Despite the impressive number of films that Hollywood releases in a given year, the actual number of comedic releases is typically quite small. Numerous reasons can be offered for this, but one of the most likely explanations is that successful comedies are incredibly difficult to make. The perfect combination of big laughs and engaging storytelling can be quite the elusive force.
There’s been a handful of memorable comedies as of late, but even the biggest names in the genre have struggled to deliver the goods. One of the most bankable comedians has been Will Ferrell, who has also carved out a decent following with fellow comedic actor John C. Reilly. The duo’s hits Talladega Nights and Step Brothers left fans wanting more and seemingly waiting in vain.
Thankfully, fans of both Ferrell and Reilly finally have something to look forward to, as Variety has confirmed that the two will reunite once again, this time in Sony’s Holmes and Watson. The film will be a comedic re-imagining of author Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mystery solving duo, with Ferrell in the iconic Sherlock Holmes role and Reilly taking on the part of John Watson. The film will mark the third time that Ferrell and Reilly have teamed up on screen.
Holmes and Watson will apparently be a PG-13 comedy that will enter into production this upcoming November. Some rumors suggest that the film was being considered years earlier, but things fell apart when Warner Bros pushed forward with their Guy Richie directed Sherlock Holmes adaptation. Word had previously spread that Ferrell and Reilly would mark their third outing together with a project called Devil’s Night – a comedy about two friends who band together to save their neighborhood from wanton destruction on the night before Halloween, commonly known as Devil’s Night. As of this writing, the status of that project is unknown.
It’s great to see Ferrell and Reilly teaming up once again and the thought of both men dressing in period clothing and speaking in over-the-top, intentionally pompous accents is likely already eliciting a chuckle or two from many. The fact that the film might be aiming for a PG-13 rating, however, could be a bit of a problem for fans who are looking for something a little more in line with what Ferrell and Reilly are known for. Outbursts of profanity-laced rage, for example, aren’t as easy to pull off with a PG-13 rating.
Still, it’s too early to decide what could or couldn’t be funny about Holmes and Watson. For now, the premise of these two comedic veterans taking part in yet another film together should be enough. With a production date already close, audiences won’t have to wait very long to see if this third Ferrell and Reilly outing is as good and as funny as its predecessors.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on the progress of Holmes and Watson.