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SHERLOCK HOLMES screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg screen story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were created by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and appear in stories and novels by him
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FADE IN: 1 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Autumnal streets seen through the sooty glass of a STREET LAMP. Shadows within shadows. Fog in the air. Full moon. WATSON (V.O.) The year was 1891. London was the capital of the world -- the height of modernity, with the hiss of steam and smell of coal in the air. It was also the great cesspool into which all the sinners and criminals of the empire drained. Gas hisses audibly, the street lamp ignites, and casts a POOL OF LIGHT onto the street, silhouetting a MAN making his way through the fog and dark shadows with a lantern. WATSON (V.O.) I had come to London, ten years prior, to find a life after the Afghan war. I had hoped to start a medical practice and settle into a nice, steady existence. The life I found was anything but nice and steady. We can see that the MAN wears a cape. The distinctive silhouette of his deerstalker hat is unmistakable. A FURIOUS CLATTER OF HOOVES APPROACHES in the distance. The MAN tugs on a pipe and turns towards the growing stampede. WATSON (V.O.) And that had everything to do with one man. My friend, my partner, my burden... The MAN exhales a plume of smoke calmly, giving us the impression that he knows something that we don’t. WATSON (V.O.) ... Sherlock Holmes. WHAM! The MAN in the deerstalker hat is KNOCKED FLAT by A RUNNING MAN who has vaulted over a wall, sending him, his pipe, and hat flying across the cobbles. 1
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The RUNNING MAN leans down as if to assist, but instead just picks up the smoker’s broken umbrella and studies it. The MAN in the deerstalker hat’s eyes widen as he recognizes his famous assailant. MAN Sherlock Holmes?! SHERLOCK HOLMES offers the handle of the umbrella to the MAN, hauls him to his feet and hands back his broken umbrella. HOLMES My apologies. Send the bill to John Watson, 221B Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes sprints off down an alleyway. takes a step into the road to watch him go -The MAN
-- and is nearly flattened for good by the first of a number of POLICE CARRIAGES, hurtling by on a serious pursuit, Victorian-style. 2 INT. CARRIAGE - CLOSEUP ON THE OFFICERS - NIGHT inside. Big, uniformed guys assemble their weaponry -- a 19th century SWAT team. One man stands out as a leader, older than the rest, INSPECTOR LESTRADE. A man in plainclothes sits to one side of the officers: DR. JOHN WATSON, physically as tough as anyone else in the carriage, but with a more pensive air about him. A thinking man of action. 3 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Almost tipping over, the carriage turns onto the Embankment and hurtles through the writhing fog along the river. As the carriage banks, we see Holmes cut across the carriage path again, taking a line the horses cannot follow. CUT TO: ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes bursts out of an alley, sprints round a corner and runs across a courtyard to a side door. WE PULL BACK to see the FACADE OF ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL. 3 2
) Then throat. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner. A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes.O. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact. strangling his scream. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop.) Head cocked to the left.) Stink of alcohol. First point of attack. BACK TO 24 fps. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver.O. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face. HOLMES (V. paralyze vocal chords. He peers about. carrying the lantern and a gun. but does not see Holmes.ENTRANCE . HOLMES (V. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it.NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell. Holmes launches a hammer blow. confused. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . he’s fit. He takes a moment to recover. but not as fit as he used to be. just at the top of the jaw -. 2/2/09 3. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows. as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. partial deafness in right ear.O. Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door.Rev. stop screaming. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs. The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round. BACK TO 24 fps.the most vulnerable point. 4 5 OMITTED INT. HOLMES (V.SHERLOCK HOLMES . He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows. The man swings the lantern away again. The man’s mouth opens to cry out.
THUG What’s goin’ on. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG. further down into the crypts.5 SHERLOCK HOLMES .NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard.BALCONY . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively. reaches around him. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION . lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows. moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing. Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase. CRACK! Karate chop to throat. John? When he gets no answer. He draws his gun and approaches. 6 7 OMITTED INT. ducks down into the shadows. dropping him. Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move. BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver. HOLMES Hhhmm. Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister. picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on. good cigar. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun.Rev. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . POV . THWACK! Hammer blow to ear. the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . He has seen the lantern light.
7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Getting his troops in formation. reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. Just got it. processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. distaste. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat. out of sight. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something. HOLMES It’s an old shirt. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. doesn’t take it. Watson hands him his pistol. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know. Eyes alive with intelligence. You did. WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. HOLMES Perfect timing. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) . WATSON You left this behind. CUT TO: This is what they do. Thought I’d left the stove on. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5.) Watson.Rev. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE. Right.
WATSON (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A. s’me. Yeah.Rev. 7 He can see the hat. but not the man underneath.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
but no less effective. Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. Latin incantation repeating and repeating.BALCONY . Watson closer to Blackwood. Blackwood chants softly. Some kind of ritual is about to climax. using headbutts. ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. knees. as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. still hooded. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl. powerful stuff. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. Their footsteps echo. never stops. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6. not caring if they make a noise or not. the woman rises up like a broken puppet. This is spooky. 8 9 OMITTED INT. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure). He is more of a brawler.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 7 Watson takes out the two men. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight. lit with candles at each corner. We do not yet see his face. fast. The girl. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . and elbows.NIGHT Thugs dispatched. 9A INT. Her eyes roll back in her head. Suddenly. WATSON (CONTINUED) . shrouded in shadow. trance-like. Still kneeling. Less artful. A sword has been placed at her feet. Holmes and Watson head down. Blackwood simply ignores them. ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation. We do not see his face. real.Rev.
HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip. Blackwood throws back his hood. No.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . strangely. And Watson as well. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him. That’s more than Watson can take. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. he is tapped into something dark and cruel. She collapses. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. Holmes.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. grabs the woman’s arm. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. as a medical man. BLACKWOOD Well done. almost mockingly. Holmes lunges. doctor. His eyes are intense.Rev. Watson raises his gun. ready to plunge the point into her heart. how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny. We finally see his face. Look. Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD Tell me. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. trains it on Blackwood. WATSON Stay right there. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -.
almost invisible --. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. What a shame. Besides. HOLMES If I had. POLICEMEN flood the area.? It is. not the Yard. fun. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope. Lestrade. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help. Watson looks. you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor. HOLMES Watson looks. (CONTINUED) .9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . as Lestrade and his men finally appear. HOLMES Impeccable timing.. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood..the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. the girl’s parents hired me.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8. sees nothing. really nasty concealed weapon. and sees it and his eyes flare wide. Look. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye.
LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops. Lestrade eyes the double circle. frustrated. hating himself for needing to.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. 10 10A . As usual. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. a piece of photo paper on top. Lestrade.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. shakes his head. a bench strewn with scientific equipment. Grudgingly. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. reluctantly. the pentacle. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher. not understanding them. he turns to Holmes. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. 9A Lestrade turns. Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. put chains on him. Have a cigar. HOLMES Bravo. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony.Rev. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. She’s still mouthing the incantation. (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES .
NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 10D 10E INT... more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD.. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. 10G .. solving crimes. 2/2/09 10. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. Holmes and Watson getting older. and.” 10F 10G INT.. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson. coming to rest on the letter “H. 10B 10C INT. LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. 10C 10D INT. they look more confident. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street.. The men are front page news now. older. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT. holding a goose by its feet and smiling. light as it is exposed..Rev. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper. the article bigger. More and more headlines. This time..” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. 10B INT. unaccustomed to flashes. Their eyes are shut for the photo. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT. shaking hands with a royal. The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene.
. and inside. Papers are bundled and tied. 10J 11 EXT. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. thanks to you.WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold.. Captain. WATSON 71 over 104. (CONTINUED) 12 . 12 INT. dominating the front page. an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. very good. 10H INT. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL. walks up the steps. MRS.” one metal time. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type. a whirring mass of wheels and gears. . walking down the street with the day’s shopping. HUDSON. everything in its place. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. she shoos it away.” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 11. 221 BAKER ST. A raven lands on the entry gate. Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -.all is neat and tidy..AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter. The whole thing is fed into a printing press.Rev. 221 BAKER ST.
And there’ll be a woman’s touch. too.ground floor. 12 Watson is pleased by that. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES .your new offices. I hope? WATSON No -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .Rev. There won’t be so many stairs.
then helps Captain Philips to his feet. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A.Rev. (beat) I’ll be right back. (CONTINUED) . Philips hits the floor.S. writes a prescription on a piece of paper. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . just to be safe. 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O. Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation. terrified.
HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. WATSON I smell burning.Rev.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 12 He heads out. WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. Hudson. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. shoots up the stairs with the paper. . What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case. Watson heads down the hallway to the last door. MRS. WATSON You’re not going in at all. Urgent. heads towards them. not while he’s in this state. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. Captain. Which is a relief to Mrs. HUDSON Come on. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. MRS. that’s all. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. Watson takes the newspaper from her. MRS.HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. his landlady. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’. let’s go down. Mrs. 221 BAKER ST. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. (CONTINUED) 13 . 13 INT. HUDSON. MRS. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. It’ll be quieter.
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Nonetheless, Watson himself. Something fact, Holmes’ usual now, that Watson is
stops, takes a deep breath, gathers like this has happened before (is, in brand of chaos) the difference being, sick to death of dealing with it.
Which doesn’t mean he won’t. Newspaper in hand, Watson opens the door, pokes his head in, cautiously. He sees -14 INT. 221 BAKER ST. - HOLMES’ APARTMENTS Watson squeezes through the doorway to find that the obstruction is Holmes who is sitting in the dark on a chair, blocking the door, aiming a gun (with an odd contraption fastened on its barrel) at the wall. Unadulterated chaos. A series of FLAMING BULLET HOLES blasted into the wall in the (ragged) initials “V.R.” WATSON May I join you in the armory? HOLMES Please... Watson, I’ve been working on a device which will suppress the sound of a gunshot. Watson heads towards the conservatory. HOLMES Please... Don’t, don’t, don’t... Watson pulls open the curtains allowing the light to pour in. It needs work. WATSON May I see?... 14 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Watson passes him heading to the other side of the room (possibly grabs the gun) picking up a pile of open letters from a table. HOLMES Gently, gently, Watson... Watson whips open more curtains and opens a window. Holmes crawls on his hands and knees over to a table where he finds his sunglasses and puts them on. Watson sits on a chair and begins to leaf though the letters.
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WATSON It’s been three months since the last case. About time you found another one. HOLMES I can’t but agree. My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work. The sooner the better. Paper? WATSON
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Watson hands Holmes the newspaper. WATSON Let’s see, we have a letter here from Mrs. Ramsey in Queen’s Park -her husband has gone missing. HOLMES He’s in Belgium with the scullery maid. Is it December? WATSON Yes, Holmes. Lady Radford reports a missing emerald bracelet. HOLMES Insurance swindle. Lord Radford likes fast women and slow ponies. I see you’re the attending physician at Blackwood’s hanging. WATSON Yes, it’s our last case together and I wanted to see it through to the end. Awkward pause. Cough.
WATSON Mr. Lewis is seeking... Mrs. Hudson enters carrying a tray of bread and tea. is steeling herself for this interaction. HOLMES (to Watson) There is only one case that intrigues me at present... the curious case of Mrs. Hudson, the absentee landlady. (MORE)
SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) HOLMES (CONT'D) I have been studying her comings and goings and they appear most sinister.
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MRS. HUDSON Tea, Mr. Holmes. Mrs. Hudson crosses to Holmes and puts the tray before him. HOLMES Is it poisoned, nanny? MRS. HUDSON There’s enough of that in you already. She goes to remove an old tray from behind him. HOLMES Don’t touch that. Everything is in its proper place, as per usual. She ignores him and removes the tray then crosses back towards the door noticing a bulldog lying unconscious under the table. MRS. HUDSON He’s killed the dog... again. Watson jumps up. His bulldog, GLADSTONE, lies on the floor in a drugged stupor. WATSON What have you done to Gladstone this time? HOLMES I was simply testing a new anesthetic. He doesn’t mind. Holmes! WATSON As your doctor...
HOLMES He’ll be right as a trivet in no time. Watson’s finally had enough.
I insist you get out of here. you have nothing to do? Nothing. you’ve been in this room for two weeks. on earth. HOLMES Then it’s not official. Mary’s coming. For dinner. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. Absolutely. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. WATSON So. Wonderful. Holmes.Rev.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The Royale. 14 WATSON .. My favorite. Not available. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there. at all. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening. HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. and your friend.. A little smile from Holmes. * (CONTINUED) .
WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -. Mr. Holmes gestures politely. Watson exits. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced. Mary and Watson on either side of him. Holmes. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably. It all becomes quite overbearing. a surreptitious argument between waiters. WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table. Holmes stands. talking.looks again. they sit. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks. HOLMES My pleasure. 14 WATSON It’s happening. It really is a thrill to meet you. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16. Half past eight. And then Watson and Mary arrive. intent on each other -. we see a hint of fear in his eyes.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests. The dog wakes up and runs out.Rev. 30s. THE ROYALE . MARY The pleasure’s mine. like it or not. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . CUT TO: 15 INT. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The Royale. and clearly a woman worth marrying. For the first time. WATSON And wear a jacket. He is quite uncomfortable in this setting. the name on a bottle of wine. Holmes! WATSON You’re early. She extends her hand.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos. She’s beautiful.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home. 16A.. WATSON (proudly) It’s true. Poe..15 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 15 (CONTINUED) . Wilkie Collins.
see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel. though. like all military men.Rev. 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes. HOLMES . Strong. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) . Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler.. brave. no no. Mr.. born to be a man of action.. right behind you. HOLMES (livening up) Oh. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war. Holmes.a forced chuckle. Holmes less so -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier.not a good idea.. WATSON Those days are behind me. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details.. Take Watson. Then I check his pockets. MARY Watson likes that.. I intend to. HOLMES Yes. The little details are by far the most important. MARY With all due respect. A stub from a boxing match. And neat. you know him. by the way. ah. Mary laughs.
HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. it’d be wonderful. MARY Charlie’s 7. 15 HOLMES Yes. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. reaches for the wine. Holmes (CONTINUED) . Mary nods. Well done.Rev. Watson’s getting nervous. MARY I insist. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A. I doubt -MARY No. HOLMES It’s breathing. stops him. actually. (instantly) You’re a governess. well done.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Yes.
WATSON Give us a few minutes. India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off. not the gems of a governess. (CONTINUED) . MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. (beat) However. pours wine for all.Rev. flawless. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. A very impetuous act by the boy. 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself.. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace. please. He shakes his head. It’s from Asprey’s.. anyway.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the jewels you’re not wearing tell us rather more. (to Watson) What would madam care for this evening? Watson gives Holmes a hard look: that’s a bit much.
Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) . turns back. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth..15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . manic. then: HOLMES You were engaged. They’re leaving. faster. intensely focused. pauses. She turns to leave. Watson gets up. Holmes pauses. I didn’t leave my fiance.Rev.. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19. As Holmes talks. moves to help Mary to her feet.. But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly. A doctor perhaps. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone. The restaurant goes silent. 15 Holmes. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face.. he died.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20. all sinew and gristle.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant.the sounds muffled and indistinct -. His opponent.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow.Rev. -. talking. 15 WATSON Well done. Holmes lets the wine drip down over him.then pauses.and Watson goes with her.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Their orders arrive -. (CONTINUED) . spaghetti style. She’s lovely. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -.bangs his fists together and moves in. He just sees their mouths moving. PUNCH BOWL PUB . It interests him. The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --. This is soothing to him. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt.huge but flabby -. old man. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT. Holmes hears no words. The waiter puts them down. He is stripped to the waist.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. He tastes his own blood from a split lip.an array of plates piled high. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. Suddenly. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -. laughing. McMURDO -. looks around.
Once or twice. thank you. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. He looks for the woman. Well done. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. Holmes is completely in control --. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him. But that’s all. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. not just think. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. the sound floods back into the room. when the big man leaves an obvious opening. (CONTINUED) . He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex. HOLMES Thank you. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs.until he notices a face at ringside. moment. He turns back to McMurdo. And as I said. it was most pleasurable. He throws nothing in return. She’s gone. smiles. Finished. Holmes begins walking away. just using his reflexes to protect himself.Rev. Holmes rolls over.SHERLOCK HOLMES . sometimes even drops his hands. stands. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot.
scanning McMurdo. all is calm. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. A row of stone cells. He grabs a bottle in his hand. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin.SHERLOCK HOLMES . there really isn’t any sport. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. Hm. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. Steps back into the ring. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard. He sees the crowd fall silent. but from Holmes’ POV. working into a fever pitch. His eyes tick slowly. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. Taking a huge swig. Feels the back of his head. He doesn’t care. incorporating exotic martial arts.Rev. they’re not sure if they like it. A full-scale riot is on. Holmes stops. which buckles altogether wrong. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas.CORRIDOR . McMurdo falls. CHARLIE. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. casting jagged shadows. The crowd applauds. 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. The crowd falls silent. soothed inside. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) . nearly invisible. 18A INT. over and out. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. battered on the outside. hand. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. PENTONVILLE PRISON . braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves.NIGHT A candle shivers. Holmes strides out of the bar. he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms. He turns. who is frozen on the spot. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. catching him on the back of the head.
get. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly. an upside-down cross. LOUDER. Eyes closed. a headless sphinx. And now he’s in some kind of fit. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie. (CONTINUED) .Rev. the Captain starts COUGHING. resumes his soft murmur. Blackwood. JACK. 19 INT. We see another guard. he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells. WHISPERING ungodly sounds.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense. lies convulsing on the floor. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. A hint of some method to his madness. GUARD CAPTAIN All right. down here and get him to the infirmary.NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23. He coughs harder.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . sketches of animals. The Guard Captain continues around the corner. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. PENTONVILLE PRISON .and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. He’s confused. That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again.
Rev. keeps coughing. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP. 19 Blackwood keeps whispering. horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. Prisoners start SHOUTING. (CONTINUED) . windowsill flutters away. knee. spits it out onto the stone floor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A. terrified.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. He looks down.
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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
She told me. Holmes rubs his jaw.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Silence. Watson punches him square in the face. HOLMES You’re right. You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence. locked safely away in my drawer. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26. Watson. Holmes puts on his vest. Silence. WATSON Well. I have your cut from last night. HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. I’ll keep it with your check book. HOLMES It’s too small for you.Rev. I was aware she’d been engaged. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening.. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. by the way. it’s my property and I want it back. Holmes takes off his shirt. WATSON That’s my waistcoat. 23 HOLMES Oh.. HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence. (CONTINUED) .
23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA. looks out the opposite window.Rev. Holmes frowns. .23 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. WATSON You go ahead.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Religious zealots and occultists swarm. papers are for sale. Blackwood’s death is the headline. 24 EXT. 2/2/09 26A. I’ve no business with him while he’s alive. 24 25 OMITTED 25 . PENTONVILLE PRISON . Holmes heads inside. Watson stops.Rev. Police keep them away from the entrance.
nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. The Guard high-tails it out of there. sir. There’s something about him. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is. sees Holmes. PENTONVILLE PRISON . All the cells are now EMPTY. Thank you. 27 (CONTINUED) . 26 INT. sir. Holmes listens. GUARD Much obliged. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place. if you have other duties to attend to. They share a smile -.DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell. it’s like he can get inside your head.two heavyweights sizing each other up. HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood..BLACKWOOD’S CELL . otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands.. thank you. strolling insouciantly. getting closer. No way this creep’s getting to him.Rev.DAWN A pale. 26 27 INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em. 2/2/09 27. PENTONVILLE PRISON . turns. BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me. Blackwood pauses...CORRIDOR . who’s reading aloud to himself.
Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot.I am merely the channel. HOLMES Actually. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you. Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28. Blackwood is right at the bars. Suddenly. HOLMES However. (CONTINUED) . your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. by comparison. close to Holmes. and that’s why you’re really here. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear. 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. the men are close together. Despite the bars between them. my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind.Rev. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
of course. I need you. shakes his head. Holmes. BLACKWOOD Mr. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. and there is nothing you can do to save them. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. Holmes. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. Steel your mind. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. Blackwood. a sacrifice. Holmes steps back. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose.after you’re hanged. HOLMES I must say. and it worries me. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -.Rev. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. too. you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Bon voyage. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. Blackwood calls after him. As Holmes walks away. Then you would serve a greater purpose. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. I might have spared five lives. you must widen your gaze.
We get a good look at some of the faces. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST. HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . PENTONVILLE PRISON .Rev. or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control.MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. Father. HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest.CORRIDOR . Not for this one. Watson is there too. 27 28 INT. members of the government and cops.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. The place is bustling with cops and officials. Blackwood walks up into the noose. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 29A. 29 INT. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing. CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) .
His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. The show is over. 29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly. lying on his tiger skin rug. 30 INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30. CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck. Legs fall through and yank tight. . CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening.) London’s so bleak this time of year.29 SHERLOCK HOLMES .S. CRACK! His eyes fly open. 221 BAKER STREET . dead.DAY Holmes is out cold. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse.Rev.
.. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab. As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea. olives. stunned by this intrusion. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter. Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene.. She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him. Dates from Jordan. She leans down. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe.Rev. just before she turns back to face him. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades. dried fruit. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. Irene gets up to cross the room. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs.. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright. etc. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. her back to Holmes. cracking walnuts. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up. IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. Irene opens the file. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile.. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain.
HOLMES But your signature is clear. husbands. 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. Then. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. Plus. TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes. HOLMES Ah. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. They move to sit at the table. No ring? IRENE He snored. it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . revealing and enormous diamond. HOLMES And you.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you. IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. Holmes almost melts. Let’s not dwell on the past. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them.
30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .Rev. IRENE I’m my own man. she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. She hands him the envelope. HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment. 30 IRENE This is all the information you need. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33.
IRENE They gave me our old room. waits for her to pass -Hello.does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is.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.Rev. . She pauses behind him as she exits. Irene keeps moving. HOLMES Keep your money. I didn’t say I’d take the case. On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel. He lifts his hat. 221 BAKER ST. Holmes examines the envelope. As she walks out she puts her photo back upright. 31 INT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE 31 * * * * * * -. John. .
LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street. looks around her. Pauses. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. She turns into the alley. You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . She sniffs them appreciatively. CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. a gesture from the shadow stills her. Before she can speak. and their footsteps clatter away. HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. Moriarty closes the window. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. 2/2/09 34. CARRIAGE Irene sits. walks on. finally prepared to engage with her. Looks. but for me. and the carriage starts moving. Too dark to see much in there. CUT TO: 32 33 INT. Someone waiting outside takes the paper. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY.Rev. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. gets in. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. 32 EXT.SHERLOCK HOLMES .
LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. 34 EXT. me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) . A better word. they lurch forward. 33 I’m certain.Rev. Ow. the coach comes to a halt. I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA.33 SHERLOCK HOLMES . it’s accurate.
sir. sir. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A. BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit. He has disgusting blackened teeth. yes it would.Rev.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over. (CONTINUED) . yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up.
Watson won’t stop. 221 BAKER ST.Rev. utterly alive. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style). HOLMES You’ve had your fun.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room. 35 INT. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead. WATSON What’s she after. 34 He reaches toward the window. I -WATSON I know. Within a nanosecond. I’m sorry. She’d love that.. Leaping about. very concerned. almost enraged. . 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. This is a hopeless cause -. who backs off in fear. completely transformed now. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain. she made a proper idiot of you. you were going to explain something. Watson approaches. Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. all aflutter. anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . WATSON Look at you. HOLMES Thank you. The carriage moves on. The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
WATSON I won’t interrupt.. WATSON I’ve upset you. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. Luke Reordon. I don’t agree. Holmes picks up his violin. Holmes. Holmes looks like he’s had enough. said too much.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames.Rev. Those are my dates. Holmes grabs the envelope back. It’s more than a technicality. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. WATSON I’ve already read it. a beard. She likes ginger dwarfs. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. Go on. a human canoe. four foot ten. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. I can tell. we’ve had our last case together. I’ve .. red hair. HOLMES Regrettably. missing two front teeth.
35 HOLMES No. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs. 221 BAKER ST.INT. Alright. he steps quickly to a window. and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street. WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Holmes plucks his violin. turning down an alley. 36 FLASHBACK . Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. Once Irene leaves.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene. He lands just right.Rev. doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. 37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 . The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect. .REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof. I’m just saying. 221 BAKER ST. . 221 BAKER ST. Before Watson can speak. IRENE Why don’t I see myself out.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. . He bolts into -36A INT. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW.
38B INT. 2/2/09 37. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. how nice of you. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. dropping him immediately.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. She’s mugging the mugger. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. signalling the mugger to be quiet. this turns her on. cutting his belt.Rev. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -. Another man steps in behind her. There is excitement in her eyes. Even without the man -. Still holding the roses. all the way to his collar. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth. sweetheart. 38 38A EXT. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. Quick as a snake.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you.but at the other side. eyes bulging. 38 EXT.who is scrofulous and sly -. He closes in to grab her --. then his clothes. trapping her. IRENE Oh. He obeys. 38B (CONTINUED) . Irene frisks him expertly.
that’s the Irene I know. snags a lump of coal. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. chews it to blacken his teeth. Doesn’t look like yours. 38C EXT. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. then leaves. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. He hurries after Irene down the alley. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. runs on. 39 EXT. He runs past a coal cart. catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. 39 38C . a wallet. shall I? She takes both wallets. 38B IRENE Oh. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely. He drops a coin in his hand. Holmes picks up the pace. which is being assembled.and leaves. she turns back. then pops it in his mouth. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out. On second thoughts. -. takes his wallet too.here’s another one.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. rubs it on his face and hands.Rev. 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. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. I’ll return them. look. does it? And -naughty boy -. thank you.
HOLMES This man intrigues me.) Mister Holmes. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table. HOLMES Well. . thinking. at once. WATSON You know what. 221 BAKER ST. WATSON And yet she works for him. 40 INT. A man has to make a living.. After all. 2/2/09 37B. scared. It’s nothing to do with me. I may not have a choice. Watson.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin.. pale. HOLMES She’s intimidated. Breathless. He’s got Adler on edge. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door. I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O.. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own. sir.Rev.SHERLOCK HOLMES ... Holmes motions to the bills.? He turns to see. That’s bad money.S. scared. WATSON Which is no mean feat.. (CONTINUED) . but leave this case. CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me.
40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. Us means you. it’s a matter of professional integrity.Rev. grab a compass. Watson walks into his office. WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. They all move to the exit. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . You means us. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. Clarky laughs. just this morning. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. HOLMES Watson.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. sir. It appears he’s come back from the dead. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38.
DAY Judging by the estate. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE . opens the door. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT.and it’s starting to rain.SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Look at this mess.Rev. They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt. Holmes and Watson exit. A COP stops the carriage. scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT . 42 (CONTINUED) .ESTABLISHING . 2/2/09 38aA. not even on a bright sunny day -. We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward. Watson barely lifts his head. 41 EXT. Blackwood comes from old money.DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials. and lots of it. Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. 41 42 EXT. Not a place for a picnic.
Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -. He is sweating. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. Lestrade emerges from the crypt. shaken. Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT. As Holmes and Watson approach.this is interesting.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest. The cops are in tight clusters. spooked. They’d rather be anywhere but here. whispering to themselves.Rev. (CONTINUED) . once again.
Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned.Rev. Holmes inspects the door.smashed outward like they were nothing. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree. direction. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. The witness is over there. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now. angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. Watson heads for him. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . LESTRADE Explain it if you can. drags his boys in close. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand. checking the hinges.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . not a word. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone.but you won’t get much. Holmes. pale and terrified. duly chastened. He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod. and the image of a SPHINX. Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. He notices the Blackwood CREST. On second thought. LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. Lestrade waves it off. LESTRADE (low. The old GROUNDSKEEPER. You can question him if you like -.
WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40. HOLMES Inspector. step back. or the Yard. plainly terrified. (at Watson. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt.Rev. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . crossing themselves. Lestrade stomps up. It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. They place it on the ground. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. He’s in shock. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. murmuring. Holmes chuckles. him. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. 42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. a few moments.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . looking in his eyes. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. Four beefy. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree.
putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago.. Inspector. The coffin is filled with EARTH. He marches forward --. Watson opens his forensic kit. HOLMES All yours. Vials. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. to reveal.. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood. He takes a CALIPER. jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. overflowing. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot. with red hair. A DEAD BODY in the coffin. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth.a small measure of revenge. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. WATSON Lividity is late stage. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. in everyday clothes.. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket.. 42 But no one moves. still stunned. silver tools. They brush away a layer of dirt. HOLMES Inspector. Watson’s had enough. Lestrade looks at it with dismay. begins examining the body.snatches the crowbar away. disturbed. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood.Rev. Holmes and Lestrade move forward..three quarters of an inch. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. the cops move backward.. (CONTINUED) . revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. eerie groan.
Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. And I’m not daft.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go.) He was walking. It’s not natural. ready to unburden himself. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them. Trust me. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily.. (turns. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound. They all want to get the hell out of there.Rev. Most drunks are the same. LONDON STREET . This one has five. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. anxious. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch. (etc. HOLMES Now the game is afoot. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid. so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. He was as alive as you or me.S. suddenly. leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. Lestrade follows. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT. It’s not right. They all stop. Watson.. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A. WATSON You know. Watson appears preoccupied. I once heard a man predict his death. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible. I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain. 51 Just eat. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him.Rev.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Maddison and Haig.. Adler’s midget is the key to this. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks. and flips Reordon’s watch open. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. 51 HOLMES (mouth full. Excellent. hence the scratches.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP. Invariably. you end up twisting facts to suit theories.. there are several sets of initials scored into the lid. Watson looks quite chuffed.Rev. Watson shakes his head. HOLMES Hmm. HOLMES Let’s see now.. HOLMES The most recent is M. (CONTINUED) . He examines the lid. instead of theories to suit facts. HOLMES Very good. His face falls. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. scratches around the keyhole. screws it into his eye.H.
the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. PAWNBROKERS. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. Not in blood but in bond. a J. WATSON She grabs his hand anyway.Rev. thank you. brothers. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord. HOLMES WATSON The time. She has their (CONTINUED) . here we are. No. On the watch. PALM READER I see two men. ahead of them there on Bow Street. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG. WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed. no. I see the letters S and an L. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. You remember. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. PALM READER Reckon your future. DISCREET. wait. Holmes and Watson look at each other. attention.. I think not. They should give us an address. RESPECTABLE.
.. another M. Enough. I see.... WATSON This is a new low -.. lace doilies... (CONTINUED) . WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes. I see.Rev.. Mary? You will be married. PALM READER I see a letter. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman.. the letter M. WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence... 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .even for you. (horrified) Patterned table clothes. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force.. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness.. Watson looks at Holmes. china figurines... Watson snatches his hand away. PALM READER She turns to fat.
he’s not safe. looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. Now Watson is smiling. HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. LONDON EAST END . That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . the pawnshop behind them. As he follows Watson. 52 EXT. storms into Madison and Haig. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm.Rev. Not bad. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre. Here we are. produces a wad of coins. Warn your friend. and Holmes is not. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. PALM READER I seen something in his hand. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years. Even Holmes is taken aback by this. Darkness and great pain. Why. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside. And you know it yourself. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet.MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. Mortal peril. pleased with himself. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away.. Watson.. as well you should be. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44.
looks up at a dark.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . give my regards to Mary. Oh. HOLMES Looks promising. And possibly dangerous. dingy LODGING HOUSE. Some (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. windows are boarded up. well. 52 He slows.Rev.
LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch. crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage. strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. WATSON I can spare ten minutes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. (CONTINUED) . biblical Latin and Hebrew. CRACK! Watson’s boot flashes past him as he KICKS the door off its hinges.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms. 52 Holmes heads for lodging house. Something did. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him. every available inch is covered in writing.Rev. Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. 55 INT. finds a door with scratches on the keyhole. REORDON’S ROOMS . Holmes inspects it. It takes him a while. Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. 53 54 OMITTED INT. he gestures them inside. Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster. moves through a door. It is fiddly. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom.
Watson moves to the stove... HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous.. come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. A CREST stamped on it. a seething cloud of flies. Eyes opened impossibly wide. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. HOLMES (inhaling deeply. Watson does his best not to gag. sniffing like a morbid perfumer.. 56 INT. their bodies frozen in strange contortions.. 55 HOLMES (O. Hemlock. pulls out vials. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) . In the center of the room.) Watson. loving it) Ammonium sulfate.. REORDON’S LAB Instantly.. goes towards. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46. Holmes moves around the room.. impossible to read.Rev.55 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Formaldehyde.. Watson digs through his forensic bag. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice. An experiment generating a massive stench. as if mid-death-rattle. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS. something ROTTING. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars.S. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief. He digs through them.. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS. finds one piece not as burnt as the rest.
The door WHIPS open. but something else. Holmes senses something. or sugar. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper. faint words APPEAR on the blank page. 57 58 OMITTED INT.. raises an eyebrow. REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room. starts walking back to the other room. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s. puts it by the lantern. moves into the next room. Holmes gets a whiff of something.. Long as it’s not too burnt.Rev. (stops. Ghostly chemistry. Sucks the iron right out of the ink. tosses one to Watson. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together. sniffs) Barley sugar. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47..56 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Sweet. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. Slowly. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here. Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper.. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) . Watson catches it. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. starts pouring the acid. stops at an open window. almost like perfume. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles...
He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy). just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. trapping the steel rod under his arm. Dredger is deadpan. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. gentlemen. He catches the rod. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . He spins the rod expertly. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. It stuns the giant for a beat. a huge man. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. knows it won’t make a dent. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. 58 They are followed by DREDGER. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. HOLMES You take them. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. who follows them into the room. slightly deformed. swinging at them. I’ll handle Mr. eyes widen at the giant. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. HOLMES Hello. WATSON Seems about fair. ripping it down. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room. He looks at Dredger. HOLMES Let me guess -. He keeps moving. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. Sweet tooth.Rev. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face. He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. They stop.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES .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. sliding it into his hand as a weapon.
REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. sending it across the ground. The rod sparks and hums. Watson fights the first thug. SLAMMING into Watson. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. a bar-room brawler. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. butting one. Head The men whip out knives. who falls. climbing off of Watson. He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. 58 INT.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and knocking the ring away. which SMACKS into the second thug. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. trying to gather his senses. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. cranks his weapon. scattering all the bottles and tools. Watson ducks and dodges. who swings the metal shaft desperately. Holmes thinks quickly.. He blinks. 58A INT. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes.. A truly pathetic weapon. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon. blades flashing on either side of him. ripping off his pocket. and. Watson just barely ducks the blade. the shaft SPARKS. knocking him off his feet. One of the blades slices his shirt. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. Dredger tries to recover. anything he can grab. just as -Dredger flies through the air. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. as he scrambles toward the ring. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. the first man HURLS his knife. kicking the other in the groin. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. (CONTINUED) .Rev. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. He sees Dredger incoming. stunned by the efficacy of the weapon.
DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY. the rest of the ring mangled. Watson brings up the rear. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50. Watson darkens.. knocking people out of his way.FIRST SLIPWAY For now though. grips his ruined ring. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . landing atop a heap of coal. The vessel can’t be far from completion. a clear change in his demeanor. TOOLEY IRONWORKS . as -61A 62 OMITTED INT. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. leaps out the window. frantic as -Dredger rises. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. Holmes gives chase. bends down. it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water. picks up the ring. big wooden chocks hold it in place. starts running for it. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts..58B SHERLOCK HOLMES ..Rev. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window. He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well. and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT. which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. just as he’s about to grab it. then leaps out the window. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly. SLIPWAY . They weave through the shadows. lost in the floorboards. 63 EXT. Watson chases the engagement ring. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile. THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING. darting around people.GATE Dredger runs down the street.. takes an angle to cut off Dredger.
out. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down. hitting him with the lightning-rod. Watson can see what’s coming. for a moment. And now.DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path. smashing some of the wooden supports. He reaches out. splintering another chock.CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --. SECOND SLIPWAY . and swings the hammer at Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer. knocking him back. but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER. the whole thing starts to creak. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly.Rev..the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them. 64B EXT. 64 EXT.. FABRICATION SHED . 64A EXT. Dredger kicks out viciously. 65 ... just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. The ship LURCHES forward. Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT..63 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Dredger tosses the rod. Holmes backs away. sizzles.SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway. Dredger in pursuit. tearing others out of his way.. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . It’s the last straw for the support mechanism. grabs the weapon and. FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point. smiles a terrifying smile.
Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -.. Holmes’ head hits the ground hard. He’s doomed. He tries to pull himself to his feet.from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds. A quiet beat.CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --.CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship. as the leviathan roars down towards him.as he blinks back into consciousness.. but he doesn’t know why. but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground. And they find: (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 52. Holmes lies semi-conscious. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. He opens one tentative eye. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing.Holmes charges into Dredger again.. helps him to his feet. twice -. Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. falling through the air -The ship is free again. pulling him backwards across the runners. SECOND SLIPWAY . A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and. as -- 66 66A EXT. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face. He tries to roll out of the way.once. Watson arrives. parting the Thames with a vast. 66 EXT.and then the ship’s away. Holmes collapses back. The ground beneath him shakes. frothy explosion of water. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs..Rev. knocks his head against the runner -. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -.the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --.SHERLOCK HOLMES . The timber finally gives way. SECOND SLIPWAY . He realizes the ship has stopped. half expecting to find himself in the after-life. And. eyes rolled back into his head. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him.
Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration. The police whistles get louder. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow. officers swarm the scene. Now of course I’m in jail. man. 67 INT.. and. Holmes and Watson. Watson? We were set upon.MORNING The next morning.. 67 (CONTINUED) . Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief. WATSON I haven’t slept all night. No blood or trace. deep burn. I deserve this. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face. 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. A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled.66A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him. exhausted. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you.Rev. the ship adrift. I clearly deserve it. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months.. He’s reading his notebook. it was selfdefense. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53. bloodshot eyes. The big man is gone.. Watson sits next to him. They see the wreckage. making the odd change here and there. 66A Nothing. LONDON JAIL .. shaking his head..
Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning..Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident. your lack of hygiene. WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you..67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Ah.S.. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London.. Brownlee.. if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident. Mr.. your mess. 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.) Remember me. (CONTINUED) . Watson challenges him with a look. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks. I never complain. your stealing my clothes.. Watson snaps at the man. WATSON I’m not complaining. BIG MAN (O.. Now. 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.
WATSON No. It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary. Watson. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding.Rev. Watson now turns away. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well. Holmes. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. We should have her along. My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. in the interest of science. You’re not -Me and her. HOLMES Watson. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A. I completely understand now. I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. We could throw a lamb on the spit. You and I could go out to the countryside. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly. WATSON If I were going to the country. HOLMES What you need is a rest. Not you.
(CONTINUED) . Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary..67 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev.. PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. bars. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail. then locks eyes with Mary. He touches his own heart. heads off with Watson. She gives him a polite nod. But the Guard shakes his head.he leaves.. Holmes watches him walk out. do you? You are this. Just Watson. (touches his own head) . The bars slide shut. flanked by prison wardens. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B. MARY emerges from behind the Guard. The mob surrounds Holmes. You don’t get it. 67 WATSON You’re not human. 68 He’s never looked more alone. 68 INT. they see.. Holmes looks confused. He steps Watson steps up. And he does --. turns. LONDON JAIL ...CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room. without this. forward. He must make a decision.
68 As the door is opened. They just paid a small fortune to bail you out. Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper. 70 71 (CONTINUED) . Holmes sees a dark. LESTRADE We don’t have time. sir. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks. A public that’s working itself into a frenzy. door open. the thug blasts out backwards. an excellent policeman. HOLMES Lestrade -.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 69 EXT. 70 71 OMITTED INT.Rev. HOLMES And you. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along. strange carriage waiting. Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself.your usual impeccable timing. you’d have made an excellent criminal. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat. CARRIAGE Holmes enters. having just been battered through it by Holmes. HOLMES All in good time. in another life. LESTRADE You know.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55. LONDON JAIL ..
the carriage forked left. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on. 72 (CONTINUED) . After that.Rev. He holds a black hood.. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. apologies for summoning you like this.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES As to where I am -. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. admittedly. eyes flicking around the room.. Holmes shrugs. Lord Chief Justice. rises from a pile of papers.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. Sir Thomas shakes his head. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s.I was. Who you realy are is another matter entirely. FADE IN: 72 INT. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. That would be your official title. HOLMES As to who you are -. and who I am. Holmes. then right. Holmes takes in the scene. SIR THOMAS Mr. CUT TO BLACK. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram. SIR THOMAS. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off.but Holmes is on a roll.
you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand. ambitious man in his 30s. James Square. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A. Coward is a hard.) I think we have the right man. Holmes shakes his head. (CONTINUED) .the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place.Rev. it’s standard procedure. (beat) And as to the mystery -. STANDISH (O. I suppose. Standish is an American in his sixties. SIR THOMAS Yes. well. what a massive lack of judgement on their part.S. on the northwest corner of St.
HOLMES They’re almost interesting. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols.Rev. yes? You have the same colored irises -. Holmes looks around the room. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) . That shocks them rigid. or practical magic. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57. HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. isn’t impressed by rank. variations of the SPHINX. STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. Holmes acknowledges them -. only our fears.practices of our Order? Yes. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. We don’t ask you to share our faith.barely -.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. the Home Secretary.a rare dark green. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward. fear of your own child. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes. (at Sir Thomas) In this case.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES .as they enter.
It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. father and son. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information. 72 Stunned.Rev. from his birth to arms he made and sold.. What family he had tended to. and we want to keep it that way. Though not enough to survive giving birth to him.. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -. which only pass down through the direct bloodline. not survive. 58. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. or pinna. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE. She was a powerful practitioner. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . which would make you either brothers. They turn back to Holmes. A photograph from the 1860s. It’s chilling: a death scene. SIR THOMAS We were young. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. Holmes is appalled and shows it. His mother wasn’t my wife.looks on. Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. the men consult silently. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals. Sir Thomas opens a bureau. more likely. or.plus identical outer ears.young Lord Blackwood -. come to some sort of conclusion. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . Evidently. No one could prove anything of course. A man who’s just fallen out a window. a BODY covered by a sheet. digs for something. but she shared our beliefs.
What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. turns.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world. As Home Secretary. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -. 73 OMITTED 73 . but it’s not enough. (beat) Name your price. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients.stops at the door. SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. Holmes stalks out -. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead. His resurrection is evidence of that. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can. leaves. HOLMES I have one last question.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . but not for you. We need you to find him and stop him before he does.Rev. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table. I have considerable influence over the police. fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze. The present and future are worse. I’ll get him. Sir Thomas. 72 STANDISH All this is history.
Sherlock. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. IRENE I knew I could count on you. Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter. 74 EXT.Rev.. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . lets her hair down.DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress. They both eye the Derringer on the table. and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people. That’s better.. As she continues.. She pulls long thin needles from her hair. IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table. (CONTINUED) . Sherlock. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner. a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass). There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine. 74 75 INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense.. 2/2/09 60. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage. the least you can do is help me with the buttons. and could get you into a lot of trouble. IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon.
IRENE (O. A professor perhaps? Irene gets up.Rev.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61. refusing to get turned on. I couldn’t see his face. Unbuttoning done. HOLMES Irene steps out. 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. your gaze was averted. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. Holmes steps out to confront Irene. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. Your services are no longer required. Your hand was trembling.S. She moves back to the dressing table. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch.) Let’s not argue. We’re not. and on such a clever contraption. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck. (CONTINUED) . IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. Case closed then. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun. Holmes won’t look at her. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb. Unfairly gorgeous.
hard and angry at first. HOLMES You’re in over your head this time. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A. Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 75 I disagree. IRENE This wine is excellent. The kiss leads them to the bed. and the one that disarms Holmes. not only is it my business. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. Irene snatches up her gun. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. Irene kisses him. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. Irene. we are arguing. becoming something else. 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. missing his toe.Rev. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. Holmes grabs her arm. should really try some. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES IRENE You see. HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe.
Irene walks casually across the room. She approaches. IRENE But free. Irene pulls him down to it. Just like you -. CLICK! Much better.Rev. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62. straddles him. now dressed as a man. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise. She gets off him. HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. She’s in charge now. IRENE He doesn’t resist. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. While he struggles on the bed. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) . And on my own terms. the other with the key.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES .one in shackles. 75 That’s better. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. Sherlock -.well.
SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and. His butler. he looks tired. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. I’m going to bed. throws the handcuff keys down there. SIR THOMAS No thank you. Irene takes the scarf off his neck. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers. please let them know that Mr. PERIGRINE. stands there waiting for him. moves to the doorway. Holmes has no retort. IRENE -. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . OR ALT: IRENE What were you doing consorting with a married business traveller in his hotel room is something you’ll have to explain for yourself. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out.Rev. (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill. IRENE If anyone asks. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray.NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. sir. PERIGRINE Good evening.but generally speaking. Perigrine. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) . (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste.
76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. Can’t.. as he hears an eerie WHISPER O. licking his lips. INT. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. goes up. Relaxing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A. (CONTINUED) . 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. drip. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. drip. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port. drip. Thomas smiles. The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on.S. 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. Not all the way. like the rushing of wind. sir. tries to sit up.Rev.
it’s better than I thought it would be. lit in a sinister fashion... BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A . Her shriek wakes him. Father. HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way. who watches him drown.. slowly and surely. then grim recognition sets in. The water flows over Sir Thomas.DAY Carrying an armful of laundry... POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP.) Hello. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis. Sir Thomas’ eyes widen.. HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64.. slowly. 78 INT. she misinterpreted my intention entirely. still handcuffed to the bed.S. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it. He slides back down.77 SHERLOCK HOLMES . You can only surrender. THE GRAND HOTEL . to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes.. a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door. Besides.. Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom. The water closes over his face. I must admit.CORRIDOR . Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. 77 BLACKWOOD (O. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK. BLACKWOOD .Rev. Clothes in total disarray.. He looks down at himself and reacts with shock. as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger. . It comes from a power greater than yours. but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT.
The Butler didn’t hear anything. No sign of a break-in. 78B EXT. eyes wide open --.so that Const. looking for Holmes. puzzled.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. He turns. 65. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . The body was in the tub. HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason. The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark. in full virtuoso detective mode.this is. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter. why he exists. there is no latitude for misunderstanding. right here is where Holmes is at his very best -. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. CONSTABLE CLARK Well. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C . continues into the bathroom. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything.only his ring was missing. The tub has been drained. Clark ends up talking to thin air. As Constable Clark continues in. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you.Rev. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering. The coach stops. finds him right back at the doorway. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. in fact. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket). Right now.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . 78C INT.
Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. HOLMES Data. He glances around the room.Rev. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose.. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common. Holmes is happy. not provide comfort to the corpse. it may mean he looks down from a window sill. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. opens it. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A. sits in it himself. scoops it up. And. sniffs it. logic is rare. Now Holmes can really get down to work.Holmes is not their boss. leans over. or in a linen closet with a vent. Both cops hesitate -.. Constable.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. Hmm. It’ll either be in the pantry.. The decent thing to do is catch the killer. Holmes swivels. jasmine? HOLMES Superb. high up where it’s warm and dry. (CONTINUED) . data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. I suspect this comes from a larger cannister. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency. data..
as if the wall cracked open.Rev. revealing: (CONTINUED) .78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . runs his hand along a layer of dust. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B. noticing something on a wall. Holmes steps to the sink. The dust has a line down it. 78C His eyes keep moving. grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. He steps toward it.
four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper. As soon as they arrive. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. On the altar. just as -78F INT. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx. . and a FEATHER. spellbooks.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS . and the wall shifts. a large sharp FANG. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. and ancient texts. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB. (vis I have no that.they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. a cow’s BONE. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table. Clark and the Officer return. the walls and shelves are very sparse. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out. 221 BAKER ST. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) . 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels. The office is full of boxes. They are startled by the secret room --.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. He pushes the panel. Maybe he continues singing between words.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open.Const. He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. He is well into packing his things. HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work.
80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper. boys. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. WATSON There isn’t any. Holmes steps aside.Rev. HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large. Holmes steps into the room. They unzip the bag. revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. HOLMES Figure of speech. (CONTINUED) .
He’s an inspiring conversationalist. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67. Watson keeps packing. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes.Rev. * * * (CONTINUED) . But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. Frustrated. Poor fellow.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. starting. he’s your friend from Reordon’s. 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. (alt: He has more humor than you. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. WATSON HOLMES No.) Really. Holmes analyzes the body. of all places.
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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...
all except STANDISH. as the rain comes harder. Blackwood enters.S. betrayed. The crowd is stunned. He stays standing as they all sit -. gone as fast as it came. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . BLACKWOOD I am humbled. shipping. trying to dry himself. He looks as if he’s been to hell. As he enters. He bangs on the door. It’s why he’s here. Effective immediately. I am honored.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. we see the rain stops behind him. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them. industry -they were given to me for a purpose. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. surprised by the rain. turns to the others -. Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O.) Of course he does.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES . and come back more powerful than ever. It is locked. wiping the raindrops off his coat. 82B INT. He raises his collar.Rev. and keeps moving. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order. He looks up. The door finally opens. Standish looks at Coward. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs. STANDISH Are you mad. A RAVEN flaps into the night. He hits the door to a building. as he enters -83 INT. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions. 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down.
(beat) England will know our power. (beat) . BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one. Their civil war weakened them. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -...even death holds no sway. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history. at noon tomorrow. we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. you’ll make it openly. Nobody moves. sir. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose. a future ruled by us. prowls. the whole world will. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries.. (beat) With their resources and our power. Blackwood stands. Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours. A different future. (CONTINUED) . Blackwood smiles -. The men are beginning to like what they hear. Then. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late. and will be again..he’s won. for without death there can be no rebirth. we’ll create the future.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71. their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours. We’ll take it from them. Now. we’ll remake the world.Rev.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES ..
crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. People scream. cross themselves. melting away. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. Flames consuming him. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. as they witness this unnatural act.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. But as he aims it -. Standish pulls a gun. as his body contorts. They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . gape. gasp. but they are with him. shocked. 83 In desperation. Standish flails. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. LONDON STREET . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. surveys them. are terrified. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that. terrified. 83B INT. lighting city blocks.he IGNITES.Rev.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . faint. People look up. The flames flicker blinding white. and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage.
83B Blackwood turns to Coward. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice. drink your allegiance here. but it tastes like power. As they drink. BLACKWOOD Come. The members line up to drink from a CHALICE. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. nods. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) .83B SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. It doesn’t taste good.
Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. doctor? Army type. HOLMES Everything all right. the boat drifts. Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard. Wharves stretch out into the water. (CONTINUED) . He whispers at Tanner. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it.Rev.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson’s pissed. WE SEE a boat is being loaded.NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames. Holmes starts clambering over the side. Coward nods. EXT. Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. The engine shudders off. Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73. TANNER Just a little leak. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -. and furious. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water.ESTABLISHING .CAPTAIN TANNER. TANNER Not a great one for the water. Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. He’s soaked. nothing to worry about. 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. 84 Use them. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. Watson glares. are you.
takes the gun. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. the closest he’ll come to a confession. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. Holmes looks back at Watson. Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. etc. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. with his walking stick. doctor. Watson glares. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. (CONTINUED) . Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. please. Send for the police when you get there. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. Watson steps forward. goes over the side.Rev.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. let’s get this over with. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. WATSON Come on. Tanner nods. Watson does. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. towards the entrance. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows. watch. says nothing. covered in mud. where two more THUGS patrol. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it.
89 87 88 Holmes looks up. Nothing. Holmes follows. WATSON (O. like a plaintive wail. stopped in his tracks. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. some kind of dark spore. As they go. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive. 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door. Holmes catches up.Rev.. and pockets it as he follows Watson. A truly creepy scene. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors. trying to figure out the best strategy. takes a whiff. He turns.ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. sensing something behind him. Holmes and Watson move through it. 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.. looks at shadows..whether for courage or from habit. He slows. Holmes slows.. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . Watson? Watson has already left. He runs his finger through a layer of dust. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . not minutes ago. sees something on its skin. A few RATS lay dead.TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. Holmes whispers. picks up one of the dead rats. passing Watson into -89 INT. (CONTINUED) . Holmes notices rows of empty tables. Holmes.S. He picks one up.86 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He inspects it.) You need to see this. Metal groans softly. inspecting it. notices that both men have hip flasks. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here. spooked. might prove easily distracted. The big one’s been drinking -.
ticking. HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL. Amen. lifeless and silent for now.S.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. and was dead. slipping it into his pocket. strangely. On the high walls. Holmes tightens. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness. Revelation 1:18. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76. as he joins Watson. Misfire. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh. ‘I am He that liveth. the world as you know it ends. 90 Holmes shakes his head. as the hooks move through the air.) ‘And behold. a 118. pulls the trigger. Blackwood continues. his eyes narrow. Now you see the truth for yourself. the ceiling. This is the killing floor. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O. Watson pulls his gun. An automated butchery on a grand scale. Shadows hang heavy around him.Rev. time? WATSON It’s a date. I am alive forevermore. 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER. swaying softly. (CONTINUED) . draws a bead on Blackwood. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen. and have the keys of hell and of death. stepping into -90 INT. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . At noon tomorrow. his voice echoes. gliding on a track.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. Click. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES .’ Another voice completes the passage. whispering in the wind.
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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
grabs one. Holmes wastes no time. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS. jumps onto the belt. she’s showing nerves. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. scalded pig carcass precedes them. She’s still shackled. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand.Rev. As Watson holds Irene. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH. following her. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. (PLEASE NOTE. the scorched. still shackled by her right hand. The bandsaw whines viciously.and Watson catches her feet. So is Sherlock. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. Shit a brick. painted red.smashes the shackle lock.and pulls the switch down with a really satisfying CLUNK! A bank of lights goes out but the conveyor belt keeps moving towards the giant band saw. swings the cleaver with all his might --. Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -. (CONTINUED) . 90A -.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . just misses it.close one -. but that’s all. he spots a small. Holmes darts through a trimming station. pulls her horizontal. Holmes clambers the Up ahead. Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. Irene swings aside. sprints for the switch. Sherlock? IRENE Now. leaves her for Holmes to deal with. He braces himself on the belt. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW. equipment. catches up to Irene --. Irene rides the belt upwards. Irene swings sideways violently.
More powerful than anything else. lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles). HOLMES You owe me information. heads after Watson. Irene.. Lately there’ve been rumors of something new. Watson sprints towards where they fell.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. 90A Gets a free haircut. their eyes locking. (angry) No more games. taking Holmes with her. Irene unhooks herself. And. They’re okay.. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. grabs her. turns. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A. Irene gives Holmes a sweet. looking for Blackwood. gets up. stops her. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. -. boiled. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock. Finally.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched. Then Holmes is under her. They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME. cutin-half pig carcasses. falls forward. Watson shakes his head. She looks at Holmes. (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) . magical.Rev.pulls a knife. heads for the door. looks down --. I owe you.
it. it lights up all of London. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) . running toward the door.Rev. flames and debris fly all around him in slow motion. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping.. WATSON Time slows. Holmes trails her. Holmes slows. processing.. but to safety. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. Watson! A chemical. tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. occasionally knocking him to the ground. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS. Holmes races towards her as more explosions. They blast through the doors to -91 EXT. He reaches Irene. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson. 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. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock. For a moment. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. 81. picks her up and grabs part of an exploded barrel to shield the two as they run for cover -BOOM! The barrel splinters as a final blast knocks them down. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. looking around the dock.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . 90A And she’s off.
Rev. HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene. Irene has disappeared. unsure whether to enter or not.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup. but unconscious. pauses. sir. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend. there is a smear on her cheek. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. One reads the paper.is intercepted by Constable Clark. 92 INT. makes his escape fast. helps him gently to his knees. 93 INT. THROUGH THE GLASS. but --. The two coppers nod respectfully. they spot Watson. Holmes turns away. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . Clarky. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. studying Watson’s chart. HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed. HOSPITAL . HOLMES Thank you. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. reaches for the handle. CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. so make it look good. Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. alive.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. she sees a white-coated DOCTOR. Mary stays at the door.
93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . his eyes still closed. pock-marked with shrapnel. He’s delirious. He mumbles inaudibly. (CONTINUED) . bruised. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A.Rev. cut. 93 Watson is burned. sweating. scraped.
93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines. letting the Doctor do his work. stands back respectfully. WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. already in the room. Watson tries to sit up again. WATSON Are they subcutaneous. handbag. WATSON I haven’t time for that. Doctor. (CONTINUED) .) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. for the pain. A sixth of a grain. WATSON Get a mirror. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. etc. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. The shot wakes him. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection. private life. I’ll extract them myself. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. Watson tries to sit up. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful.Rev. The surgeon should be along shortly. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. This reveals that Mary has entered the room. wincing with pain.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . coat.
. both our lives are lost. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. ON MARY As she takes a closer. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known. eyes flashing.. She’s suddenly very angry. but not surprised. The Doctor turns just outside the door.Rev. MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um. to face her. Mary steps towards the Doctor. The Doctor has no words. worth many wounds. MARY If anything happens to him. Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sharper look at the Doctor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A. Do you really? MARY Doctor. patients... I’ll check in on him again shortly... MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed.
MARY -. turns.Rev. 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer. .93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . leaves fast. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B.or are you so selfish that’s just not possible.
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Rev. HOSPITAL . 2/2/09 84A.CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen. 94 .SHERLOCK HOLMES . 94 INT.
He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle. he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. disturbed.NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock).ATTIC Holmes enters.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Parts of it hang down. Emotions swirling. hair. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone. He pulls a pocket knife from his coat.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. A train crosses on an overhead railway. The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock). so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross. We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. 94A EXT. We PUSH IN UNDER the railway arch until we can make out a splash of white in the shadows -. fang) from Sir Thomas’ house. obscuring him --. (CONTINUED) . opens the blade. horrified. In the center circle he draws a pentagram (using wax from a burning candle?). 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. PUNCH BOWL PUB . pained. 2/2/09 85. LONDON .but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand. They begin to overflow with tears. There is something grotesque about his face. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). Gathering himself. 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death. possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. feather.Rev. 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT. cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle.
(CONTINUED) . Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame. 95 Then he begins to chant. you begin to recognize your part in his play. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -.as it hits the ground. Holmes sways.) And now it dawns on you. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting. He struggles to focus on Blackwood. fuzzy. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you.S. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A. the circle around Holmes ignites.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. Holmes snaps around. followed by a larger circle beyond that. BLACKWOOD (O.
You made me what I am. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB.. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head..ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS.the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT. he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind. he can barely see straight. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86. so I could die on the biggest stage of all. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head.. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head. Why would I take a sixth under St. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -.Rev.just as we saw Reordon in his coffin. or is he hallucinating..95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes’ eyes snap open. has Blackwood killed Holmes. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -. 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection. PUNCH BOWL PUB . (CONTINUED) 96 97 . BLACKWOOD .
THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS.just as we saw Standish. THE DEAD RATS. IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE. THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. THE SPHINX.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -. Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87. . THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. Holmes’ eyes snap open. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM. We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT.
oddly. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -. He’s been through it. -. FADE IN: 98 INT.then tosses it away.Rev. HOLMES (confused) Watson. bloody awful. He is decidedly alive. HOLMES (quietly. 2/2/09 87A. In the b. it seems she might understand the power of partnership. HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself.is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared. (CONTINUED) .g. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup.? Watson leans closer.or some deathly version of his old friend -.ATTIC The sun is rising. into the light.SHERLOCK HOLMES . PUNCH BOWL PUB . but with burn flashes.. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor. WATSON Interesting artwork. Mary said I had a lousy doctor. His arm is in a sling. They both smile. United in agony.. cuts and bruises. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun. You look He writes something in his notebook.
They smile at their unique. Exactly. I had to get you to pass out to settle down.. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department. Holmes takes a drink of coffee. HOLMES Excellent brew. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . Watson. HOLMES Thank you. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this. Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup. I dreamt that you were strangling me. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88... IRENE I was. twisted understanding of one another.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. You know.Rev.
Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion. Irene arrives with two pints.is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. He takes a sip. WATSON With your own venom no doubt. IRENE No. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. sits opposite him with the other. But then he decides that’s absurd. doctor.Rev. WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -. IRENE Oh.it’s called psychology. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities. Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table. I’m simply a woman. Quite severe. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. 99 INT.from the pub’s band -. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . And untreatable. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog. I poisoned that one. The fiddler’s owner -. puts one down in front of him.
Rev. He draws an ox in charcoal.Sir Thomas -. Next to it Holmes writes Man. he makes strange atonal sounds. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane.BUT no flashes. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come.he quickly sketches an eagle.ATTIC .a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. but not with a bow. He draws a man’s face. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor. PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops. And Holmes emerges. Next. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. he strums it. (beat) Understand that. 89A. Let me make it simple for you. Then he moves to the ox bone -. 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite. Next to it he writes a big question mark. 101 100 . and you’ll have a happy marriage. with a lot fewer words -. Then he moves to a Lion fang. 100 INT. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor. He plucks it. Next to the feather he writes America. He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. Irene and Watson notice the silence. 101 INT.OX ring. Then he moves to the hair. he moves to the feather -.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. Then to an American flag. PUNCH BOWL PUB .I’m what’s called a woman.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. A beat. Flash to Reordon’s red hair. and you’ll have a happy marriage. Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin. doctor.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES I need a map of London. They swap a glance.
102 INT.. 2/2/09 90. I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity. I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt. The fraternity who silently control the Empire. he suggested I widen my gaze and. share the belief with the Kings.. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably. the Eagle. I have done just that. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas. In fact. To fully understand this system.. to get inside it. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened.ATTIC Holmes is excited. Pharoahs.Rev. My initial approach was far too narrow. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. and Man -(CONTINUED) . your little white tail got rather dirty.. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. I shall begin. the Lion. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries. At minimum. at minimum. electric. IRENE Yes. But that’s for another time. with a few enhancements of my own.SHERLOCK HOLMES . PUNCH BOWL PUB .
covering other parts with his hand.. Blackwood has killed three men. HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox. the tooth of a lion.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . wore the ox ring. the hair of a man. he died here. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock). 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. 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. represents Man.. 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). (CONTINUED) . We see the Ox body. Lion paws. Man’s face. Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas.Rev. We found his body here... therefore the System. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. the ginger midget.. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system. the feather of an eagle. really flying now. HOLMES Now. Master of the Temple. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx. (beat) Reordon.. Eagle wings. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor...
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing..the point at which the other four come together. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper. 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America.. Parliament. Holmes points to the map.and not by coincidence. Ox. 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.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Man.right in the middle of the river. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -. He connects the dots on the map.. of a cross. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map. where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -.Rev. HOLMES Correspondingly... HOLMES It is the fifth element -..the ethereal. (CONTINUED) . WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion. That which can’t yet be known. Eagle. the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act. Right here.
Ladies first. Police. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) .Rev.MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered. 103 INT. It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. hands it to Watson.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. Irene jumps down. He simply raises his arms. 104 EXT.he can’t believe it’s come to this. where more police block his path. Watson goes down. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. HOLMES Follow these plans. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . and they drag him away. BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside. We’re at the Houses of Parliament. Police fill the hall. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. but the door EXPLODES inward. Flings it open. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. Lestrade sits opposite. PUNCH BOWL PUB . sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub. 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner. boots echoing. though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state. Irene looks out the window. shaking his head -. POLICE CARRIAGE . cuffed and bruised. He looks at Holmes. IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. Holmes looks back. 102A INT.
why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. Lestrade pulls his lapel.104 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 106 INT. Lestrade punches Holmes. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. if you could wait outside. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order. revealing a temple of four orders pin. sir.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. I know it’s unorthodox. Lestrade knocks. preparing for pomp and circumstance. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. plenty of flags and enthusiasm. 105 INT. at its ceremonial best. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. m’lord. Crowds are gathering outside. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. (CONTINUED) . PARLIAMENT . They come to a door. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. hawkers and tourists. Thank you. and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. Lestrade. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. but Mr.Rev. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. climbing toward noon. 104 The carriage pulls up. HOLMES Oh. who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade.
LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd. Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. I could deduce very little from my investigation. ox.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LORD COWARD Very clever. 106 HOLMES I’m curious. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours. and now you have given it to me. but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. It’s mercy. Holmes. HOLMES Nonetheless. I confess to being completely out-matched. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window.Rev. lion -. But it’s not murder. He opens it to try and clear the smoke. Coward. Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room.the lion is parliament. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. HOLMES No. but I don’t care much what you think. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end. Coward turns away for a moment -. HOLMES Fortunately.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire. eagle. (CONTINUED) . Mr. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93.
O. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS.O.Rev. HOLMES (V.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. The big ceremonial sword is prominent. Holmes. HOLMES (V. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94.. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room. from where you have been standing. from where you’ve been kneeling..O. The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found.O.) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine. Blackwood. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground. slide across the floor to Coward’s feet..) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee.. 106 A pair of handcuffs.) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago. Coward performing a ritual. HOLMES (V. LORD COWARD (V. HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope. HOLMES (V..O. you would have made a valuable ally. Coward. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door.) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood.) A faint aroma of excrement.
O. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V. REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward. 94A/94B. 107 (CONTINUED) .106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then. He misses. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today. (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. With a single bound. THAMES . Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot. He disappears for a moment then surfaces. The entire government will be present.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed.Rev. A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. when it brings no profit to the wise. Holmes. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames. 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom. PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT. looks about in the water.
TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window. Captain Tanner. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL. Irene looks out. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. come to think of it. into the sewers. soldier boy. Tanner turns the boat. about everything except the window. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic. 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. Holmes opens the drum. When Holmes is level.Rev. And. still pleased with himself. HOLMES Port side..107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He’s never going to like guns. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. her eyes narrow. pulling Holmes in on the rope. He grabs it with his hands. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. your instructions were fairly precise. little too perfectly. No way he’d be coming over the terrace. Tanner takes it happily. (CONTINUED) .. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. IRENE Where to.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. Tanner smiles. Clearly the whole escape has been planned. it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. checks the load. pockets it. Watson stands on the rear deck. Holmes is pulled up into the boat. Irene is also present.. grimaces. HOLMES Watson. WATSON Well.
107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. He takes a shot. wipes his mouth. 107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels.BOAT Tanner’s boat. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him. HOLMES Trust me. on the edge of the darkness. Irene passes him the bottle. (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. Irene follows. floats at the opening to the tunnel. The boat is almost at the sewers. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . 107A EXT. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. grimaces. she takes a hit. He drinks. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. who swallows it without flinching. unlit. Doctor. 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. pulls a face. heading into this epic building. smiles. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96. Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse.Rev. She can see this is more than a social invitation. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament. Holmes nods towards Watson. As they head toward the sewers. TANNER Far as I can go. IRENE Starting early. The entire government is here. (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 .DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. have a drink. I am about to show you. SEWERS . the time moving toward noon... hands it on to Tanner. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience.
IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. But there is something sitting in it. Note the blue discoloration. standing in shadows. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. Blackwood’s magic. Irene and Watson flank him. Cyanide. Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene. HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament. the RAT TAIL. (CONTINUED) . those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. In the center. stops. WATSON You can tell that from here? No. the faint smell of bitter almonds. the pentagram remains. The first of its kind. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. to be precise. It sits below a shattered ceiling.Rev. HOLMES I can tell it from here. Tell-tale signs of cyanide. When activated. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. bricks dismantled. He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
out of the way otherwise. HOLMES He doesn’t. The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. SEWERS . Shoulder-to-shoulder. Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control. UP a channel. next. 110 HOLMES As if by magic. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps... Watson pistol-whips the nearest. I wouldn’t. checks the crowd.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. faster and faster. Lord Coward steps up. They nod. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. Irene trails them closely.DAY Holmes checks his watch. They burst into the area. 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. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve. DOWN a bend. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. completely surprising the three thugs.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It’s there when he needs it. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals. They draw their guns. PARLIAMENT .Rev. As they start to take seats. they move down the tunnel. 111 112 OMITTED INT. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98.
Gun in each hand. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --.Rev. sparking coils.. surrounded by humming. but without much resistance. WATSON Sullen. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. Over there.. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse).which puts his back to another tunnel. She grips her knife. she drops the knife. Now unguarded. Before Irene can alert him. sparks flashing. A totally wire-free weapon. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. 112 Take this. Electrocuted.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one. flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. Irene recoils. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil. both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson. Holmes joins Irene at the device. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. sending both guns spinning away --. which falls into the cradle. (CONTINUED) . Dredger spins Watson around. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. who is out). Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene.
Coward looks up. trying to figure out how to defuse it. commanding. PARLIAMENT . Blackwood is calm. SEWERS . Dredger grabs Holmes. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device. Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some. Look. Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . Irene sits at the device.who doesn’t even bother to block anything. 114 INT. up in the Lords’ Gallery. Holmes flies into him feet-first. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. 113 INT. Voices rise. and points. waiting for the session to begin. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it. The hall goes silent.Rev. staring at a ghost. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD. BONG! The second chime resounds.DAY The chime echoes. very emphatically.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx. Holmes goes for Dredger. deflecting him for a moment. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . as if scared of the sword -. gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) . sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep.until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. Dredger grunts angrily. then he pulls it out. Holmes heads back to Irene. Dredger grins --. BONG! The clock is ticking down. Dredger drops Holmes.the bowl of his pipe. swung with full force by Watson. slides the bullets into Holmes' hand. Watson dives desperately. staggers back holding his bleeding ears. The bullets. only just keeping Dredger at bay --.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. I need the bullets. enough. Dredger backs off. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe. but not very big. flexes his bicep. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left. pouring the gunpowder into --. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. This is going to be more uneven than usual.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. HOLMES Give me your gun. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. WATSON You owe me for the ring. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut.Rev. a plan forming. lunges with his little sword. His eyes narrow.
which shatters against the floor.. She rolls up a sleeve. Got it. Lords are on their feet. Shaped charge. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. 114 -. then turns back to the device. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. Then he braces his massive feet. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them. (CONTINUED) .. While Watson is down. angles his huge legs and pushes. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan. but the doors are locked.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --. Victorian-style. HOLMES We need a light.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place. Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both. He calmly intones a familiar chant. arms wide. placed them on the balustrade in front of him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. Guards are banging outside the doors. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE.hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice.Rev. SEWER TUNNEL . 116 INT.
The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer.Rev. eyes bulging. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103. Bad news. Hey! WATSON (O. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson. HOUSE OF LORDS . BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device. gears ratchet past each other. still. Fizzling. He lurches away.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. Watson is face-down on the stones. mouth wide with a silent scream.and continue to burn inside Dredger. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords..where he found HOLMES’ GUN. ZAP! A spark hits the blade. boiling inside. out of his limp hand. just barely avoiding the sparks and coils. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly. and she angles the blade. cams turn.S. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * . stitch a line down Dredger’s back (aimed so as not to hit Holmes or Irene on the through-and-through) --. and. the dying giant falls like a tree. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods. snatching her blade. on his belly. crawled from the sewer -.
circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . 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. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall.. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr..117 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I am here to change all this. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. stumbling about the world’s stage seeking nothing more than to satiate your own lust and gluttony.DAY ZZZZP! The electrical charge zaps through the device. SEWER TUNNELS . He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air. 117A INT. 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. electrodes sizzle.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air.. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air. BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman.. BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy. BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as.
neither knows what to say. But again..DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye. first time. Coward looks confused. 117B EXT. nothing happens. SEWER JUNCTION . He ducks away fast. BIG BEN . Everyone is still standing. 117D 118 OMITTED INT.Rev. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic. scared.. Other Temple members eye him. disappearing into the gallery. 117B 117C INT. Blackwood hits the remote again. magical.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. 117C Nothing happens. And. Nothing at all. 2/2/09 104A. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . Yes.SHERLOCK HOLMES . WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. IRENE That was something new for us. They look around. She looks past Holmes. it was...
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105. Holmes looks down at his friend. Just. Watson rolls over.. His face darkens. and so is Irene. Watson nods. heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. INT. relieved. sits up. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns.sees Watson. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. WATSON Holmes. I’m sorry. HOLMES Come on. drops to his knees next to Watson. we made it. The cylinders are gone. 118 Holmes whips around -. He’s done. looks. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime. He goes to him.DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. feels for a pulse. you’ve got to admit. He motions to the disabled device. He misread her yet again. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT .Rev. 118A . seemingly dead. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. face grim. Watson looks around. HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact. you’re going to miss this. had enough. HOLMES Yes.
The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward. next to Irene’s head. light. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets.a dark. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --. almost imperceptibly. For a long moment it is pitch black. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. pinched down. The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. then slithers into the pipe. then sees Irene sprint across the maze. damp. Irene’s quick. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . Then. and so does Irene’s rate of movement.pauses. about 500 yards away.Rev. This is as tight. Blackwood scoops it up. SEWER TUNNELS . PIPE . Light increases.and pinches tighter. claustrophobic gamble.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. into the unknown. flung there from the previous action with Dredger. subterranean. 118C INT. Blackwood follows them.DAY The pipe angles down. turns. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. horrible.DAY Panting. And then the tunnel ends. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. ahead -. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK. She picks up speed. The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -. Irene hesitates for a moment.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 118D 118C . Then Holmes. 118D INT. 118B INT. 2/2/09 106. anxious breath the only point of reference. hears.
HOLLOW BUILDING . vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe.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. 118H Gritting her teeth. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. She surges for light -. Irene accelerates for it. PIPE . 118H INT. enters the pipe.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark. chest heaving. hollow building full of construction equipment. Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards. CELLAR .DAY Holmes grimaces.Rev. As fit and athletic as she is. 2/2/09 107. Irene charges the stairs -118I INT. and sees. Stonework fairly new. An even tighter fit for him.ON THE LADDER . CELLAR .SHERLOCK HOLMES .DAY 118G Irene -. 118E 118F INT.climbing with one hand.and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I . upward.a brick-framed window -. Anger lends him energy.DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building. this is a grind. 118F 118G INT. 118J INT. shimmies TOWARDS us. CELLAR .more stairs. yes --. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate.DAY -. HOLLOW BUILDING . The only ready way out. 118E INT.
then the glory of London. She makes it to the end.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames. laid out for us in breathtaking. 118K EXT. 2/2/09 108.DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun. no further to go.’ Irene turns. SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye.REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE. recovered somewhat -. spectacular beauty --. 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT. winded.and returns to Irene as.HELICOPTER SHOT . the center of the world. They circle around each other. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive. Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her. She’s 250 feet above the Thames.Rev. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --. .SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower.WALKWAY . * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge. TOWER BRIDGE . TOWER BRIDGE . We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure. Goodbye! He start to move towards her.then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --.
and kicks her gun away. HOLMES Why hurry off. As she falls. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry. She shoots him in the arm. (CONTINUED) . * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands. But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand.Rev. stunned. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. She drops. give it a try. But he swipes her legs away. He moves in again.
The bullet misses him.. binding them together. Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. He lands. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. They continue to spar. -. The two men finally part.DAY A look between them and then it’s on. Holmes is on the defensive throughout.his eyes lock on to something. TOWER BRIDGE . He looks back to Blackwood. Flimsy. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder. Blackwood smiles.which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in.WALKWAY . He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier). awaiting Holmes. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it.Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank. (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * .. as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. hooking Blackwood around his ankle. but now because of you thousands are going to die. And you’ll be the first. Holmes quickly ducks. which Holmes simply tries to survive. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm. Blackwood snarls. self defense third. but. mounts a frenzied attack.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. Blackwood fires at Holmes. Holmes turns.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Blackwood second. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong. his target is the cylinder first. chops six inches off the batten. The wind will do the rest. 119H EXT. now bound.whipping a coil of rope across the floor. which falls --. slashes. A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him. Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. as before. no match for the sword --.
He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap. (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A. screeching to a painful halt.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. pulled toward the edge. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes.a mixture of egg and honey. like the prison guard. His fingers are white from strain. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. conjuring tricks. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank. HOLMES There was never any magic..Rev.. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -. Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. 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 remains cool. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians. Instead. An odorless. A simple rigged bullet in his gun. tasteless. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf. They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -. your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them. (CONTINUED) .119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end. flammable liquid -. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. 110B. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony. Ingenious. 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery.at one of your ceremonies I suspect. Had it worked.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue.
Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice. lands on a rope. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS.. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . Holmes looks around at the gathering storm.Rev. inexorable dominoes continue to fall. Blackwood is on his knees.: We see the slow. How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. The timbers start to topple. starting a slow. Blackwood can hold on no longer. cowed. The last timber falls over the edge. Holmes bends down.. The storm grows in ferocity. the atmosphere electric and dangerous. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B. IN B. Wind whips harder. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile.G. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. strikes another crane. HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear. Quick as a snake. cutting the rope. the crane swings.: a bucket drops. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose.G. The rope yanks down a crane.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . hits a row of standing timbers. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies.
Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one. killing him instantly. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks. and farther. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES. stunned. a silhouette against the stormy sky. Blackwood looks up. The bird flaps its wings. He falls farther. Then you will hang. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. It’s a long journey from here to the rope. His brow furrows. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained. Oh. Holmes looks up. He takes her hand. Holmes moves down to her. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down.. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth. She appears to be dead. Blackwood looks up. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away. the world will see you for what you are. Irene.. (CONTINUED) ..Rev... properly this time. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain.. CREAK. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER. hanged like a common man after all. Holmes just stands there. with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. 119H HOLMES First. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge. TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck... disappearing into a cloud.
an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames. Moriarty. cuffing her instead. A bit of a smile and break. he is a professor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A. IRENE You were right.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . (CONTINUED) . this time. IRENE It looks like rain. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. 119H Her eyes pop open. HOLMES We’ve still got a moment.Rev. Key’s in the watch pocket. seat next to her.
Rev. Holmes keeps moving into the night. 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT. Cylinder to one of the policemen. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. keeps walking. near a kiss. LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one.DUSK Rain falls softly. the rain falling hard. Sherlock. Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants). yes. Sadly. detective. (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there.. Their faces close. HOLMES Thank you. turns and walks away. Lestrade. She smiles. LESTRADE You’re welcome. calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . At the end of the top of the stairs.. TOWER BRIDGE . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113. LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. Then Lestrade cracks a smile. The storm curls around him. 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. And he sees.
Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick. no words spoken. He joins Watson. We recognize the figure of WATSON.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. Watson takes it. 122A A shadow is waiting for him. . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A. Holmes can’t help but smile. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames.
MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course. Just a few scribbles..DAYS LATER MOVING DAY. WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes.. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * . One moment. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope. He looks dead. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B.. 221 BAKER ST. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. cases we’ve worked on over the years. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room. 221 BAKER ST. MARY All your adventures. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger. . 123B INT. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring.. Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter. 123A INT. 221 BAKER ST. his back to them. 123 EXT. WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring.Rev.STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs... I’d love to read them sometime. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment.SHERLOCK HOLMES . . 2/2/09 114.
WATSON Get on with it. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -. But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. I should probably come down. as it were. Clearing your good name. Watson pokes him. Turns him around. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A.Rev. like a caterpillar in a cocoon. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness. 123B WATSON Don’t panic. John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. Holmes. dear. Holmes. Do carry on.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . he’s far too fond of himself. I can’t feel my cheeks. MARY Shouldn’t you help him. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon. Watson and Mary walk by. WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. My lord.
Watson draws his sword.mad honey disease. WATSON Worse things could happen. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time. belts and a coat hook. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. I’ll be of no use to you at all. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum. Watson. He doesn’t mind. John. CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down. WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse.Rev. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. Holmes tumbles to the ground. my tongue is going next.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Please. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .
Moriarty. right away. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? .. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr.mind racing. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -. There. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -.. Yes.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116. Indeed. They are interrupted by a knock on the door. Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants. Shot in the head. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range.. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. The dog has regained its vital signs. sir. there.Rev. HOLMES With small caliber bullet.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES .. We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene. Constable Clark enters. HOLMES What is it this time. He went missing in the sewers. a maintenance man found his body this morning. everything’s going to be all right.he shakes his head. MARY There’s a brave boy. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood. Holmes. looking concerned. HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods.complete change of demeanor -. Well..
A KNOCK. 124 OMITTED Clarky. case * * * 124 . CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing. They’ve taken over the case.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Constable Clarke nods. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves.. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along.. HOLMES I’ll leave with you. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. Well. Watson nods. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. reopened. WATSON Adler was just a diversion. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A.Rev. Holmes pulls his coat on. the Driver exits. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. Watson nods. sir. sir. The Driver pokes his head in.
CONSTABLE CLARK (V. where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device. SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device. SERGEANT Oi.) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there. 2/2/09 116B.Rev. 125 FLASHBACK .O. and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene.) Shot in the head.SHERLOCK HOLMES . SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel. what you doing? The policeman looks up. BANG! 125 . They spread out to seal the crime scene.O.INT. We don’t see his face. CONSTABLE CLARK (V.
2/2/09 117. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. there. There. looking concerned. 126 INT. They’ve taken over the case.. Excellent deduction. The dog has regained its vital signs.THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device.complete change of demeanor -. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods... HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. 221 BAKER ST.SHERLOCK HOLMES . everything’s going to be all right. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing. I thought those days were behind you. 126 (CONTINUED) .. WATSON There’s a brave boy. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . however. HOLMES Wager. sir. Watson. Holmes pulls his coat on. CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range.mind racing.Rev. Holmes and Watson look at each other -.
the Driver exits.. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along.Rev. Well... 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A.126 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES I’ll walk out with you. MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in. sir.. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest.. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion. Holmes nods. . A KNOCK.. 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison. Watson nods.
Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. Holmes. A stiff beat. Doctor. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway. 2/2/09 118. . Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. FADE OUT. Watson.perhaps the POV of the raven. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. warm look. an understanding between the two men. 127 EXT. puts a hand on his arm. We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you. HOLMES Magnificent woman.SHERLOCK HOLMES . She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage.. be careful. Holmes extends an awkward hand.Rev. 221 BAKER ST. Watson A THE END . WATSON Take care of yourself. looks relieved and excited. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and..
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