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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WATSON It’s been three months since the last case. About time you found another one. HOLMES I can’t but agree. My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work. The sooner the better. Paper? WATSON

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

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

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MRS. HUDSON Tea, Mr. Holmes. Mrs. Hudson crosses to Holmes and puts the tray before him. HOLMES Is it poisoned, nanny? MRS. HUDSON There’s enough of that in you already. She goes to remove an old tray from behind him. HOLMES Don’t touch that. Everything is in its proper place, as per usual. She ignores him and removes the tray then crosses back towards the door noticing a bulldog lying unconscious under the table. MRS. HUDSON He’s killed the dog... again. Watson jumps up. His bulldog, GLADSTONE, lies on the floor in a drugged stupor. WATSON What have you done to Gladstone this time? HOLMES I was simply testing a new anesthetic. He doesn’t mind. Holmes! WATSON As your doctor...

HOLMES He’ll be right as a trivet in no time. Watson’s finally had enough.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GUARD #2 Get him to the infirmary, now! Guards pull the Captain away. The remaining guard picks up the cross, stares at Blackwood, chilled. Blackwood’s eyes snap open. BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. 20 21 OMITTED INT. PUNCH BOWL PUB - BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING RING - NIGHT The fighting is over and the pub is closing. Only a few people remain cleaning up, mopping the beer and blood. Watson enters fast, looks around, and moves upstairs. 22 INT. PUNCH BOWL PUB - ATTIC Watson walks down a dingy hallway towards a door. With a look of resignation, he opens the door to see Holmes sitting alone in the sterile, barely furnished room. Holmes faces the corner, playing scales on his VIOLIN. On the table next to him, an upside down BEER STEIN and an assortment of prescription medicine bottles. Watson approaches, sees Holmes has bloodshot eyes from lack of sleep. Watson picks one of the medicine bottles which is open. WATSON You know this is for eye surgery? HOLMES I find that it lifts my spirits. WATSON It’s a pathological amorbic process, it increases tissue change and weakness. And you know what a black reaction comes on you afterwards. No answer. More scales. Watson approaches, sees Holmes has bloodshot eyes from lack of sleep. The beer stein is full of FLIES all buzzing about. 22 20 21

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WATSON Let’s go. Lestrade wants you at Pentonville Prison. HOLMES That’s your job, not mine. WATSON You’re Blackwood’s last request. Says he has information he’ll give only to you. But Watson’s already out the door. 23 EXT. LONDON - DAWN Watson and Holmes ride in a cab, passing familiar landmarks as the city comes to life. They sit in silence, tension hanging between them. Finally Holmes grabs Watson’s bag, rummages around and pulls out a clean white shirt. Watson looks out the window, frustrated. He sees THE HALF-CONSTRUCTED MASS OF TOWER BRIDGE. Near ground level, workers take down a large BLACKWOOD STEEL sign. HOLMES Look at that structure. What has it been? Five years’ work already? Are you aware that is the first combination of bascule and suspension bridge. Very innovative. No reply. As Holmes is taking off his jacket, he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a wad of money. 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nine Elms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BLACKWOOD And because I appreciate your help, Holmes, I have a gift for you. Holmes starts climbing up towards Blackwood. BLACKWOOD (voice moving away) She followed you. You led your little lamb straight to slaughter. Suddenly the whole machine starts up. Industrialstrength loud, movement everywhere, empty hooks jerking towards the processing line. Blades and gears and grinders churn. Watson’s eyes go from Blackwood to -A pig carcass as it comes swinging out of the killing area, towards the SCORCHER (which scorches the carcasses with live flame). Then next carcass emerges --- not a carcass, Irene. She is alive, for now. She hangs from two hooks on a track-line, her wrists shackled above her, her mouth gagged. Her eyes show terror until she sees them, then immense relief for a moment, then determination. Holmes looks up to see Blackwood’s shadow retreating. Decision time. 90A INT. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE - ASSEMBLY LINE Holmes drops on to the machine and leaps from gear to gear like stepping-stones. He heaves himself up to the conveyor, where Irene is being pulled down the assembly line towards the flames. Watson sprints ahead, looking for a shut-off switch. Holmes unties Irene’s gag. HOLMES It’s your turn in shackles this time. Ahead of them, the pig carcass is scorched in an overwhelming burst of flame. Holmes and Irene are next.
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IRENE But this time no key, unfortunately. Holmes notes that Irene’s hands are shackled to separate hooks. It’s going to take two actions to free her. The flame machine gurgles ominously, gearing up for the next blast. Watson sees a LEVER (PLEASE NOTE, NEW PROP!) that looks promising, turns to head for it -- then his eyes focus on a big canvas splatter cloth. HOLMES I’ve been meaning to ask you something -IRENE Well, I’m a captive audience. Watson rips down the splatter cloth, sprints to Holmes and Irene, tosses the cloth across the conveyor belt to Holmes --- who wraps them up in the thick cloth just before the flames hit them. The heat is excruciating -- but the cloth protects them. Watson watches anxiously as the scorched cloth drops away, revealing that Holmes and Irene made it -- just. Relieved, Watson heads for the lever until “Oh Shit!” he looks ahead --- sees the scorched pig carcass being dragged into a long, conveyor-belt-wide SCALDING TANK OF BOILING WATER. Decision time for Watson -- help Holmes and Irene, or try the lever? He goes for the lever, reaches it, pushes it all the way over --- and the belt speeds up with a jerk. Watson hauls back on the lever, gets the belt back to the original speed, looks around for another possible off switch. Just as they reach the scalding tank, Holmes jumps off the belt (still opposite side to Watson), grabs Irene’s legs and pulls her horizontal just before she’s dragged into the boiling water.

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She’s suspended just above the boiling water, with Holmes moving sideways, keeping pace with her. IRENE (trying her best not to show the strain) You had a question. Holmes keeps hold of Irene’s feet as he maneuvers past various obstacles -HOLMES (same) Ah. Yes. Do you still maintain you’re not in over your head? IRENE (panting) In some countries steam is considered excellent therapy for the skin. -- then is gouged in the back by a whirling fan belt, jerks away, and Irene touches the water, SCREAMS. Watson hears the scream, turns -- then sees something again. It pisses him off. Fuck this machine. When Holmes has Irene stable again: IRENE (weakly) I have to say -- it’s overrated. Holmes has to admire her courage -- until he hears Watson yelling at him. Up ahead a huge pipe spews boiling water into the tank -and impassable obstacle from Holmes’ side of the conveyor belt. Watson points at the I-beam running above them. nods. Irene sees it, too. Holmes

Holmes helps her reach one foot, then other up to the Ibeam. She hooks her feet over it, and is suspended upside down by her shackles and her feet --- and still heading for the pipe spewing boiling water. Watson appears opposite Holmes, nods up at Irene. swings off the I-beam, through the air -She

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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