It has been announced that there will be a new Sherlock Holmes film hitting our screens – clearly film-goers want to see more of the world’s most famous detective. The current appetite for all things Holmesian carries on unabated.
This new film, directed by Bill Condon, is set in 1947 and focuses on an elderly Holmes haunted by an unsolved case. Titled ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind’ and adapted from a novel by Mitch Cullin, this new film will see legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen take on the role of Holmes living in retirement but plagued by memories of a case from 50 years ago. Mckellen is most famous for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and will bring an interesting new depth to the character. The film is a co-production between A1 Film and BBC Films – as if the BBC hasn’t had enough success with Sherlock already!
The film promises to be a more thoughtful, cerebral and faithful piece than the action-packed romps favoured by Guy Ritchie. This backs up my argument in the last Great Sherlock Holmes Debate that there is room for more Holmes and certainly enough interest. Just so long as whatever comes along next is different and offers a new perspective.