The return of Sherlock Holmes
by Naman Ramachandran
- Bill Condon to shoot A Slight Trick Of The Mind in April 2014, starring Ian McKellen as Holmes
Fans of the world’s most famous consulting detective, and one of the most adapted characters in cinema, Sherlock Holmes, will be pleased to know that Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate) will direct A Slight Trick Of The Mind, based on a novel by Mitch Cullin. In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, long retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago of which he remembers only fragments. With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life - a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart.
Set to film next April in the UK, the script is being adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess [+see also:
film profile]). Ian McKellen (photo), who Condon worked with on Gods And Monsters, will play Holmes. Anne Carey (The American) will produce via her new company Archer Gray Productions. AI Film, the production arm of the Icon UK Group, is financing and coproducing alongside See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech [+see also:
interview: Tom Hooper
film profile]). Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films, is an executive producer on behalf of BBC Films, which is also co-financing. FilmNation Entertainment will handle international sales.
Carey said, “Mitch Cullin’s elegiac novel is not so much about solving a mystery, as it is about accepting life’s mysteries. I could not be more excited about the talents who have come together to make this film a reality.”
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