The comedy pairing of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly has brought us the fruitfully funny likes of Talladega Nights (2006) and Step Brothers (2008), and after several other potential projects were floated, news arrives via Deadline that they have landed on a new comedy take on Sherlock Holmes with Holmes And Watson.
The many stories of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective and his military doctor best friend haven't exactly gone un-adapted, especially of late. But Sony Pictures clearly think that Ferrell and Reilly could provide a new comedy spin. Etan Cohen, who last directed Ferrell in Get Hard (2015), will call the shots here after having written the script. His previous directing credit may not inspire confidence, and we are slightly sorry to see it's not Adam McKay (Step Brothers) in the big chair, but perhaps the combination of Sherlock and silliness will help.
And if this sparks a memory of a previous project in your brain that linked Ferrell to the Holmes world, you wouldn't be wrong – he was attached to star as Watson in a version back in 2008 alongside Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (2006) co-star Sacha Baron Cohen as Holmes, and that has indeed evolved into this movie, which sees Ferrell promoted to wear the deerstalker. The plan is for shooting to start in late November, early December.