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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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


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

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

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

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

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

Holmes steps back. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. a sacrifice. As Holmes walks away. Blackwood. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. I need you.Rev. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. too. Holmes. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . of course. Holmes. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. shakes his head. and it worries me. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -. and there is nothing you can do to save them. you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords. you must widen your gaze. BLACKWOOD Mr. Steel your mind.after you’re hanged. I might have spared five lives. Blackwood calls after him. HOLMES Bon voyage. Then you would serve a greater purpose. HOLMES I must say. (MORE) (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.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Father. The place is bustling with cops and officials. Not for this one. CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) . members of the government and cops. Watson is there too.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. PENTONVILLE PRISON . HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest. 29 INT. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 29A. Blackwood walks up into the noose.MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. 27 28 INT.CORRIDOR . We get a good look at some of the faces. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

then right. the letters on your desk are addressed to Sir Thomas Rotheram. 71 ANONYMOUS MAN I’m afraid you’ll have to put this on. the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. SIR THOMAS. CUT TO BLACK. and who I am.. Holmes takes in the scene. Sir Thomas shakes his head. That would be your official title. HOLMES As to where I am -. But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill.Rev. Lord Chief Justice. He holds a black hood.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill.I was. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned. apologies for summoning you like this. Holmes. FADE IN: 72 INT.but Holmes is on a roll.. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s. 72 (CONTINUED) . Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -. admittedly. rises from a pile of papers. HOLMES As to who you are -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Who you realy are is another matter entirely. Holmes shrugs. eyes flicking around the room. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are. SIR THOMAS Mr. After that. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. the carriage forked left.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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