Writers Talk Sherlock Holmes 2 & Brad Pitt

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Sherlock Holmes 2 Writers Talk Sherlock Holmes 2 & Brad Pitt

Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes opened over the Christmas holidays against the biggest movie of all time in James Cameron’s Avatar, yet it still won over many fans and banked over half a billion dollars worldwide. Throwing those numbers into the Hollywood math machine and the equations lead to the obvious: a sequel is coming.

Warner Bros. was confident enough in the Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law starrer that they commissioned a script Kieran and Michele Mulroney for a sequel, months before Sherlock Holmes was even released. The studio wants to fast-track the sequel into production which became obvious when Robert Downey Jr. had to drop out of Cowboys & Aliens in order to shoot the Holmes sequel this summer.

The question on a lot of people’s minds now is whether or not those rumors and reports of Brad Pitt playing Moriarty are true.

Sherlock Holmes acted in large part as a set-up film for the character’s arch-rival with the introduction of Moriarty as the master behind the curtain and obvious feature villain of Sherlock Holmes 2.

While Moriarty did play a part in the first movie, it was never officially announced as to who played his voice. Rumors leading up to the film’s debut was that it was going to be Brad Pitt. After some false tabloid reports explained Ritchie would reshoot Sherlock with Pitt as the villain, it was reported late last summer from a legit source that the studio was in talks with Pitt to play the villain in Sherlock Holmes 2.

Nothing has been confirmed on this front but Collider had a chance to speak with the writers, Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney about Sherlock Holmes 2 where they touched on which classic Holmes stories they like and hinted that Pitt might be be Moriarty.

What stories do the writers like from Arthur Conan Doyle original work (56 short stories on Sherlock Holmes in total)? Both immediately said ‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’ then joked about ‘The Adventure of the Red-Headed League.’

Kieran: “‘The Adventure of the Red-Headed League.’ That’s sort of deep in the canon. I love it because it actually has to do with … it’s a theft crime where they’re hiring ginger-haired men. They’re luring people in by sending out notices that say “If you have red hair,” which of course in England is looked down upon still to this day, “then join our club.” And then, that club becomes a front for a criminal enterprise.”

Michel: “It’s very silly.”

Kieran: “Yeah. It’s such a bizarre and old fashioned thing. We’re not making a version of The Red-Headed League, by the way.”

This was followed by laughter from the pair then confirmation that this definitely won’t be in the movie in any way. Moving on to the Brad Pitt side of things, what do the writers thing about Brad Pitt as Moriarty?

“Well, of course, we’re gigantic Brad Pitt fans. I think he’s a brilliant actor and a particularly brilliant character actor. And certainly the role that you’re talking about of Professor Moriarty is a big character to bite off. I hope Brad likes it. Let’s leave it at that. To be political, we should say nothing. But, he’s wonderful. We couldn’t be bigger fans of Brad. So, we’ll see what happens. It’s going to be an interesting film to watch. We can say nothing about this.”

They hope Brad likes it which seems that he’ll be checking out the script and part. Pitt has worked with Ritchie before and I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear confirmation that he will be Moriarty Sherlock Holmes 2 in the near future.

While I thought Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law were perfect in their roles, I didn’t like the villain or plot of Sherlock Holmes that much, despite my love of Mark Strong as an actor. I found it too simple and contrived, especially the conspiracy aspect of it and focus put on setting up the sequel. I have higher expectations from Sherlock Holmes 2 now that we know the characters and world Ritchie is bringing us (Guy Ritchie dropped Lobo to do Sherlock Holmes 2). I hope Brad Pitt is involved.

Sherlock Holmes 2 starts shooting this June and will likely release in the first half of 2011.

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Source: Collider

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  1. Please no Brad Pitt. While I really liked his work in Snatch, Pitt as Moriarty just seems like stunt casting to me. (A lot of tabloid ink has flowed since Snatch, and while I give credit to Tarantino for the effort, all I ever see on screen watching a Brad Pitt performance is Brad Pitt.) IMHO, Blackwood should turn out to be Moriarty and therefore give Mark Strong a villain he deserves. C'mon, you don't really think they went to the trouble to tell us he escaped the noose once, only to hang in the final frame do you?

  2. Yeah I dont “see” Brad as an overly intelligent manipulator.

  3. It sounded like Richard E Grant to me. And I cannot wait for this sequel!

  4. I personally think that Pitt would be a perfect casting on the role and I am SUUUUREEE he will take it. This will be like another Ocean's 11 movie- a few big name actors, a well known director having fun and solving/creating crimes. I think that Pitt woudl complement the cast very well.

  5. I personally think that Pitt would be a perfect casting on the role and I am SUUUUREEE he will take it. This will be like another Ocean's 11 movie- a few big name actors, a well known director having fun and solving/creating crimes. I think that Pitt woudl complement the cast very well.

  6. I personally think that Pitt would be a perfect casting on the role and I am SUUUUREEE he will take it. This will be like another Ocean's 11 movie- a few big name actors, a well known director having fun and solving/creating crimes. I think that Pitt woudl complement the cast very well.

  7. I personally think that Pitt would be a perfect casting on the role and I am SUUUUREEE he will take it. This will be like another Ocean's 11 movie- a few big name actors, a well known director having fun and solving/creating crimes. I think that Pitt woudl complement the cast very well.

  8. I can totally see Pitt as Moriarty. It's like mixing 2 parts Tyler Durden, 1 part Benjamin Button, and 1 part Joe Black. I'm excited to see how this goes…

  9. I can. Of course, Moriarty ought to be the figure you can overlook. He's mild, unimportant, and WHOA he just held the nation for ransom! Who'd have thought it?!
    At least, that's how he seems to me.

  10. they never actually said what story theyre adapting. i hate it when people cant give a straight answer and somone should send this to that coppercab kid on youtube. mabe he'll learn southpark isnt the only group of people in the world that hate gingers.

  11. The problem is, given the likelihood they'll be adapting an existing Doyle story, if they reveal what the story is about then that spoils any plot points in the movie. While I generally got the impression they were teasing about Speckled Band, I'd rather not know too much at this point.

  12. I have no problem with Pitt in this role. I think the man is a great character actor and could pull Moriarty off.

  13. Red hair is frowned-upon in Ireland, too. Those damn gingers give us such a bad reputation!

  14. sure, no prob….bring it

  15. Well if their looking at Holmes stories I would say The Final Solution and The Empty House, which both deal with Moriarty and Holmes “Death” would be the most logical to play with.

  16. Brad Pitt should definitely be in this film! He would fit perfectly with the rest of the cast. Who cares if there are a few big name actors? Including Brad Pitt isn't over doing it, in fact I think he'll fit perfectly with the chemistry already developed between RDJ and Jude Law. Can't wait to see the sequel. I'll be even more excited if Brad Pitt would be in it!

  17. Moriarty is the model all criminal genius are based on. He was on par if not more intelligent then Holmes. He was a great mathematician (or scholar cant remember which).

    I do believe he was a generation older then Holmes or at least that is the way I remember him to be.

    I think Mark Strong would have been a better selection and who is to say Strong is not Moriarty as I believe he has (or Holmes did) faked his own death.

    As for Pitt… meh I still say no however It wouldnt stop me from seeing it and possibly being proven wrong.

  18. At least you'd still be willing to see it. I know many people for whom it'd be a deal breaker. My father for one. He'd rather watch Hellboy (which he knows he'll hate) than Fight Club (which he knows he'll like).

  19. meh I still like to be entertained at movies. As long as I know what direction the movie is going in.. (Fact/fiction/fiction based on fact/leave your brain at the door etc.) I enjoy movies not necessarily who is in it.

    Im not saying the movie will suck due to Mr. Pitt its just I dont see Mr. Pitt as Moriarty. They may keep him “shadowed” most of the film. Or he may pull it off. I will see it but I will be vocal if I think somone (anyone) could have done a better job. Heck I will even admit to being wrong… it happens. :D

  20. I completely agree. When I first heard about RDJ playing Sherlock, I was anxious it would collapse. But somehow he pulled it off. He did the role justice and it was definitely a fine film. My only complaint is that Jude Law and RDJ seemed a little stiff beside each other, almost like there wasn't any chemistry there. The two are like brothers- or should be, anyway. Yet there's no chemistry?

    Regardless, good movie and it should be interesting to see where they take the sequel. ^_^

  21. As long as this movie isn't another Ocean's 11, I'm fine. I mean, nice thought, but very different flavor, I'd hope.

  22. I agree completely. I think people discount his multi-faceted nature just a little too much. He has the skills to fit a wide number of roles, including some of the smartest ones I've ever seen on screen.

  23. I agree on all but one account- the chemistry. Jude Law and RDJ had seemingly no chemistry to me. The two need to be like brothers- love each other but hate each other. They seemed more like two guys that argue while drinking and playing golf. I can't see them as close buddies and I certainly can't see Jude Law's Watson constantly solving crimes with Sherlock if Sherlock is such an insensitive prick. But that's just my perspective on it, and all people have varying views. Brad will fit, but I don't know if it's with the established “chemistry”.

  24. I have a feeling they'll go for the inevitable sequel, so in this case they may pick a varied Moriarty story that doesn't result in death. They may even devise their own. That'd be refreshing, for sure.

  25. Sure I do. Given all the frustration he'd given to Sherlock, it was a fitting conclusion- a sharp, clanking, resonant kiss of fate, if you will. Mark Strong did a fine job, but it doesn't fit in the time line that he's Moriarty and that Moriarty was disguised as Blackwood. Moriarty was there getting his reward from the machine when Blackwood was fleeing, if I'm not mistaken. Moriarty also wouldn't stick his neck out right away- not until he's completely ready to snap his own personal trap and claim the world. That's how I read him, anyway.

  26. Well, in my scenario he wouldn't have been sticking his neck out “as Moriarty.” Perhaps I'm just too enamored of the twist in Young Sherlock Holmes (and REALLY want Mark Strong included in the sequel! lol )

  27. Honestly in my eyes I'm stuck with Hugh Laurie as Moriarty but I'm willing to see how Brad will portray this role.

  28. Honestly in my eyes I'm stuck with Hugh Laurie as Moriarty but I'm willing to give Brad a chance.

  29. Though Brad Pit is a good actor, I don't think I can ever see him play as Moriarty. He just doesn't have the feel or even the look (maybe) of it. I just hope they don't actually cast him.