[Movies] Ian McKellen To Play A Retired Sherlock Holmes
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.05.2013
In a new film...
Screen Daily reports that Ian McKellen is set to play a retired Sherlock Holmes in director Bill Condon's A Slight Trick of the Mind. The film will be produced by Icon/AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi; See-Saw Films' Iain Canning and Emile Sherman; FilmNation; Anne Carey (through her Archer Grey Productions) and BBC Films. BBC Films head Christine Langan and Len Blavatnik will executive produce and that studio will co-finance.
Principal photography takes place in the UK in April. It is based on the novel by Mitch Cullin, adapted into a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher.
Here's a synopsis: Set in 1947, the film follows a long-retired Sherlock Holmes, who lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But rather than enjoying a peaceful retirement, the famous Baker Street detective is haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
Icon will finance and distribute through AI Films, the production arm of the Icon UK group owned by Len Blavatnik's Access Industries. This is the second collaboration between Condon and McKellan, who last worked together on Gods and Monsters. That film was written and directed by Condon. It ended up winning best screenplay at the Academy Awards, and was nominated for best actor for McKellan.
Anne Carey said: "Mitch Cullin's elegiac novel is not so much about solving a mystery, as it is about accepting life's mysteries. I could not be more excited about the talent who have come together to make this film a reality."
AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi added: "Bill Condon and Ian McKellen are a perfect match for this clever and intriguing project, the third on our current production slate. The next few months will be exciting as we move closer to shooting with our producer partners Anne Carey and Iain Canning."