Guy Ritchie signs on to Sherlock
Will write and direct reimagining of super sleuth
Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin are producing the movie, which takes its cues from a forthcoming comic that Wigram wrote as a selling tool for a new take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character. The concept sees the character be more adventuresome and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines on more obscure character traits.
The studio has developing a new Holmes for a while, at one point having Neil Marshall ("Descent") on board to direct and Michael Johnson to write.
Ritchie will rewrite and polish Johnson's script.
The deal reteams the filmmaker with the studio, for whom he made the upcoming crime caper "RocknRolla." Warners is said to be high on the movie, which is being released in October. Ritchie is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.
Jon Berg and Elishia Holmes are overseeing.