Bill Condon, the Director of the Wikileaks drama The Fifth State, has revealed that his next project will be a Sherlock Holmes one. He will direct A Slight Trick Of The Mind with Ian McKellen as the starring role, as an aging Sherlock Holmes.
The film is going to be written by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess) and is based on Mitch Cullin’s novel of the same name.
In the book, Holmes is 93 years old and it’s set in 1947. He has long been retired and been beekeeping. He has slowly deteriorated into not being able to remember things like he used to. Believing that the royal jelly from the bees is part of the secret of him still being on this planet, has taken him to post-war Japan. He encounters the son of a former British diplomat who knew Holmes and disappeared at the start of the war. Holmes doesn’t remember the man, but knows that there is a case to be solved.
By the time that we see Sherlock, it has been a long time since his case solving days and as time progresses, people will obviously pass away, which is what has happened to his faithful sidekick, Dr Watson. In the story, he has long been gone. However, the original novel brought about the timelime of three periods in Sherlocks life, the Sussex part, when he went to Japan and then a time when he was still an active consulting detective in 1902. He would have been investigating The Case Of The Glass Armonicist, which presumably Dr Watson would be helping him on.
“Mitch Cullin’s elegiac novel is not so much about solving a mystery, as it is about accepting life’s mysteries,” believes Anne Carey (Archer Gray Productions), “I could not be more excited about the talent who have come together to make this film a reality.”
Shooting starts in the UK next April.
Between now and then though, watch out for the new Hobbit film, coming in December, which will hold the strangest of sites. Bilbo Baggins is played by Martin Freeman (Dr Watson), Gandalf by Ian McKellen (Sherlock) and Smaug/Necromancer by Benedict Cumberbatch! We can expect a lot of sleuthing talk going on at the set. If we had Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Robert Downey Jr. or Jude Law there too then it would be a mass Sherlock convention!