Something magical happens when John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell make movies together. Ferrell is like a Ritz Cracker, and Reilly is like that Easy Cheese stuff that comes in a can. You feel a little disgusted with yourself after eating them, but you always go back for more when you need a little pick-me-up.
After having success with Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, Team Willy will hit the big screen again in Holmes & Watson. Etan Cohen will be directing the film, which was inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tale. Ferrell will be playing Holmes and Reilly is taking on the role of his trusty sidekick, Watson.
Sony Pictures had previously greenlit this project with Sacha Baron Cohen set to star with Ferrell, but it hit a bump in the road when Sacha dropped out. A few weeks later, the film was repackaged with Reilly and when scheduling slots for all parties cleared, Sony went all in.
Production is scheduled to start after Thanksgiving. According to the reports, they want to shoot and release this movie as soon as possible, most likely because there are so many other Sherlock Holmes projects in production.
You got Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes film series, the CBS series Elementary, and the British-American Sherlock tv series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
We’ll see if Ferrell and Reilly can figure out a way to put a fresh spin on something we’ve already seen several times before. No release date has been announced, but we’ll keep you posted.