We know the world’s having a love affair with anything Sherlock Holmes these days, and Sir Ian McKellen is also high up in our hearts, so it makes sense that this movie is coming along.
Director Bill Condon recently directed The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch and it was announced today that he’ll be teaming up with McKellen (for the first time since Gods and Monsters) to imagine the life of Sherlock Holmes long after his retirement.
The story described in the press release is as follows:
In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, long retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life – a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart.
The film, based on the novel of the same name by Mitch Cullin, starts filming April 2014.