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SHERLOCK HOLMES screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg screen story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were created by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and appear in stories and novels by him
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SHERLOCK HOLMES - Rev. 2/2/09
FADE IN: 1 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Autumnal streets seen through the sooty glass of a STREET LAMP. Shadows within shadows. Fog in the air. Full moon. WATSON (V.O.) The year was 1891. London was the capital of the world -- the height of modernity, with the hiss of steam and smell of coal in the air. It was also the great cesspool into which all the sinners and criminals of the empire drained. Gas hisses audibly, the street lamp ignites, and casts a POOL OF LIGHT onto the street, silhouetting a MAN making his way through the fog and dark shadows with a lantern. WATSON (V.O.) I had come to London, ten years prior, to find a life after the Afghan war. I had hoped to start a medical practice and settle into a nice, steady existence. The life I found was anything but nice and steady. We can see that the MAN wears a cape. The distinctive silhouette of his deerstalker hat is unmistakable. A FURIOUS CLATTER OF HOOVES APPROACHES in the distance. The MAN tugs on a pipe and turns towards the growing stampede. WATSON (V.O.) And that had everything to do with one man. My friend, my partner, my burden... The MAN exhales a plume of smoke calmly, giving us the impression that he knows something that we don’t. WATSON (V.O.) ... Sherlock Holmes. WHAM! The MAN in the deerstalker hat is KNOCKED FLAT by A RUNNING MAN who has vaulted over a wall, sending him, his pipe, and hat flying across the cobbles. 1
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The RUNNING MAN leans down as if to assist, but instead just picks up the smoker’s broken umbrella and studies it. The MAN in the deerstalker hat’s eyes widen as he recognizes his famous assailant. MAN Sherlock Holmes?! SHERLOCK HOLMES offers the handle of the umbrella to the MAN, hauls him to his feet and hands back his broken umbrella. HOLMES My apologies. Send the bill to John Watson, 221B Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes sprints off down an alleyway. takes a step into the road to watch him go -The MAN
-- and is nearly flattened for good by the first of a number of POLICE CARRIAGES, hurtling by on a serious pursuit, Victorian-style. 2 INT. CARRIAGE - CLOSEUP ON THE OFFICERS - NIGHT inside. Big, uniformed guys assemble their weaponry -- a 19th century SWAT team. One man stands out as a leader, older than the rest, INSPECTOR LESTRADE. A man in plainclothes sits to one side of the officers: DR. JOHN WATSON, physically as tough as anyone else in the carriage, but with a more pensive air about him. A thinking man of action. 3 EXT. STREETS OF LONDON - NIGHT Almost tipping over, the carriage turns onto the Embankment and hurtles through the writhing fog along the river. As the carriage banks, we see Holmes cut across the carriage path again, taking a line the horses cannot follow. CUT TO: ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes bursts out of an alley, sprints round a corner and runs across a courtyard to a side door. WE PULL BACK to see the FACADE OF ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL. 3 2
O. confused.ENTRANCE . HOLMES (V. A BOWLER-HATTED MAN ascends the stairs.) Head cocked to the left. 4 5 OMITTED INT. who has pulled his black jacket up to conceal his face. stop screaming. 2/2/09 3. but does not see Holmes.SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES (V.Rev.) Stink of alcohol. Holmes descends the stairwell to a door and a spiral staircase beyond it. and we ramp from 24 fps to 400 fps (ULTRA SLOW MOTION) as he makes contact. he’s fit. The man swings the lantern away again. The man’s head is thrown back as he spins round. Holmes launches a hammer blow. heavy drinker -knuckles to liver. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . He takes a moment to recover. as he lowers his jacket and thinks through his plan of attack. He peers behind the door and holds the lantern up to the shadows. The man’s mouth opens to cry out.O.) Then throat. carrying the lantern and a gun. PRE-VISUALIZATION IN VARI-SPEED FOCUS ON the spot behind the man’s right ear. He peers about. partial deafness in right ear. We RAMP BACK UP TO 400 fps as his Adam’s Apple is struck with a precision karate chop.NIGHT Holmes enters through the door and stands at the top of a stairwell. He stops at the doorway and peers round the corner. paralyze vocal chords. BACK TO 24 fps. We see Holmes’ eyes from the shadows.the most vulnerable point. strangling his scream. HOLMES (V. A lantern glow ascends the spiral stairway towards Holmes.O. (CONTINUED) 4 5 . Holmes withdraws into the shadows behind the door. RAMPING TO 400 fps as a devastating knuckle-punch to the liver doubles up the bowler-hatted thug and crumples him to his knees. but not as fit as he used to be. just at the top of the jaw -. BACK TO 24 fps. First point of attack.
good cigar.SUPER FAST REPEAT OF ABOVE Holmes flashes out of the shadows.Rev. 6 7 OMITTED INT.BALCONY . ducks down into the shadows. THWACK! Hammer blow to ear. picks up the man’s bowler and proceeds on.BOTTOM OF THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE Another bowler-hatted THUG approaches the bottom of the staircase. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 4. He draws his gun and approaches.NIGHT TWO HARD MEN in bowler hats stand guard. Holmes takes his bowler hat from his head and flips it onto his own in one super fast move. He has seen the lantern light. Who do you work for? He jams the cigar in his own top pocket. lifts his lantern and proceeds down the spiral staircase.5 SHERLOCK HOLMES . moving so fast that we can barely see what he’s doing. Holmes extracts a cigar from the Thug’s top pocket and sniffs it appreciatively. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) 6 7 . John? When he gets no answer. WHAP! Knuckle punch to liver. Holmes drags the battered man into the shadows. grabs his gun hand and pistol-whips him twice with his own gun. further down into the crypts. 5 SECOND-TIME ACTION . Holmes places the lantern on the post at the bottom of the bannister. dropping him. THUG What’s goin’ on. POV . CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . the THUG points his gun to where we saw Holmes hide. HOLMES Hhhmm. But Holmes appears from the shadows behind the THUG. BACK TO NORMAL MOTION as the man crumples to the ground. reaches around him. CRACK! Karate chop to throat.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 5. Eyes alive with intelligence. reveal -PULL BACK to (The following exchange in whispers. Right.Rev. Des? MAN #1 (CONTINUED) . HOLMES It’s an old shirt. out of sight. CUT TO: This is what they do. ANOTHER ANGLE The two HARD MEN on guard turn fast and gather together as they hear footsteps approaching. You did. Just got it. Is that your blood or theirs? I don’t know. processing angles when -A HEAVY HAND falls on his shoulder. WATSON HOLMES Shall we? This is what they like. distaste. HOLMES Perfect timing.) Watson. doesn’t take it. WATSON You left this behind. Thought I’d left the stove on. WATSON Getting his troops in formation. Holmes looks at it with HOLMES Knew I’d forgotten something. WATSON HOLMES Where’s Lestrade? Nice hat.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson hands him his pistol. 7 ANOTHER ANGLE Holmes surveys the scene AT A DISTANCE.
WATSON (CONTINUED) . 7 He can see the hat. Yeah.Rev. but not the man underneath.7 SHERLOCK HOLMES . s’me. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 5A.
Suddenly. ON THE WOMAN as her lips start to move in time with the incantation.NIGHT Thugs dispatched. The girl. Still kneeling. powerful stuff. We do not see his face. This is spooky. 7 Watson takes out the two men. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS The second hooded figure moves back and melts into the shadows. Their footsteps echo. lit with candles at each corner. 9A INT. the woman rises up like a broken puppet. CATHEDRAL CRYPTS . Holmes and Watson leap from the stairs to Blackwood’s level. but no less effective. ANOTHER HOODED FIGURE stands on the edge of the ceremony. Her eyes roll back in her head. A WOMAN IN WHITE LIES INSIDE A CRUDELY-PAINTED PENTACLE (five-sided figure). still hooded. not caring if they make a noise or not. never stops. Blackwood chants softly. Some kind of ritual is about to climax. real. as if pulled to her feet by invisible hands. The Latin incantation 9A 8 9 Holmes is closer to the girl. fast. Holmes and Watson look down and see a chilling sight.Rev. shrouded in shadow. WATSON (CONTINUED) . Blackwood simply ignores them. 8 9 OMITTED INT. Watson closer to Blackwood. and elbows. using headbutts. This is LORD BLACKWOOD. A sword has been placed at her feet. He is more of a brawler. Latin incantation repeating and repeating. Less artful. knees. A HOODED FIGURE KNEELS INSIDE A DOUBLE CIRCLE next to the pentacle. We do not yet see his face. Holmes and Watson head down. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 6. trance-like.BALCONY .7 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
how did you like my work? (beat) The fifth one was so scrawny. trains it on Blackwood. whip Blackwood -He moves in to pistol- -. picks up the sword and turns it on herself. grabs the woman’s arm.is stopped suddenly by Holmes’ hand grabbing his collar. WATSON Lord Blackwood?! Blackwood applauds softly. BLACKWOOD Well done. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 7. disarms her and pulls her out of the pentacle. as a medical man. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . BLACKWOOD Tell me. 9A The girl bends with alarming and mechanical suddenness. Holmes lunges. No. ready to plunge the point into her heart. Watson raises his gun. She collapses. WATSON Stay right there. strangely. Look. almost mockingly. it was over before I’d finished the first incision. His eyes are intense. Simultaneously and eerily the candles extinguish and a rush of air departs the tunnel. Blackwood throws back his hood.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . That’s more than Watson can take. Holmes and Watson are shocked at his identity. Holmes. Blackwood raises his hands in front of him.Rev. he is tapped into something dark and cruel. We finally see his face. doctor. And Watson as well. HOLMES Watson struggles forward against Holmes’ grip.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 8. WATSON HOLMES (re: girl) We’ve gone for the doctor. POLICEMEN flood the area. 9A Holmes seems to be pointing at Blackwood. What a shame.Rev. almost invisible --.. fun. (CONTINUED) .9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . you’d be cleaning up a corpse and chasing a rumor. LESTRADE You should’ve waited for my help.the other end held between Blackwood’s hands. as Lestrade and his men finally appear. LESTRADE (vis Blackwood) Is that -. really nasty concealed weapon. INCHES FROM WATSON’S RIGHT EYE is the needle-pointed end of a QUIVERING PIECE OF HIGH-TENSILE WIRE. HOLMES If I had. and sees it and his eyes flare wide. (re: Blackwood) And one for the rope. Besides. Watson looks. Look. Lestrade. HOLMES Watson looks. BLACKWOOD That would’ve been A We hear heavy boots on the balcony. not the Yard.? It is. the girl’s parents hired me. One more step and Watson gets impaled in the eye.. sees nothing. (a wry smile) I can’t imagine why they thought you’d need any assistance. HOLMES Impeccable timing.
the pentacle. Holmes sticks the villain’s cigar in Lestrade’s pocket and --. LESTRADE London will breathe a sigh of relief -WATSON -. MUSIC AND TITLES OVER -10 10A OMITTED INT. Five girls killed beneath cathedrals at the height of the full moon. 10 10A . Lestrade. (indicating) The double circle’s for his own protection. As usual.at the excellent work of Scotland Yard. Gloved hands mix chemicals in a tray.Rev. put chains on him. LESTRADE What do you make of that? HOLMES Some kind of ceremony. LAB Dim light from a burner heats fluid in a jar. Lestrade eyes the double circle. She’s still mouthing the incantation. hating himself for needing to.9A SHERLOCK HOLMES . CREDIT SEQUENCE BEGINS. Grudgingly. He watches his men yank Blackwood out of his double circle. FLASH! An explosion of light and sparks as a 19th century flashbulb pops. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 9. a bench strewn with scientific equipment. reluctantly. Have a cigar. 9A Lestrade turns. frustrated. The SCENE is FROZEN bright for a split-second and then it FADES. not understanding them. a piece of photo paper on top.A POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER lifts his massive camera. while others carry the girl away on a stretcher. shakes his head. HOLMES Bravo. he turns to Holmes.
” A bunch of “H” clippings hit the desk. solving crimes. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Hands flip through more papers. More headlines and photos come fast: LONDON DUO DO IT AGAIN! A shot of Holmes and Watson. More and more headlines. 10D 10E INT. 10B 10C INT.. light as it is exposed. The files are moved to another desk where hands punch text on a vintage typewriter: “CATACOMB KILLER IS INDUSTRIAL TYCOON LORD BLACKWOOD... The men are front page news now. LAB A faint image is forming on the paper...Rev. older. Their eyes are shut for the photo. LAB Chemicals are poured over the paper and spread across it. holding a goose by its feet and smiling. The top one reads: STUDENT AND ARMY DOCTOR SOLVE LONDON MYSTERY! A photo of Holmes and Watson in their 20s at a crime scene. CELEBRATED DETECTIVE PROVES GUILTY MAN INNOCENT. LAB A negative is clipped over the paper. Another headline: HOLMES AND WATSON OPEN FOR BUSINESS. coming to rest on the letter “H.. they look more confident.. and. unaccustomed to flashes. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another pair of hands search urgently through a row of alphabetized files.” 10F 10G INT. Holmes and Watson stand in front of 221 Baker Street. This time.. Holmes and Watson getting older. HOLMES AND WATSON SOLVE SEVERED EAR MYSTERY. 2/2/09 10. more headlines: STUDENT AND DOCTOR BEAT COPS TO THE PUNCH AGAIN! ROOMMATES SOLVE BRIXTON MURDERS! Another picture of Holmes and Watson. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY Another headline: DOCTOR AND DETECTIVE FOIL JEWELRY SCAM! A picture of Holmes and Watson. 10G . the article bigger. shaking hands with a royal. 10B INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 10C 10D INT. A sudden flash of 10E 10F INT.
Papers are bundled and tied.AFTERNOON Autumn has turned to winter. 10J 11 EXT. .” She continues down the street until arriving at 221 Baker Street. where we see the headline “CATACOMB KILLER CAUGHT!” The photo of Holmes and Watson sits above the fold. Upside down and back see the words “SHERLOCK HOLMES. MRS. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Me nerves are the best they been in years. . dominating the front page.SHERLOCK HOLMES .WATSON’S APARTMENT Watson takes a blood pressure cuff off CAPTAIN PHILIPS. She picks up a paper with the day’s headline “BLACKWOOD HANGS TOMORROW: CLAIMS PACK WITH THE DEVIL. everything in its place. (CONTINUED) 12 . an OLDER GENTLEMAN who sports an array of medals..Rev. she shoos it away. very good. walks up the steps. 221 BAKER ST. 2/2/09 11. SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER 11 FROM A RAVEN’S POV We FOLLOW a lady. TITLE SEQUENCE ENDS. WATSON 71 over 104.” one metal time. walking down the street with the day’s shopping. The room is a tribute to military and medical order -. thanks to you.. NEWSPAPER LIBRARY A hand yanks the paper from the typewriter desk where a typesetter begins to assemble blocks of lead type. 10H INT. a whirring mass of wheels and gears. and onto a the story in to front we letter at a 10H 10J INT. then distributed until one lands face-up outside the door of: 221 BAKER STREET. HUDSON. PRINTING PRESS A roller dripping with ink rolls over the story we have seen assembled along with an engraving of the image. and inside. The whole thing is fed into a printing press. 221 BAKER ST.all is neat and tidy. A raven lands on the entry gate. 12 INT. Captain.
There won’t be so many stairs.your new offices. (MORE) (CONTINUED) .12 SHERLOCK HOLMES .ground floor. CAPTAIN PHILIPS Tell me something -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 11aA.Rev. too. I hope? WATSON No -. And there’ll be a woman’s touch. 12 Watson is pleased by that.
(CONTINUED) . (beat) I’ll be right back.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . terrified.Rev.S. WATSON Let’s give it a little longer. then helps Captain Philips to his feet. writes a prescription on a piece of paper. 12 BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG-BANG! A dozen GUNSHOTS O. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) WATSON (CONT'D) I think we can start to wean you off the medicine -- 11A. Philips hits the floor. just to be safe. Captain Watson suppresses extreme irritation.
12 He heads out. WATSON (as they leave) And perhaps some tea and bread up here when you can. 221 BAKER ST. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 12. Which is a relief to Mrs. Captain.12 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson heads down the hallway to the last door.Rev. letting his aggravation show once his back is turned to his patient. heads towards them. HUDSON. WATSON Why don’t you take Captain Philips and give him a nice cup of tea. What will he do? Couldn’t you have a longer engagement? WATSON He just needs a new case. .HALL As Watson exits his apartment and moves down the hall. Mrs. WATSON I smell burning. Her nerves are almost as bad as Captain Philips’. HUDSON Come on. MRS. A tendril of smoke wafts out from under it. let’s go down. not while he’s in this state. Urgent. shoots up the stairs with the paper. HUDSON (panting) I won’t go in there by myself. MRS. HUDSON What will I do when you leave? He’ll burn the house down around me. 13 INT. Hudson’s already-frayed nerves take a turn for the worse. Captain Philips emerges from Watson’s apartment. It’ll be quieter. his landlady. Watson takes the newspaper from her. that’s all. MRS. Hudson. WATSON You’re not going in at all. MRS. (CONTINUED) 13 .
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Nonetheless, Watson himself. Something fact, Holmes’ usual now, that Watson is
stops, takes a deep breath, gathers like this has happened before (is, in brand of chaos) the difference being, sick to death of dealing with it.
Which doesn’t mean he won’t. Newspaper in hand, Watson opens the door, pokes his head in, cautiously. He sees -14 INT. 221 BAKER ST. - HOLMES’ APARTMENTS Watson squeezes through the doorway to find that the obstruction is Holmes who is sitting in the dark on a chair, blocking the door, aiming a gun (with an odd contraption fastened on its barrel) at the wall. Unadulterated chaos. A series of FLAMING BULLET HOLES blasted into the wall in the (ragged) initials “V.R.” WATSON May I join you in the armory? HOLMES Please... Watson, I’ve been working on a device which will suppress the sound of a gunshot. Watson heads towards the conservatory. HOLMES Please... Don’t, don’t, don’t... Watson pulls open the curtains allowing the light to pour in. It needs work. WATSON May I see?... 14 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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.
A little smile from Holmes.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . you’ve been in this room for two weeks. The Royale. 14 WATSON . I insist you get out of here. HOLMES There’s nothing of interest to me out there. Mary’s coming. HOLMES Have you proposed yet? WATSON I’m still looking for the right ring. Wonderful. WATSON So. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 15. My favorite. on earth. you have nothing to do? Nothing. and your friend. HOLMES Then it’s not official.Rev. For dinner. HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON Then you’re free this evening. HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES WATSON HOLMES * * * * * * * * * * WATSON You’re meeting her. Absolutely. at all. Not available. Holmes.. * (CONTINUED) ..
WE SEE HIS OBSERVATIONS -. The Royale.14 SHERLOCK HOLMES . (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Holmes stands. Holmes! WATSON You’re early. they sit. HOLMES 15 * * Fashionably. Holmes. Holmes looks at MARY MORSTAN -. and clearly a woman worth marrying. It all becomes quite overbearing. He notices the details on a pair of gentleman’s cufflinks. For the first time. 30s. And then Watson and Mary arrive. Mary and Watson on either side of him. like it or not. CUT TO: 15 INT.looks again. Holmes gestures politely. MARY The pleasure’s mine. There is a decanted bottle of wine on the table. The dog wakes up and runs out. Watson exits. It really is a thrill to meet you. He is quite uncomfortable in this setting. we see a hint of fear in his eyes. She’s beautiful. Mr. a surreptitious argument between waiters. talking. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 16. THE ROYALE . HOLMES My pleasure. the name on a bottle of wine. For the life of me I don’t know why it’s taken him so long to get us properly introduced.surprised when they realize Holmes is already there. 14 WATSON It’s happening. She extends her hand. WATSON May I present Miss Mary Morstan. leaving Holmes alone in his own chaos.DINING ROOM Holmes sits in the center of a booth waiting for Watson to arrive. Half past eight.he picks up little pieces of information from the other guests.Rev. intent on each other -. WATSON And wear a jacket.
.. Poe. 16A.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON (proudly) It’s true.Rev. 15 (CONTINUED) . Wilkie Collins. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: MARY (CONT'D) I’ve a whole stack of detective novels at home.
. Then I check his pockets.. Now I can infer he’s a bit of a gambler. ah. though. A stub from a boxing match. HOLMES (livening up) Oh.a forced chuckle. MARY With all due respect. born to be a man of action. HOLMES Yes. you know him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 17. The little details are by far the most important. But what about a perfect stranger? What can you tell about me? Holmes and Watson exchange a glance -. by the way. Holmes.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . see that walking-stick? A rare African snakewood hiding a blade of high-tensile steel. Mary laughs. A few were awarded to veterans of the Afghan war.not a good idea. HOLMES . Take Watson. so I can assume he’s a decorated soldier. I intend to. (leaning in to Mary) He’s cost us the rent more than once. (a wink) I’d keep an eye on that.. 15 MARY They can seem a bit far-fetched sometimes. Mr. Holmes less so -. Making these grand assumptions out of tiny details. And neat. WATSON I don’t think that’s necessary -(CONTINUED) . like all military men. right behind you..Rev. Strong. MARY Watson likes that. WATSON Those days are behind me... brave. no no.
reaches for the wine. Watson’s getting nervous. well done. stops him. I doubt -MARY No. (back to Mary) Then he’s tall for his age. it’d be wonderful. Well done. HOLMES It’s breathing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 17A.Rev.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . MARY Charlie’s 7. HOLMES You insist? (at Watson) She insisted. Mary nods. MARY I insist. actually. 15 HOLMES Yes. So shall we -HOLMES Your student’s a boy of 8. Holmes (CONTINUED) . WATSON Yes. (instantly) You’re a governess.
India blue’s nearly impossible to wash off. A very impetuous act by the boy. MARY Is there ink on my face? The WAITER appears. He shakes his head. (CONTINUED) . not the gems of a governess. the jewels you’re not wearing tell us rather more. pours wine for all. (beat) However. HOLMES There are two drops on your ear.Rev. WAITER The gentleman has already ordered for himself. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 18. WATSON There’s nothing wrong with your face. anyway. please. (to Watson) What would madam care for this evening? Watson gives Holmes a hard look: that’s a bit much. It’s from Asprey’s. WATSON Give us a few minutes. but you’re too experienced to react rashly -.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES ... flawless.which is why the lady you work for lent you that necklace. 15 HOLMES He flicked ink at you today.
They’re leaving..15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Or at least until someone informed you of its true and rather modest worth. The restaurant goes silent. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 19. pauses. Now she leaves -- (CONTINUED) . then: HOLMES You were engaged. at which point you broke off the engagement and returned to England for better prospects. Holmes’ mind has gotten away from him. But the lighter skin where it sat suggests you spent some time abroad wearing it proudly. Holmes pauses. faster. intensely focused. Watson gets up.. Mary throws Watson’s wine in Holmes’ face. He begins talking HOLMES The ring is gone.. As Holmes talks. MARY (low) Right on all counts but one. I didn’t leave my fiance. A doctor perhaps. She turns to leave. manic. he died. turns back.. moves to help Mary to her feet.Rev. WATSON Both Watson and Mary scorch Holmes with their eyes. 15 Holmes.
an array of plates piled high. Suddenly. talking. This is soothing to him. She’s lovely. the ring is the only place where his mind stops racing. -. The sound of silverware clinking and scraping on fine china rises to an ORCHESTRAL ROAR --. The waiter puts them down.then pauses. HOLMES’ POV The room and the fight are calm -. all sinew and gristle. It interests him.15 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes lets the wine drip down over him. laughing.the sounds muffled and indistinct -.a complete sensory reversal of his experience in the restaurant. His opponent.bangs his fists together and moves in. McMURDO -. old man.and Watson goes with her. Holmes very carefully unfolds his napkin and places it into the top of his shirt. looks around.BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING FIGHT 15A-17 NIGHT Holmes staggers back from the blow. HOLMES Holmes is left at an empty table with wine running down his face. He tastes his own blood from a split lip.which becomes the ROAR of a BLOOD-THIRSTY MOB as a fist smashes into a face with a MEATY THUD.Rev. 15A-17 OMITTEDINT.huge but flabby -. spaghetti style. PUNCH BOWL PUB . 15 WATSON Well done. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 20. (CONTINUED) . He is stripped to the waist. Their orders arrive -. takes his knife and fork and begins to cut the meat -. HOLMES’ POV Happy couples eating. Bets rage back and forth through the pressing CROWD. Holmes hears no words. He just sees their mouths moving.
HOLMES Thank you. shakes his head to clear the cobwebs. moment. He throws nothing in return. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: 21. smiles. BACK TO SCENE McMurdo throws a storm of punches. he reaches out and gently touches McMurdo’s face or throat. just using his reflexes to protect himself. She’s gone. Finished. Holmes rolls over. HOLMES (walking away) Not done. giving him just enough warning to move his head so that a punch grazes him. Oi! McMURDO We ain’t done here. most of which Holmes ducks or blocks. the sound floods back into the room. thank you. stands.until he notices a face at ringside.Rev. not just think. Holmes is completely in control --. And as I said. tramping him and -He knocks Holmes down with a thunderous right. a look of pure intrigue in her eyes and a slight smile on her lips as she watches the detective. sometimes even drops his hands. He looks for the woman. Once or twice. 15A-17 He’s able to feel. CLOSEUP ON A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Early thirties. McMurdo senses his opponent’s lapse in concentration and steps on Holmes’ foot. Holmes begins walking away. when the big man leaves an obvious opening. He turns back to McMurdo. Well done. (CONTINUED) . He is utterly in the Holmes’ hawk-sharp gaze darts down from McMurdo’s face to his muscles as they flex.SHERLOCK HOLMES . But that’s all. Holmes’ POV returns to normal when he sees her. it was most pleasurable.
who is frozen on the spot. battered on the outside. working into a fever pitch. there really isn’t any sport. locking onto the big man’s knee: A little scar-tissue. The crowd applauds.Rev. A full-scale riot is on. McMurdo falls. soothed inside. He sees the crowd fall silent. all is calm. scanning McMurdo. Feels the back of his head. McMurdo strides forward and SPITS CONTEMPTUOUSLY at Holmes. which buckles altogether wrong. CHARLIE. The crowd falls silent. PENTONVILLE PRISON . Five GUARDS charge down the corridor. smells his HOLMES Plymouth gin. over and out. banging on the doors to quiet the prisoners. 2/2/09 15A-17 CONTINUED: (2) 22. The sound of prisoners SCREAMING in the dark. Holmes stops.NIGHT A candle shivers. Holmes is already turning away before the giant hits the canvas. The blinding combination culminates with a spinning kick to the big man’s knee. what the hell’s going on down here? 18A (CONTINUED) .SHERLOCK HOLMES . braces for combat -As McMurdo Instantly Holmes unleashes a series of superfast moves. Steps back into the ring. but from Holmes’ POV. Holmes strides out of the bar. catching him on the back of the head. The GUARD CAPTAIN approaches a young guard. A row of stone cells. casting jagged shadows. Hm. Passing fellow fighters and flirty barmaids. GUARD CAPTAIN Charlie. he climbs the stairs towards the upstairs rooms. He grabs a bottle in his hand.CORRIDOR . 15A-17 Face twisted in disgust. Taking a huge swig. they’re not sure if they like it. He turns. He doesn’t care. nearly invisible. incorporating exotic martial arts. 18A INT. His eyes tick slowly. hand.
the Captain starts COUGHING. resumes his soft murmur. lies convulsing on the floor. 19 INT. Blackwood. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23. GUARD CAPTAIN All right. PENTONVILLE PRISON . That’s a holy book -Blackwood closes his eyes again. GUARD CAPTAIN (louder) -. 19 On the walls the scrawls of a madman: wild symbols. get. We see another guard. The Guard Captain continues around the corner. what’s this all about? BLACKWOOD I’ve a request. WHISPERING ungodly sounds.Rev.and you will respect it! Blackwood starts whispering FASTER. A hint of some method to his madness. 18A CHARLIE It’s Jack. He coughs harder. He’s confused. JACK.18A SHERLOCK HOLMES .BLACKWOOD’S CELL . GUARD CAPTAIN You don’t get nothin’ ‘til you stop this devil nonsense. GUARD CAPTAIN Boy. Eyes closed. sketches of animals. you want me to muzzle you -Suddenly. The guards pick Charlie up and carry him away. Prisoners watch him stumble backwards. an upside-down cross. (CONTINUED) . And now he’s in some kind of fit. a headless sphinx. he tried to stop Blackwood from doing his spells. GUARD CAPTAIN (to the prisoners in the cell next to Blackwood) You lot shut it! (to the guards) Charlie.NIGHT Blackwood sits dead center in the dark. LOUDER. down here and get him to the infirmary.
Prisoners start SHOUTING. The RAVEN at Blackwood’s Other guards run up. spits it out onto the stone floor. The Captain falls to one Finally the Captain COUGHS SOMETHING UP.Rev. keeps coughing. He looks down. horrified: It’s a small CATHOLIC CROSS on a chain. terrified. windowsill flutters away.19 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 23A. knee. (CONTINUED) . 19 Blackwood keeps whispering.
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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
It makes you quite invaluable as a companion. HOLMES You’re right.. HOLMES It’s too small for you. She told me. (CONTINUED) . Watson punches him square in the face. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 26. WATSON And your grand gift is the uncanny ability to demoralize people. by the way. Silence. Holmes takes off his shirt. You weren’t there so I laid your customary bet -Silence. WATSON Well. Holmes pulls on the clean shirt. I have your cut from last night. WATSON That’s my waistcoat. I’ll keep it with your check book. locked safely away in my drawer. I was aware she’d been engaged. Holmes puts on his vest. HOLMES The opera house is featuring Don Giovanni and I could easily procure two tickets if you had some cultural inclination this evening. Silence.. Watson. Holmes rubs his jaw.Rev. it’s my property and I want it back. 23 HOLMES Oh. HOLMES So that’s a ‘no’ to the opera then? Watson’s steaming.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES You have the grand gift of silence.
looks out the opposite window. .Rev.23 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes frowns. 23 Holmes hands him the waistcoat which he promptly tosses out of the carriage window. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 26aA.
papers are for sale. I’ve no business with him while he’s alive. PENTONVILLE PRISON . 24 25 OMITTED 25 . Police keep them away from the entrance. WATSON You go ahead. 24 EXT. Religious zealots and occultists swarm.Rev. Watson stops.EARLY MORNING Already a CROWD is gathering outside the jail. Holmes heads inside. 2/2/09 26A. Blackwood’s death is the headline.SHERLOCK HOLMES .
HOLMES I’m sure I can find my own way from here. HOLMES Love what you’ve done with the place. Thank you. getting closer. otherwise we were going to have a riot on our hands. 2/2/09 27.DAWN A pale. PENTONVILLE PRISON . PENTONVILLE PRISON . GUARD Much obliged. 26 27 INT.. BLACKWOOD Thank you for joining me.BLACKWOOD’S CELL . All the cells are now EMPTY. it’s like he can get inside your head. The Guard high-tails it out of there. turns.two heavyweights sizing each other up. In the shadows he can barely make out Blackwood. sir. No way this creep’s getting to him.CORRIDOR . HOLMES Where are all the other prisoners? GUARD We had to move ‘em. 27 (CONTINUED) . who’s reading aloud to himself. There’s something about him. They share a smile -. Holmes can see how spooked the Guard is. BLACKWOOD QUOTE from Revelations tbd..Rev. strolling insouciantly. Holmes listens. if you have other duties to attend to.. thank you. Blackwood pauses.DAY Holmes approaches Blackwood’s cell..SHERLOCK HOLMES . 26 INT. sees Holmes. nervous GUARD leads Holmes down the shadowy corridor. sir.
Despite the bars between them. and that’s why you’re really here. 27 HOLMES A small point of concern. Your error in judgement is to assume I’ve been holding the brush at all -. (CONTINUED) . 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. close to Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 28. Your mistake is to imagine that anything earthly has led to this moment. Suddenly. the men are close together. I couldn’t but notice a criminal mastery in the stroke of your brush -BLACKWOOD You’re too kind. Holmes seems to be studying Blackwood’s ear.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . my friend will pronounce you dead shortly and I thought I might keep him company. BLACKWOOD Allow me to enlighten you.Rev. Blackwood is right at the bars. HOLMES Actually.I am merely the channel. HOLMES However. BLACKWOOD So now you’re curious as to whether there’s a larger game afoot. your work in the crypt was akin to a finger painting. by comparison.
(MORE) (CONTINUED) . Five otherwise meaningless creatures called to serve a greater purpose. I need you. Steel your mind.after you’re hanged. and there is nothing you can do to save them. of course. a sacrifice. HOLMES I must say. Blackwood calls after him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 29. I’m concerned you underestimate the gravity of coming events. Holmes. and it worries me.27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . you’ve come a long way down from the House of Lords. Blackwood. shakes his head. Then you would serve a greater purpose. I might have spared five lives. HOLMES I wonder if they’d let Watson and I dissect your brain -. BLACKWOOD Those lives were a necessity.Rev. HOLMES Bon voyage. I’d wager there’s some deformity that would be scientifically significant. Holmes steps back. Holmes. too. BLACKWOOD Pay attention! Three more shall die. BLACKWOOD But I will rise again. 27 HOLMES My only wish is that I’d caught you earlier. BLACKWOOD Mr. you must widen your gaze. (beat) For you and I are bound on a journey that will twist the very fabric of nature. (beat) I sense fragility beneath your mask of logic. As Holmes walks away.
Blackwood walks up into the noose. PENTONVILLE PRISON . We get a good look at some of the faces. HOLMES Don’t think you’re needed. members of the government and cops. LESTRADE What did he want? Nothing. 29 INT. Not for this one. 27 28 INT. CUT TO: A SHOT OF GATHERED WITNESSES AND OFFICIALS CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE EXECUTIONER CUT TO: 29 (CONTINUED) .Rev.GALLOWS The room where the execution takes place is packed to the rafters with senior officials. PENTONVILLE PRISON .27 SHERLOCK HOLMES . or by the time you realize it was you that made it all possible it will be the last sane thought in your head. The place is bustling with cops and officials. Father. HOLMES 28 Holmes looks at the priest.MORNING Holmes walks down the corridor. meets Lestrade and a PRIEST. 29A. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) BLACKWOOD (CONT'D) You must accept that this is beyond your control. Watson is there too.CORRIDOR .
29 SHERLOCK HOLMES . dead. The show is over. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE TRAP DOOR opening. His final words: BLACKWOOD Death is only the beginning.S. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 30.Rev. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE PERSPIRING PRIEST clutching his Bible. lying on his tiger skin rug.DAY Holmes is out cold. CUT TO: A SHOT OF WATSON checking Blackwood’s pulse. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE HOOD going over Blackwood’s head. 221 BAKER STREET . CRACK!! He pronounces Blackwood 30 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) IRENE (O. Legs fall through and yank tight. CUT TO: A SHOT OF THE NOOSE slipping around Blackwood’s neck.) London’s so bleak this time of year. CRACK! His eyes fly open. . 30 INT. 29 A SHOT OF BLACKWOOD smiling malignly.
. IRENE I brought a few souvenirs. I thought we’d have a little tea party to cheer us up. Only once her back is turned does Holmes lever himself upright. As she passes a small table that has been outfitted with tea. Scandalous affair ends engagement of Hapsburg Prince to Romanov Princess. etc. IRENE I came across this as I was setting up. As soon as she clears he quickly moves over to a concealed safe. Irene grabs a file from Holmes’ desk. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . IRENE Theft of Velasquez portrait from the King of Spain.. She leans down. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 31.. cracking walnuts. tea from Ceylon and olives from Cyclades.. putting the walnuts in front of him and flashes him a smile. just before she turns back to face him. IRENE Not that I’m pining for New Jersey. Missing naval documents lead to resignation of Bulgarian Prime Minister. dried fruit.Rev. Irene gets up to cross the room. Dates from Jordan. He tests the door to make sure it’s still locked. IRENE I prefer to travel in the winter. flips through newspaper clippings and police reports. her back to Holmes. 30 REVEAL: Irene Adler sits on the stairs near Holmes’ lab. olives.. stunned by this intrusion.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She stands and Holmes watches her every move as she crosses to him. Holmes stealthily turns down a photo of Irene.. Irene opens the file.
IRENE Why are you so suspicious? HOLMES Should I answer chronologically or alphabetically? Irene pulls out an ENVELOPE. Then. the Maharajah’s missing diamond. They move to sit at the table.Rev. TRACK INTO Irene’s hypnotically beautiful eyes.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Plus. revealing and enormous diamond. Another souvenir? IRENE He has a palace full of them. HOLMES And you. Let’s not dwell on the past. No ring? IRENE He snored. There’s nobody more brilliant or who knows London better than you. Holmes almost melts. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . it’s a wonderful opportunity to see you again. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 32. HOLMES Ah. Holmes reaches for Irene and pulls on a chain around her neck. Irene reaches for something inside her jacket and Holmes grabs her hand. I’m Irene Adler again and I need your help to find someone. HOLMES But your signature is clear. IRENE I don’t see my name anywhere. husbands. IRENE By the looks of things you’re between cases at the moment. 30 HOLMES Simply studying your methodology for when the authorities ask me to hunt you down.
30 IRENE This is all the information you need.Rev. she can’t hide the anxiety in her eyes. HOLMES Who are you working for? Just for a brief moment. She hands him the envelope. IRENE I’m my own man. * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 33.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
31 INT. I didn’t say I’d take the case.30 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 221 BAKER ST.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 33A. He lifts his hat. 30 She stands and pulls out a large bag of coins. IRENE They gave me our old room. HOLMES Keep your money. waits for her to pass -Hello.STAIRS Irene descends the stairs just as Watson is coming in. John. IRENE 31 * * * * * * -.does a speechless double-take when he sees who it is. She ignores him. Irene keeps moving. Holmes examines the envelope. . . She pauses behind him as she exits. On it is stamped the letterhead of the Grand Hotel. As she walks out she puts her photo back upright.
CUT TO: 32 33 INT. You wager? MORIARTY (CONTINUED) 33 . CUT TO: IRENE approaches a waiting carriage. but for me. 2/2/09 34. HOLD ON the alley for a long beat. Irene is made to wait as Moriarty finishes writing a complex mathematical equation (in astronomy). Someone waiting outside takes the paper. and the carriage starts moving. turns to address a man-shaped shadow filling the opposite corner of the carriage. This is PROFESSOR MORIARTY. She turns into the alley.SHERLOCK HOLMES . cracks open the carriage window and slides the folded paper partway out. I wager he’ll find our man within twenty-four hours. gets in. Too dark to see much in there.Rev. She passes a DARK ALLEYWAY. Looks. 32 EXT. Before she can speak. CUT TO: IRENE emerges from the alley holding a lovely bunch of roses. A full beat goes by before he turns to Irene. looks around her. CARRIAGE Irene sits. and their footsteps clatter away. MORIARTY I assume he’ll do it? IRENE Not for money. Moriarty closes the window. She sniffs them appreciatively. Pauses. walks on. folds the paper to reveal that it is addressed to THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY. a gesture from the shadow stills her. finally prepared to engage with her. LONDON STREET We PICK UP Irene crossing a street.
33 I’m certain. me leg! BEGGAR 34 (CONTINUED) . the coach comes to a halt. it’s accurate. LONDON STREET A rough-looking BEGGAR wearing an eye patch has fallen under a wheel of the coach. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34aA.33 SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. A better word. they lurch forward. I -- IRENE MORIARTY I sincerely hope IRENE Suddenly. 34 EXT. Ow.
34 Get out of it! COACH DRIVER BEGGAR You run me over. BEGGAR A little charity would go a long way. yes you did! COACH DRIVER You fell right into the carriage! The Beggar is up. yes it would.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . sir. sir. limping toward the window where Moriarty and Irene sit. He has disgusting blackened teeth.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 34A. (CONTINUED) .
Moriarty extends his hand into which a PISTOL appears.. utterly alive. Leaping about. very concerned. HOLMES You’ve had your fun. Watson approaches. The carriage moves on. 35 INT. she made a proper idiot of you.34 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 221 BAKER ST. delivered by a concealed mechanism (Travis Bickle style). completely transformed now. 34 He reaches toward the window. all aflutter. Within a nanosecond. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 35.Rev. Are you a masochist? HOLMES Allow me to explain. you were going to explain something. WATSON Look at you. WATSON Don’t you remember what she did to you? She turned you inside out. I’m sorry. almost enraged. instead of just being tricked into being a witness at her wedding like last time -HOLMES I don’t believe -WATSON You dress up as clergyman and actually perform the ceremony.HOLMES’ APARTMENT Holmes is washing his face in a basin on the other side of the room.. . anyway? (CONTINUED) 35 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . who backs off in fear. HOLMES Thank you. This is a hopeless cause -. She’d love that. The cold eyes of the man that holds the weapon bore into the skull of the Beggar. WATSON What’s she after. The gun rests on the Beggar’s forehead.Watson won’t stop. I can’t believe you ran after her like a schoolboy again. I -WATSON I know.
a beard. WATSON I’ve upset you. Holmes grabs the envelope back. I don’t agree. Midget! So you agree? HOLMES WATSON HOLMES No. Holmes looks like he’s had enough. Luke Reordon. I’ve . Holmes. we’ve had our last case together. said too much. WATSON I won’t interrupt. WATSON Case solved! You’re just not her type. four foot ten.. She can sit on your back and paddle you up the Thames. Those are my dates. I can tell.Rev. It’s more than a technicality. 35 HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. HOLMES Now it’s time to press on. missing two front teeth.. a human canoe. red hair.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON I’ve already read it. Go on. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 36. HOLMES Regrettably. You’re misrepresenting the dimensions of foreshortened people. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) HOLMES It doesn’t matter -WATSON What could she possibly need? An alibi. Holmes picks up his violin. She likes ginger dwarfs.
37A-37D OMITTED 37A-37D 37 36A 36 . 36 FLASHBACK . Holmes plucks his violin.Rev. all from HOLMES’ POINT OF VIEW. Holmes weighs the distance and hurls himself down with a determined look. Before Watson can speak. . He lands just right. Alright. The jump to the next level is a more taxing prospect. and looks out to see her walking down Baker Street.INT. WATSON That’s what I’ve been trying to do.HOLMES’ APARTMENT We see Irene step out. he steps quickly to a window. IRENE Why don’t I see myself out. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 36A. 221 BAKER ST.CORRIDOR He sees Watson coming up the stairs. Holmes snatches his coat and runs down the other end of the corridor. He JUMPS out the window to -37 EXT. 35 HOLMES No. doing? WATSON What were you just * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Will you allow me to explain. 221 BAKER ST.35 SHERLOCK HOLMES . . I’m just saying. one has disproportionate limbs the other does not. Once Irene leaves. the notes play over a FLASHBACK of the previous scene. . 221 BAKER ST. He bolts into -36A INT. turning down an alley.REAR YARD Holmes flies from the window and lands neatly on a tin roof.
how nice of you. Quick as a snake.Rev. 38B INT.no woman in her right mind would go down this alley. she slices upwards with a razor-sharp knife. sweetheart. He closes in to grab her --. dropping him immediately.and WHAP!WHAP!WHAP! Gets three cosh-strikes across the chin. this turns her on. heads for the street one block over from Baker Street. Irene frisks him expertly. eyes bulging. trapping her. Irene walks towards a MAN HOLDING A 38A MAN WITH ROSES Got some roses for you. Cut you a deal ‘cos you’re so pretty. signalling the mugger to be quiet. 38 EXT. the man finds himself smacked up against the bricks with Irene’s hand over his mouth.but at the other side. CUT TO: HOLMES’ POV DOWN ALLEY from concealment: BUNCH OF ROSES. 38B (CONTINUED) . LONDON STREET He runs down the mews in great haste. The move ends with Irene’s finger over her own mouth. There is excitement in her eyes. all the way to his collar. He obeys.who is scrofulous and sly -. She’s mugging the mugger. 38 38A EXT. Another man steps in behind her.SHERLOCK HOLMES . cutting his belt. Even without the man -. ALLEY The man with the roses beckons Irene forward. 2/2/09 37. Still holding the roses. IRENE Oh. then his clothes. stops at the same alley that Irene disappeared into -. COAL SHED Holmes jumps off the shed.
-. Again he stops the coach and again the gun comes out. which is being assembled. 39 38C . Holmes picks up the pace. thank you. takes his wallet too. I’ll return them. Doesn’t look like yours. CUT TO: ANGLE ON HOLMES HOLMES Now. shall I? She takes both wallets. On second thoughts. look.Rev. snags a lump of coal. LONDON STREET Holmes exits the alley. that’s the Irene I know. He hurries after Irene down the alley. then another coin and snatches the beggar’s eye patch too. does it? And -naughty boy -.and leaves. rubs it on his face and hands. 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. stepping daintily over the crumpled man on the floor. a wallet. takes the roses -IRENE These are lovely. she turns back. He snatches a HAT from a one-eyed old BEGGAR with his hand out. 38B IRENE Oh. He runs past a coal cart. 38C EXT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 37A. 39 EXT. He pauses to singe the sleeve of Watson’s coat on a fairground fire-breather’s flames. chews it to blacken his teeth.here’s another one. then pops it in his mouth. runs on. He drops a coin in his hand. LONDON STREET Holmes emerges as the beggar we saw previously. catches a glimpse of Irene through a STREET FAIR. then leaves.38B SHERLOCK HOLMES .
After all. 40 INT. HOLMES Well. pale. I’ll be paying the rent entirely on my own. but leave this case. HOLMES She’s intimidated.. thinking. WATSON And yet she works for him. It’s nothing to do with me. at once. 221 BAKER ST.SHERLOCK HOLMES . CONSTABLE CLARK Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. WATSON Which is no mean feat. HOLMES This man intrigues me. 2/2/09 37B..) Mister Holmes. I may not have a choice.. He’s got Adler on edge.? He turns to see..Rev..S. Holmes motions to the bills. WATSON You know what. scared.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS (PRESENT) Holmes strums one more chord on his violin. Irene’s bag of money still sits on the table. scared. A man has to make a living. sir. Watson. CONSTABLE CLARK standing at the door. Breathless. .. That’s bad money. (CONTINUED) . I’ve had just about enough -Clarky! HOLMES 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * VOICE (O.
lost his way to Scotland Yard? Watson. HOLMES It is not my reputation at stake here. You means us. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . you’d do well to hide your medical certificates in case they’re revoked. Us means you. sir. It appears he’s come back from the dead.Rev. WATSON * * * * * * * * * CONSTABLE CLARK It’s Lord Blackwood. it’s a matter of professional integrity. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38. grab a compass. They all move to the exit. No girl wants to marry a doctor who can’t tell if a man’s dead or not. Clarky laughs. CONSTABLE CLARK A groundsman saw him walking through the graves.40 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Well that’s clever seeing as how I pronounced him dead myself. 40 HOLMES (mumbles) What’s he done now. just this morning. HOLMES Watson. WATSON Are you taking this seriously? HOLMES Like it or not. WATSON I’ll leave this one in your capable hands. Watson walks into his office. I have tea with Mary and her parents this evening.
and it’s starting to rain.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes and Watson exit. THE BLACKWOOD ESTATE . 41 42 EXT. Nothing but standard-issue police bootprints. 42 (CONTINUED) . WATSON Look at this mess. Blackwood comes from old money. scanning the ground while Holmes appears to have taken an interest in a clump of trees in the distance. 2/2/09 38aA.DAY Judging by the estate. and lots of it. They walk up the pathway towards the Blackwood Family Crypt. opens the door. Any possible evidence there might have been has been trampled. 41 EXT.DAY Generations of wealth buried in moss-covered marble memorials. Watson carries a black leather FORENSICS KIT. Not a place for a picnic. not even on a bright sunny day -. Watson barely lifts his head.ESTABLISHING . A COP stops the carriage. THE BLACKWOOD BURIAL PLOT . We FOLLOW the carriage hurrying Holmes and Watson forward.Rev.
42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Lestrade emerges from the crypt. As Holmes and Watson approach. they see the marble doors of the crypt have been BLASTED OPEN FROM THE INSIDE. Holmes and Watson share a quick glance -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 38A. spooked.this is interesting.Rev. 42 HOLMES Scotland Yard at their finest. The cops are in tight clusters. whispering to themselves. They’d rather be anywhere but here. Police lamps light one large marble CRYPT. He is sweating. shaken. (CONTINUED) . once again.
Lestrade does take Holmes’ handkerchief. Holmes disappears in the opposite As soon as their backs are turned.smashed outward like they were nothing. He notices the Blackwood CREST. pale and terrified. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 39. LESTRADE Explain it if you can. Watson heads for him. You can question him if you like -. The witness is over there. checking the hinges. The old GROUNDSKEEPER. you’re on double-time! You’re an embarrassment! Also. LESTRADE (low. drags his boys in close. you’re forbidden to talk about this to anyone. Lestrade waves it off. stands out of the rain under an ancient cypress tree.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES .but you won’t get much. CUT TO: (CONTINUED) . He doesn’t want Holmes or Watson to hear this. and the image of a SPHINX. Lestrade marches over to a nervous knot of cops. angry) If you lot don’t stop behaving like a bunch of superstitious milk maids. HOLMES And the coffin? LESTRADE We’re digging it up now. direction. Are we bloody clear on that? The cops nod. Holmes. LESTRADE Look at those slabs of marble -they’re half a ton each if they’re a pound -.Rev. Holmes inspects the door. On second thought. 42 Holmes offers Lestrade his handkerchief. not a word. duly chastened. grabs a fistful of blue in each hand.
(at Watson. They place it on the ground. Watson takes a boiled sweet from his pocket. Holmes walks over holding a small branch from a tree. Holmes chuckles. looking in his eyes. or the Yard. step back. do you know if this is a spruce or a sycamore? Lestrade shakes his head. pops it in the man’s mouth and gently sits him down. crossing themselves. accusingly) Well? You pronounced the man dead. They all turn to see the coffin has been extracted from the crypt. plainly terrified. Four beefy. a few moments. Watson immediately goes into doctor mode checking his pulse. murmuring. Lestrade stomps up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 40.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . It hasn’t been a good day for WATSON We should give him There’s a clunk. OPEN IT!! LESTRADE (CONTINUED) . 42 THE GROUNDSKEEPER mumbles the Lord’s Prayer under his breath. him. HOLMES Inspector.Rev. He’s in shock. The Groundskeeper just keeps praying. soil-stained cops emerge lugging the coffin. WATSON (stung) He had no pulse. LESTRADE The witness stated that he saw Lord Blackwood rise from the grave.
WATSON Missing two incisors in the upper jaw. Holmes and Lestrade move forward. Inspector. to reveal.. LESTRADE That’s not Blackwood. may I see your pen? Lestrade hands over a nice fountain pen. HOLMES Inspector.a small measure of revenge. (a look at Holmes) Adler’s midget. disturbed. He uses the pen to fish out: a POCKET WATCH. still stunned. jams it under the lid and levers it off with a slow. WATSON Lividity is late stage. eerie groan. silver tools. HOLMES All yours. revealing: two missing teeth in the man’s jaw.Rev.. with red hair. HOLMES Now that we have a firm grasp of the obvious. overflowing. Vials. Watson’s had enough.snatches the crowbar away.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes spots something glinting in the man’s dirt-filled pocket. The coffin is filled with EARTH. They brush away a layer of dirt.. He marches forward --.three quarters of an inch. in everyday clothes. Holmes hands the pen back to Lestrade. the cops move backward. begins examining the body. Diptera deposits are approximately -(measuring) -. Holmes takes the pen and pries open the corpse’s mouth. Lestrade looks at it with dismay.. 42 But no one moves. putting the time of death at ten to twelve hours ago. The body is a much smaller man than Blackwood. (CONTINUED) ... 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 41. takes it in Holmes’ handkerchief -. The cops pass a CROWBAR around as if it were red-hot. He takes a CALIPER. A DEAD BODY in the coffin. Watson opens his forensic kit.
.) All three men watch the Groundskeeper go. 42 Holmes and Watson begin walking away from the crypt. I know what I saw and I know Lord Blackwood. anxious. HOLMES Scratches around the keyhole where the watch is wound.. so the owner -GROUNDSKEEPER (O. The old Groundskeeper stands in front of them.) He was walking. Holmes shows him the dusty pocket watch. Lestrade follows. and pawnbrokers scratch the ticket number and their initials inside the lid. Watson. Watson ENTERS FRAME and hands Holmes a bundle wrapped in newspaper. leaves) Our Father Who art in heaven. ready to unburden himself. He was as alive as you or me. This one has five.DAY Holmes stands in the middle of the street contentedly observing humanity. They all want to get the hell out of there. And I’m not daft. 42A-50 OMITTE 51 EXT.42 SHERLOCK HOLMES . LONDON STREET .S. A sudden gust of wind moans eerily. (etc. Most drunks are the same. WATSON I fail to see how these fish and chips are different from the three other places we passed along the way. GROUNDSKEEPER (quivering voice) He was walking but his feet didn’t touch the ground. suddenly. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 42.Rev. HOLMES (CONTINUED) 42A-50 51 . (turns. They all stop. Trust me. It’s not right. It’s not natural. HOLMES Now the game is afoot.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 42A.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . I’ve seen things in war that I couldn’t explain. Watson appears preoccupied. WATSON You know.Rev. WATSON Holmes complies hungrily and they start to stroll along. 51 Just eat. I once heard a man predict his death. You have to admit that a supernatural explanation is at least theoretically possible. down to the number and placement of the bullet holes that killed him. (CONTINUED) .
and flips Reordon’s watch open.Rev. WATSON Maddison and Haig.. Watson looks quite chuffed. Each time he wound the watch his hand would slip. HOLMES Watson looks extremely pleased with himself until they turn a corner into a street where EVERY SECOND SHOP IS A PAWN SHOP.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Invariably. Holmes pulls out a JEWELER’S LOUP. WATSON Pawnbroker’s marks. 51 HOLMES (mouth full. scratches around the keyhole. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES The most recent is M. He examines the lid. screws it into his eye.H. HOLMES Very good. you end up twisting facts to suit theories. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 43.. Watson shakes his head.. what does that tell you? WATSON The owner was most likely a drunk. near indecipherable) Never theorize before you have data. instead of theories to suit facts. Excellent. HOLMES Let’s see now. HOLMES Hmm. Watson! You’ve developed considerable powers of your own.. hence the scratches. His face falls. there are several sets of initials scored into the lid. Adler’s midget is the key to this.
WATSON She grabs his hand anyway. A GYPSY PALM READER approaches Watson as he turns to leave. Not in blood but in bond.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. ahead of them there on Bow Street. RESPECTABLE. WE SEE MADDISON & HAIG. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 43A. Holmes and Watson look at each other. They should give us an address. attention. PALM READER I see two men. Watson is so taken aback by the urgency and gravity of her tone that he doesn’t pull away. You remember. wait. DISCREET. here we are. a J. She has their (CONTINUED) . WATSON There’s one thing you’ve missed.Rev. PAWNBROKERS. I think not. On the watch.. brothers. the one I was leaving for before you talked me into coming to dig up dead bodies with you. 51 HOLMES Oh my Lord. Which leads me to deduce that I’m already late for my appointment with Mary. sir? HOLMES Perhaps we do need a little help from the beyond. thank you. PALM READER Reckon your future. PALM READER You need to hear what I have to tell you. HOLMES WATSON The time. no. No. I see the letters S and an L.
. 51 PALM READER (wincing) I see madness.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson looks at Holmes.. A man driven out of his mind by a malign force. (CONTINUED) .Rev. Enough... the letter M. I see... (horrified) Patterned table clothes.... Mary? You will be married. china figurines.. HOLMES (to Watson) Do you have any changes? Watson shakes his head as he pays the woman..... PALM READER She turns to fat. lace doilies. WATSON The Palm Reader looks at Holmes. another M. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 43B.. PALM READER I see a letter. Watson snatches his hand away. WATSON This is a new low -. WATSON You think you are clever don’t you? Holmes feigns innocence.even for you.. I see.
do you -HOLMES Watson snatches the money. WATSON Do you still have my cut from the fight? Holmes digs into a pocket. Not bad. Warn your friend.. Holmes swallows the last of his cod and casts the wrapping aside.MINUTES LATER Holmes and Watson move down the street. he is intercepted by the Palm Reader who grabs his arm. 51 HOLMES It’s the most honest prediction old Flora has made in years. You’re terrified of a life without the thrill of the macabre. looks down at the TICKET he got from the pawnshop: an ADDRESS. As he follows Watson. Now Watson is smiling. Holmes is confused until he spots a sign in the window: “Large selection of engagement rings for every wallet. Here we are. LONDON EAST END . as well you should be. he’s not safe.51 SHERLOCK HOLMES ..Rev. And you know it yourself. storms into Madison and Haig. Darkness and great pain. 52 EXT. Mortal peril. HOLMES Reordon’s lodgings should be right around this bend. produces a wad of coins. PALM READER I seen something in his hand.” Holmes starts to look a bit nervous. Watson is beaming at: an ENGAGEMENT RING in a box. (CONTINUED) . pleased with himself. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 44. That is precisely the reason you can’t find a suitable ring. the pawnshop behind them. and Holmes is not. eh? WATSON 52 Holmes turns away. Why. Watson. Even Holmes is taken aback by this.
Some (CONTINUED) . well. 52 He slows. give my regards to Mary. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 44A. Oh.Rev. dingy LODGING HOUSE. windows are boarded up. looks up at a dark. HOLMES Looks promising. And possibly dangerous.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
(CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 45. moves through a door. he gestures them inside. 53 54 OMITTED INT. HOLMES He clearly felt something was coming to get him. Off Holmes’ pleased reaction. biblical Latin and Hebrew. Holmes takes out his knife and goes to work on the lock. Scrawled-on paper and pages are tacked to walls and carved into the plaster.DAY The squalid doorway opens into a series of dark rooms. every available inch is covered in writing. WATSON 55 They move further inside where there is a hallway and a basic bedroom. REORDON’S ROOMS . crucifixes punctuate the yards of text and collage. He kneels to get a better angle with the knife. WATSON I can spare ten minutes.Rev. It takes him a while. It is fiddly. 52 Holmes heads for lodging house.52 SHERLOCK HOLMES . CRACK! Watson’s boot flashes past him as he KICKS the door off its hinges. Something did. Holmes inspects it. LODGING HOUSE Watson checks his watch. finds a door with scratches on the keyhole. 53 54 Holmes winds his way up a twisting flight of creaky stairs. Watson lights a lamp which reveals details of an interior that stops them both in their tracks: From floor to ceiling. strange pagan charms hang from the ceiling. 55 INT.
In the center of the room.55 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Formaldehyde. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 46... An experiment generating a massive stench. Some of it gives off a distinctly electrical hum. WATSON (reeling) Bloody hell. sees a sheaf of BURNT PAPERS. finds one piece not as burnt as the rest. WATSON Has he any hydrochloric acid? 56 (CONTINUED) . Eyes opened impossibly wide. Watson digs through his forensic bag..... Watson does his best not to gag. impossible to read. 55 HOLMES (O. 56 INT. HOLMES (mumbles) Phosphorous.. their bodies frozen in strange contortions. He digs through them.. goes towards. as if mid-death-rattle. loving it) Ammonium sulfate. WATSON Appears he was attempting to follow occult formula with scientific practice.. something ROTTING. Ungodly fragments of limbs and matter float in jars. come take a look at this -Watson puts down what he was looking at. Holmes and Watson step closer to see: DEAD FROGS.) Watson. REORDON’S LAB Instantly. Hemlock. Holmes moves around the room. a seething cloud of flies.S. sniffing like a morbid perfumer. The room is stacked with an alarming amount of scientific and biological paraphernalia.Rev. A CREST stamped on it. Watson moves to the stove. Watson covers his nose with a handkerchief. HOLMES (inhaling deeply.. pulls out vials.
Holmes gets a whiff of something. Watson keeps rubbing the paper together. smells the CURTAINS: HOLMES Irene was here. Something he was working on? WATSON Ferrocyanide.56 SHERLOCK HOLMES ... Ghostly chemistry. Holmes senses something. The door WHIPS open. tosses one to Watson. HOLMES There’s one odor I can’t put my finger on. starts walking back to the other room.. Watson presses the chemical-soaked paper onto the burnt paper. another chemical on a clean sheet of paper. starts pouring the acid. WATSON Why would she hire you to find him.. almost like perfume. but something else. TWO THUGS spill into the 57 58 He He (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 47. (stops. WATSON He worked for Blackwood. Watson sees the crest is Blackwood’s. 56 Holmes shuffles a few bottles.. or sugar. moves into the next room.Rev. Watson catches it. sniffs) Barley sugar. faint words APPEAR on the blank page.. Sucks the iron right out of the ink. Slowly. raises an eyebrow. Long as it’s not too burnt.. puts it by the lantern. REORDON’S ROOM BOOM! room. 57 58 OMITTED INT. if she planned to do the job herself? HOLMES Maybe it’s not the man she’s after. stops at an open window. Sweet.
slightly deformed. ripping it down.you’re here to extinguish any connection between the man who lived here and the man you work for? Curious you’d still be running errands for a dead man. DREDGER Sherlock Holmes. eyes widen at the giant. HOLMES You take them. I’ll handle Mr. He sucks on a twisty stick of barley sugar (Victorian hard candy). Dredger is deadpan. who follows them into the room. DREDGER (smiles) You do like to talk. WATSON Seems about fair. HOLMES Hello. bringing the heavy STEEL ROD with it. HOLMES Let me guess -. flipping it so the curtain-rings rain to the floor. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 48. sliding it into his hand as a weapon. They stop. knows it won’t make a dent. He spins the rod expertly. He catches the rod. gentlemen. He keeps moving. a huge man. just shy of seven feet tall and pushing 400 pounds. but quickly -Dredger LUNGES forward. SMASHING it into Dredger’s face. swinging at them. swinging the lamp toward a CURTAIN. sending him flying into -(CONTINUED) Holmes’ . As they dodge and swing back -Holmes grabs a standing lamp. 58 They are followed by DREDGER.58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . He grabs the rod and HURLS Holmes through the air. He looks at Dredger. In the blink of an eye: He WRAPS UP the curtain. The two thugs step toward Holmes and Watson. surprised to see Holmes and Watson. trapping the steel rod under his arm. It stuns the giant for a beat. Sweet tooth.Rev. Watson meets the men in the middle of the room.
stunned by the efficacy of the weapon. knocking him off his feet. He snatches a SHORT SHAFT. REORDON’S LAB Dredger bears down on Holmes. who swings the metal shaft desperately. One of the blades slices his shirt.Rev. who falls. cranks his weapon. the first man HURLS his knife. 58 INT.. trying to gather his senses. Holmes reaches out for some kind of weapon. SLAMMING into Watson. the shaft SPARKS. a bar-room brawler. just as -Dredger flies through the air. ZAP! A flash of light and crackle. REORDON’S ROOMS Watson finishes off his thug and plucks the engagement ring off the floor. The rod sparks and hums. Holmes 58B 58A Dredger pulls himself up with the help of a water pipe on the wall. ripping off his pocket. He blinks. and. and KNOCKS Dredger back twenty more feet. kicking the other in the groin. butting one. and knocking the ring away. 58A INT. and Dredger gets an ELECTRIC SHOCK that sends him flying back twenty feet -58B INT. sending it across the ground. Holmes looks at the lightning rod in his hand. climbing off of Watson. as he scrambles toward the ring. Holmes thinks quickly. He sees Dredger incoming. REORDON’S LAB Holmes crash-lands on the table. Dredger tries to recover. anything he can grab. scattering all the bottles and tools. A truly pathetic weapon. and ZZZAPPPP!! The electrical current RUNS ALONG THE PIPE. blades flashing on either side of him. Watson ducks and dodges. Head The men whip out knives. One of the thugs accidentally KICKS it. then touches the other end of the pipe with the rod..58 SHERLOCK HOLMES . which SMACKS into the second thug. as -Watson tussles with the thugs. (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 49. so -The ENGAGEMENT RING falls to the floor. Dredger lurches toward Holmes. As Watson follows the ring with his eyes. Watson just barely ducks the blade. Watson fights the first thug.
it sits in a wheeled carriage designed to see it smoothly into water. landing atop a heap of coal. bends down. Holmes trails the hulking form of Dredger into this network of struts. darting around people.58B SHERLOCK HOLMES . 58B Watson spots the ring rolling towards the window.. just as he’s about to grab it. takes an angle to cut off Dredger. as -61A 62 OMITTED INT.GATE Dredger runs down the street. He looks at the sparking rod and races for the window as well. sees: Watson The stone was knocked out of the setting. TOOLEY IRONWORKS . which holds the UNFINISHED HULL OF A LARGE SHIP. They weave through the shadows. big wooden chocks hold it in place. Watson glares as -Holmes blasts past him. THUD! Dredger’s massive foot STOMPS DOWN ON THE RING. The vessel can’t be far from completion. 63 EXT. Dredger gives Watson a cruel smile. leaps out the window.. lost in the floorboards.. Holmes gives chase.DAY Dredger runs towards a SLIPWAY. Holmes sees one of the cables shifting slightly.Rev. grips his ruined ring. knocking people out of his way. the whole thing is attached to a heavy chain that coils back around the shed that they just ran through. trailing Dredger through the gates of a huge commercial shipbuilders. picks up the ring. frantic as -Dredger rises.. Watson brings up the rear. and -He 63 61A 62 59-60 61 (CONTINUED) . a clear change in his demeanor. the rest of the ring mangled. Watson chases the engagement ring. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . then leaps out the window. and heads out -59-60 61 OMITTED EXT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 50. SLIPWAY . Watson darkens. starts running for it.FIRST SLIPWAY For now though.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 51. Dredger kicks out viciously. the whole thing starts to creak. just long enough for -Dredger turns 64A 64 Holmes to launch himself at Dredger. Dredger in pursuit.SLIPWAY A police WHISTLE echoes through the air. Holmes wrestles Dredger’s head onto the runner and pins him down. They tumble down onto the massive runners on the floor of the slipway. FABRICATION SHED From his vantage point. but the shaft starts to LOSE POWER.the PROPELLERS on the stern of the ship start sliding down towards them. It’s the last straw for the support mechanism. both Holmes and Dredger look up as the HUGE CHOCKS holding the ship EXPLODE BACKWARDS --. hitting him with the lightning-rod.. UN-LAUNCHED SHIP . Watson can see what’s coming... Holmes! 65 WATSON 64B EXT.63 SHERLOCK HOLMES . smiles a terrifying smile.. And now.. and swings the hammer at Holmes.Rev. 64 EXT. A moment of reckoning between Holmes and Dredger: The shaft slowly. smashing some of the wooden supports. for a moment. grabs the weapon and. splintering another chock. 65 . out. He reaches out. The ship LURCHES forward. Holmes backs away. FABRICATION SHED .. 64A EXT. ZAP!! Holmes gives another jolt. 64B EXT. sizzles.CONTINUOUS ACTION Grappling frantically on the runners. Dredger knows there isn’t much juice left. Dredger tosses the rod. 63 ZAP! Holmes steps into Dredger’s path. SECOND SLIPWAY .DAY Watson runs round the end of the building and sees Holmes scrambling under the half-built hull. knocking him back. tearing others out of his way. as -Dredger grabs a sledgehammer.
knocks his head against the runner -. helps him to his feet. frothy explosion of water. 66 EXT. he sees the great shadow sweeping over him. They stagger back to the slipway where Dredger was standing. Holmes collapses back. The stern lurches to a STOP INCHES from his face. twice -. great gulps of air disappearing into his lungs.the hull screams past him with a sound like the side of the world being torn off --. A quiet beat. He realizes the ship has stopped. and sees black metal an inch from his nose. SECOND SLIPWAY . Holmes’ head hits the ground hard.from vortex to serenity in a matter of seconds.Rev. The timber finally gives way. falling through the air -The ship is free again. The SHIP squeals and groans as its timber supports buckle and crack with the weight of the tethered ship.. And. but Dredger’s bone-shaking punches have taken it out of him and he sags back to the ground. as the leviathan roars down towards him. eyes rolled back into his head. Holmes lies semi-conscious. The ground beneath him shakes. SECOND SLIPWAY . Dredger pulls Holmes down with him. as -- 66 66A EXT. He tries to pull himself to his feet.as he blinks back into consciousness. 66A Holmes rolls sideways as the propellers slice through the air above his head -. He opens one tentative eye. Holmes watches the ship drift gracefully out into the river -.CONTINUOUS ACTION Dredger looks up at the approach of the propellers --. He’s doomed..CONTINUOUS ACTION We see the chain extended taut as a tight-rope behind the half-launched ship. parting the Thames with a vast. He tries to roll out of the way.and then the ship’s away. 2/2/09 52. pulling him backwards across the runners..Holmes charges into Dredger again. half expecting to find himself in the after-life.once. Watson arrives. but he doesn’t know why..SHERLOCK HOLMES . A beat where the whole business hangs in limbo and. And they find: (CONTINUED) .
No blood or trace. The big man is gone. Holmes looks up and sees Watson staring at him. shaking his head. Watson shakes the notebook in Holmes’ face. LONDON JAIL . A giant holding cell where every shade and aspect of Victorian villainy is corralled.... 67 INT. WATSON I’ve used the time to review my notes on our exploits of the last seven months.66A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Watson sits next to him. officers swarm the scene. I clearly deserve it.. the ship adrift.MORNING The next morning. HOLMES (theatrically indignant) You’re not implying that I am responsible for our current situation are you. man. 66A Nothing. bloodshot eyes.. He’s reading his notebook. deep burn. I deserve this. exhausted. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 53. The police whistles get louder. Holmes and Watson. Now of course I’m in jail. making the odd change here and there. and. WATSON I haven’t slept all night. 67 (CONTINUED) .. They see the wreckage. 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. Holmes tries to wiggle his fingers which causes him enough pain that he decides to bind them with Irene’s handkerchief. Watson? We were set upon. and I’ve come to the conclusion that I must be suffering from to some profound psychological aberration. it was selfdefense. Holmes wakes up on a bench after a peaceful night’s sleep. Watson looks at his watch and does a slow.Rev.
Holmes checks him and drops Brownlee without missing a beat. your mess. Watson snaps at the man.. Brownlee.Rev. (CONTINUED) ... BIG MAN (O.S. 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. I never complain about your violin playing at three in the morning. Now. your lack of hygiene. your stealing my clothes. Mr. Watson challenges him with a look...) Remember me. I never complain. The fifteenth most dangerous man in London. WATSON I’m not complaining.. HOLMES Ah. a little nitrate of silver and the warts will be gone in two weeks. HOLMES The first time WAS an accident. your setting our home on fire! HOLMES That was an accident.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 54.. 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. if you’ll excuse us! Brownlee takes a swing at Watson.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Who could forget that face? I told you.
I would be going with my future wife -HOLMES Certainly. Not you. completely irritated at Holmes’ lack of understanding. Why would I not be invited to my own brother’s country home? (CONTINUED) . My brother Mycroft has a small estate near Chichester. I completely understand now. HOLMES Gladstone’s my dog as well. Watson. Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 54A. HOLMES Watson. Watson now turns away. You’re overtired and feeling a bit sensitive. You’re not -Me and her.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . in the interest of science. 67 WATSON (to Holmes) Nor am I complaining about the fact that you terrorize my patients and perform outlandish experiments on my dog. Let’s get Gladstone out of the house as well. HOLMES Invited? Now you’re not making any sense. Watson shakes his head in disbelief. We could throw a lamb on the spit. It has marvelous grounds and a beautiful folly. WATSON If I were going to the country. It’s WATSON What I do take issue with is your ruthless campaign to sabotage my relationship with Mary. We should have her along.Rev. WATSON No. You and I could go out to the countryside. HOLMES What you need is a rest.
.. heads off with Watson. But the Guard shakes his head. And he does --. LONDON JAIL . flanked by prison wardens. He must make a decision. Holmes looks confused. then locks eyes with Mary. Watson stands for a beat between Holmes and Mary. PRISON GUARD As he slides open the bars. The bars slide shut. 67 WATSON You’re not human. He touches his own heart. He steps Watson steps up. do you? You are this. bars. turns. Just Watson. Holmes watches him walk out.. John Watson? They hear a BILLYCLUB hit the PRISON GUARD You made bail. they see. (CONTINUED) . 68 He’s never looked more alone. 68 INT. You don’t get it. (touches his own head) . MARY emerges from behind the Guard. forward.Rev.CORRIDOR Lestrade heads toward the holding room.... She gives him a polite nod. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 54B.67 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The mob surrounds Holmes. without this.he leaves.
They just paid a small fortune to bail you out. LESTRADE We don’t have time.68 SHERLOCK HOLMES . door open. strange carriage waiting. an excellent policeman.. 69 EXT. LESTRADE You know. 68 As the door is opened. HOLMES And you. 70 71 OMITTED INT. 70 71 (CONTINUED) . Lestrade holds out a copy of the newspaper. HOLMES All in good time. the thug blasts out backwards.DAY Holmes and Lestrade march along. Holmes sees a dark.Rev.your usual impeccable timing. sir. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 55. in another life. LONDON JAIL . having just been battered through it by Holmes. I’ve an office full of policemen hanging crosses over their desks.. A public that’s working itself into a frenzy. HOLMES Lestrade -. The headline reads: “BLACKWOOD LIVES AND THE DEVIL WALKS WITH HIM! MURDERER RESURRECTED!” LESTRADE Tell me you have answers. Who’s this? HOLMES 69 LESTRADE Try to behave yourself. An ANONYMOUS MAN sits in the other seat. you’d have made an excellent criminal. CARRIAGE Holmes enters.
the only bakers to use a certain French glaze on their loaves. He holds a black hood. He’s in a grand office where a man in his late 60s. Holmes takes in the scene. eyes flicking around the room. Holmes shrugs.that took every ounce of my notinconsiderable experience and skill. a bump over the Fleet conduit -need I go on? Somewhat stunned.Rev. 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 carriage forked left. 72 (CONTINUED) . Holmes. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS The hood is pulled off. Who you realy are is another matter entirely.I was. That would be your official title. apologies for summoning you like this. SIR THOMAS. and who I am. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56. HOLMES As to where I am -. SIR THOMAS Mr.but Holmes is on a roll. rises from a pile of papers. CUT TO BLACK. FADE IN: 72 INT. HOLMES As to who you are -. lost for a moment between Charing Cross and Holborn. Sir Thomas shakes his head.71 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Lord Chief Justice. After that. then right. admittedly. Sir Thomas is not in the mood for this -... But I was saved by the bread shop on Saffron Hill. I’m sure it’s quite a mystery as to where you are.
Standish is an American in his sixties.Rev. well. ambitious man in his 30s. you’re also the secret head of the Temple of the Four Orders -in whose headquarters we now stand.S. on the northwest corner of St.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . STANDISH (O. what a massive lack of judgement on their part. it’s standard procedure. Holmes turns to see JOHN STANDISH and LORD COWARD standing behind him. (beat) And as to the mystery -. 72 HOLMES Judging by the sacred Ox on your ring. I suppose. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 56A.) I think we have the right man. (CONTINUED) . James Square. Holmes shakes his head. SIR THOMAS Yes. Coward is a hard.the mystery is why you bothered to blindfold me in the first place.
barely -. fear of your own child. STANDISH We know you’re are a rationalist.a rare dark green. or practical magic. HOLMES Fear is the more infectious condition. sees FLAGS on the walls with ancient symbols. HOLMES They’re almost interesting.but our secret systems have steered the world towards the greater good for centuries. LORD COWARD What some call the dark arts. variations of the SPHINX. with diamondshaped hazel flecks -(MORE) (CONTINUED) . Holmes acknowledges them -. (at Sir Thomas) In this case. Holmes looks around the room. the Home Secretary. He SIR THOMAS Be as skeptical as you like -.practices of our Order? Yes. HOLMES Blackwood is your son. The danger is that they can also be exploited for more nefarious purposes. 72 SIR THOMAS Sherlock Holmes. LORD COWARD I suppose you already have some notion as to the -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 57.Rev.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES .as they enter. isn’t impressed by rank. Ambassador Standish from America and Lord Coward. yes? You have the same colored irises -. That shocks them rigid. We don’t ask you to share our faith. only our fears.
Though not enough to survive giving birth to him... and we want to keep it that way. She was a powerful practitioner. His mother wasn’t my wife. SIR THOMAS Very few people are privy to that information. father and son. from his birth to arms he made and sold. What family he had tended to.Rev.plus identical outer ears. but she shared our beliefs. I didn’t have the courage either to take him in or to -(CONTINUED) . Holmes is appalled and shows it. Sir Thomas opens a bureau. They turn back to Holmes. digs for something. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (CONT'D) (pointing at Sir Thomas’ ear) -. the men consult silently.looks on. A TENYEAR-OLD BOY -.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Sir Thomas seems especially shaken. which would make you either brothers.young Lord Blackwood -. 72 Stunned. but we all knew -Sir Thomas hands Holmes a TINTYPE. A photograph from the 1860s. It’s chilling: a death scene. HOLMES SIR THOMAS Death followed him wherever he went. not survive. It was before we fully understood the powers we were dealing with. SIR THOMAS He was conceived during one of our rituals. a BODY covered by a sheet. which only pass down through the direct bloodline. A man who’s just fallen out a window. SIR THOMAS We were young. or pinna. or. 58. more likely. come to some sort of conclusion. SIR THOMAS The boy was a curse. No one could prove anything of course. Evidently.
HOLMES I have one last question. 73 OMITTED 73 . As Home Secretary. What he does next will be far more dangerous -SIR THOMAS -. leaves. why are you still alive? Holmes tosses the tintype onto a table. The present and future are worse. We need you to find him and stop him before he does.stops at the door. I have considerable influence over the police. His resurrection is evidence of that. but not for you. HOLMES One of the great benefits of my work is that I can pick and choose my clients. (beat) Name your price. Sir Thomas. HOLMES If the rest of his family’s dead. turns. 72 STANDISH All this is history. LORD COWARD We’ll give you any assistance we can.Rev. I’ll get him. LORD COWARD His power grows daily and exponentially. but it’s not enough. Holmes looks at Coward with scathing disdain. What is it? SIR THOMAS Holmes holds up the tintype. fixes Sir Thomas with a very bleak gaze.he’s going to raise a force that will alter the very course of our world.72 SHERLOCK HOLMES . SIR THOMAS We’ve done our best to stop him ourselves. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 59. Holmes stalks out -.
and scoots up the steps of the massive hotel that’s bustling with people. PULL BACK TO REVEAL Holmes watching her from a shadowy corner. (CONTINUED) . That’s better. She pulls long thin needles from her hair.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 74 EXT. Sherlock. IRENE So why don’t you come over here and help me instead. 74 75 INT. OR ALT: IRENE To watch a lady undress without her permission is a criminal offense. They both eye the Derringer on the table. IRENE’S HOTEL ROOM . the least you can do is help me with the buttons. She pauses glancing briefly around the room before sitting at a mirrored dressing table. He looks on silently until: IRENE If you’re going to watch me take my clothes off. a Derringer from her waistband (which she puts down next to the wine glass). Then she begins removing an impressive assortment of WEAPONS hidden on her person: she pulls a stiletto from her garter. Sherlock. Holmes approaches her somewhat tentatively and reaches for the top button on the back of her dress....DAY Irene enters wearing a stunning evening dress.Rev. THE GRAND HOTEL Holmes comes out of a carriage. IRENE 75 HOLMES You can stop looking for Reardon. lets her hair down. As she continues. IRENE I knew I could count on you. There’s a decanter on the table next to her from which she pours herself a glass of wine.. 2/2/09 60. and could get you into a lot of trouble.
S. IRENE (O. We’re not. but I spotted chalk on his lapel. Your services are no longer required. (CONTINUED) . She moves back to the dressing table. refusing to get turned on. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 61. HOLMES But I've never known a professor to carry a gun. I couldn’t see his face. HOLMES Irene steps out. your gaze was averted. IRENE Wonderful. The huge DIAMOND still around her neck.Rev. Unfairly gorgeous. Your hand was trembling. 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. Holmes steps out to confront Irene.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . IRENE That’s nobody’s business but my own. Case closed then. Holmes won’t look at her. IRENE (behind screen) The eye patch was a nice touch. Unbuttoning done. HOLMES Tell me who you’re working for and what he’s after. now wearing an array of Victorian undergarments. A professor perhaps? Irene gets up. Irene is momentarily taken aback then recovers. walks behind a DRESSING SCREEN. 75 HOLMES He was buried in Blackwood’s tomb. and on such a clever contraption.) Let’s not argue.
HOLMES So what’s it to be? IRENE Do we really have to decide now? Irene reaches for the wine. not only is it my business.Rev. You Holmes notices her Derringer on the table next to the wine bottle. Holmes grabs her arm. They will certainly consider your reticence to be an obstruction of justice. becoming something else. Holmes snatches away the smoking Derringer. Irene. The kiss leads them to the bed. Which in relation to a crime of this magnitude would certainly mean prison time. and the one that disarms Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 61A. missing his toe. hard and angry at first. Another of the weapons in her arsenal. should really try some. we are arguing. HOLMES IRENE You see. Irene snatches up her gun. Irene kisses him. it’s the business of Scotland Yard and the highest levels of the British government. IRENE This wine is excellent. Holmes gets closer and closer to Irene as he presses his case vehemently. BANG! A BULLET tears into his shoe. 75 I disagree. (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.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES You’re in over your head this time.
Rev. IRENE This is the only way it could ever work between us. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 62. Irene walks casually across the room. IRENE Irene has handcuffed him to the bed frame. While he struggles on the bed.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She’s in charge now.one in shackles. now dressed as a man. She gets off him. CLICK! Much better. straddles him. not you at this exact moment -- (CONTINUED) .well. IRENE I’ve NEVER been in over my head. She approaches. And on my own terms. IRENE But free. HOLMES How can you live like this -always a fugitive. Sherlock -. She starts putting on MAN’S CLOTHING. CLICK! Holmes’ eyes flare with surprise. IRENE He doesn’t resist. the other with the key. Just like you -. Irene pulls him down to it. 75 That’s better.
Irene takes the scarf off his neck. as she leaves: IRENE Where’s Watson when you need him? 75A 76 OMITTED INT. O’Neil didn’t have time to check out.Rev. IRENE -. will you? 75A 76 (CONTINUED) . throws the handcuff keys down there. stands there waiting for him. please let them know that Mr. PERIGRINE. Holmes has no retort. sir. She picks up TWO SUITCASES waiting for her at the door (NEW PROP!) and. IRENE If anyone asks. moves to the doorway. His butler. SIR THOMAS No thank you.but generally speaking. Some figs and honey with a nice glass of port? I’ve prepared a tray. 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. (as he heads upstairs) You won’t let those figs go to waste. he looks tired.NIGHT Sir Thomas enters the hall from outside. 75 She pulls at the front of his trousers. I’m going to bed.75 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 63. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . Perigrine. PERIGRINE Good evening. (beat) I hope you don’t mind settling the bill.
INT. sir. Not all the way. 76 PERIGRINE Nor the port. licking his lips. drip. drip. (CONTINUED) . as he hears an eerie WHISPER O. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Sir Thomas sinks into his bath. Can’t. The silence is broken all of a sudden when the tap is magically turned on.Rev. Sir Thomas opens his eyes in panic. like the rushing of wind. Sir Thomas is overcome with panic. drip. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 63A.. Thomas smiles.S.76 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 77 The CAMERA SLOWLY TRACKS IN. goes up. 77 Perigrine heads for the kitchen. Relaxing. tries to sit up.
S. lit in a sinister fashion. but might I borrow your hand? 78A INT.. 78 INT. HOLMES Don’t take this the wrong way. then grim recognition sets in.Rev. I must admit. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 64. 77 BLACKWOOD (O.. BLACKWOOD You can’t fight it.DAY Carrying an armful of laundry. Father. still handcuffed to the bed. THE GRAND HOTEL . The water closes over his face.) Hello. He looks down at himself and reacts with shock. as Blackwood steps closer and takes the sacred RING from his rigid finger. (MORE) (CONTINUED) 78 78A .. slowly.... slowly and surely. It comes from a power greater than yours. and opposite CONSTABLE CLARK. to be confronted by the snoring form of Holmes.. POLICE CARRIAGE Holmes sits beside a COP. who watches him drown.77 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Thomas blinks and sees that BLACKWOOD now sits in the corner of the bathroom. the muscles stand out in his neck as he fights paralysis.CORRIDOR . BLACKWOOD . Besides. it’s better than I thought it would be. a MAID slips a pass-key into a lock and opens the door. Her shriek wakes him. she misinterpreted my intention entirely.. Sir Thomas’ eyes widen. HOLMES Chambermaids were once such a liberal breed. BLACKWOOD I’ve been imagining this moment for a long time. Sir Thomas stares up at Blackwood. . The water flows over Sir Thomas. He slides back down... Clothes in total disarray. You can only surrender.
The coach stops. 78A He looks out the carriage window and sees signs of a spiritualist gathering. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: HOLMES (CONT'D) This is why I find this modern religious fervor so troubling. HOLMES Faith runs riot over reason. it’s a good thing she was offended or we’d never have found you. why he exists.so that Const. CONSTABLE CLARK Well. Right now. where a POLICE OFFICER stands over the tub and Sir Thomas’ body (covered with a blanket). in full virtuoso detective mode. Holmes is satisfied by what he sees or finds. there is no latitude for misunderstanding. looking for Holmes.Rev. Holmes swivels away -CONSTABLE CLARK We’ve checked everything. (CONTINUED) 78B 78C . Clark ends up talking to thin air. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM Holmes is briefed by Constable Clark as they enter.DAY Holmes steps out of the coach. The body was in the tub. 65.only his ring was missing. in fact. No sign of a break-in. continues into the bathroom. The tub has been drained. right here is where Holmes is at his very best -.78A SHERLOCK HOLMES . The kind of crime scene violation that Holmes cannot get them to stop doing. and is escorted inside by Constable Clark.this is. CONSTABLE CLARK (realizing Holmes isn’t there) -. SIR THOMAS’ HOUSE . finds him right back at the doorway. 78C INT. The inspector’s been over to Baker Street himself this morning. eyes wide open --. 78B EXT. As Constable Clark continues in. puzzled. He turns. The Butler didn’t hear anything.
. What is that? HOLMES POLICE OFFICER (smelling) Uhhhh. This may mean he gets on his belly for a floor’seye-view. you could check the ground under the rear windows for any footprints not your own. Both cops hesitate -. HOLMES (incensed) Crime is common. Holmes swivels. I suspect this comes from a larger cannister. logic is rare. 78C HOLMES Why did you drain the water? POLICE OFFICER Out of common decency. data. data! I cannot make bricks without clay! The cops hurry away. not provide comfort to the corpse. HOLMES Data. sees the chair where Blackwood was perched. Now Holmes can really get down to work. leans over. Sometimes he hums or sings to himself. HOLMES Holmes thrusts the open jar under the Officer’s nose. scoops it up. Constable. Neither the officer nor Clark have a response. it may mean he looks down from a window sill. opens it. Hmm. Holmes is happy. jasmine? HOLMES Superb.Holmes is not their boss. It’ll either be in the pantry... or in a linen closet with a vent. He glances around the room.. And. (CONTINUED) . high up where it’s warm and dry. sniffs it.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . The decent thing to do is catch the killer. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 65A. sees a JAR OF BATH SALTS on the table next to the chair Blackwood sat in. sits in it himself.Rev.
grabs a handful of TALCUM POWDER and tosses the powder against the wall. 78C His eyes keep moving. He steps toward it. The dust has a line down it. Holmes steps to the sink. as if the wall cracked open. runs his hand along a layer of dust.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 65B. revealing: (CONTINUED) . noticing something on a wall.Rev.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 66. On the altar. He is well into packing his things. SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM Holmes finds a desk with a prayer table. SIR THOMAS’ BATHROOM -. opening to reveal a SECRET ROOM. CANNISTER OF JASMINE BATH SALTS. and the wall shifts. Holmes pockets the altar items and a couple pieces of paper. and ancient texts. the Officer proudly hugging a 5 LB.HOLMES’ APARTMENTS .Rev. (vis Excellent 79 80 OMITTED INT. They are startled by the secret room --. a large sharp FANG. and a FEATHER. Holmes springs to his feet and walks out. a cow’s BONE. 78C FINGERPRINTS on one of the panels. 221 BAKER ST. spellbooks. The office is full of boxes. the walls and shelves are very sparse.they are even more startled by the sight of Holmes kneeling at the altar and singing to himself. (vis I have no that.DAY Holmes walks up the stairs and finds Watson’s office door open. He pushes the panel. 79 80 * * * * 78F 78D 78E (CONTINUED) . He steps toward -An ALTAR below the image of the Sphinx. Clark and the Officer return. . just as -78F INT.Const. Maybe he continues singing between words. one book open to a picture of Alexander the Great at the Sphinx. HOLMES the secret room) idea what to make of the bath salts) work. four strange objects: a strand of human HAIR. Holmes enters -78D 78E OMITTED INT. As soon as they arrive.78C SHERLOCK HOLMES .
80 HOLMES Don’t forget the wallpaper. Holmes steps aside. WATSON There isn’t any. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES Figure of speech. heavy bag and unceremoniously dump it on Watson’s desktop. Holmes steps into the room. WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Bring him in. boys. They unzip the bag. revealing the dead body of the thug from Reordon’s lodging.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 66A.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES Since this room is no longer in use. do you mind if I employ it? Be my guest. Two/three policemen enter carrying a large.
Rev. Holmes analyzes the body. WATSON HOLMES No. he’s your friend from Reordon’s. Watson keeps packing. (alt: He has more humor than you. Watson snatches them back as quickly as Holmes takes them out. He’s an inspiring conversationalist. He didn’t survive Dredger landing on him. Poor fellow. with the outer elbows and forearms of his coat. Holmes grabs various instruments and other items from Watson’s newly-packed boxes. But there is some consolation in the knowledge that he can still be of service to his fellow men. starting. * * * (CONTINUED) .) Really. Frustrated. 80 Who was he? WATSON * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES My new roommate. of all places.80 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 67.
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HOLMES Elbows and arms stained with blood, but older than his own injuries. Plenty of it, layer on layer... Holmes scrapes at the layers of blood with his knife, examines it. HOLMES Though none of it human. Watson slows down slightly. He keeps packing, trying to resist the mystery, but it’s not easy. HOLMES A butcher perhaps...? What else?
Holmes cuts a lock of the man’s hair, ignites it, studies the color of the flame carefully. Watson wrinkles his nose at the smell. HOLMES Hm -- predominantly yellow flame, but with distinct green bursts. Sulfurous. He spent lots of time around industrial work and very little around a wash basin. Holmes uses a curved nail file to scrape dirt from under the man’s fingernails, rubs the evidence between his fingers like a connoisseur. HOLMES Coal... river silt... Watson slows down further, struggling. HOLMES That plus the river silt and industrial slag on his trousers puts him squarely in... A hanging beat. And Watson finally cracks, blurting out: WATSON
HOLMES Well done. Now, you didn’t happen to pack the Lord’s Register of members’ interests, did you? Watson pulls it out of a box.
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HOLMES See what Blackwood admits to owning. As Watson flips through it, Holmes plucks a few chords on his violin, thinking. Watson finds the page. WATSON It’s endless, he’s had a hand in just about everything that’s not good for you.
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HOLMES Something brutal by the river... WATSON Woolwich Arsenal... Limehouse Chemical... Queenshithe Slaughterhouse, Nine Elms! HOLMES That’s it, Watson! This should lead us right to Blackwood. Holmes leaps up and readies himself to leave. Not us, you. This gives Holmes pause. HOLMES Right. Well uh... best of luck with everything, then. Same to you. WATSON WATSON * * * * * * *
A brief nod, then Holmes is gone. A beat as Watson continues packing. He heaves a box up, moves for his suitcase. After a moment, he notices... Holmes’ PISTOL. Not again. WATSON * *
He picks it up. As he contemplates the weapon, he becomes more serious. Then angry. He mouths a curse to himself, and sees their DOG giving him a disapproving look. WATSON Yes, I know. Don’t give me that look, Gladstone. He pockets the gun, grabs his jacket and heads out. 81-82 82A OMITTED EXT. COURTYARD - NIGHT A figure moves across the dark, Gothic courtyard. It is AMBASSADOR STANDISH. As he cuts through the shadows...
we see the rain stops behind him. BLACKWOOD I am humbled. surprised by the rain. industry -they were given to me for a purpose. and come back more powerful than ever. STANDISH Are you mad.) Of course he does. It’s why he’s here. I am honored. STANDISH What’s the meaning of this? did you call us here? Why 83 82B LORD COWARD Sir Thomas is dead. betrayed.COUNCIL CHAMBER A five-sided room. as the rain comes harder. turns to the others -. He raises his collar. A few dozen venerable-looking characters arrange themselves in seats. I nominate Lord Blackwood as head of the Order. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS . (beat) My powers and my assets -munitions. It is locked. Blackwood enters. He looks up. A RAVEN flaps into the night. 82B INT. As he enters.all except STANDISH.S. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 70. He looks as if he’s been to hell. He bangs on the door. The door finally opens. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . 82A A few DROPS OF RAIN trickle down. Coward? Have you any idea what he’s capable of? BLACKWOOD (O. gone as fast as it came. trying to dry himself.Rev. wiping the raindrops off his coat. Standish looks at Coward. Lord Coward stands next to a central throne.who are transfixed by the sight of Blackwood suddenly kneeling before them. He hits the door to a building. shipping. He stays standing as they all sit -. Effective immediately. The crowd is stunned. and keeps moving.82A SHERLOCK HOLMES . as he enters -83 INT. TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS .NIGHT Standish comes up the stairs.
. (beat) Are you with me? STANDISH No.. (beat) . Across the Atlantic lies a colony that was once ours.even death holds no sway. we will take the first step towards a new chapter in history.Rev.. (CONTINUED) . and will be again. Blackwood smiles -.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES . a future ruled by us. for without death there can be no rebirth.he’s won. (beat) With their resources and our power. Now. A different future. you’ll make it openly. Then. we are not! (turning to the others) The powers he’s playing with are beyond any man’s control. (beat) England will know our power. Nobody moves. BLACKWOOD You’ve made policy in secret for centuries. their government is as corrupt and ineffective as ours. prowls.. STANDISH Help me stop him before it’s too late. we’ll remake the world. BLACKWOOD The first act is a necessary one.. BLACKWOOD They’re limitless -. The men are beginning to like what they hear. sir. Blackwood stands. 83 BLACKWOOD (CONT’D) A magnificent and simple purpose. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 71. we’ll create the future. at noon tomorrow. Their civil war weakened them. We’ll take it from them.. the whole world will.
But as he aims it -. People scream. surveys them. shocked. Horses and carriages SCREECH to a stop. LONDON STREET . TEMPLE OF FOUR ORDERS HEADQUARTERS Blackwood turns away from the window. The flames flicker blinding white. and -WHOOMPF! Standish lands on the roof of a carriage. melting away. terrified. Standish flails. gasp. crashing through a window out to -83A EXT. Flames consuming him. Standish pulls a gun. 83 In desperation. People look up. cross themselves. as they witness this unnatural act. 83B INT.NIGHT The fireball plummets through the sky. are terrified. combusting with an impossible BLAST OF BLINDING HOT FLAMES! The men in the room reel backwards. but they are with him. as his body contorts. lighting city blocks. gape. They 83B 83A (CONTINUED) . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 71A. faint.he IGNITES.Rev. at Blackwood BLACKWOOD I wouldn’t do that.83 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
The members line up to drink from a CHALICE. It doesn’t taste good. BLACKWOOD Come.Rev. Coward produces a brimming silver chalice. nods.83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . As they drink. drink your allegiance here. 83B Blackwood turns to Coward. but it tastes like power. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 72. Blackwood leans close to Coward: (CONTINUED) .
doctor? Army type. (CONTINUED) . Watson glares. He whispers at Tanner.Rev. nothing to worry about. Tanner whispers: TANNER That’s as far as we can go.ESTABLISHING .83B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes’ head is just visible before he drops over the prow. Slowly a decrepit and eccentric little steam launch chugs INTO VIEW. He’s soaked. EXT. 84 WATSON There must be fifty yards of mud out there. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 73. Captain Tanner? Captain Tanner has few teeth and a large white beard. TANNER Just a little leak. He sees a jetty with a few shadows shifting on it. and furious. Watson’s pissed. Holmes scans the banks with a telescope. 84 Use them.NIGHT An industrial area on a bend of the Thames. are you.CAPTAIN TANNER. Work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . TANNER Not a great one for the water. We PULL BACK FROM the scene and look ACROSS the water. Wharves stretch out into the water. aren’t you? You wouldn’t have lasted long in the Navy. Coward nods. Holmes is on the deck along with a much older man in a sailor’s hat -. WE SEE a boat is being loaded. Just above the thump of industry we can hear a distinctive and irregular CHUGGING sound. Watson is busy with a bucket clearing the boat of a very serious leak. 83B BLACKWOOD You control the police. Holmes starts clambering over the side. HOLMES Everything all right. The engine shudders off. the boat drifts.
Rev. the closest he’ll come to a confession. HOLMES What are you doing with my gun? Oh. with his walking stick. Tanner nods. says nothing. He lays down his wallet and looks at Tanner. Holmes doesn’t seem bothered. Holmes looks back at Watson. etc. (CONTINUED) . Watson carefully leaves his valued possessions behind. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 74. Send for the police when you get there. please. Holmes and Watson scuttle forward. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Holmes and Watson emerge out of the shallows. Watson pulls out Holmes’ GUN. takes the gun. goes over the side. Watson steps forward. 85 86 OMITTED EXT. They look up and see a jetty that heads out into the river. watch. WATSON Come on. Two shadowy THUGS guard the dock. covered in mud. WATSON 85 86 HOLMES It was an honest mistake -WATSON There was nothing honest about it. where two more THUGS patrol. while more THUGS are loading the boat with something. 84 HOLMES Pull in at Vauxhall. towards the entrance. A soft “splosh” as Holmes disappears. Watson does. doctor. let’s get this over with.84 SHERLOCK HOLMES . TANNER (taking the piss) I am sure you do. Watson glares. WATSON I know precisely how much money is in there.
89 87 88 Holmes looks up.S. He slows. some kind of dark spore. like a plaintive wail. Holmes.ANTECHAMBER Shadows on shadows. trying to figure out the best strategy. Holmes whispers. WATSON (O. not minutes ago. Holmes and Watson move through it. He picks one up. As they go. 86 They look out at the thugs guarding the door. notices that both men have hip flasks. And he enters -87 88 OMITTED INT. passing Watson into -89 INT. stopped in his tracks.. 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.Rev. Watson? Watson has already left. Metal groans softly. spooked. The twisted blades of slaughterhouse instruments glimmer in the darkness. He runs his finger through a layer of dust. Quiet: HOLMES They cleared something out of here. takes a whiff.TUNNEL Holmes walks towards Watson who stands in the doorway. He inspects it. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 75.whether for courage or from habit. and pockets it as he follows Watson. might prove easily distracted. HOLMES The one on the left seems more attentive. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE .) You need to see this. Holmes follows. inspecting it. and sees Watson standing at a set of doors. Holmes notices rows of empty tables. Holmes slows. He turns.. sensing something behind him. looks at shadows. picks up one of the dead rats. A few RATS lay dead. (CONTINUED) . The big one’s been drinking -. Nothing.. Holmes catches up. A truly creepy scene.. sees something on its skin. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE .86 SHERLOCK HOLMES .
2/2/09 CONTINUED: 76. the world as you know it ends. Holmes and Watson react: this is the first time they’ve seen him in the flesh. gliding on a track. BLACKWOOD I cautioned you to accept that this is beyond your control. Revelation 1:18.S. stepping into -90 INT.89 SHERLOCK HOLMES . time? WATSON It’s a date. his voice echoes. Huge hooks hang from chain belts on an Ibeam. An automated butchery on a grand scale. draws a bead on Blackwood. On the high walls. slipping it into his pocket. ticking. BLACKWOOD I want you to bear witness. pulls the trigger. 89 Holmes pulls out a CIGAR-CUTTER. Misfire. CLIPS off the rat’s TAIL. At noon tomorrow. The hooks in the ceiling are shivering softly. the ceiling.FACTORY FLOOR A massive space with a maze of machinery full of deadly gears and blades and saws. Holmes tightens. as he joins Watson. his eyes narrow. strangely. This is the killing floor. whispering in the wind.’ Holmes and Watson follow the voice to see: BLACKWOOD in the rafters. Blackwood continues. and was dead. swaying softly. HOLMES It’s chapter and verse. 90 Holmes shakes his head. I am alive forevermore. and have the keys of hell and of death. Watson pulls his gun.) ‘And behold. Amen. Click. (CONTINUED) .Rev. Shadows hang heavy around him. echoing from above: BLACKWOOD (O. lifeless and silent for now. QUEENSHITHE SLAUGHTERHOUSE . a 118. ‘I am He that liveth. as the hooks move through the air. a huge number has been scrawled: One-eighteen.’ Another voice completes the passage. Now you see the truth for yourself.
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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
Whew! Watson looks at them with relief -. Irene swings aside.and Watson catches her feet. Irene rides the belt upwards. equipment. still shackled by her right hand. scalded pig carcass precedes them. Then both of them see that Watson has reached the SWITCH. but significantlooking SWITCH on the wall. catches up to Irene --. leaves her for Holmes to deal with. grabs one. Shit a brick. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 80. following her. He braces himself on the belt. NEW PROP!) Watson helps Irene back onto the conveyor belt. swings the meat cleaver at the lock shackling Irene’s left hand. As Watson holds Irene. Holmes darts through a trimming station. So is Sherlock. painted red.Rev. (PLEASE NOTE. just misses it. Holmes wastes no time. but that’s all.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. The bandsaw whines viciously. sprints for the switch. (CONTINUED) . Sparks fly as metal kisses metal. the scorched.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . she’s showing nerves. swings the cleaver with all his might --. Holmes clambers the Up ahead. Irene swings sideways violently. pulls her horizontal. facing the other way just in time to avoid the gush of boiling water. he spots a small. Sherlock? IRENE Now. jumps onto the belt.just as they both see the pig carcass CUT IN HALF LENGTHWAYS BY A GIANT BANDSAW.smashes the shackle lock. She’s still shackled.close one -. 90A -. with CLEAVERS HANGING FROM CHAINS.
Irene gives Holmes a sweet. gets up. She looks at Holmes. grabs her. (MORE) Holmes (CONTINUED) .pulls a knife. turns.Rev. They plummet downwards OUT OF FRAME. Finally. magical. their eyes locking. falls forward. And. (angry) No more games. looks down --. She hears Watson opening the door to the dock. lifting her high so that she can free her right hand (a move not possible with both shackles).90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . Lately there’ve been rumors of something new. 90A Gets a free haircut. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 80A. taking Holmes with her. HOLMES You owe me information. I owe you. Irene. heads for the door. They’re okay. Watson sprints towards where they fell. boiled. My job is to find out if the rumors are true. grateful smile -IRENE Thank you so much. Irene unhooks herself. stops her.sees them lying on a carpet of scorched.. Then Holmes is under her. looking for Blackwood. the truth: IRENE Blackwood’s manufactured largescale weapons for years. Watson shakes his head. cutin-half pig carcasses. -. More powerful than anything else. heads after Watson..
processing. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) IRENE (CONT'D) (beat) I would say they are. WATSON Time slows. BOOM! A metallic conductor SPARKS. running toward the door. he turns realizing he has set off a trap and turns back to warn the others -Holmes. occasionally knocking him to the ground. 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. He sees: Blackwood and the boat are disappearing into the darkness. looking around the dock. Holmes slows. seeing something on the planks: Steel drums are dripping. but to safety. The drums of chemicals all EXPLODE! A blinding conflagration engulfing Watson. Holmes recognizes 91 HOLMES Watson continues down the dock. He reaches Irene. it lights up all of London. As he opens his eyes -(CONTINUED) .Rev.90A SHERLOCK HOLMES . tripping a wire connected to the steel drums. Holmes races towards her as more explosions.. Holmes and Irene run out of the doors following Watson. For a moment. Watson! A chemical. it. NINE ELMS JETTY Watson runs out of doors and towards the end of the dock. 90A And she’s off. They blast through the doors to -91 EXT.. 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. BOOM! Irene is by the blasts and flying debris. Holmes trails her. 81.
Holmes cracks Constable Clark in the sweet spot. she sees a white-coated DOCTOR.91 SHERLOCK HOLMES . helps him gently to his knees. reaches for the handle.Rev. HOLMES From Lord Coward? CONSTABLE CLARK Yes. HOSPITAL . Clarky. CONSTABLE CLARK There’s an order for your arrest all the way from the top. sir -so you’ll have to hit me now.is intercepted by Constable Clark. Mary arrives at the windowed door of a private room. so make it look good. One reads the paper. makes his escape fast. Holmes turns back to look at the explosion. but --. The two coppers nod respectfully. there is a smear on her cheek. 93 INT. The headline: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” Mary returns past them. HOSPITAL ROOM WE SEE a newspaper on the nightstand next to a hospital bed.CORRIDOR Two POLICEMEN half-heartedly guard the end of a corridor. 92 INT. alive. but unconscious. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82. Holmes turns away. having unsuccessfully washed away tear-stained makeup. unsure whether to enter or not. THROUGH THE GLASS. Mary stays at the door. pauses. 91 We see Lestrade and his men swarming the scene. Holmes sees this and heads toward his friend. HOLMES Thank you. Irene has disappeared. studying Watson’s chart. the headline reads: “AMERICAN AMBASSADOR STANDISH BURNED ALIVE!” 93 92 (CONTINUED) . sir. they spot Watson.
(CONTINUED) . He mumbles inaudibly. sweating. 93 Watson is burned. pock-marked with shrapnel. scraped. He’s delirious.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 82A. cut.Rev. his eyes still closed. bruised.
WATSON Are they subcutaneous. and puts him so directly in harm’s -Watson grabs the Doctor’s arm angrily. Watson tries to sit up. DOCTOR There are four pieces of shrapnel. (CONTINUED) .) The doctor injects Watson in the arm. friend is in dire -My DOCTOR Your friend? What kind of friend takes a retired soldier. WATSON Get a mirror. who’s served his country and deserves a peaceful. Doctor.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON What are you administering? DOCTOR Morphia. handbag. Watson tries to sit up again. We must first manage the pain and combat the infection.Rev. I’ll extract them myself. The shot wakes him. Watson looks at his wounded shoulder. This reveals that Mary has entered the room. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 83. private life. The surgeon should be along shortly. or deeper? DOCTOR They’re near the carotid artery. for the pain. already in the room. coat. stands back respectfully. wincing with pain. 93 (NOTE: Mary’s detective novels and magazines. WATSON I haven’t time for that. letting the Doctor do his work. A sixth of a grain. DOCTOR I can’t authorize that. etc.
. The Doctor turns just outside the door. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 83A. to face her. 93 WATSON The best and wisest man I’ve ever known. She’s suddenly very angry. DOCTOR But evidently not wise enough to value your life over his misadventures. Mary steps towards the Doctor. I’ll check in on him again shortly.Rev.. MARY Is that the best you can do? I’m disappointed. both our lives are lost. ON MARY As she takes a closer.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . but not surprised. Excuse me -MARY DOCTOR (leaving) I have other. eyes flashing.. worth many wounds... MARY You have nothing more to say to me? DOCTOR Um. Do you understand that? Can you? -- (CONTINUED) . sharper look at the Doctor. WATSON (succumbing to the morphine) It was worth a wound. The Doctor has no words. Do you really? MARY Doctor.. patients. MARY If anything happens to him.
or are you so selfish that’s just not possible.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 83B. 93 The Doctor can’t face her anger any longer. MARY -. turns.93 SHERLOCK HOLMES . leaves fast. .
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94 .CORRIDOR The doctor strides down the corridor past the policemen. 2/2/09 84A.SHERLOCK HOLMES . 94 INT. HOSPITAL .Rev.
obscuring him --. 94A EXT. He brushes them away then looks at his wet hand.but not obscuring the light of instability in his eyes. feather. The eagle feather to his right (at 3 o’clock). cuts his thumb and allows the drops of blood to drip onto the ground just outside the circle.the Doctor from the hospital is slumped down against the wall. There is something grotesque about his face. The human hair behind him (at 6 o’clock) and the Lion’s fang to his left (at 9 o’clock). disturbed. They begin to overflow with tears. He then draws lines which join the circles together in the shape of a cross. pained.NIGHT ESTABLISHING SHOT of London. so that we CAN SEE that the Doctor is actually Holmes. Gathering himself. opens the blade. (CONTINUED) . 94A 94B-94E OMITTED 95 INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES . Parts of it hang down. fang) from Sir Thomas’ house. 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. Emotions swirling. Holmes stands in the middle of the bare room and starts to lay out the clues he has on the floor. LONDON . He lights four candles (one at each point of the cross) then stands in the center of the circle. 2/2/09 85. We PUSH IN ALL THE WAY. 94B-94E 95 He pulls out a newspaper with the story of Standish’s death. Then he pours a ring of salt around that circle. We PUSH IN UNDER the railway arch until we can make out a splash of white in the shadows -. The Ox bone directly in front of him (at 12 o’clock). A train crosses on an overhead railway.Rev. He pulls a pocket knife from his coat. the pages and strange sacrificial offerings (bone. he hasn’t completely removed his disguise. PUNCH BOWL PUB . In the center circle he draws a pentagram (using wax from a burning candle?). possibly the bustle of Fleet Street during the morning rush hour. hair.ATTIC Holmes enters. horrified.
95 Then he begins to chant. The words are eerily reminiscent of Blackwood’s chanting. Holmes sways. Blackwood has appeared behind him within the outer circle of flame.S. you begin to recognize your part in his play.95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 85A. He struggles to focus on Blackwood. fuzzy. BLACKWOOD You see the path he chose for you. (CONTINUED) .Rev. the circle around Holmes ignites.as it hits the ground.) And now it dawns on you. Suddenly one of the drops of blood bursts into flame in mid-air -. Holmes snaps around. followed by a larger circle beyond that. BLACKWOOD (O.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 86. has Blackwood killed Holmes. BLACKWOOD Unless I simply wanted to be caught by the great Sherlock Holmes. It looks as if Holmes has no time to react -WHOOSH -. so I could die on the biggest stage of all. he breathes in air -As he comes to life we see events of the recent past flash through his mind. Blackwood raises a sacrificial sword and swings at Holmes’ head. You made me what I am. Why would I take a sixth under St. he can barely see straight. 95 BLACKWOOD Didn’t you wonder why it was so easy to catch me? I told you I needed five lives for my resurrection. BLACKWOOD . (CONTINUED) 96 97 .95 SHERLOCK HOLMES . We see -HOLMES’ POV as Blackwood swings the sacrificial sword at Holmes’ head. BLACKWOOD’S TOMB.just as we saw Reordon in his coffin.the sword WIPES the FRAME -96 97 OMITTED INT...ATTIC We see a SERIES OF QUICK CUTS.Rev.. PUNCH BOWL PUB .. Holmes’ eyes snap open. Paul’s? Holmes shakes his head. or is he hallucinating. caught in the spell he conjured? CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face covered with earth -.
he breathes in air -THE OPENING CONFRONTATION IN THE CATACOMBS. She leans over him smiling sweetly then wraps her hands around his neck and starts to strangle him. THE OBJECTS IN SIR THOMAS’ SECRET ROOM. THE RAVEN FLAPPING ITS WINGS.just as we saw Standish. CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face engulfed with flames -. CUT TO: HOLMES Writing and sweating on the bed in the attic. THE DEAD RATS. 97 THE STUFF IN REORDON’S ROOM. THE PATTERNS HOLMES HAS DRAWN ON THE FLOOR OF THE PUNCH BOWL. THE SPHINX. Holmes sees a hazy image of Irene. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 87. STANDISH FALLING THROUGH THE AIR CRASHING INTO THE CARRIAGE. Holmes’ eyes snap open.97 SHERLOCK HOLMES . We SEE WATSON turning to warn Holmes before EXPLODING -HOLMES!!!! FADE OUT. . CUT TO: A CLOSEUP OF HOLMES His face submerged in water inside a copper bath tub -just as we saw Sir Thomas. IRENE SAYING “WHERE’S WATSON WHEN YOU NEED HIM?” BLACKWOOD IN THE ROOM AGAIN WITHIN THE FLAME CIRCLE.Rev.
bloody awful. You look He writes something in his notebook. into the light. United in agony. The coffee seems ready so she pours a cup.? Watson leans closer. between them) She brought you here? WATSON Yes. He’s been through it. HOLMES What about the shrapnel in your arm? Watson shows him a piece of shrapnel -WATSON Took it out myself. WATSON Interesting artwork. He is decidedly alive. Holmes’ eyes open and we see: 98 WATSON -. They both smile. oddly. HOLMES (quietly.is sitting in the chair where Blackwood appeared. In the b. (CONTINUED) . cuts and bruises.Rev. They both look back over to Irene who just finished loading her gun.or some deathly version of his old friend -.SHERLOCK HOLMES . HOLMES (confused) Watson.ATTIC The sun is rising. A ghost or a man? He gestures towards the diagram on the floor. His arm is in a sling. FADE IN: 98 INT. PUNCH BOWL PUB .. Irene is at the fire heating some coffee. but with burn flashes. Mary said I had a lousy doctor. -. 2/2/09 87A..then tosses it away.g. it seems she might understand the power of partnership.
Holmes takes a drink of coffee. HOLMES Excellent brew... Irene walks over and hands Holmes the cup. They smile at their unique. I had to get you to pass out to settle down. HOLMES What time is it? WATSON It’s half past nine. 98 HOLMES The fair sex was always your department. Exactly. twisted understanding of one another.Rev.. IRENE I was. but I believe my head requires something a bit stronger to clear the -WATSON I brought you this. You know. HOLMES Thank you..98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 88. I dreamt that you were strangling me. HOLMES (CONTINUED) . Watson.
WATSON There’s a new field in the treatment of abnormal personalities -. IRENE Oh. The fiddler’s owner -. But then he decides that’s absurd. And untreatable. puts one down in front of him.Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 89. IRENE Better a snake than a lap dog.98 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 99 Watson and Irene sit at a table. Could it be poisoned? He wouldn’t put it past her. the SCREECH of a fiddle now comes from upstairs. It appears you’re what’s considered a para-neurotic deviant with anti-social proclivities. sits opposite him with the other. doctor. 99 INT. Irene arrives with two pints.from the pub’s band -.it’s called psychology. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) .is busy getting drunk with the money he has acquired. He takes a sip. I’m simply a woman. PUNCH BOWL PUB Holmes takes it. IRENE No. Quite severe. I poisoned that one. Watson looks from Irene to the pint with open suspicion. WATSON With your own venom no doubt. 98 He hands Holmes his VIOLIN.
2/2/09 CONTINUED: IRENE (CONT'D) Understand that. doctor. He plucks it. but not with a bow. and you’ll have a happy marriage.OX ring.a flash to an Eagle in flight -. then to Standish with his eagle-topped cane. and you’ll have a happy marriage. A beat. Next to the ox bone Holmes writes -. Next to the feather he writes America.I’m what’s called a woman. Staring at the Lion fang as if willing the flashes to come. PUNCH BOWL PUB . 100 INT. he moves to the feather -. He sketches out a lion -he thinks -. He stands up and draws a sphinx in charcoal on the floor. Flash to Reordon’s red hair. HOLMES I need a map of London. And Holmes emerges. 101 100 . he makes strange atonal sounds.ATTIC . (beat) Understand that.ON HOLMES as he plays the violin. Flashes to various images of the sphinx that he’s observed over the course of the investigation. He draws a man’s face. 99 ALTERNATE DIALOGUE: IRENE (alternate dialogue) Not quite. PUNCH BOWL PUB The music stops. 101 INT.BUT no flashes. Next to it he writes a big question mark.Sir Thomas -. They swap a glance. Then he moves to the ox bone -. Irene and Watson notice the silence.a flash of Sir Thomas’ ring with the Ox crest. Where? Who? Holmes returns to his violin.he quickly sketches an eagle. Let me make it simple for you. as he STARES AT THE RITUAL PATTERN he’s laid out on the floor. Then he moves to a Lion fang.99 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Next. He draws an ox in charcoal.Rev. 89A. Then he moves to the hair. Then to an American flag. he strums it. Next to it Holmes writes Man. with a lot fewer words -.
share the belief with the Kings. HOLMES My journey took me somewhat further down the rabbit hole than I had intended. with a few enhancements of my own. the Eagle.. In fact. HOLMES Now that you’re sitting comfortably.. I have done just that.SHERLOCK HOLMES . and Man -(CONTINUED) . To fully understand this system..ATTIC Holmes is excited. IRENE Yes. electric.Rev. When Blackwood invited me to Pentonville prison. he suggested I widen my gaze and. 2/2/09 90. and Emperors of old that the Sphinx was a door to another dimension. to get inside it. HOLMES But I have emerged enlightened. the Lion. HOLMES It is made up of four parts: The Ox. 102 INT. WATSON 102 Watson and Irene shoot Holmes knowing looks. I re-enacted the ceremony we interrupted in the crypt.. at minimum. My initial approach was far too narrow. Pharoahs. your little white tail got rather dirty. I shall begin. PUNCH BOWL PUB . At minimum. I may well have reconciled thousands of years of theological disparity. The fraternity who silently control the Empire. Blackwood’s method is based on a ritualistic mystical system that has been employed by The Temple of the Four Orders for centuries. a gateway to immeasurable power -He tosses Watson the pages from Sir Thomas. But that’s for another time.
.. Lion paws... Eagle wings. HOLMES Now. represents Man.. Map! Watson throws the map down on the floor. Blackwood has killed three men. Man’s face. We found his body here. (beat) Reordon. It corresponds to the point on the cross that Holmes drew that has the hair (6 o’clock). therefore the System. HOLMES Since he rose from the grave. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES In Sir Thomas’ secret chamber I found the bone of an ox. We see the Ox body. He runs his finger over the map tracing the shape of a cross. covering other parts with his hand.. 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. he died here. 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).. really flying now. wore the ox ring. HOLMES Then Sir Thomas. Master of the Temple. He points to a spot on the map south of the Thames. 102 He points out the individual parts of the Sphinx. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 90A. the tooth of a lion.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Each murder was committed at a location that has a direct connection with the Temple. the hair of a man. the feather of an eagle. the ginger midget.Rev.. it is a widely held belief that within the architecture of the great cities are coded references to this system.
Rev. Their eyes widen as they realize what they’re seeing. Ox. (CONTINUED) . WATSON And last on the list: They form three points the Lion.right in the middle of the river.. They look to where it would correspond to on the map -. WATSON IRENE What is the meaning of this circle? Irene indicates the fifth circle Holmes has drawn -.. Parliament. He connects the dots on the map. HOLMES It is the fifth element -. HOLMES Correspondingly. Holmes points to the map. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 90B. Watson and Irene step closer looking at the lion’s fang and then the map. 102 HOLMES Standish was Ambassador to America. That which can’t yet be known...and not by coincidence.the point at which the other four come together. Holmes scribbles on a piece of paper. Eagle.. Right here. He points to corresponding points on the map and on the cross.. WATSON Man. HOLMES The headquarters of Temple of the Four Orders where he died is here.the ethereal. the map will tell us the location of Blackwood’s final act.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . where the Eagle has been the national emblem for over a hundred years -. of a cross.
though we can see from his face that his spirits are unaffected by his physical state. Irene jumps down. boots echoing. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PULL BACK FROM an image of a GOLDEN LION on a banner.he can’t believe it’s come to this. shaking his head -. Tough-looking cops sit either side of him. Lestrade sits opposite. Ladies first. 102 WATSON It’s right in the middle of the River Thames. sees POLICE OFFICERS flooding the pub. Watson goes down. but the door EXPLODES inward. 102A INT.MID-MORNING (LATER) Holmes sits battered.Rev.HALL Holmes races down the hall toward the back door. HOLMES Follow these plans. We’re at the Houses of Parliament.102 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Police fill the hall. Irene looks out the window. 104 EXT. He simply raises his arms. He quickly moves to a hatch in the floor. Holmes kicks the hatch closed and steps towards Lestrade. Holmes looks back. He looks at Holmes. HOLMES Watson is about to follow her down. and they drag him away. hands it to Watson. 103 INT. POLICE CARRIAGE . PUNCH BOWL PUB . IRENE Holmes folds up his piece of paper. 104 103 102A (CONTINUED) . It looks as though Holmes is about to join them when Lestrade and his men burst into the room. Flings it open. where more police block his path. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 91. BOOM! They hear doors slamming outside. Police. cuffed and bruised.
and caught off guard by the sight of Holmes cuffed (hands behind him) and flanked by Lestrade and men. sir. m’lord. PARLIAMENT . 105 INT. Lestrade punches Holmes. Lestrade. Crowds are gathering outside. Holmes sees the hands of BIG BEN. Thank you. Lestrade? LORD COWARD 106 105 LESTRADE Begging your pardon. Holmes has been making serious accusations about you and the order.LORD COWARD’S CHAMBERS The door is opened by Lord Coward. I know it’s unorthodox. LORD COWARD I have five minutes before my next engagement. who’s halfway through putting on his official robes. preparing for pomp and circumstance. 106 INT.Rev. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The place is a hive of activity. Lestrade knocks. Lestrade pulls his lapel. They come to a door. why don’t you regale me with your stories of conspiracies. HOLMES Oh. climbing toward noon. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 92. that solves the great mystery as to how you became inspector. plenty of flags and enthusiasm. hawkers and tourists. if you could wait outside. 104 The carriage pulls up. revealing a temple of four orders pin. Lestrade leaves and shuts the door. (CONTINUED) .104 SHERLOCK HOLMES . who is marched through a series of doors and checkpoints along the corridors of power by an angrylooking Lestrade. All of which is in stark contrast to the battered figure of Holmes. at its ceremonial best. but Mr.
Rev. Coward turns away for a moment -. I could deduce very little from my investigation. How many members of parliament do you intend to murder at noon today? (beat) Man. LORD COWARD I have told you nothing. I confess to being completely out-matched. Holmes goes to warm himself by the fire at the other end. I simply wanted to know the location of Blackwood’s final ceremony. isn’t it? Lord Coward slows. We are giving the weak masses a strong shepherd. Mr. 106 HOLMES I’m curious. Coward. HOLMES No. there is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you. lion -. (CONTINUED) . Coward walks towards his desk at one end of the room. But it’s not murder. He opens it to try and clear the smoke. but I don’t care much what you think. HOLMES Nonetheless.Holmes subtly kicks a log from the fire. it starts to smolder and fill the room with smoke. It’s mercy. but the price of quality is the unique imprint they leave. looks at Holmes in some astonishment. Coward pulls a gun from the desk and moves to the window. ox.the lion is parliament.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . did you assist Blackwood in all the murders or just the one I prevented? Very distinctive those hand-made shoes of yours. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 93. HOLMES Fortunately. Don’t you see it’s for their own good? Smoke fills the room so that Holmes is concealed. and now you have given it to me. Holmes. LORD COWARD Very clever. eagle.
HOLMES (V.) A small bandage on your thumb from where you’ve been vowing. you would have made a valuable ally.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES .O.. Holmes.. We see a -SERIES OF FLASHBACKS Coward’s heel walking through mud. Blackwood. slide across the floor to Coward’s feet. from where you have been standing. The mud smeared on your boots from where you’ve been walking.. HOLMES (V.. Coward quickly moves across the room to lock the door.) You and Blackwood laid the final touches to your ceremony in the sewers beneath parliament less than an hour ago. and the Temple members perform a ritual around a pentagram in the SEWERS. Coward.O. LORD COWARD (V. Coward’s knee dropping to the ground. HOLMES (V. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . HOLMES But your clothes say infinitely more than you ever hope.) A faint aroma of excrement.O. from where you’ve been kneeling. HOLMES (V.. He looks up and Holmes is nowhere to be found.O. CLOSEUP ON COWARD’S CLOTHES That he’s changed out of and discarded in the corner of the room. 106 A pair of handcuffs. Coward performing a ritual.) A touch of red stock brick dust on your knee.Rev.) It’s a shame you made an enemy out of Blackwood. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 94.O. The powers at our disposal are far greater than you can imagine.. The big ceremonial sword is prominent.
He disappears for a moment then surfaces. looks about in the water. Holmes leaps out of the window Coward opened. Holmes. A moment of concern until we hear the familiar “chug” of a struggling engine. PLUMMETING down down down to -107 EXT.Rev. HOLMES Well there’s no time to waste then.O. 106 LORD COWARD How terrible is wisdom. With a single bound. Holmes runs towards the open window as Coward fires another shot. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) HOLMES (V.) (CONT'D) Both Houses met today. 107 (CONTINUED) . The entire government will be present.OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT SPLASH! Holmes dives into the river handcuffed.106 SHERLOCK HOLMES . when it brings no profit to the wise. 94A/94B. is there? Coward spins around and shoots at Holmes. THAMES . (turning to Holmes) We take power at noon. He misses. Coward runs to the window and sees Holmes DIVING toward the river Thames. REVEAL Holmes sitting in a chair behind Coward.
TANNER (to Watson) I told you he’d be coming out the top window.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . it pulls him closer to the rickety boat of Captain Tanner. come to think of it. No way he’d be coming over the terrace. And. her eyes narrow. IRENE Where to. did you bring my clothes? Watson hands over a pile of clothes and Holmes’ PISTOL.. When Holmes is level.. about everything except the window. pockets it. into the sewers. Watson hands over the change from the engagement ring. HOLMES Port side. Holmes opens the drum.. grimaces. still pleased with himself. Irene looks out. checks the load. soldier boy. Tanner smiles. 107 Holmes looks in the water and sees a rope trailing on the surface. He’s never going to like guns. Captain Tanner.. pulling Holmes in on the rope. HOLMES Watson. little too perfectly. Tanner turns the boat. WATSON How was Lestrade? HOLMES Performed his role perfectly. (CONTINUED) . Watson stands on the rear deck. Sherlock? Holmes points to a dark recess in the embankment. Tanner takes it happily.Rev. Irene is also present. He grabs it with his hands. your instructions were fairly precise. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 95. WATSON Well. Watson leans over and clips off his cuffs using bolt cutters. Clearly the whole escape has been planned. A Watson has the PAPER that Holmes gave him in the attic. Holmes is pulled up into the boat.
107 Then Holmes reaches inside a pocket of clothes he is still wearing.107 SHERLOCK HOLMES . The boat is almost at the sewers. Holmes glances up toward Big Ben. who swallows it without flinching. hands it on to Tanner. We see familiar faces from the Temple of Four Orders. grimaces. heading into this epic building. floats at the opening to the tunnel. IRENE Starting early. HOLMES Trust me. (Watson has his SWORD STICK and a GUN. Doctor. working their way around corners and through junctions back under the Houses of Parliament.. 107A EXT. on the edge of the darkness. pulls a face. TANNER Far as I can go. WATSON What are we doing in the sewers? HOLMES Patience. and pulls out the hip FLASK that he took from the men at the slaughterhouse.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 96.DAY Expensive carriages fill the courtyard. she takes a hit. The entire government is here. She can see this is more than a social invitation. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . 108-109 OMITTED 110 INT. aren’t we? He offers the flask to her. He drinks. Holmes nods towards Watson. the time moving toward noon. have a drink. As they head toward the sewers. wipes his mouth. smiles.BOAT Tanner’s boat. unlit. SEWERS . (CONTINUED) 107A 108-109 110 . Irene passes him the bottle. He takes a shot. Holmes has changed into the clothes Watson brought for him.) They move through the shadowy sewer tunnels.Rev. Holmes and Watson leap off the boat into the mouth of the sewer. I am about to show you. Irene follows.
He pulls something out of his pocket: HOLMES I snipped this off a rather recumbent rat at the slaughterhouse. The first of its kind.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES . to be precise. It sits below a shattered ceiling. They look down a long tunnel to: The area where Coward and Blackwood were seen in the flashback ceremony with the sword. those electrodes on either side will send a charge converting the cyanide powder into a gas. In the center. the faint smell of bitter almonds. 110 Holmes ducks around a corner. Blackwood’s magic. a futuristic device: HOLMES Behold. bricks dismantled. stops. Quiet: HOLMES A chemical weapon. Note the blue discoloration. the pentagram remains. IRENE All of the people inside that building -WATSON Will be dead at the strike of noon.Rev. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES I can tell it from here. HOLMES That shaft leads directly to Parliament. But now: Blackwood’s THUGS patrol the area. He points at the device and the exposed shaft over it. A black glass cylinder is housed in a metal cradle with electrodes on either side. Holmes looks back at Watson and Irene. Tell-tale signs of cyanide. exposing a VENTILATION PIPE. When activated. But there is something sitting in it. Irene and Watson flank him. the RAT TAIL. Cyanide. standing in shadows. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 97. WATSON You can tell that from here? No.
There will be no one left to stop Blackwood and his followers from assuming control. (CONTINUED) . all the way through a GRATE TO -110A INT. checks the crowd. UP a channel. Irene comes in behind them and heads straight for the device. The chamber is now full of Lords and senior Royals. As they start to take seats. Watson pistol-whips the nearest. They burst into the area. Shoulder-to-shoulder. Watson slides his sword stick into a loop on his belt. They draw their guns. I wouldn’t. 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. completely surprising the three thugs. next.DAY Holmes checks his watch. faster and faster. HOLMES He doesn’t. PARLIAMENT . SEWERS . The CAMERA MOVES THROUGH the shattered ceiling. they move down the tunnel. out of the way otherwise. HOLMES Seven minutes to twelve.. 111 112 OMITTED INT. Irene trails them closely. He sees a shadow up in the Lords’ Gallery. It’s there when he needs it. WATSON I’ll keep these under wraps.110 SHERLOCK HOLMES .. They nod.Rev. DOWN a bend. Lord Coward steps up.DAY Air blows UP through the grate. 110 HOLMES As if by magic. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 98.
sparking coils. head-butts him with a teethrattling blow. the two conscious thugs charge Holmes and Irene. Holmes joins Irene at the device. Electrocuted. Watson herds the three thugs away from the device. Before Irene can alert him. ZAP! Her blade hits a coil. Watson turns so that he can watch the action at the device --. flings Watson away like a discarded paper cup. sparks flashing. she drops the knife. HOLMES Holmes hands Watson his gun. WATSON Sullen. Now unguarded. sees something past Holmes -RACK PAST HOLMES TO WATSON -Where DREDGER LOOMS OUT OF THE DARK BEHIND HIM. which falls into the cradle. Gun in each hand. IRENE I’ve never seen anything like it.which puts his back to another tunnel. A totally wire-free weapon. sending both guns spinning away --. looking for a way to detach the CYLINDER from the CRADLE (where electric coils and circuits pulse).. they move away (two dragging the pistol-whipped one.Holmes’s gun splashes into the sewer. He must have some kind of remote device sending a signal to the receiver.. Really quite -She reaches out with her knife and. but without much resistance. Dredger spins Watson around. Watson’s wrists are crushed from behind. Dredger jerks Watson’s arms sideways. both hands held high to grab the guns and smash Watson.Rev. who is out). (CONTINUED) . 112 Take this.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . She grips her knife. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 99. HOLMES There’s never been anything like it. Irene recoils. surrounded by humming. Over there.
BONG! The second chime resounds.112 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Dredger grabs Holmes. It is now clear that Dredger’s sole purpose is to protect the device. thrusts him upwards against the sewer roof. LORD COWARD 113 All eyes rise to see: BLACKWOOD.DAY The chime echoes.DAY Lords and Royals sit in this august hall. and points. Blackwood is calm. The hall goes silent.Rev. Voices rise. PARLIAMENT . SEWERS . Holmes lashes out with his feet at Dredger -. BONG! 114 (CONTINUED) . staring at a ghost. Holmes’ kicks lose steam as he loses air.who doesn’t even bother to block anything. commanding. 112 Irene shoots one point blank with her Derringer. Coward looks up. very emphatically. deflecting him for a moment. Dredger charges towards the device and Irene. 113 INT. HOLMES (to Irene) Keep at it. trying to figure out how to defuse it. 114 INT. waiting for the session to begin. up in the Lords’ Gallery. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 100. Irene sits at the device. Holmes goes for Dredger. Look. Blackwood’s followers move to block the doors as -BONG! The first CHIME OF NOON from Big Ben. simultaneously strangling him and hammering him against the bricks hard enough to dislodge some. Holmes crushes the other’s larynx. Holmes flies into him feet-first.
gets a haircut from the sword -(CONTINUED) .until he is earholed from behind by two bricks. flexes his bicep. Dredger drops Holmes. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 101. I need the bullets. His eyes narrow.the bowl of his pipe.Rev. and moves in to cut Watson in two with the ceremonial sword from head to toe. The bullets. HOLMES Give me your gun. Watson draws the sword from his sword stick. only just keeping Dredger at bay --. Dredger grunts angrily. Watson dives desperately. lunges with his little sword. He chops open the bullet casings with his knife. staggers back holding his bleeding ears.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . slides the bullets into Holmes' hand. a plan forming. pouring the gunpowder into --. BONG! Watson ducks a whooshing cut. but not very big. Dredger grins --. This is going to be more uneven than usual. BONG! The clock is ticking down. then he pulls it out. WATSON You owe me for the ring. 114 IRENE (without looking up) Nine strokes left.Holmes sees that the cylinder is welded onto the cradle by two RODS. sticks it into the meat of Dredger’s bicep. rips the sword out of Watson’s grasp with his muscle. snaps the blade against the wall like a twig. as if scared of the sword -. Dredger backs off. Holmes heads back to Irene. swung with full force by Watson. Deadly Irene pops open her Derringer. enough.but only until he can reach up and pull Blackwood’s ceremonial sword down off a brick ledge. BONG! As Watson parries Dredger’s massive slashes and thrusts all around them.
Guards are banging outside the doors.DAY Holmes rips the stem off his pipe. SEWER TUNNEL . Shaped charge. While Watson is down. (CONTINUED) . driving Holmes and Irene away from the device --. seeing something in the cradle: KNIFE. 116 INT. squeezes them against the wall like a human vice. BONG! 114A 115 OMITTED INT.hammering them into the wall with a mighty thud. She rolls up a sleeve.114 SHERLOCK HOLMES . Dredger punts him into the sewer with a splash. placed them on the balustrade in front of him. arms wide. HOUSE OF LORDS Blackwood has lit four small red candles. Lords are on their feet. 114 -. IRENE her 116 114A 115 Which is when a blood-maddened Dredger thunders into them both. Victorian-style.. angles his huge legs and pushes. but the doors are locked. He calmly intones a familiar chant.which shatters against the floor.Rev. places the open end of the bowl against the bolt holding the cylinders in place. Then he braces his massive feet. a match -Irene’s eyes narrow. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 102. then turns back to the device. HOLMES We need a light.. and it will work for long enough because -BONG! IRENE (breath crushing out of her) Three. That’s the extent of Dredger’s plan. Got it. Members of the Temple of Four Orders stand in front of anyone going to open them.
on his belly. and she angles the blade. mouth wide with a silent scream. just barely avoiding the sparks and coils..and continue to burn inside Dredger. Fizzling.where he found HOLMES’ GUN. 116 ON THE DEVICE AS IT GOES ACTIVE The batteries begin to fizz madly. redirecting the spark toward -Holmes’ pipe. HOUSE OF LORDS . 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) --. gears ratchet past each other. BONG! 116A 117 OMITTED INT. which BLOWS WITH A VICIOUS CRACK! shaped charge shears the steel rods. crawled from the sewer -. eyes bulging. Holmes and Irene reach for the cylinders. Hey! WATSON (O.. the dying giant falls like a tree. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 103.S. He lurches away.DAY Blackwood stands on balcony looking down at the assembled Lords. snatching her blade. and. boiling inside. ZAP! A spark hits the blade. (CONTINUED) The 116A 117 * * .Rev. BONG! Two! IRENE Holmes and Irene stagger for the device. The gun falls Irene swipes her hand down into the cradle. BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! Four white phosphorous tracers strobe through the sewer. Bad news. cams turn. Watson is face-down on the stones.116 SHERLOCK HOLMES . still.) Dredger turns his head so that he can see Watson.
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.. circle of flame erupts on the opposite wall. BLACKWOOD I am the fourth horseman. the sparks collide in a blinding flash and. I am here to change all this. 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. He raises his hand and traces a second triangle in the air. He raises his hand and traces a triangle in the air. your britches stained by the incontinence of your hypocrisy. triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall.. SEWER TUNNELS . He raises his hand and traces a circle in the air. 117A INT. electrodes sizzle. Holmes and Irene RIP the cylinder out of the way just as. 117 BLACKWOOD You seem surprised. sending blinding sparks through the cradle. The second triangle of flame erupts on the opposite wall to complete the pentagram within the circle. In your hands this once great parliament has become nothing more than a drunken satyr. BLACKWOOD I am the pale rider..Rev. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 104.117 SHERLOCK HOLMES . 117A A A * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . BLACKWOOD And my name to you is death. 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.
117B EXT. Nothing at all.DAY BONG! The clock strikes twelve. BIG BEN . Coward looks confused. Everyone is still standing. PARLIAMENT The men wait for something mythic. She looks past Holmes..DAY Holmes and Irene look each other in the eye.Rev. He ducks away fast. Yes. nothing happens. 117D 118 OMITTED INT. 117C Nothing happens. They look around.. 117B 117C INT. 2/2/09 104A. IRENE That was something new for us. Watson -IRENE HOLMES For the 117D 118 (CONTINUED) . magical.. scared. disappearing into the gallery. Other Temple members eye him.SHERLOCK HOLMES . it was.. And. Blackwood hits the remote again. But again. first time. WE SEE something new in his eyes: fear. neither knows what to say. SEWER JUNCTION .
Watson looks around. WATSON Which part? The stench of the sewers or the broken bones? (beat) My ankle’s done. With his face still pressed to the stones: WATSON I’m pretty sure I heard the last chime. drops to his knees next to Watson. feels for a pulse. He motions to the disabled device. He goes to him.. had enough. I’m sorry. Where’s Irene? WATSON Holmes turns. Holmes sees Irene’s lithe shadow moving fast into a maze of tunnels.118 SHERLOCK HOLMES . looks. Watson nods. WATSON Holmes. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT . HOLMES Make sure Lestrade keeps it intact.DAY Blackwood flashes downward through the ornate official understory of the Houses. 118 Holmes whips around -. 118A He watches Holmes sprint into the darkness. 118A . HOLMES Come on. He misread her yet again. His face darkens. you’re going to miss this.Rev. and so is Irene. Watson rolls over. face grim. sits up. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 105. The cylinders are gone. you’ve got to admit. Just. seemingly dead. INT. heads for a staircase spiralling even further down. HOLMES Yes. relieved..sees Watson. Holmes looks down at his friend. we made it. He’s done.
Irene’s quick. flung there from the previous action with Dredger. Then.DAY The pipe angles down. next to Irene’s head. horrible. hears.DAY Panting. We can make out Irene’s determined profile. then slithers into the pipe. subterranean. The continuation of the pipe passes through solid brick at the end of the tunnel -. claustrophobic gamble. SINGLE SEWER TUNNEL . For a long moment it is pitch black. Sees something on the ground It’s WATSON’S SWORD STICK. And then the tunnel ends. A large-diameter water pipe angles down the tunnel wall. forcing Irene to turn sideways to continue. Irene hesitates for a moment. dark and nightmarishly claustrophobic as it gets. anxious breath the only point of reference. almost imperceptibly. then sees Irene sprint across the maze.and pinches tighter. pinched down. 118D INT. Blackwood follows them. ahead -.pauses. damp. CUT TO: ANGLE FROM THE SIDE Blackwood enters the maze of tunnels. 118C INT. She picks up speed. Then Holmes. sees a flash of movement through the labyrinth of tunnels and columns.SHERLOCK HOLMES . light. SEWER TUNNELS . The water pipe breaks off jaggedly in mid-air. into the unknown. turns.DAY 118B Irene hears Holmes’ angry footsteps behind her. and so does Irene’s rate of movement. This is as tight. 118D 118C . Light increases. Irene runs along a tunnel that steps lower --. 118B INT. PIPE .Rev.a dark. 2/2/09 106. Blackwood scoops it up. about 500 yards away. The sound of Holmes’ footsteps drives her forward.
HOLLOW BUILDING . Irene charges the stairs -118I INT. 118E INT. 118H INT.DAY Holmes grimaces.more stairs. CELLAR .a brick-framed window -. chest heaving. yes --. Anger lends him energy. CELLAR . Stonework fairly new. this is a grind.SHERLOCK HOLMES . vaults onto the fixed ladder and swarms up it.DAY The pipe emerges from the brick wall in what looks to be the cellar of a building. cylinders in the other -reaches an iron grate. The only ready way out.just as Holmes pops out of the pipe. 2/2/09 107. shimmies TOWARDS us.climbing with one hand. and sees. PIPE . She surges for light -.Rev. HOLLOW BUILDING . 118J INT. Dim daylight from an unseen opening shows a fixed ladder heading upwards. CELLAR . 118H Gritting her teeth. 118F 118G INT.DAY -. hollow building full of construction equipment.DAY IN A SERIES OF TIME JUMPS MARKED BY INCREASING EXHAUSTION: Irene finally makes it to a floor in the building that is flooded with sky-bright daylight. As fit and athletic as she is. enters the pipe.ON THE LADDER . upward. has to use all her strength to shoulder it aside. An even tighter fit for him. Irene accelerates for it.DAY 118G Irene -.DAY Irene emerges at the base of a dark.and -SMASH CUT TO: 118J 118I . 118E 118F INT.
TOWER BRIDGE . spectacular beauty --. TOWER BRIDGE . She makes it to the end. winded. IRENE You of all people know I will pull this trigger. no further to go.’ Irene turns. .then shows the skeletal bridge spanned tenuously with scaffolding --. They circle around each other.and returns to Irene as. * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) Irene works her way through the construction debris on the bridge.she darts onto the walkway scaffolding that crosses above the Thames. 118K 119-119G OMITTED 119H EXT. the center of the world. Woman! SHERLOCK Sherlock appears behind her. SHERLOCK It’s bad manners to leave without at least saying ‘goodbye. NEAR 360-DEGREE HELICOPTER SHOT that starts with Irene at the (unfinished) window --.Rev. Goodbye! He start to move towards her. laid out for us in breathtaking. She’s climbed up the inside of the Tower. 118K EXT. We’ve gone straight from maximum claustrophobia to maximum knee-buckling exposure. PULL BACK and SWEEP INTO a massive. She’s 250 feet above the Thames.DAY 119-119G 119H * * * * * * * * IRENE She whips out her gun.SHERLOCK HOLMES . recovered somewhat -. 2/2/09 108.REVERSE ANGLE DAY OF IRENE at the top of TOWER BRIDGE.then the glory of London.HELICOPTER SHOT .WALKWAY .
HOLMES Why hurry off. HITS her with WATSON’S SWORD STICK. and kicks her gun away. Her gun goes flying off the side of the bridge. stunned. BLACKWOOD You’re better off without her. She drops. She shoots him in the arm. and KICKS DOWN and -IRENE FALLS OFF THE BRIDGE. Holmes! High above: a RAVEN lands. trying to take out Blackwood’s knees. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And in that split second -Blackwood drops down from behind Irene. Blackwood plucks the cylinder out of her hand. As she falls. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 109. He moves in again.Rev. But Irene doesn’t pause: She swings her legs through the air. that I wish things could be different but you wouldn’t believe me anyway. 119H IRENE I’d tell you I’m sorry. give it a try. But he swipes her legs away. (CONTINUED) .119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .
whipping a coil of rope across the floor. Blackwood second. The bullet misses him. whips off his scarf and twirls it around Blackwood’s arm. BLACKWOOD All I have to do is break this cylinder. but hits a bucket twirling above his head. Holmes swings towards the blade and then pushes off the bridge once again to avoid it. mounts a frenzied attack.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Holmes grabs a short section of wooden batten out of the railing. The two men continue their swordfight: Holmes grabs some rope hanging from the scaffolding above and swings off the bridge. which Holmes simply tries to survive. hooking Blackwood around his ankle. Blackwood smiles. Flimsy. He grabs Holmes’ gun (which Blackwood knocked from Irene’s hand earlier). A black liquid (tar) begins to pour out in a circle around him.which is immediately apparent as Blackwood comes in. slashes. They continue to spar.Rev.. with Holmes cast off towards the end of the bridge. chops six inches off the batten.Holmes kicks a huge scaffolding plank. but now because of you thousands are going to die. no match for the sword --. self defense third. TOWER BRIDGE . binding them together. Blackwood steps to the edge with his sword out. (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . awaiting Holmes. 119H EXT. -. Blackwood fires at Holmes. The two men finally part. as before.his eyes lock on to something. BLACKWOOD I planned to kill a handful of senile old men to make this empire strong. He looks back to Blackwood.. Holmes turns. Holmes is on the defensive throughout. his target is the cylinder first. He lands. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 110. Holmes quickly ducks. but. The wind will do the rest.DAY A look between them and then it’s on. as if to flee (not that there’s anywhere to go) -. And you’ll be the first. Holmes swings back onto the bridge a few feet away from Blackwood. Blackwood snarls.WALKWAY . which falls --. now bound.
He sees the plank swinging dangerously in the storm. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 110A. Designed to be washed away by the rain or eaten by animals. screeching to a painful halt.. As Holmes steps closer we INTERCUT with relevant FLASHBACKS. HOLMES There was never any magic. (bath/Reordon flashback) Arranging for your father to drown in his own bathtub required more modern science. (burial ground/ licking rocks) Others required more elaborate preparation. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . Holmes remains cool. like the sandstone slab that covered your tomb. HOLMES (guard choking/ payoff) Who pretended to be possessed outside your cell. HOLMES The simplest involved paying people off. Your reputation and your jailers’ fear did the rest. 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. Blackwood strains desperately to hold on.. pulled toward the edge. His fingers are white from strain. An ancient Egyptian recipe I believe -. Holmes grabs the cylinders as Blackwood passes.a mixture of egg and honey. Above Holmes: Only * * * * * * * * * the raven starts PECKING at a rope. Blackwood digs his fingers into a gap.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. conjuring tricks. You had it broken before your burial then put back together using a mild adhesive. Holmes looks over the edge of the walkway. like the prison guard. 119H Blackwood is DRAGGED down the walkway by the weight of the falling plank.
(CONTINUED) . They didn’t know that you had given them the antidote -. dev ice) Like all great performers you saved your piece de resistance for the end. Ingenious. 110B. (Parliament/flask/ ceremony. Instead. your followers in Parliament would have watched unharmed as their colleagues were dying around them. Had it worked. they would have believed it was magic and that you harnessed the ultimate power. 119H * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * END FLASHBACKS.yet it burned with an unusual pinkish hue. (Standish in rain/ pulling the trigger/ wharf explosion) The death of Standish was a real mystery. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) HOLMES (CONT'D) That might have been quite challenging had he not also tested it on some unfortunate amphibians. until you used the same compound to blow up the wharf. A simple rigged bullet in his gun.at one of your ceremonies I suspect. flammable liquid -.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES .Rev. Did Standish mistake it for rain as he entered your Temple? All it took was a spark. tasteless. An odorless.
* * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . How satisfying it must have been to use their own system against them. Holmes doesn’t notice: The Raven’s rope SNAPS. Wind whips harder. starting a slow. 119H Blackwood struggles to hold on. Holmes looks around at the gathering storm.G. The last timber falls over the edge. cowed. BLACKWOOD Cut me loose. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (5) 111. HOLMES You better hope that it’s nothing more than superstition as you performed all the rituals perfectly. strikes another crane. subtle DOMINO EFFECT IN B. Blackwood’s imminent death is brought suddenly to a halt.Rev.. hits a row of standing timbers.: a bucket drops. The rope yanks down a crane. The timbers start to topple. Holmes bends down. Blackwood can hold on no longer.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . the crane swings. Holmes gives the slightest hint of a smile. we hear a faint musical note moving up the same pentatonic scale that Holmes played earlier for his flies.. cutting the rope. Quick as a snake. The storm grows in ferocity.G. he loses his grip for a second and is dragged back toward the precipice. Holmes! Blackwood’s eyes are full of fear. lands on a rope.) HOLMES You hated your father and the other members of the Temple of the Four Orders for what they did to you. the atmosphere electric and dangerous. Blackwood is on his knees. (NOTE: Each time one object strikes another. inexorable dominoes continue to fall.: We see the slow. Holmes thoughtfully looks out at the angry storm. IN B. He screams as he releases his grip and is torn down the walkway at breakneck speed. Holmes grabs a workman’s ax placed on the side and hurls it at his feet.
and farther.. possibly a small trickle of blood is coming out of her mouth. Blackwood dangles on the rusty chain. Blackwood looks up. Perhaps there really are some things that cannot be explained. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES We’ll see about that shall we.. the world will see you for what you are. stunned.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . CREAK. (CONTINUED) . HOLMES * * * * * * * * * His fingers move to take her pulse. and finally -SNAP! The last chain CATCHES. 119H HOLMES First.. Holmes looks over the side of the bridge. Blackwood screams as the chains begin to snap off one by one. which misses Holmes by inches as it crashes through the floorboards -Blackwood smirks.Rev. He looks out to see: the RAVEN flying away. BLACKWOOD We’ll see about that shall we. BANG! The top of the crane crashes down.. He falls farther. He takes her hand. Then you will hang. sees: IRENE is awkwardly splayed on the lower level. Holmes moves down to her. She appears to be dead. with Tower Bridge as his gibbet. Sending Blackwood falling into a lattice of HANGING CHAINS below. properly this time. Oh. killing him instantly. Holmes looks up. disappearing into a cloud. Holmes just stands there. His brow furrows. a silhouette against the stormy sky.... TIGHTENS around Blackwood’s neck. The wooden infrastructure supporting Blackwood falls away. Irene. Blackwood looks up. CRACK! The crane dislodges a METAL GIRDER. It’s a long journey from here to the rope.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (6) 112. hanged like a common man after all. The bird flaps its wings.
119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Key’s in the watch pocket. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (7) 112A. this time. he is a professor. seat next to her. HOLMES We’ve still got a moment. (CONTINUED) . IRENE It looks like rain. 119H Her eyes pop open. IRENE You were right. an odd lovers’ moment looking out over the Thames. Irene makes a quick move: she tries to CUFF him. But * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * He takes a They sit there for a beat. A bit of a smile and break. Holmes is ready for it: He reverses the move. cuffing her instead.Rev. Moriarty.
the rain falling hard.119H SHERLOCK HOLMES . Cylinder to one of the policemen. Holmes drops the keys down the top of her shirt (just as she dropped them down his pants). LESTRADE Now you’re going to be even more arrogant and insufferable than ever. Holmes hands the (CONTINUED) . HOLMES * * * * * * * * * 120-122 122A Holmes walks away. yes. The storm curls around him.DUSK Rain falls softly. LESTRADE It’ll be a hell of a trick if Blackwood comes back from this one. 119H Holmes reaches over to grab the key. near a kiss.. (beat) Is the woman up there? HOLMES She won’t be by the time your boys get there. Sadly. She smiles. turns and walks away. And he sees.Rev. LESTRADE You’re welcome. keeps walking. pauses to pick up Watson’s sword stick. TOWER BRIDGE . calls out: IRENE You’ll miss me. At the end of the top of the stairs. Holmes keeps moving into the night. detective.. Their faces close. HOLMES Thank you. He snatches the DIAMOND from around her neck. 120-122 OMITTED 122A EXT. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (8) 113. Sherlock. Then Lestrade cracks a smile. Lestrade.
Holmes holds out Watson’s sword stick.Rev.122A SHERLOCK HOLMES . We recognize the figure of WATSON. Watson takes it. The two of them stand looking out down the Thames. 122A A shadow is waiting for him. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 113A. no words spoken. . Holmes can’t help but smile. He joins Watson.
. 123B INT. 123A INT.SHERLOCK HOLMES .STAIRCASE As Watson and Mary climb the stairs. WATSON 123 Watson takes a quick look in one of the boxes. Watson opens the door of Holmes’ apartment revealing a horrific scene: Holmes is hanging from a rope. Just a few scribbles. He looks dead. cases we’ve worked on over the years. 2/2/09 114... Watson laughs then pauses for a moment to consider this idea before they enter. One moment. . WATSON I still can’t believe he’s given us that ring. WATSON Please make sure this one is put on the desk in the front room.Rev. 123 EXT.. 221 BAKER ST. 221 BAKER ST. it becomes clear that Mary now wears IRENE’S DIAMOND on her finger. 221 BAKER ST. A DRIVER loads Watson’s boxes into a CARRIAGE that waits in front of the apartment. Mary and Watson walk towards 221B. MARY What’s in all those notebooks? WATSON Nothing really. (CONTINUED) 123A * * WATSON No question about it -123B * * * .. Holmes had it made into an engagement ring. MARY Do you think he’s finally come to terms with you leaving? Of course. I’d love to read them sometime.DAYS LATER MOVING DAY.. his back to them. MARY All your adventures..
he’s far too fond of himself. John? WATSON I hate to stop when he’s on a roll. I should probably come down. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * HOLMES Good afternoon.Rev. Watson pokes him. Might we continue this at ground level? WATSON How did you manage it. I was trying to deduce the manner in which Blackwood survived his execution.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Suicide is not in his repetoire. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 114A. HOLMES The executioner attached it to a harness. MARY Shouldn’t you help him. Do carry on. 123B WATSON Don’t panic. Holmes? (CONTINUED) . like a caterpillar in a cocoon. as it were. Watson and Mary walk by. My lord. thus allowing the weight to be distributed around the waist and the neck to remain intact. HOLMES Cleverly concealed in the hangman’s knot was a hook -. I can’t feel my cheeks. Holmes. dear.I believe my legs have fallen asleep. Clearing your good name. Watson and Mary step in but do nothing to help Holmes. WATSON Get on with it. Holmes. But it had a surprisingly soporific effect and I was carried off in the arms of Morpheus. Turns him around.
WATSON Worse things could happen. Holmes tumbles to the ground. belts and a coat hook. 123B HOLMES I managed it with braces. It is quite infamous in the region of Turkey bordering the Black Sea for its ability to induce an apparently mortal paralysis.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON But none of this explains the lack of a pulse. It is known locally as -MARY What’s wrong with Gladstone? HOLMES -. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (2) 115. I’ll be of no use to you at all. my tongue is going next. HOLMES He is demonstrating the very effect I’ve just described. Enough to mislead a medical mind even as tenacious and well-trained as your own. MARY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . CLOSEUP OF WATSON’S DOG Stiff as a board. He doesn’t mind. WATSON His heart should be ticking in no time.Rev. He finally uses his sword stick and slices Holmes down. Watson draws his sword.mad honey disease. Watson. John. Please. HOLMES There is a toxin refined from the nectar of the rhododendron ponticum.
He went missing in the sewers... We believe the sergeant was our first man on the scene..Rev. everything’s going to be all right.. HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. WATSON Where is Blackwood’s device now? . right away. There. HOLMES With small caliber bullet. CONSTABLE CLARK Mr. Yes. Indeed. Moriarty. They are interrupted by a knock on the door. The dog has regained its vital signs. looking concerned.123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . Constable Clark enters.mind racing. HOLMES What is it this time. a maintenance man found his body this morning. sir. CONSTABLE CLARK HOLMES Holmes and Watson look at each other -... Clarky? CONSTABLE CLARK It’s one of our sergeants. CONSTABLE CLARK * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) WATSON Point blank range. there. Holmes.complete change of demeanor -. Shot in the head. MARY There’s a brave boy. the day you stopped Lord Blackwood.he shakes his head. 123B Watson feels for a pulse in his dog’s neck -. Inspector Lestrade asks that you come with me. Well. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (3) 116.
Constable Clarke nods. They’ve taken over the case. Well. Watson nods. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. HOLMES I’ll leave with you.. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * WATSON So you’re saying Moriarty was after a part of the machine and not the poison. the Driver exits. Watson nods. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: (4) 116A. The Driver pokes his head in. case * * * 124 . reopened. sir. A KNOCK. sir. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest. WATSON Adler was just a diversion. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: HOLMES I’d wager there’s a piece missing..123B SHERLOCK HOLMES . WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. DRIVER (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. 124 OMITTED Clarky. HOLMES The wire-free invention was the game all along.Rev. 123B CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. Holmes pulls his coat on.
CONSTABLE CLARK (V. 2/2/09 116B.Rev. BANG! 125 . We don’t see his face. what you doing? The policeman looks up.SHERLOCK HOLMES .) Shot in the head. and a GUN slides into his hand by means of the same device we saw in the carriage scene with Irene. SERGEANT Oi. where Holmes had dismantled Blackwood’s device.O. SERGEANT SMITH sees a POLICEMAN leaning over the device. They spread out to seal the crime scene.INT. 125 FLASHBACK .) We believe Sergeant Smith was the first officer there. CONSTABLE CLARK (V. SEWER JUNCTION We FOLLOW POLICEMEN heading into the sewer tunnel.O.
mind racing.. HOLMES Where is Blackwood’s device now? CONSTABLE CLARK The secret service has it. sir.Rev. 221 BAKER ST.. (PRESENT) HOLMES Were there powder burns on his eyebrows? Clarky nods. I thought those days were behind you. WATSON There’s a brave boy... however. 126 (CONTINUED) .THE POLICEMAN removes a small receiver-like object from Blackwood’s device. CUT TO: FLASHBACK . Watson. Holmes pulls his coat on. 2/2/09 117. There.SHERLOCK HOLMES .complete change of demeanor -. HOLMES Wager. The dog has regained its vital signs. everything’s going to be all right. CONSTABLE CLARK He was shot at point-blank range. there. They’ve taken over the case. Excellent deduction. 126 INT. BACK TO PRESENT Constable Clark nods. Holmes and Watson look at each other -. CLOSEUP ON HOLMES AND WATSON Piecing it together: WATSON I’d wager there’s a piece missing. looking concerned.
A KNOCK. (wistful) Irene was just a diversion. ... sir. Holmes nods. HOLMES I’ll walk out with you.. 2/2/09 CONTINUED: 117A..Rev.. It is undoubtedly the more dangerous and the more valuable of the two. 126 WATSON Moriarty was after the machine not the poison.126 SHERLOCK HOLMES . the Driver exits. Well. MAN (to Watson) I’ve loaded the last of your boxes. Mary looks at Watson who is clearly trying to curb his enthusiasm and interest.. HOLMES Blackwood’s wire-free invention was the game all along. Watson nods. WATSON Watson turns to Holmes. The MAN from the stairs pokes his head in.
.SHERLOCK HOLMES . FADE OUT. 127 EXT.. . Watson.Rev. 221 BAKER ST. WATSON Take care of yourself. HOLMES Magnificent woman. Watson moves to the open door of the carriage but Mary stops him. puts a hand on his arm.DAY Mary and Gladstone wait for Watson in the carriage. Magnificent! They climb into Constable Clarke’s black mariah which pulls away down Baker St. 127 HOLMES An honor working with you. We PULL BACK FROM the carriage WIDE and UP like our opening on Baker Street -.perhaps the POV of the raven. be careful. MARY Try not to be too late for dinner with my parents and. A stiff beat. an understanding between the two men. looks relieved and excited. Watson A THE END . Holmes extends an awkward hand. Watson shakes Holmes’ hand. Doctor. warm look. 2/2/09 118. Holmes and Watson stand in the doorway. She waves to Holmes as the carriage pulls away. Holmes.
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