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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Watson passes him heading to the other side of the room (possibly grabs the gun) picking up a pile of open letters from a table. HOLMES Gently, gently, Watson... Watson whips open more curtains and opens a window. Holmes crawls on his hands and knees over to a table where he finds his sunglasses and puts them on. Watson sits on a chair and begins to leaf though the letters.



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

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

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


SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) HOLMES (CONT'D) I have been studying her comings and goings and they appear most sinister.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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




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HOLMES Look at this. If you play a chromatic scale, they move clockwise. As soon as you switch to a pentatonic scale -Holmes plays a different scale, the flies all stop moving, stick to the glass. WATSON (faking interest) Really? What about when you -oops -Watson picks up the glass, lets loose the flies. Holmes looks up; Watson’s already moving for the door, pissed.




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you. Another man steps in behind her. She’s mugging the mugger. how nice of you. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -. all the way to his collar. 38B (CONTINUED) . eyes bulging. Even without the man -.Rev. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. Irene frisks him expertly. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. this turns her on. 38 EXT. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. There is excitement in her eyes. He obeys. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. then his clothes. signalling the mugger to be quiet. Still holding the roses. LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. IRENE Oh. He closes in to grab her --. sweetheart.but at the other side. Quick as a snake. 38 38A woman in her right mind would go down this alley. cutting his belt. dropping him immediately.who is scrofulous and sly -. 38B INT. 2/2/09 37.SHERLOCK HOLMES .and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth. trapping her.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

three quarters of an inch. Watson opens his forensic kit. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. disturbed. He takes a CALIPER. Holmes and Lestrade move forward. The coffin is filled with EARTH. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget. overflowing. 42 But no one moves. Vials. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw. Lestrade looks at it with dismay. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. the cops move backward.snatches the crowbar away. to reveal. Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES All yours. Inspector. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth. A DEAD BODY in the coffin..Rev. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago.. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen. with red hair... HOLMES Inspector. eerie groan. in everyday clothes.. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. WATSON Lividity is late stage. Watson’s had enough. still stunned. WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. They brush away a layer of dirt. begins examining the body. (CONTINUED) . jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. He marches forward --. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -.a small measure of revenge. silver tools.. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

starting. Frustrated. Poor fellow. he’s your friend from Reordon’s. Watson keeps packing. He’s an inspiring conversationalist.Rev. 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. WATSON HOLMES No. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. (alt: He has more humor than you. of all places. Holmes analyzes the body. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. * * * (CONTINUED) .) Really. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES .



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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.

HOLMES Well done. Now, you didn’t happen to pack the Lord’s Register of members’ interests, did you? Watson pulls it out of a box.



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HOLMES See what Blackwood admits to owning. As Watson flips through it, Holmes plucks a few chords on his violin, thinking. Watson finds the page. WATSON It’s endless, he’s had a hand in just about everything that’s not good for you.




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HOLMES Something brutal by the river... WATSON Woolwich Arsenal... Limehouse Chemical... Queenshithe Slaughterhouse, Nine Elms! HOLMES That’s it, Watson! This should lead us right to Blackwood. Holmes leaps up and readies himself to leave. Not us, you. This gives Holmes pause. HOLMES Right. Well uh... best of luck with everything, then. Same to you. WATSON WATSON * * * * * * *

A brief nod, then Holmes is gone. A beat as Watson continues packing. He heaves a box up, moves for his suitcase. After a moment, he notices... Holmes’ PISTOL. Not again. WATSON * *

He picks it up. As he contemplates the weapon, he becomes more serious. Then angry. He mouths a curse to himself, and sees their DOG giving him a disapproving look. WATSON Yes, I know. Don’t give me that look, Gladstone. He pockets the gun, grabs his jacket and heads out. 81-82 82A OMITTED EXT. COURTYARD - NIGHT A figure moves across the dark, Gothic courtyard. It is AMBASSADOR STANDISH. As he cuts through the shadows...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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BLACKWOOD And because I appreciate your help, Holmes, I have a gift for you. Holmes starts climbing up towards Blackwood. BLACKWOOD (voice moving away) She followed you. You led your little lamb straight to slaughter. Suddenly the whole machine starts up. Industrialstrength loud, movement everywhere, empty hooks jerking towards the processing line. Blades and gears and grinders churn. Watson’s eyes go from Blackwood to -A pig carcass as it comes swinging out of the killing area, towards the SCORCHER (which scorches the carcasses with live flame). Then next carcass emerges --- not a carcass, Irene. She is alive, for now. She hangs from two hooks on a track-line, her wrists shackled above her, her mouth gagged. Her eyes show terror until she sees them, then immense relief for a moment, then determination. Holmes looks up to see Blackwood’s shadow retreating. Decision time. 90A INT. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE - ASSEMBLY LINE Holmes drops on to the machine and leaps from gear to gear like stepping-stones. He heaves himself up to the conveyor, where Irene is being pulled down the assembly line towards the flames. Watson sprints ahead, looking for a shut-off switch. Holmes unties Irene’s gag. HOLMES It’s your turn in shackles this time. Ahead of them, the pig carcass is scorched in an overwhelming burst of flame. Holmes and Irene are next.




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IRENE But this time no key, unfortunately. Holmes notes that Irene’s hands are shackled to separate hooks. It’s going to take two actions to free her. The flame machine gurgles ominously, gearing up for the next blast. Watson sees a LEVER (PLEASE NOTE, NEW PROP!) that looks promising, turns to head for it -- then his eyes focus on a big canvas splatter cloth. HOLMES I’ve been meaning to ask you something -IRENE Well, I’m a captive audience. Watson rips down the splatter cloth, sprints to Holmes and Irene, tosses the cloth across the conveyor belt to Holmes --- who wraps them up in the thick cloth just before the flames hit them. The heat is excruciating -- but the cloth protects them. Watson watches anxiously as the scorched cloth drops away, revealing that Holmes and Irene made it -- just. Relieved, Watson heads for the lever until “Oh Shit!” he looks ahead --- sees the scorched pig carcass being dragged into a long, conveyor-belt-wide SCALDING TANK OF BOILING WATER. Decision time for Watson -- help Holmes and Irene, or try the lever? He goes for the lever, reaches it, pushes it all the way over --- and the belt speeds up with a jerk. Watson hauls back on the lever, gets the belt back to the original speed, looks around for another possible off switch. Just as they reach the scalding tank, Holmes jumps off the belt (still opposite side to Watson), grabs Irene’s legs and pulls her horizontal just before she’s dragged into the boiling water.




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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. 2/2/09 84. 93A/93B OMITTED 93A/93B .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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