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« on: September 06, 2013, 11:32:25 AM »

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Ian McKellen has added Sir Arthur Conan Doyleís uncanny sleuth to his list of literary incarnations, having agreed to play Holmes in director Bill Condonís upcoming film A Slight Trick of the Mind.
In A Slight Trick of the Mind, the 74-year-old will, obviously, play Holmes in his later years. And this version was not penned by Conan Doyle, but is instead adapted from a 2006 novel by Mitch Cullin.

The story picks up with the detective at age 93, long-ago retired to the rural area of Sussex, where he is haunted by an unresolved case from a half-century ago.
His partner, Dr. Watson, is no longer with him. And his mental acuity has bid him farewell, too. This is a Sherlock Holmes grappling with his own faded and tattered memory, whose powers of observation and deduction are not what they used to be.


Itís the first time McKellen and Condon have worked together since 1998′s Gods and Monsters, which earned McKellen a Best Actor Oscar nod for his performances as Bride of Frankenstein director James Whale, and won Condon the Best Adapted Screenplay award.
Cullinís novel Tideland was previously adapted by director Terry Gilliam, and the script for A Slight Trick will be written by Jeffrey Hatcher (Casanova, Stage Beauty.)


Sounds interesting and McKellen can do little wrong in my eyes
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2013, 01:13:22 PM »

Yeah. Could be really good.

Would be neat if they used RDJ to set the early years so there's some crossover with the current reboot...
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 03:23:43 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 05:54:24 PM »

Interesting. Sounds very promising.  Seems like the a similar direction to having an older Sherlock Holmes like when Christopher Lee had the role. And there you have it, a LOTR connection slywink
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2013, 05:58:35 PM »

Sounds like a good set up.
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2013, 06:17:22 PM »

I hope they can do the concept justice. Sherlock (the BBC series) nails Holmes' personality, but most other interpretations I've seen don't, instead turning him into a more straightforward detective.
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2013, 06:28:20 PM »

Quote from: Rumpy on September 06, 2013, 05:54:24 PM

Interesting. Sounds very promising.  Seems like the a similar direction to having an older Sherlock Holmes like when Christopher Lee had the role. And there you have it, a LOTR connection slywink

have Christopher Lee play an aging Moriarty!
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2013, 07:11:13 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on September 06, 2013, 06:28:20 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 06, 2013, 05:54:24 PM

Interesting. Sounds very promising.  Seems like the a similar direction to having an older Sherlock Holmes like when Christopher Lee had the role. And there you have it, a LOTR connection slywink

have Christopher Lee play an aging Moriarty!


Haha, I'd see that! Actually, that might not be a bad idea, even if it's only a cameo.
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2013, 07:19:05 PM »

The problem with that is that Moriarty is dead in the official canon. Sure, there's plenty of unofficial material that has resurrected him in one way or another, but I'd rather this movie ignored anything beyond Doyle's work (with the exception of the book this is based on, of course).
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« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2013, 07:25:33 PM »

so he can't be traveling around in a big blue lorrie with a steampunk dog at his side?
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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2013, 07:36:58 PM »

Also, Moriarty's importance has been greatly magnified mostly by other people than Doyle. I mean, he only appears in two of the official stories, and is introduced merely as a plot device to get Holmes killed.
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« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2013, 08:31:18 PM »

Quote from: Rumpy on September 06, 2013, 05:54:24 PM

Interesting. Sounds very promising.  Seems like the a similar direction to having an older Sherlock Holmes like when Christopher Lee had the role. And there you have it, a LOTR connection slywink

*ahem*


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« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2013, 08:36:08 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 06, 2013, 08:31:18 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 06, 2013, 05:54:24 PM

Interesting. Sounds very promising.  Seems like the a similar direction to having an older Sherlock Holmes like when Christopher Lee had the role. And there you have it, a LOTR connection slywink

*ahem*


(LOTR/Hobbit...same thing Tongue)

Hah, you're right. More of a connection than I originally thought smile
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« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2013, 10:30:29 PM »

needs an X-Men reference now.
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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2013, 10:38:24 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on September 06, 2013, 10:30:29 PM

needs an X-Men reference now.

You mean like casting Patrick Stewart as Lestrade for instance? slywink
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« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2013, 12:52:16 AM »

Quote from: TiLT on September 06, 2013, 07:19:05 PM

The problem with that is that Moriarty is dead in the official canon. Sure, there's plenty of unofficial material that has resurrected him in one way or another, but I'd rather this movie ignored anything beyond Doyle's work (with the exception of the book this is based on, of course).

I clicked the "canon" text thinking it's a link to information about Sherlock Holmes canon (and hence Moriarty's fate in said canon).

But turns out it's an ad link for Canon.

Those ad links suck. I do not approve.  thumbsdown

EDIT: And for the record, the two links in my own post above is likewise an ad link, so don't bother clicking it either.
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« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2013, 08:14:42 AM »

Alright, here's a bona fide link to the Moriarty canon.
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« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2013, 08:20:07 AM »

Canon makes a printer called Moriarty? biggrin
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