Years from now, future historians will describe the second decade of the 21st century as the era of Sherlock fever (sorry, Syria). That’s right, there’s a new take on Sherlock on the horizon, to go with the Cumberbatch and Robert Downey versions. This time with the famous detective being played by none other than lovable old gay man Ian McKellen. Who am I kidding, I can’t complain about more Ian McKellen.
“The Fifth Estate” helmer Bill Condon is reuniting with Brit thesp Ian McKellen for a feature adaptation of “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” based on the tome by Mitch Cullin.
Story, which is being adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (“The Duchess”), is set in 1947 and follows a long-retired Holmes who lives in a sleepy village outside of London with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son.
With his legendary mental powers on the wane and minus his sidekick Watson, Holmes becomes haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago where he remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. [Variety]
The hardcore Sherlock Holmes fans must be so excited about all these Sherlock movies. “Didn’t like the buttoned-down old detective reimagined as a smart-alecky American who fights crime fistfights and explosions? Well then, it’s your lucky day, because what now he’s a sad, senile old man who can’t remember stuff. This summer, Sherlock Holmes in… The Signs of Alzheimer’s.”
Elementary, my dear what’s your name, may I please have some pudding?