New York, NY â€“ November 30th, 2011â€” SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS features the return of Sir Arthur Conan Doyleâ€™s legendary detective and martial artist — trained in the 19th century hybrid of jujitsu called â€œBartitsuâ€. Produced by Taiwanese American Dan Lin (named one of â€œ10 Producers to Watchâ€ by Variety in 2008), the highly-anticipated action/adventure sequel features Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as the worldâ€™s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returning as his formidable colleague, Dr. Watson.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Silver Pictures Production, in association with Wigram Productions, a Guy Ritchie Film, â€œSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.â€ Opening on December 16, 2011, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. For more information about the film, visit www.sherlockholmes2.com.
About â€œSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadowsâ€
Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at largeâ€”Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)â€”and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. Holmes’ investigation into Moriarty’s plot becomes ever more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London and across Europe, to France, Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destructionâ€”all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.
About the Sherlock Holmes character
For generations, Sherlock Holmes has embodied the gift of seeing beyond the obviousâ€”of discerning the truth from within the haze of deception. Created in the late 19th century, in a series of stories and novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the brilliant detective has become one of pop cultureâ€™s most enduring figures, whose adventures are among the most widely read in the history of the English language.
About the â€œSherlock Holmesâ€ film series
The film series, beginning in 2009 with â€œSherlock Holmes,â€ offers a dynamic new portrayal of the legendary detective. Revealing fighting abilities as powerful as his famous intellect, Holmes employs his own unique methods to get to the heart of a case, traveling where no one else would think to go to find what others cannot see.
Sherlock Holmes: Martial Artist
In the films, as in the books, both Holmes and Watson know their way around a fight and their skills are frequently tested.Â Holmes is a skilled martial artist; this propensity links him with both the star and director of â€œSherlock Holmes,â€ as Downey and Ritchie have practiced martial arts for years, and worked together to create Holmesâ€™s distinct fighting style.Â â€œDoyle called it Baritsu in the novels, which is tied to a 19th century hybrid of jujitsu that is actually called Bartitsu created by Edward William Barton-Wright,â€ Downey explains.Â â€œJujitsu is Guyâ€™s chosen martial art.Â Mine is Wing Chun Kung Fu.Â So, we developed our own combination of martial arts styles for the movie.â€
About Dan Lin
Dan Lin is the CEO of Lin Pictures, a production company based at Warner Bros., where it has an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.Â Lin produced â€œSherlock Holmes,â€ starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, the thriller â€œThe Box,â€ starring Cameron Diaz, and Ricky Gervaisâ€™s comedy â€œThe Invention of Lying,â€ starring Gervais and Jennifer Garner. Lin also served as an executive producer on Robert Rodriguezâ€™s family film â€œShortsâ€ and the action thriller â€œTerminator Salvation,â€ starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. He currently has a number of projects in development, including â€œJustice League,â€ â€œThe Gangster Squad,â€ â€œThe Lego Movie,â€ â€œSuicide Squadâ€ and â€œTom & Jerry.â€Â Prior to forming Lin Pictures, inÂ January 2008, Lin served as Senior Vice President of Production for Warner Bros. Pictures.Â During his eight-year tenure at the studio, from 1999 to 2007, he oversaw the development and production of such films as Martin Scorseseâ€™s Academy AwardÂ®-winning drama â€œThe Departedâ€; â€œ10,000 BC,â€ directed by Roland Emmerich; â€œThe Aviator,â€ directed by Scorsese; â€œTMNTâ€; â€œTheÂ Invasionâ€; â€œUnaccompanied Minorsâ€; â€œAlexanderâ€; â€œScooby-Doo 2â€; and â€œTorque.â€Â In September 2008, Lin was named one of Varietyâ€™s â€œ10 Producers to Watch.â€Â He had been profiled on The Hollywood Reporterâ€™s â€œNext Generation Listâ€ in 2005. Lin received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania before earning his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1999.
Watch the Trailer:
- Release Date: December 16, 2011
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Sequel, Adaptation
- Director: Guy Ritchie
- Screenwriter: Kieran Mulroney, Michele Mulroney
- Official Website: SherlockHolmes2.com
- Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Fry, Gilles Lellouche
- Running Time: Unknown
- MPAA Rating: Not yet rated