Sacha Baron Cohen And Will Ferrell Team Up For Sherlock Holmes Picture

WillsasWell I certainly didn’t expect to see this news. It appears that Sacha Baron Cohen has been cast as legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and Will Ferrell has been tapped to play his trusty sidekick Watson:

Columbia Pictures has set an untitled comedy that will star Sacha Baron Cohen as master detective Sherlock Holmes and Will Ferrell as Watson, his crime-solving partner, reports Variety.

The comedy is inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales. The Columbia project reteams Baron Cohen and Ferrell, who played rival racecar drivers in Columbia’s 2006 hit comedy “Talladega Nights,” which Apatow and Miller also produced.

I would prefer a serious film about Sherlock Holmes from these two. As much as I liked both of them in Talledega Nights, I really don’t want to see a comedic Sherlock Holmes adaptation. I may end up eating my words and later proclaim this to be genius; but this news isn’t sitting right with me from where I sit this morning.

I enjoy the character of Sherlock Holmes and welcome feature films about him; I just fear the character will be put through a shitty spoof machine.

What do you guys think? Would you be interested in seeing a comedic take on the legendary Sherlock Holmes, or would you prefer if these two comedic heavyweights kept it serious and did a standard Holmes picture?

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14 thoughts on “Sacha Baron Cohen And Will Ferrell Team Up For Sherlock Holmes Picture

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    There have been several attempts at doing Holmes and Watson as comedic characters and they were all trainwrecks. I guess Ferrel has run out of sports themes to parody. What’s next for him and Cohen…Jesus and judas?

  2. I agree that somebody should do a serious movie that respects the Sherlock Holmes character rather than a comedy that spoofs him. That would be something I would be interested in.

  3. I just don’t see it. I’m not huge on Will Ferrell anyway, and I can only take Sacha Baron Cohen in small doses most of the time; but even if two of my favorite comedians had been cast, the fact that this is being made as a Comedy leaves a sour feeling in my gut. Sherlock Holmes as a character deserves to have a great movie, even a re-imagining, released sometime soon; but a comedy? I can’t understand how anyone who is a fan of Sherlock Holmes would even consider going to see this movie.

    But, with that said, I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for more news about this project. There is always the slight possibility it won’t be a steaming crock of shit–but my hopes aren’t high.

  4. Young Sherlock Holmes was brilliant, I agree. Too bad they never made a sequel to it.

    I am not looking forward to this film at all, but I am curious to see how it turns out (not well, I’m guessing).

    Really, the only 3 films I’ve liked of Ferrell’s were Roxbury, Fiction, and Semi-Pro. The rest have been shit in my opinion.

  5. This could be really good, but I still want to one day see a sequel to the heavily heavily underrated Young Sherlock Holmes. But I know that’ll never happen now as all the actors are much too old.

  6. naturally this is going to be a comedy, since the two actors are comedians in there own way. Everyone usually associates them with humor. so i’m going to go on a limb here and say this is going to be a comedy and NOT a serious Holmes version

  7. This could work. But there’s a comedic take on the Sherlock Holmes story out there already.
    Without A Clue (with Ben Kingsley & Michael Caine) is not only hilarious, the premise of it is actually quite clever as well

  8. Ugh, since when is Sherlock Holmes a comedic type of character? Will Ferrell is funny but his 2 hour skit movies are getting old, actually all the skits I’ve seen surrounding the movies he’s made like Semi Pro have been better than the actual movie itself.

    To answer your question I’d rather see these two in a different movie without using the Sherlock Holmes character. Don’t get me wrong I think both could act in a serious manner, look at “Stranger than Fiction”, I think Ferrell did great on that. But it still had it’s moments where he jumped into his SNL style of yelling and acting silly to get the laugh.

  9. I think that the casting for this type of idea is actually dead on. But like you said “will they execute it well or make a train wreck like meet the spartans.” Hopefully Sasha will take over this movie and Ferrell will have a lesser role in which he thrives (ie wedding crashers, old school, SNL).

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