Well 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?