Warner Bros. Pictures and producer Lionel Wigram will adapt Wigram’s upcoming comicbook “Sherlock Holmes” for the bigscreen.
The aim, according to Variety, is to reinvent Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth and Dr. Watson in the same edgy way that Batman and Bond have been in the past two years.
Michael Johnson is penning the script for the project, expected to be the next directing project of “The Descent” helmer Neil Marshall who is currently filming “Doomsday” for Rogue Pictures.
The storyline is being kept under wraps, no word on if it will use some of Doyle’s mysteries but Wigram does plan to showcase some of Holmes lesser known traits including sword fighting and bare knuckle boxing.
Holmes has been portrayed on film and TV more than any other fictional character, with more than 75 actors having played the London detective in 200 films and TV shows since 1900.
Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett (pictured above) are often cited as the most accurate, though the role has been portrayed by other memorable names including Peter Cushing, Ian Richardson, Peter O’Toole, Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Frank Langella, Rupert Everett, Richard Roxburgh, Edward Woodward, Christopher Plummer, Peter Cook, John Cleese and Michael Caine.