Ready for this? Undead Backbrain brings you an exclusive preview of the infamous Asylum’s version of the world’s most famous consulting detective, hot on the heels of Guy Ritchie’s big budget release.
Sherlock Holmes (US-2010; dir. Rachel Goldenberg)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective faces the ultimate challenge when enormous monsters attack London.
Not bad at all. I must say, I’m impressed at this stage and anticipate seeing the film even more. I’ve just finished reading an excellent Holmesian anthology entitled The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Night Shade Books, 2009), edited by John Joseph Adams and featuring writers such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Anthony Burgess, Tanith Lee, Naomi Novik, Stephen Baxter and Robert J. Sawyer (whose story, the last in the book, is a cracker). The stories feature the sort of adventures that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did not allow his fictional detective to engage in, adventures he saved for his other works (such as The Lost World) — with dinosaurs, ghosts, aliens and assorted oddities that Dr Watson only revealed after the famous detective’s death (as it were).
This tale from the Asylum fits right in to this tradition! A huge mechanical dragon, dinosaurs, a giant octopus, steam-punk aesthetics and Spring Heeled Jack as a sort of nascent Iron Man.
Written by Asylum producer Paul Bales, directed by Rachel Goldenberg (who actually worked as a production assistant on James Cameron’s mega-hit Avatar) and starring Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood), Dominic Keating (Heroes) and Ben Syder, the film looks to be a few rungs up the quality ladder from the exploitation film company’s best fare.
Its release date is 26 January 2010.
- Source: Paul Bales via Avery