If we’ve proven anything as a society, it’s that Sherlock Holmes, no matter the century, is a universally loved character. From the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books to the Basil Rathbone movies of the 1940s to the many modern iterations of the dynamic Holmes-Watson duo, everybody loves Sherlock Holmes stories.
It looks like the three current pairings of Holmes and Watson–BBC Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, Elementary‘s Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui, and the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes’ Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law–are about to get a nontraditional fourth addition. The latest to don that deerstalker hat and pipe will be Will Ferrell with pal, John C. Reilly as his faithful Dr. Watson. Confused? Us too.
All signs point to this being more of a buddy comedy than the typical Sherlockian mystery thriller. This marks the third Ferrell/Reilly movie and if it’s anything like Talladega Nights or Step Brothers, there will be approximately 6.02 seconds of serious dialogue and countless raunchy jokes. The screenplay is also being written by Etan Cohen, the man who brought you Tropic Thunder, Men in Black III and Madagascar 2. While this might not be a traditional choice, Sherlock himself is all about innovation and this will definitely be something different.
So how are we feeling about this? Not too sure just yet. The internet seems to be torn too, with people either loving or hating the idea of a comedic Sherlock movie. Doesn’t this happen every time though? People were excited for the Guy Ritchie films because they were traditional (and everything RDJ makes is pure gold) but people were skeptical about a modern Sherlock and practically freaked out when CBS announced a female Watson. Moral of the story: don’t be quick to judge Sherlock.
This is just too good to be true… Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Sherlock Holmes remake.
— chris toronyi (@christoronyi) August 16, 2016
NO NONO NO NO NO NO NO NO ANYTHING BUT WILL FERRELL AS SHERLOCK HOLMES
— Josephine Moss (@hipster_safari) August 16, 2016
Plus, we know this team has made some pretty funny movies in the past. Even if you didn’t like Step Brothers, you have to admit, it had its moments, and Men in Black III was a great addition to the series. What’s the worst that could happen?
At the very least, this movie can help tide us over until we get that third Guy Ritchie film (yes, that’s happening), and let’s be honest, it will probably come out before the next series of Sherlock too (we’re waaaaiting).
No word yet on if this is going to be a modern adaptation or set back in Victorian Era London. Is the pair going to try their hands at doing British accents? Only time will tell.