Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell Taking on Comedic Sherlock Holmes
by Alex Billington
July 1, 2008
Move over Guy Ritchie, Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell are stepping up to take on the detective Sherlock Holmes! Cohen and Ferrell have officially been cast in Sony's currently untitled comedy as Holmes and Watson, respectively. While there is no director attached yet, Judd Apatow is producing and Etan Cohen (Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder) is writing the script. The comedy is inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales, but as for where the comedy will come from, we can only expect it will be an over-the-top quirky comedy similar to Get Smart. As hilarious as Cohen and Ferrell are individually, will they be able to actually pull off a comedy better than Talladega Nights?
Columbia Pictures' president Matt Tolmach said of the project: "Just the idea of Sacha and Will as Sherlock Holmes and Watson makes us laugh. [They] are two of the funniest and most talented guys on the planet, and having them take on these two iconic characters is frankly hilarious." Certainly true, but if there isn't a good script and a good director, it won't turn out great. Just look at Talladega Nights - that was one of Ferrell's worst, at least I thought, and it was the first and only film Cohen and Ferrell showed up in together. I think Sherlock Holmes is a character that does have the potential for some hilarious comedy, so let's hope Etan Cohen can write a great script. His work on Idiocracy wasn't impressive, but I'm hoping Tropic Thunder will be better.
The character of Sherlock Holmes first appeared in 1887 and is the creation of Scottish-born author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess, and is renowned for his skillful use of "deductive reasoning" while using abductive reasoning and astute observation to solve difficult cases. But all of that shouldn't matter, because I'm sure they'll throw out that intellectualism in exchange for some British/Scottish humor. Cohen himself is English and is definitely the perfect actor to take on the role of Sherlock Holmes. As for Ferrell? Let's hope that he pulls himself out of his Semi-Pro rut for the role of Watson. Does this sound like a comedy you're already looking forward to or already on its way to failure?