Well, it looks like Guy Ritchie (right) and Joel Silver’s Sgt. Rock will have to wait. Ritchie will direct Sherlock Holmes for Warner Bros., an adaptation of producer Lionel Wigram‘s upcoming comic book. Neil Marshall was previously attached to helm, and WB has said that the film will have the same realism and seriousness as Batman Begins. Mirroring our modern man (yeah, right), this iteration of Holmes will focus more on the character’s formidable pugilism, swordsmanship (hello, ladies) and an appetite for, yep, adventure. Dan Lin (The Departed, 10,000 BC, Terminator 4) will co-produce.

Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the 19th Century, some of the British detective’s “Victorian stuffiness” will be nixed for the 2010 film. Whether this means no appearance by Holmes’s silly hat, monocled fashion, or his signature pipe was not specified. Dr. John H. Watson will remain Holmes’s affable sidekick. Let’s hope Watson’s not reenvisioned as a bitchin’ kite-surfer with an addiction to narcotics Red Bull.

Ritchie is clearly untested when it comes to studio blockbusters, and I wonder how much of his frenetic style will transfer over. But it sounds like a cool project for him and I’m glad it’s a Brit in the director’s chair. And a cool movie for audiences too, as long as the dizzying sleuth-dom isn’t overshadowed by madcap stunts a la a Brosnan Bond or with rapper actors. I’ve always wanted to see DDL play Holmes (who wouldn’t), and I’m really curious to see who lands the two main roles here. Sounds like WB will be “casting up,” which always brightens the day at Slashfilm.

Discuss: Who for Holmes? Who for Watson? Do you see Ritchie making a cool film?


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If you eagerly went to the local comic book store on weekends throughout the ’90s you no doubt recognize the lil’ white dude above named Fone Bone. Created by artist Jeff Smith, the Bone comics remain one the industry’s biggest DIY success stories, published independently from 1991 to 2004. Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to the comics and is planning a feature film. It’s undecided whether the film will be animated or live-action or a fantastical mixture of both. Dan Lin, who is also attached to a He-Man movie, is on board to produce with Smith executive producing.

Winner of numerous awards, the Bone series follows a family of three bald, white, cartoonish characters named Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone on their adventures throughout a fantasy world populated by predatory creatures. They are all wistful to return to their homeland, called Boneville, from which they were kicked out, and are taken under the wing of a human gal named Thorn Harvestar and her grandmother. They learn of a mysterious evil force called Lord of the Locusts that pervades the land.

What makes this project promising is that it’s original, quite mature source material and Smith is known not to compromise. Many years ago Nickelodeon Films was set to make an animated Bone feature, but Smith balked when they suggested that it take on a child-like tone, complete with songs by Britney Spears. Chalk this news up to a big W.

Discuss: Cool news to you? Who should voice (or play, if applicable, lol) the Bone cousins?

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