Sherlock Holmes was born in 1880, brought into the world with the logical, calculating, but truly wonderful flourish of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s pen. There was even a little Edgar Allan Poe mixed in with the ink; Doyle likely based his character on a piece written by Poe. Since then, the many books and stories chronicling the deductive sleuth’s adventures have jumped onto theater and television screens. Now, as the BBC’s Sherlock starts up its third season, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on the many TV and film adaptions available for fans of Watson and Holmes.
1. Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes Films
Warner Bros. (NYSE:TWX) produced the highly successful Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in 2009 and 2011. With Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as his trusty Watson, the first film made upwards of $200 million over the course of its lifetime — according to Box Office Mojo.
While the movies faded in and out of cannon loyalty — mostly out — they still managed to make references to the literature that fans could recognize and appreciate. This includes small details from the books beyond just the oft-used appearances of Moriarty and Irene Adler. Considering the nice revenue Warner Bros. made off the first two films, it’s unsurprising that plans are in the works for a third installation. “We want to make the right movie,” Jude Law told Entertainment Wise. “We got a great response to the second movie, and frankly the Moriarty character sets such a high bar that we want to make sure we’re telling the right story for the third.”