yard. a few moments. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt. him. LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. He’s in shock. step back. Holmes chuckles.Rev. murmuring. HOLMES Inspector. They place it on the ground. plainly terrified. looking in his eyes. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. Four beefy.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. crossing themselves.
HOLMES All yours.three quarters of an inch. Watson’s had enough. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. WATSON Lividity is late stage. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. 42 But no one moves. Vials.snatches the crowbar away. in everyday clothes. begins examining the body. He takes a CALIPER. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. Holmes and Lestrade move forward.. with red hair. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. disturbed. to reveal. They brush away a layer of dirt.Rev. He marches forward --. jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. the cops move backward.a small measure of revenge.. still stunned.. eerie groan. Lestrade looks at it with dismay. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago.. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket.. A DEAD BODY in the coffin. (CONTINUED) . silver tools. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood. Watson opens his forensic kit. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. The coffin is filled with EARTH. HOLMES Inspector. Inspector.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . overflowing. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth..
It’s not natural.Rev.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them. He was as alive as you or me. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42. ready to unburden himself.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. HOLMES Now the game is afoot. Watson. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. LONDON STREET . and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid. They all stop. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt. And I’m not daft. so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O. They all want to get the hell out of there. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound.S. (etc.. Most drunks are the same. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily. Lestrade follows. This one has five. It’s not right. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT. anxious. leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper.) He was walking. Trust me. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. (turns. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch. suddenly.
Watson appears preoccupied.Rev. 51 Just eat. (CONTINUED) . WATSON You know. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible. I once heard a man predict his death. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A. WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along. I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain.
Watson shakes his head. instead of theories to suit facts. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP. (CONTINUED) . and flips Reordon’s watch open. 51 HOLMES (mouth full. hence the scratches.. HOLMES Let’s see now. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. WATSON Maddison and Haig. screws it into his eye. Watson looks quite chuffed. HOLMES Very good. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43.. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data.. Adler’s midget is the key to this.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . you end up twisting facts to suit theories. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks.H. Invariably.Rev. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own. Excellent. HOLMES Hmm. HOLMES The most recent is M. there are several sets of initials scored into the lid. His face falls.. He examines the lid. scratches around the keyhole.
I think not. a J. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. I see the letters S and an L. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. They should give us an address. thank you. ahead of them there on Bow Street. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed. attention. Not in blood but in bond. PALM READER Reckon your future. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. No. PAWNBROKERS. no. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. HOLMES WATSON The time. PALM READER I see two men. Holmes and Watson look at each other. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord.. WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. DISCREET. You remember. brothers. She has their (CONTINUED) . the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. here we are.Rev. RESPECTABLE. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . On the watch. wait.. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary.
lace doilies.. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman....... WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence. PALM READER I see a letter.Rev.. (horrified) Patterned table clothes.. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force. I see. the letter M. another M. WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes. I see.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Enough. PALM READER She turns to fat. (CONTINUED) . Mary? You will be married.... 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B.. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness. china figurines.. WATSON This is a new low -. Watson looks at Holmes. Watson snatches his hand away.even for you..
Even Holmes is taken aback by this. as well you should be. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside. he’s not safe. Watson. As he follows Watson.Rev. Mortal peril. LONDON EAST END .51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away. produces a wad of coins. HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend. Now Watson is smiling. Warn your friend. Here we are. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. storms into Madison and Haig. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. PALM READER I seen something in his hand. Why. (CONTINUED) .MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. Not bad. the pawnshop behind them. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. and Holmes is not... 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. 52 EXT. Darkness and great pain. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring. And you know it yourself. pleased with himself. looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet.
Rev. dingy LODGING HOUSE. Some (CONTINUED) .52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. give my regards to Mary. HOLMES Looks promising. windows are boarded up. 52 He slows. well. And possibly dangerous. looks up at a dark. Oh.
52 Holmes heads for lodging house. crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage. Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. moves through a door. he gestures them inside. It takes him a while. finds a door with scratches on the keyhole. Something did. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. Holmes inspects it. WATSON I can spare ten minutes. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch.Rev. every available inch is covered in writing. biblical Latin and Hebrew. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom. It is fiddly. REORDON’S ROOMS . Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 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. (CONTINUED) .DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms. He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. 53 54 OMITTED INT. Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling. strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. 55 INT.
55 HOLMES (O.55 SHERLOCK HOLMES . come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. something ROTTING. Watson does his best not to gag. a seething cloud of flies. REORDON’S LAB Instantly. impossible to read. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS. HOLMES (inhaling deeply. He digs through them. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46..) Watson. sniffing like a morbid perfumer. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. their bodies frozen in strange contortions. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS.. In the center of the room. Holmes moves around the room. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice.. Watson moves to the stove. as if mid-death-rattle. HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars. goes towards. pulls out vials. loving it) Ammonium sulfate. 56 INT..S. Hemlock...Rev. Eyes opened impossibly wide. An experiment generating a massive stench. Watson digs through his forensic bag. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia.. Formaldehyde. A CREST stamped on it.. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) .. finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum.
REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles. puts it by the lantern. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. moves into the next room. stops at an open window.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47. Watson catches it. Long as it’s not too burnt. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together. Ghostly chemistry. Sweet. Slowly. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper. or sugar. Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper. faint words APPEAR on the blank page... starts pouring the acid. starts walking back to the other room. (stops. sniffs) Barley sugar. Holmes gets a whiff of something. almost like perfume.Rev. 57 58 OMITTED INT. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s.. The door WHIPS open. Sucks the iron right out of the ink. but something else. tosses one to Watson. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on. raises an eyebrow.. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here.. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. Holmes senses something... WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) .
In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. 58 They are followed by DREDGER. He looks at Dredger. HOLMES Hello.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . ripping it down. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. Sweet tooth. knows it won’t make a dent. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. He spins the rod expertly. Dredger is deadpan.Rev. They stop. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. eyes widen at the giant. slightly deformed.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. He catches the rod. As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. HOLMES Let me guess -. sliding it into his hand as a weapon. He keeps moving. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. HOLMES You take them. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. a huge man. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . SMASHING it into Dredger’s face. swinging at them. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. gentlemen. bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. It stuns the giant for a beat. trapping the steel rod under his arm. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. I’ll handle Mr. He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy). 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. WATSON Seems about fair. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. who follows them into the room.
Rev. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. scattering all the bottles and tools. anything he can grab. the shaft SPARKS. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. and knocking the ring away. knocking him off his feet. (CONTINUED) . SLAMMING into Watson. cranks his weapon. trying to gather his senses. climbing off of Watson. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes. who swings the metal shaft desperately. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor.. Dredger tries to recover. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. Watson fights the first thug. blades flashing on either side of him. the first man HURLS his knife. The rod sparks and hums. a bar-room brawler. He blinks. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. and. ripping off his pocket. He sees Dredger incoming. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. kicking the other in the groin. 58 INT. who falls. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. just as -Dredger flies through the air. One of the blades slices his shirt. Watson ducks and dodges. Watson just barely ducks the blade. which SMACKS into the second thug. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. Head The men whip out knives. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. as he scrambles toward the ring. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon. sending it across the ground. butting one. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. Holmes thinks quickly. REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon. 58A INT. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. as -Watson tussles with the thugs.. A truly pathetic weapon.
lost in the floorboards. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts.. frantic as -Dredger rises. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile. darting around people. grips his ruined ring.. a clear change in his demeanor. The vessel can’t be far from completion. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. bends down. They weave through the shadows. takes an angle to cut off Dredger. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly.58B SHERLOCK HOLMES . He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well. picks up the ring. Watson brings up the rear. leaps out the window.GATE Dredger runs down the street. and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT.DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through. just as he’s about to grab it. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window. then leaps out the window. big wooden chocks hold it in place. it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . knocking people out of his way. SLIPWAY . Watson darkens. 63 EXT. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . Holmes gives chase. landing atop a heap of coal.. which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. Watson chases the engagement ring. the rest of the ring mangled. starts running for it. THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING.Rev.. as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. TOOLEY IRONWORKS .FIRST SLIPWAY For now though.
Dredger kicks out viciously. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --. tearing others out of his way. splintering another chock.. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer.. Watson can see what’s coming. Holmes backs away. He reaches out. Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER. Dredger in pursuit. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . out.. grabs the weapon and. FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point.. for a moment. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. knocking him back. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway. and swings the hammer at Holmes.. 65 . just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. 64A EXT. hitting him with the lightning-rod.SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air.the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them.63 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Dredger tosses the rod. The ship LURCHES forward. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path. 64B EXT. It’s the last straw for the support mechanism.DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull.CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. the whole thing starts to creak. sizzles. 64 EXT. ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt. smashing some of the wooden supports. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. FABRICATION SHED .Rev.. smiles a terrifying smile. And now. SECOND SLIPWAY .
twice -. knocks his head against the runner -. but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground..and then the ship’s away. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -. eyes rolled back into his head.CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship. as -- 66 66A EXT.as he blinks back into consciousness. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard. A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and. but he doesn’t know why. The timber finally gives way. 2/2/09 52. And they find: (CONTINUED) . Holmes collapses back. He’s doomed. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs. Watson arrives. as the leviathan roars down towards him. He tries to roll out of the way. He opens one tentative eye.Holmes charges into Dredger again. He realizes the ship has stopped. He tries to pull himself to his feet.Rev. The ground beneath him shakes. falling through the air -The ship is free again. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing. pulling him backwards across the runners.SHERLOCK HOLMES . half expecting to find himself in the after-life. helps him to his feet. frothy explosion of water. A quiet beat.from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds.. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face. SECOND SLIPWAY . Holmes lies semi-conscious.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.. And.. 66 EXT.CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --. parting the Thames with a vast. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship.once. Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. SECOND SLIPWAY .
shaking his head. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration. I deserve this. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled.. officers swarm the scene. man. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him.Rev. The police whistles get louder. He’s reading his notebook. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you. Watson? We were set upon. it was selfdefense. LONDON JAIL . 67 INT. Now of course I’m in jail. making the odd change here and there.. 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. bloodshot eyes. the ship adrift. No blood or trace. and. 66A Nothing. WATSON I haven’t slept all night.. They see the wreckage. Holmes and Watson. exhausted.MORNING The next morning. I clearly deserve it. Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief. Watson sits next to him. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face. The big man is gone. 67 (CONTINUED) . Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep..66A SHERLOCK HOLMES .. deep burn.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53.
your mess. your stealing my clothes. Now. WATSON I’m not complaining.Rev.. BIG MAN (O. 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. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54..) Remember me.. Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat. Watson snaps at the man. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident. WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you. HOLMES Ah. Mr.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES ... 67 WATSON (CONT’D) Why else would I continually allow myself to be led into situations where you’re deliberately withholding your intentions from me? HOLMES You’ve never complained about my methods before. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident. Brownlee. I never complain. if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson. your lack of hygiene.. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks..S.. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning. (CONTINUED) . Watson challenges him with a look.
Watson now turns away. HOLMES Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well.Rev. completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding. WATSON If I were going to the country. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog. 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. We could throw a lamb on the spit. We should have her along. in the interest of science. I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well. Holmes. You and I could go out to the countryside. Watson. HOLMES What you need is a rest. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. I completely understand now. WATSON No. Not you. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . You’re not -Me and her.
Rev. He must make a decision. they see. without this. bars.CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. (CONTINUED) . (touches his own head) .. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail. The mob surrounds Holmes. She gives him a polite nod. flanked by prison wardens. do you? You are this. PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. 68 He’s never looked more alone.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary. 68 INT. MARY emerges from behind the Guard..he leaves. Holmes watches him walk out. You don’t get it. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B. heads off with Watson.. turns. LONDON JAIL . And he does --. But the Guard shakes his head. 67 WATSON You’re not human. The bars slide shut. He touches his own heart. Just Watson.. He steps Watson steps up. Holmes looks confused... forward. then locks eyes with Mary.
door open. Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. sir. in another life.. 68 As the door is opened. 70 71 OMITTED INT.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LESTRADE We don’t have time. They just paid a small fortune to bail you out. 70 71 (CONTINUED) . Holmes sees a dark.Rev. HOLMES Lestrade -. LONDON JAIL . Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper. the thug blasts out backwards. CARRIAGE Holmes enters. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55. you’d have made an excellent criminal.. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks. having just been battered through it by Holmes. HOLMES All in good time. 69 EXT. HOLMES And you. an excellent policeman. strange carriage waiting. A public that’s working itself into a frenzy. LESTRADE You know.your usual impeccable timing. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along.
HOLMES As to where I am -. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. CUT TO BLACK. Sir Thomas shakes his head.. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. Holmes takes in the scene.. eyes flicking around the room. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram. the carriage forked left.Rev. FADE IN: 72 INT. and who I am. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. admittedly. rises from a pile of papers. apologies for summoning you like this. Lord Chief Justice. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s.I was. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. HOLMES As to who you are -.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. Holmes. SIR THOMAS. After that.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . then right. He holds a black hood. SIR THOMAS Mr. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. That would be your official title. Who you realy are is another matter entirely.but Holmes is on a roll. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. Holmes shrugs. 72 (CONTINUED) .
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring. STANDISH (O.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . it’s standard procedure.S. I suppose. ambitious man in his 30s. on the northwest corner of St. what a massive lack of judgement on their part.the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place. well. Coward is a hard.Rev. (CONTINUED) . Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. SIR THOMAS Yes. Standish is an American in his sixties. you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand.) I think we have the right man. James Square. (beat) And as to the mystery -. Holmes shakes his head.
HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. Holmes acknowledges them -. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -. the Home Secretary.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . That shocks them rigid. STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes.practices of our Order? Yes. (at Sir Thomas) In this case.barely -. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. variations of the SPHINX. isn’t impressed by rank.as they enter. yes? You have the same colored irises -. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols. only our fears.a rare dark green. We don’t ask you to share our faith. HOLMES They’re almost interesting. Holmes looks around the room. fear of your own child. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes.Rev.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) . or practical magic. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57.
plus identical outer ears. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. It’s chilling: a death scene.looks on. and we want to keep it that way. from his birth to arms he made and sold. A man who’s just fallen out a window.young Lord Blackwood -. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. come to some sort of conclusion. not survive. digs for something. 58.. which would make you either brothers. Sir Thomas opens a bureau. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information. or. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . What family he had tended to. but she shared our beliefs. Though not enough to survive giving birth to him. No one could prove anything of course. His mother wasn’t my wife. which only pass down through the direct bloodline. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals. 72 Stunned. the men consult silently. SIR THOMAS We were young. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with.. or pinna. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. father and son. A photograph from the 1860s. They turn back to Holmes.Rev. Evidently. She was a powerful practitioner. more likely. a BODY covered by a sheet. Holmes is appalled and shows it.
Holmes stalks out -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59.Rev. HOLMES I have one last question. We need you to find him and stop him before he does. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. The present and future are worse. As Home Secretary. SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. but it’s not enough. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -. His resurrection is evidence of that.stops at the door. (beat) Name your price. but not for you. leaves. I have considerable influence over the police. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. 72 STANDISH All this is history. Sir Thomas. 73 OMITTED 73 . HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. I’ll get him. fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze. turns. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead.
They both eye the Derringer on the table. 2/2/09 60. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense. and could get you into a lot of trouble.Rev. Sherlock. IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage. Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. As she continues. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table. 74 EXT.. a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass). 74 75 INT. the least you can do is help me with the buttons.SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon. lets her hair down.. There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people.. Sherlock. IRENE I knew I could count on you.DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress. (CONTINUED) .. That’s better. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter. She pulls long thin needles from her hair. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off.
The huge DIAMOND still around her neck. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb.S. We’re not.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . A professor perhaps? Irene gets up. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. Unfairly gorgeous. refusing to get turned on. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments. and on such a clever contraption. She moves back to the dressing table. Unbuttoning done. 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. IRENE Wonderful.Rev. Your hand was trembling. IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch. your gaze was averted. Your services are no longer required. (CONTINUED) .) Let’s not argue. Holmes steps out to confront Irene. IRENE (O. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. HOLMES Irene steps out. I couldn’t see his face. Case closed then.
becoming something else. hard and angry at first. HOLMES IRENE You see. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. not only is it my business. HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. Holmes grabs her arm. 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. we are arguing.Rev. (CONTINUED) .75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . should really try some. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. Irene. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. The kiss leads them to the bed. IRENE This wine is excellent. Irene snatches up her gun. 75 I disagree. missing his toe. and the one that disarms Holmes. Irene kisses him.
straddles him. And on my own terms. Irene pulls him down to it. She’s in charge now. IRENE He doesn’t resist.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She gets off him. Just like you -. Irene walks casually across the room. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. She approaches. CLICK! Much better. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62.well. the other with the key. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) . HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. Sherlock -.one in shackles. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. 75 That’s better. IRENE But free. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. now dressed as a man. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise.Rev. While he struggles on the bed.
I’m going to bed. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out. sir. stands there waiting for him. OR ALT: IRENE What were you doing consorting with a married business traveller in his hotel room is something you’ll have to explain for yourself. SIR THOMAS No thank you. throws the handcuff keys down there. PERIGRINE. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. moves to the doorway. he looks tired. She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and. Irene takes the scarf off his neck. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. His butler.Rev. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . please let them know that Mr.but generally speaking. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. PERIGRINE Good evening. Perigrine. IRENE -.NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes has no retort. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) . IRENE If anyone asks.
77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. Relaxing. goes up. like the rushing of wind. drip.. Thomas smiles.76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . as he hears an eerie WHISPER O.Rev. drip. (CONTINUED) . Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A. INT. Not all the way. licking his lips. tries to sit up.S. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. drip. 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. sir. The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. Can’t.
He looks down at himself and reacts with shock.. Her shriek wakes him.. a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door. The water flows over Sir Thomas. Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. BLACKWOOD .DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. Father. who watches him drown.S. still handcuffed to the bed.Rev.) Hello.. to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes. then grim recognition sets in.77 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis. Besides.. HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64. He slides back down. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK. HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP... as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger. slowly and surely.. Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom. It comes from a power greater than yours. 77 BLACKWOOD (O. . Sir Thomas’ eyes widen. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time. but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it.. it’s better than I thought it would be.CORRIDOR . slowly. THE GRAND HOTEL . You can only surrender. The water closes over his face. 78 INT. Clothes in total disarray. lit in a sinister fashion.. I must admit. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A . she misinterpreted my intention entirely.
The Butler didn’t hear anything. puzzled. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you.Rev. looking for Holmes. 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering.so that Const. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. As Constable Clark continues in. The coach stops. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. 78C INT. eyes wide open --.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. Clark ends up talking to thin air. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket). why he exists. 65. in full virtuoso detective mode. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark. Right now. The body was in the tub. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. CONSTABLE CLARK Well.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. No sign of a break-in. He turns. continues into the bathroom. HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason. finds him right back at the doorway. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C .only his ring was missing. The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. 78B EXT. there is no latitude for misunderstanding.this is. in fact. The tub has been drained. right here is where Holmes is at his very best -. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE .
The decent thing to do is catch the killer. not provide comfort to the corpse. Constable. He glances around the room. Holmes is happy.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A. Holmes swivels. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself. logic is rare.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . And. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. leans over.Rev. Now Holmes can really get down to work. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. Hmm. Both cops hesitate -. jasmine? HOLMES Superb. sits in it himself.Holmes is not their boss... opens it. sniffs it. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in.. high up where it’s warm and dry. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. I suspect this comes from a larger cannister. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. It’ll either be in the pantry. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common. data. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. it may mean he looks down from a window sill. or in a linen closet with a vent. scoops it up. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency. HOLMES Data.
Rev. grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. as if the wall cracked open. He steps toward it. The dust has a line down it. revealing: (CONTINUED) . Holmes steps to the sink. 78C His eyes keep moving. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . noticing something on a wall. runs his hand along a layer of dust.
a cow’s BONE. the walls and shelves are very sparse. He is well into packing his things. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. As soon as they arrive. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS . HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. spellbooks. 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . just as -78F INT.Rev. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out. a large sharp FANG. . opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open. 221 BAKER ST. Clark and the Officer return.Const. and the wall shifts. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. On the altar. They are startled by the secret room --. and ancient texts. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. The office is full of boxes. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS. Maybe he continues singing between words. (vis I have no that. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) .they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. and a FEATHER. four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. He pushes the panel.
boys. (CONTINUED) .80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes steps aside. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use. revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A. HOLMES Figure of speech. 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper. WATSON There isn’t any. Holmes steps into the room. They unzip the bag. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large.
Poor fellow. WATSON HOLMES No. Frustrated. Watson keeps packing.) Really. he’s your friend from Reordon’s.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . starting. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. He’s an inspiring conversationalist. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67. Holmes analyzes the body. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes.Rev. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. (alt: He has more humor than you. * * * (CONTINUED) . of all places. 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
HOLMES Well done. Now, you didn’t happen to pack the Lord’s Register of members’ interests, did you? Watson pulls it out of a box.
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HOLMES See what Blackwood admits to owning. As Watson flips through it, Holmes plucks a few chords on his violin, thinking. Watson finds the page. WATSON It’s endless, he’s had a hand in just about everything that’s not good for you.
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HOLMES Something brutal by the river... WATSON Woolwich Arsenal... Limehouse Chemical... Queenshithe Slaughterhouse, Nine Elms! HOLMES That’s it, Watson! This should lead us right to Blackwood. Holmes leaps up and readies himself to leave. Not us, you. This gives Holmes pause. HOLMES Right. Well uh... best of luck with everything, then. Same to you. WATSON WATSON * * * * * * *
A brief nod, then Holmes is gone. A beat as Watson continues packing. He heaves a box up, moves for his suitcase. After a moment, he notices... Holmes’ PISTOL. Not again. WATSON * *
He picks it up. As he contemplates the weapon, he becomes more serious. Then angry. He mouths a curse to himself, and sees their DOG giving him a disapproving look. WATSON Yes, I know. Don’t give me that look, Gladstone. He pockets the gun, grabs his jacket and heads out. 81-82 82A OMITTED EXT. COURTYARD - NIGHT A figure moves across the dark, Gothic courtyard. It is AMBASSADOR STANDISH. As he cuts through the shadows...
shipping.Rev. It is locked. BLACKWOOD I am humbled. as he enters -83 INT. wiping the raindrops off his coat. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne. surprised by the rain. Blackwood enters. 82B INT. gone as fast as it came. trying to dry himself. He hits the door to a building.NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. turns to the others -. betrayed. and come back more powerful than ever. industry -they were given to me for a purpose.all except STANDISH. As he enters. He stays standing as they all sit -.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES . He bangs on the door. (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions.S. I am honored. and keeps moving. He looks as if he’s been to hell. The door finally opens. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . A RAVEN flaps into the night. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room. Standish looks at Coward. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. we see the rain stops behind him. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O. STANDISH Are you mad. as the rain comes harder.) Of course he does. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . He looks up. The crowd is stunned. Effective immediately. He raises his collar. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. It’s why he’s here.
(CONTINUED) . we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. Now. sir. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71. at noon tomorrow. you’ll make it openly.. We’ll take it from them. A different future.. (beat) . we’ll create the future. Blackwood smiles -.. we’ll remake the world. Then. a future ruled by us. Their civil war weakened them. and will be again. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late. prowls. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose. Nobody moves.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev.he’s won... The men are beginning to like what they hear. (beat) With their resources and our power. their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours. the whole world will. Blackwood stands. (beat) England will know our power.. BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -.even death holds no sway. for without death there can be no rebirth.
but they are with him. cross themselves. surveys them.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . melting away. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. Standish flails. and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage. The flames flicker blinding white. They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . as his body contorts. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. Standish pulls a gun. People scream. LONDON STREET .NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. Flames consuming him. lighting city blocks. are terrified.he IGNITES. faint. 83B INT. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. But as he aims it -. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. terrified. People look up. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. as they witness this unnatural act. gape. gasp.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. shocked. 83 In desperation.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE. 83B Blackwood turns to Coward. It doesn’t taste good. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD Come. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. but it tastes like power. nods. As they drink. drink your allegiance here.
Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. TANNER Not a great one for the water. WE SEE a boat is being loaded. Coward nods. doctor? Army type.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . Watson glares. He whispers at Tanner. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW. 84 Use them. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73. He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it. Holmes starts clambering over the side. nothing to worry about. EXT. We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water.CAPTAIN TANNER. HOLMES Everything all right. Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -. Wharves stretch out into the water. TANNER Just a little leak.Rev. The engine shudders off. the boat drifts. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. He’s soaked. are you. Watson’s pissed. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak.NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames. Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard. and furious.ESTABLISHING .
where two more THUGS patrol. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. Watson steps forward. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. let’s get this over with. please. WATSON Come on. etc. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. with his walking stick. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. Send for the police when you get there. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. Holmes looks back at Watson. watch. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. Watson glares.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . goes over the side. Watson does. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. covered in mud. towards the entrance. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it. (CONTINUED) . the closest he’ll come to a confession. Tanner nods. takes the gun. Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. says nothing. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something.Rev. doctor. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows.
might prove easily distracted. Holmes and Watson move through it. Holmes notices rows of empty tables. He picks one up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75. He inspects it.ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. Holmes follows. looks at shadows. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness. Nothing. 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. Holmes slows. trying to figure out the best strategy. spooked. He slows.86 SHERLOCK HOLMES .whether for courage or from habit. Watson? Watson has already left.. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here. Metal groans softly.Rev.S. He turns. Holmes. Holmes whispers. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE .TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . sees something on its skin. WATSON (O. takes a whiff. (CONTINUED) . stopped in his tracks... 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door. 89 87 88 Holmes looks up.) You need to see this. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive. notices that both men have hip flasks. picks up one of the dead rats. inspecting it. some kind of dark spore. He runs his finger through a layer of dust. like a plaintive wail. sensing something behind him.. The big one’s been drinking -. Holmes catches up. passing Watson into -89 INT. As they go. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors. A few RATS lay dead. and pockets it as he follows Watson. not minutes ago. A truly creepy scene.
Holmes tightens. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam. the ceiling. Now you see the truth for yourself. stepping into -90 INT. whispering in the wind. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen. slipping it into his pocket. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76. HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER. 90 Holmes shakes his head.’ Another voice completes the passage. Watson pulls his gun. his voice echoes.Rev. lifeless and silent for now.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. the world as you know it ends.S. gliding on a track. pulls the trigger. his eyes narrow. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL. Blackwood continues. and was dead. An automated butchery on a grand scale. This is the killing floor. a 118. I am alive forevermore. Amen. as the hooks move through the air. On the high walls. Click. At noon tomorrow. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. ticking. time? WATSON It’s a date. (CONTINUED) . as he joins Watson. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh.) ‘And behold. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O. and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:18.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES . draws a bead on Blackwood. swaying softly. strangely. Shadows hang heavy around him. ‘I am He that liveth. Misfire.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws.
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BLACKWOOD And because I appreciate your help, Holmes, I have a gift for you. Holmes starts climbing up towards Blackwood. BLACKWOOD (voice moving away) She followed you. You led your little lamb straight to slaughter. Suddenly the whole machine starts up. Industrialstrength loud, movement everywhere, empty hooks jerking towards the processing line. Blades and gears and grinders churn. Watson’s eyes go from Blackwood to -A pig carcass as it comes swinging out of the killing area, towards the SCORCHER (which scorches the carcasses with live flame). Then next carcass emerges --- not a carcass, Irene. She is alive, for now. She hangs from two hooks on a track-line, her wrists shackled above her, her mouth gagged. Her eyes show terror until she sees them, then immense relief for a moment, then determination. Holmes looks up to see Blackwood’s shadow retreating. Decision time. 90A INT. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE - ASSEMBLY LINE Holmes drops on to the machine and leaps from gear to gear like stepping-stones. He heaves himself up to the conveyor, where Irene is being pulled down the assembly line towards the flames. Watson sprints ahead, looking for a shut-off switch. Holmes unties Irene’s gag. HOLMES It’s your turn in shackles this time. Ahead of them, the pig carcass is scorched in an overwhelming burst of flame. Holmes and Irene are next.
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IRENE But this time no key, unfortunately. Holmes notes that Irene’s hands are shackled to separate hooks. It’s going to take two actions to free her. The flame machine gurgles ominously, gearing up for the next blast. Watson sees a LEVER (PLEASE NOTE, NEW PROP!) that looks promising, turns to head for it -- then his eyes focus on a big canvas splatter cloth. HOLMES I’ve been meaning to ask you something -IRENE Well, I’m a captive audience. Watson rips down the splatter cloth, sprints to Holmes and Irene, tosses the cloth across the conveyor belt to Holmes --- who wraps them up in the thick cloth just before the flames hit them. The heat is excruciating -- but the cloth protects them. Watson watches anxiously as the scorched cloth drops away, revealing that Holmes and Irene made it -- just. Relieved, Watson heads for the lever until “Oh Shit!” he looks ahead --- sees the scorched pig carcass being dragged into a long, conveyor-belt-wide SCALDING TANK OF BOILING WATER. Decision time for Watson -- help Holmes and Irene, or try the lever? He goes for the lever, reaches it, pushes it all the way over --- and the belt speeds up with a jerk. Watson hauls back on the lever, gets the belt back to the original speed, looks around for another possible off switch. Just as they reach the scalding tank, Holmes jumps off the belt (still opposite side to Watson), grabs Irene’s legs and pulls her horizontal just before she’s dragged into the boiling water.
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She’s suspended just above the boiling water, with Holmes moving sideways, keeping pace with her. IRENE (trying her best not to show the strain) You had a question. Holmes keeps hold of Irene’s feet as he maneuvers past various obstacles -HOLMES (same) Ah. Yes. Do you still maintain you’re not in over your head? IRENE (panting) In some countries steam is considered excellent therapy for the skin. -- then is gouged in the back by a whirling fan belt, jerks away, and Irene touches the water, SCREAMS. Watson hears the scream, turns -- then sees something again. It pisses him off. Fuck this machine. When Holmes has Irene stable again: IRENE (weakly) I have to say -- it’s overrated. Holmes has to admire her courage -- until he hears Watson yelling at him. Up ahead a huge pipe spews boiling water into the tank -and impassable obstacle from Holmes’ side of the conveyor belt. Watson points at the I-beam running above them. nods. Irene sees it, too. Holmes
Holmes helps her reach one foot, then other up to the Ibeam. She hooks her feet over it, and is suspended upside down by her shackles and her feet --- and still heading for the pipe spewing boiling water. Watson appears opposite Holmes, nods up at Irene. swings off the I-beam, through the air -She
close one -. (CONTINUED) . the scorched. but that’s all. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -. pulls her horizontal. Irene swings sideways violently. catches up to Irene --.and pulls the switch down with a really satisfying CLUNK! A bank of lights goes out but the conveyor belt keeps moving towards the giant band saw. So is Sherlock.smashes the shackle lock. equipment. He braces himself on the belt. Irene swings aside. Sherlock? IRENE Now. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. painted red. Holmes darts through a trimming station. jumps onto the belt.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. Holmes clambers the Up ahead. She’s still shackled. As Watson holds Irene. sprints for the switch.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. just misses it. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS. Shit a brick.and Watson catches her feet. swings the cleaver with all his might --. he spots a small. scalded pig carcass precedes them. 90A -. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water.Rev. she’s showing nerves. The bandsaw whines viciously. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. still shackled by her right hand. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand. following her. Irene rides the belt upwards. (PLEASE NOTE. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. Holmes wastes no time. leaves her for Holmes to deal with. grabs one.
heads for the door. (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) . gets up. -. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock.Rev. Then Holmes is under her.. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME. Lately there’ve been rumors of something new. falls forward. Irene gives Holmes a sweet. cutin-half pig carcasses. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. Finally. stops her. their eyes locking. 90A Gets a free haircut. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. HOLMES You owe me information. magical. They’re okay.pulls a knife. turns. looking for Blackwood. looks down --.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched. Watson shakes his head. heads after Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A. Irene.. More powerful than anything else. Irene unhooks herself. grabs her. (angry) No more games. Watson sprints towards where they fell. boiled. I owe you. She looks at Holmes.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles). And. taking Holmes with her.
They blast through the doors to -91 EXT. 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. WATSON Time slows. 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.Rev. For a moment. it lights up all of London. Holmes races towards her as more explosions.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . 81. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . Watson! A chemical. processing. He reaches Irene.. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. running toward the door. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. but to safety. looking around the dock. occasionally knocking him to the ground. Holmes trails her. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock.. it. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. 90A And she’s off. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums.
sir -so you’ll have to hit me now. Irene has disappeared.Rev. Holmes turns away. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. but unconscious. she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. makes his escape fast. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . reaches for the handle. 93 INT. unsure whether to enter or not. having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. Clarky. they spot Watson. studying Watson’s chart. so make it look good. there is a smear on her cheek. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. but --. HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed. sir. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them.is intercepted by Constable Clark. One reads the paper. The two coppers nod respectfully. 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene. alive. helps him gently to his knees. HOSPITAL . Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. pauses. 92 INT. Mary stays at the door. HOLMES Thank you. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . THROUGH THE GLASS. CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes.
cut. He mumbles inaudibly. 93 Watson is burned. sweating.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . pock-marked with shrapnel. He’s delirious.Rev. scraped. his eyes still closed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A. (CONTINUED) . bruised.
WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. WATSON Get a mirror.Rev.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Are they subcutaneous. Watson tries to sit up again.) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. Watson tries to sit up. wincing with pain. letting the Doctor do his work. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. for the pain. A sixth of a grain. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. private life. WATSON I haven’t time for that. Doctor. coat. already in the room. The shot wakes him. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. handbag. This reveals that Mary has entered the room. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. I’ll extract them myself. (CONTINUED) . etc. The surgeon should be along shortly. 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines. stands back respectfully. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that.
MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed.. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . to face her. MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um.Rev. The Doctor has no words. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known.. but not surprised. Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures.. MARY If anything happens to him. The Doctor turns just outside the door. both our lives are lost. Mary steps towards the Doctor. eyes flashing. sharper look at the Doctor. I’ll check in on him again shortly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A. worth many wounds. ON MARY As she takes a closer. Do you really? MARY Doctor. WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. She’s suddenly very angry. patients...93 SHERLOCK HOLMES ..
93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer. MARY -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B. turns.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES .or are you so selfish that’s just not possible. leaves fast.Rev. .
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2/2/09 84A.Rev. 94 INT. HOSPITAL .CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 94 .
LONDON .NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London.ATTIC Holmes enters. opens the blade. 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. He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle. obscuring him --. feather. disturbed. The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock). pained. hair. We PUSH IN UNDER the railway arch until we can make out a splash of white in the shadows -.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. They begin to overflow with tears. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone. Gathering himself. he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. fang) from Sir Thomas’ house. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor. Parts of it hang down. In the center circle he draws a pentagram (using wax from a burning candle?). (CONTINUED) . so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle. 94A EXT. We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY.SHERLOCK HOLMES . He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross. PUNCH BOWL PUB . 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death. There is something grotesque about his face. He pulls a pocket knife from his coat.Rev.but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. horrified. 2/2/09 85. The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock). The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). Emotions swirling. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT. A train crosses on an overhead railway. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand.
(CONTINUED) . 95 Then he begins to chant. fuzzy.S. Holmes snaps around.Rev.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes sways.) And now it dawns on you. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting. the circle around Holmes ignites. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A. Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame.as it hits the ground. He struggles to focus on Blackwood. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you. you begin to recognize your part in his play. followed by a larger circle beyond that. BLACKWOOD (O.
(CONTINUED) 96 97 . he can barely see straight. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head.ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS. PUNCH BOWL PUB . BLACKWOOD’S TOMB. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -. so I could die on the biggest stage of all.the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT.... Holmes’ eyes snap open.. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. has Blackwood killed Holmes. he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind. 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection. Why would I take a sixth under St.Rev.just as we saw Reordon in his coffin. You made me what I am. BLACKWOOD . or is he hallucinating. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86.
CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. THE DEAD RATS. We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT.just as we saw Standish. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS. THE SPHINX.Rev. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. Holmes’ eyes snap open. IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -. . he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS.
-. He is decidedly alive. WATSON Interesting artwork.? Watson leans closer. cuts and bruises.Rev. (CONTINUED) . into the light. oddly.g. PUNCH BOWL PUB . bloody awful. it seems she might understand the power of partnership.or some deathly version of his old friend -. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. 2/2/09 87A.SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee. but with burn flashes.. Mary said I had a lousy doctor. In the b.then tosses it away. FADE IN: 98 INT. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup. His arm is in a sling. HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself. United in agony. HOLMES (quietly.ATTIC The sun is rising.is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared. HOLMES (confused) Watson. You look He writes something in his notebook. He’s been through it. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor. They both smile. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -.
You know.. HOLMES Excellent brew.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup.. twisted understanding of one another. They smile at their unique. HOLMES Thank you.Rev. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine. I had to get you to pass out to settle down. Exactly. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department. Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88.. Holmes takes a drink of coffee.. IRENE I was. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . I dreamt that you were strangling me. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. 99 INT.it’s called psychology. The fiddler’s owner -. IRENE No. Irene arrives with two pints. Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. WATSON With your own venom no doubt. Quite severe. WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -. I poisoned that one. And untreatable.from the pub’s band -. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. puts one down in front of him. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table.Rev. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog. IRENE Oh. sits opposite him with the other. I’m simply a woman. He takes a sip. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . But then he decides that’s absurd. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it. doctor. It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities.
101 100 . but not with a bow. doctor. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. he moves to the feather -.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. HOLMES I need a map of London. Next to it he writes a big question mark. A beat.OX ring.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES . PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops.I’m what’s called a woman.Rev. Then he moves to the ox bone -. PUNCH BOWL PUB . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that. and you’ll have a happy marriage. Next to the feather he writes America. Next to it Holmes writes Man.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. he makes strange atonal sounds. Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin. Then he moves to a Lion fang. and you’ll have a happy marriage. He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. He draws a man’s face. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come. He draws an ox in charcoal. Then to an American flag. 89A. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation. 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite.a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. And Holmes emerges.BUT no flashes. Then he moves to the hair.Sir Thomas -. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor. They swap a glance. (beat) Understand that. 101 INT. with a lot fewer words -. Flash to Reordon’s red hair. He plucks it. 100 INT. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane. Let me make it simple for you. he strums it.he quickly sketches an eagle. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor. Irene and Watson notice the silence.ATTIC . Next.
at minimum. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened. I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity. your little white tail got rather dirty. But that’s for another time...ATTIC Holmes is excited.. to get inside it. I have done just that. IRENE Yes. I shall begin. 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 . I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt. At minimum.Rev. 102 INT. Pharoahs. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. the Eagle. My initial approach was far too narrow. with a few enhancements of my own. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas.. and Man -(CONTINUED) . PUNCH BOWL PUB . HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. The fraternity who silently control the Empire. the Lion. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. electric. share the belief with the Kings. To fully understand this system. In fact. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox. he suggested I widen my gaze and. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension. 2/2/09 90.
. Master of the Temple. We see the Ox body. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. really flying now. Man’s face. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas. wore the ox ring.. the feather of an eagle.Rev. he died here. (beat) Reordon. Blackwood has killed three men. therefore the System. We found his body here. the ginger midget.. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock). Lion paws.. the hair of a man. represents Man. (CONTINUED) . Eagle wings. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system. HOLMES Now. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx. the tooth of a lion. 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. covering other parts with his hand.. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross... 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). Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple.
102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act. HOLMES Correspondingly.the ethereal.and not by coincidence. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -. HOLMES It is the fifth element -. That which can’t yet be known.the point at which the other four come together. HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross. Right here. of a cross. He connects the dots on the map.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B.. Parliament. (CONTINUED) . WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map.. Eagle. 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing. WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper. WATSON Man.. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -. Holmes points to the map.right in the middle of the river. Ox..Rev..
102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . We’re at the Houses of Parliament.Rev. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. 103 INT. shaking his head -. He looks at Holmes.he can’t believe it’s come to this. boots echoing. Irene jumps down. BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. PUNCH BOWL PUB . sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub. hands it to Watson. Irene looks out the window. HOLMES Follow these plans. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. Police. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. Ladies first. though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state. and they drag him away. Police fill the hall. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. 102A INT. but the door EXPLODES inward. Flings it open. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. Holmes looks back. IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. Watson goes down. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) .MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered. He simply raises his arms. where more police block his path. Lestrade sits opposite. 104 EXT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. POLICE CARRIAGE . cuffed and bruised.
if you could wait outside. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. Thank you. preparing for pomp and circumstance.Rev. at its ceremonial best. They come to a door. m’lord. Crowds are gathering outside. HOLMES Oh. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. Lestrade punches Holmes. PARLIAMENT . plenty of flags and enthusiasm. Lestrade pulls his lapel. revealing a temple of four orders pin. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. but Mr. I know it’s unorthodox. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. Lestrade.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 104 The carriage pulls up. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade. 106 INT. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. (CONTINUED) . Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. climbing toward noon. hawkers and tourists. Lestrade knocks. why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. 105 INT. sir.
but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd. I could deduce very little from my investigation. and now you have given it to me. HOLMES No. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. He opens it to try and clear the smoke. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. Holmes. did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours. I confess to being completely out-matched. lion -. 106 HOLMES I’m curious. eagle. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end. HOLMES Fortunately. (CONTINUED) . But it’s not murder. Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire.Rev. ox.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LORD COWARD Very clever. Coward.the lion is parliament. but I don’t care much what you think. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. Mr. It’s mercy. Coward turns away for a moment -. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window. HOLMES Nonetheless.
) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing.) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood... slide across the floor to Coward’s feet. Blackwood.O.O. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94. from where you have been standing. LORD COWARD (V. HOLMES (V. The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground. HOLMES (V. HOLMES (V.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope. Coward.O..) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago.. Holmes. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door. HOLMES (V. you would have made a valuable ally. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud. He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found.) A faint aroma of excrement. Coward performing a ritual. The big ceremonial sword is prominent. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee.Rev. 106 A pair of handcuffs.O. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room. from where you’ve been kneeling..O. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine.
THAMES .Rev. A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine. The entire government will be present. (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames.O. looks about in the water. when it brings no profit to the wise. PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed. Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot. 94A/94B. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. With a single bound.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today. 107 (CONTINUED) . REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward. He misses. Holmes. He disappears for a moment then surfaces.
He grabs it with his hands. Watson stands on the rear deck. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL. HOLMES Watson. pockets it. (CONTINUED) . No way he’d be coming over the terrace. Captain Tanner. checks the load. little too perfectly. about everything except the window.. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. still pleased with himself. WATSON Well. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. When Holmes is level. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. Tanner takes it happily. Holmes is pulled up into the boat. soldier boy. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic.Rev. into the sewers. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. IRENE Where to. Irene looks out. He’s never going to like guns. Holmes opens the drum. HOLMES Port side. your instructions were fairly precise. TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window. come to think of it..107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. grimaces. And. her eyes narrow. Tanner turns the boat.. pulling Holmes in on the rope. Irene is also present. Tanner smiles. Clearly the whole escape has been planned. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment..
BOAT Tanner’s boat. Doctor. Irene passes him the bottle. have a drink. The boat is almost at the sewers. she takes a hit. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse. on the edge of the darkness. who swallows it without flinching. (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. wipes his mouth. the time moving toward noon. pulls a face. Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels. Irene follows. IRENE Starting early. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 . He drinks. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96. As they head toward the sewers.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. The entire government is here. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him. He takes a shot. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament. She can see this is more than a social invitation. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. TANNER Far as I can go. HOLMES Trust me. unlit.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience..Rev. SEWERS . floats at the opening to the tunnel. hands it on to Tanner. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . 107A EXT.. I am about to show you. grimaces. smiles. heading into this epic building. Holmes nods towards Watson.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. It sits below a shattered ceiling. But there is something sitting in it.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. the pentagram remains. to be precise. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. WATSON You can tell that from here? No. Tell-tale signs of cyanide. stops. Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene. the faint smell of bitter almonds. Irene and Watson flank him. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. the RAT TAIL. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon. standing in shadows. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. HOLMES I can tell it from here. Cyanide. In the center. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. (CONTINUED) . When activated. Blackwood’s magic. Note the blue discoloration. The first of its kind. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. bricks dismantled. He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament.
Watson pistol-whips the nearest. DOWN a bend. Lord Coward steps up. (CONTINUED) .. Shoulder-to-shoulder.DAY Holmes checks his watch. 110 HOLMES As if by magic.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. I wouldn’t. They draw their guns. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. they move down the tunnel. completely surprising the three thugs. next. UP a channel. As they start to take seats. out of the way otherwise. 111 112 OMITTED INT. SEWERS . HOLMES He doesn’t. The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. They nod.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. It’s there when he needs it. Irene trails them closely. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps. 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. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98. They burst into the area. There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control. checks the crowd.. PARLIAMENT . Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. faster and faster.
but without much resistance. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. which falls into the cradle. Gun in each hand. Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and. Electrocuted.. sending both guns spinning away --. Irene recoils.. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. A totally wire-free weapon. She grips her knife. flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. sparking coils. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. who is out). looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse). Holmes joins Irene at the device. Before Irene can alert him. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. Over there. surrounded by humming. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. she drops the knife. Dredger spins Watson around. WATSON Sullen. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. sparks flashing. IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it.which puts his back to another tunnel. Now unguarded.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind. 112 Take this. (CONTINUED) . both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil.Rev.
and points. Irene sits at the device.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY The chime echoes. Voices rise. Dredger grabs Holmes. trying to figure out how to defuse it. The hall goes silent. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx. 114 INT.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben. PARLIAMENT . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. deflecting him for a moment. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device. waiting for the session to begin. Look. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD. Coward looks up. Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some. Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. Holmes flies into him feet-first.who doesn’t even bother to block anything. commanding.Rev. 113 INT. staring at a ghost. SEWERS . BONG! The second chime resounds. up in the Lords’ Gallery. very emphatically. BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . Blackwood is calm. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air. Holmes goes for Dredger. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it.
I need the bullets. His eyes narrow. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut. WATSON You owe me for the ring. as if scared of the sword -.Rev.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Dredger grins --. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) . Dredger grunts angrily.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. The bullets. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. flexes his bicep. only just keeping Dredger at bay --. sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep. but not very big.until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. staggers back holding his bleeding ears. BONG! The clock is ticking down. HOLMES Give me your gun.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. Holmes heads back to Irene. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand. Dredger backs off. This is going to be more uneven than usual. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe. Watson dives desperately. Dredger drops Holmes.the bowl of his pipe. lunges with his little sword. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. a plan forming. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. swung with full force by Watson. enough. pouring the gunpowder into --. then he pulls it out.
placed them on the balustrade in front of him.. Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Shaped charge. She rolls up a sleeve. 116 INT. Victorian-style.which shatters against the floor. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT. (CONTINUED) . Got it. but the doors are locked. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice. HOLMES We need a light. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan.Rev. angles his huge legs and pushes. Then he braces his massive feet. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three. then turns back to the device. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE.. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. arms wide.hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. 114 -. driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --. Guards are banging outside the doors. SEWER TUNNEL .DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place. While Watson is down. He calmly intones a familiar chant. Lords are on their feet.
stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --. Bad news. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. Hey! WATSON (O. and she angles the blade.S. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods. ZAP! A spark hits the blade.Rev. snatching her blade.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103. mouth wide with a silent scream.where he found HOLMES’ GUN.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. just barely avoiding the sparks and coils. cams turn.. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. He lurches away. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . on his belly. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly.and continue to burn inside Dredger. Watson is face-down on the stones. HOUSE OF LORDS . eyes bulging. Fizzling. the dying giant falls like a tree.. out of his limp hand. and. gears ratchet past each other. boiling inside. crawled from the sewer -. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device. still.
BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104.. stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. electrodes sizzle. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * .DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as.. SEWER TUNNELS . BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. 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.117 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev.. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy. He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air.. triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death. I am here to change all this. 117A INT. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr. 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.
They look around. Nothing at all. scared. He ducks away fast. 117B EXT. IRENE That was something new for us. magical..Rev. 117D 118 OMITTED INT.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. 117C Nothing happens.. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . And. Coward looks confused.. nothing happens. But again.DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye. first time. She looks past Holmes. disappearing into the gallery. it was.. Other Temple members eye him. 2/2/09 104A. 117B 117C INT. neither knows what to say. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic. Everyone is still standing. SEWER JUNCTION . WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. Blackwood hits the remote again. Yes.SHERLOCK HOLMES . BIG BEN .
Watson rolls over. INT. relieved. 118A . heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. Watson nods. The cylinders are gone. looks. He motions to the disabled device. I’m sorry. HOLMES Yes... and so is Irene. you’re going to miss this. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime. HOLMES Come on. 118 Holmes whips around -. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . Just. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels. His face darkens. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105. He misread her yet again. WATSON Holmes. seemingly dead.Rev. He goes to him. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact. drops to his knees next to Watson. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses. you’ve got to admit. we made it. face grim. Holmes looks down at his friend. feels for a pulse. had enough. Watson looks around.sees Watson. sits up. He’s done.
subterranean. 118B INT. For a long moment it is pitch black.SHERLOCK HOLMES . and so does Irene’s rate of movement. ahead -.DAY The pipe angles down. Irene hesitates for a moment. This is as tight. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. Light increases. about 500 yards away. then sees Irene sprint across the maze. anxious breath the only point of reference. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --. flung there from the previous action with Dredger. into the unknown. And then the tunnel ends. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK.Rev. Blackwood follows them. PIPE . next to Irene’s head. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL .and pinches tighter. Blackwood scoops it up.pauses. The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. pinched down. SEWER TUNNELS . 118D 118C . Irene’s quick. She picks up speed. damp.DAY Panting. horrible. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. Then. almost imperceptibly. The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. Then Holmes. 2/2/09 106. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets.a dark. 118C INT. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns. turns. claustrophobic gamble. hears. then slithers into the pipe. light. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. 118D INT.
this is a grind.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.and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I .a brick-framed window -. HOLLOW BUILDING .DAY -.DAY Holmes grimaces. Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards. The only ready way out.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark. She surges for light -. 118E 118F INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . shimmies TOWARDS us. As fit and athletic as she is. PIPE . HOLLOW BUILDING . An even tighter fit for him. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. Irene accelerates for it. 118F 118G INT.more stairs. 118J INT. and sees. CELLAR . Stonework fairly new. chest heaving.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate. CELLAR . 118H Gritting her teeth. upward. Irene charges the stairs -118I INT. 118E INT.climbing with one hand.DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building. CELLAR .DAY 118G Irene -. Anger lends him energy. 118H INT. hollow building full of construction equipment.ON THE LADDER . yes --. vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it. enters the pipe. 2/2/09 107.Rev.
spectacular beauty --. 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT. the center of the world.and returns to Irene as. We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger. * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge. Goodbye! He start to move towards her. no further to go. She’s 250 feet above the Thames. .’ Irene turns. SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --. They circle around each other. TOWER BRIDGE .then the glory of London.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames. 118K EXT. recovered somewhat -. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower. winded.then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --. laid out for us in breathtaking.HELICOPTER SHOT .DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive.Rev.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 108.REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE. TOWER BRIDGE . Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her.WALKWAY . She makes it to the end.
Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand. He moves in again. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry. Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. give it a try. As she falls. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. and kicks her gun away. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. She drops. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . She shoots him in the arm. But he swipes her legs away. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK.Rev. stunned. HOLMES Why hurry off. (CONTINUED) .
The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. Flimsy. He lands. which falls --. but now because of you thousands are going to die. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him. Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. They continue to spar. The two men finally part. Holmes turns. mounts a frenzied attack. Blackwood smiles. awaiting Holmes. Blackwood snarls. The wind will do the rest. slashes. binding them together. but. TOWER BRIDGE .which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in. no match for the sword --. self defense third. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong. Blackwood fires at Holmes. chops six inches off the batten. -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110. (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood.his eyes lock on to something.Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank.. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder.whipping a coil of rope across the floor. Blackwood second. which Holmes simply tries to survive. 119H EXT. Holmes quickly ducks.. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge. He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier).DAY A look between them and then it’s on.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. Holmes is on the defensive throughout.WALKWAY . Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. now bound. hooking Blackwood around his ankle. And you’ll be the first. He looks back to Blackwood. The bullet misses him. as before.Rev. his target is the cylinder first. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm.
(MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . screeching to a painful halt. conjuring tricks. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on. pulled toward the edge. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A.a mixture of egg and honey. Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. Holmes remains cool. (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. His fingers are white from strain. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap. Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest.Rev. like the prison guard. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -... HOLMES There was never any magic. He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm. Very clever of Reordon to find a paralytic that was activated by the combination of copper and water and was therefore undetectable once the bath water was drained. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes.
Rev. (CONTINUED) . Had it worked.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue. They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power. flammable liquid -.at one of your ceremonies I suspect. 110B. An odorless. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery. tasteless. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians. your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them. Instead.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS. A simple rigged bullet in his gun. Ingenious. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end.
The storm grows in ferocity. strikes another crane. hits a row of standing timbers. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . The last timber falls over the edge. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them.Rev. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. cutting the rope.: We see the slow. the atmosphere electric and dangerous. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed. HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly.: a bucket drops. The rope yanks down a crane. Wind whips harder. 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you. Quick as a snake. The timbers start to topple. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear.. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B.G.G. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies. Blackwood is on his knees. cowed. IN B. Blackwood can hold on no longer. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt. starting a slow. lands on a rope. Holmes bends down.. the crane swings. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet. inexorable dominoes continue to fall. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm.
Blackwood looks up.. hanged like a common man after all. Holmes moves down to her. and farther. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we. She appears to be dead. CREAK. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. He falls farther.. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we. Blackwood looks up. properly this time. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge. He takes her hand. The bird flaps its wings.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one. disappearing into a cloud. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES. Holmes looks up. killing him instantly. 119H HOLMES First. Holmes just stands there... (CONTINUED) .Rev. with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained. stunned. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. It’s a long journey from here to the rope.. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. His brow furrows. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth. Then you will hang.. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks. the world will see you for what you are.. Oh. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away.. a silhouette against the stormy sky. Irene. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse.
he is a professor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. cuffing her instead. this time. IRENE It looks like rain. HOLMES We’ve still got a moment.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . seat next to her. an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. 119H Her eyes pop open. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him. A bit of a smile and break. Moriarty. IRENE You were right.Rev. (CONTINUED) . Key’s in the watch pocket.
turns and walks away. keeps walking. Their faces close. LESTRADE You’re welcome. LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one.. 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. She smiles. Sherlock.DUSK Rain falls softly.. the rain falling hard. Cylinder to one of the policemen. (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. yes. Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants). Sadly. Lestrade. And he sees. Then Lestrade cracks a smile. near a kiss. TOWER BRIDGE . LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. detective. At the end of the top of the stairs. The storm curls around him. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113. HOLMES Thank you. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. Holmes keeps moving into the night.Rev.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT.
122A A shadow is waiting for him. We recognize the figure of WATSON.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A. Watson takes it.Rev. . no words spoken. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick. Holmes can’t help but smile. He joins Watson.
. . MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course.. 123 EXT. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * . WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring.. his back to them. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. He looks dead. One moment.DAYS LATER MOVING DAY. 123A INT. 221 BAKER ST. Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter.SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope.STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring. Just a few scribbles.. I’d love to read them sometime.Rev. 2/2/09 114. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B. . MARY All your adventures.. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. cases we’ve worked on over the years. 221 BAKER ST.. 221 BAKER ST. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment. 123B INT. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. Watson pokes him. he’s far too fond of himself. Holmes. Clearing your good name. HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness. My lord. like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. Turns him around. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. dear. I should probably come down. But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. as it were. I can’t feel my cheeks. John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -.Rev. Do carry on. MARY Shouldn’t you help him. Watson and Mary walk by. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . Holmes. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution. WATSON Get on with it. 123B WATSON Don’t panic.
my tongue is going next.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Please. Watson. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum. John. It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down. I’ll be of no use to you at all. belts and a coat hook. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time.mad honey disease. Watson draws his sword. WATSON Worse things could happen.Rev. He doesn’t mind. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. Holmes tumbles to the ground.
.complete change of demeanor -.. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. Well. everything’s going to be all right. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -.Rev.mind racing. a maintenance man found his body this morning. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -. HOLMES With small caliber bullet. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me.. right away. The dog has regained its vital signs. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range.. They are interrupted by a knock on the door. Constable Clark enters.. HOLMES What is it this time. there. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr. MARY There’s a brave boy. sir. HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. Indeed. Holmes. Shot in the head. There. Yes. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? . looking concerned. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants. Moriarty.he shakes his head. He went missing in the sewers..123B SHERLOCK HOLMES .
.Rev. sir. Watson nods. Well.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. A KNOCK. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. sir. the Driver exits. Holmes pulls his coat on. case * * * 124 . 124 OMITTED Clarky. They’ve taken over the case. Constable Clarke nods. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. reopened. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. The Driver pokes his head in. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison. WATSON Adler was just a diversion. Watson nods..
SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel. SERGEANT Oi.SHERLOCK HOLMES . We don’t see his face. SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device.O.) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there. They spread out to seal the crime scene. where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device.) Shot in the head. CONSTABLE CLARK (V.INT. what you doing? The policeman looks up. BANG! 125 . CONSTABLE CLARK (V.O. and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene. 2/2/09 116B.Rev. 125 FLASHBACK .
Watson.. Holmes and Watson look at each other -.complete change of demeanor -. sir.. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. however. looking concerned. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing.Rev. Excellent deduction. 221 BAKER ST. there.mind racing. 126 (CONTINUED) . There. everything’s going to be all right.. WATSON There’s a brave boy.. They’ve taken over the case. The dog has regained its vital signs. 126 INT. HOLMES Wager.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 117. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . I thought those days were behind you.THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device. Holmes pulls his coat on. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods.
126 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A. HOLMES I’ll walk out with you. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along. . the Driver exits. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest.. A KNOCK. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. sir. It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion.. MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes.. Well... WATSON Watson turns to Holmes.Rev. Watson nods.. Holmes nods. 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison.
Watson A THE END . puts a hand on his arm.. looks relieved and excited.SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Magnificent woman. Holmes. 127 EXT. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and. WATSON Take care of yourself. Holmes extends an awkward hand. Doctor. She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you. We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -. . Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. A stiff beat. be careful. warm look. Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. an understanding between the two men.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage. 221 BAKER ST. FADE OUT. 2/2/09 118..perhaps the POV of the raven.Rev. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. Watson.
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