Find out what happened when we visited stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law on the London set ...

You can't discuss the great detective stories of our time without mentioning Sherlock Holmes and his partner Watson -- who've been entertaining us with their wild adventures since first appearing in publication back in 1897.

Times have changed, though, and gone are the stuffy, boring, made-for-TV incarnations that have kept folks across the pond busy for a few decades.

Instead, Warner Bros. has gone back to some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's earlier novels and brought on director Guy Ritchie and stars Robert Downey Jr. (Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson) to reboot the iconic characters and, at the same time, possibly ignite a whole new franchise.


Find out what happened when we visited stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law on the London set ...



You can't discuss the great detective stories of our time without mentioning Sherlock Holmes and his partner Watson -- who've been entertaining us with their wild adventures since first appearing in publication back in 1897. Times have changed, though, and gone are the stuffy, boring, made-for-TV incarnations that have kept folks across the pond busy for a few decades. Instead, Warner Bros. has gone back to some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's earlier novels and brought on director Guy Ritchie and stars Robert Downey Jr. (Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson) to reboot the iconic characters and, at the same time, possibly ignite a whole new franchise.

Don't confuse this for an origin story, as Downey Jr. notes: "You join [Holmes and Watson] as a couple who have known each other eight or so years. They've roomed together, they've journeyed on many cases together, but it's only now that you realize that ... there's also a problem [with their relationship] ..."

One aspect of the Holmes/Watson mythology that audiences aren't used to seeing (but was a major part of those early books) is some good old-fashioned fighting. Producer Joel Silver promises a Sherlock Holmes who's "far more action-oriented," with Watson acting as a "tough guy, a bruiser ... which we haven't really seen before." But which shouldn't be a surprise, considering Ritchie's penchant for rough-and-tumble heist flicks.

With all that action, will there be any time to serve up some of that dry Sherlock Holmes humor? Silver says definitely: "It's funny, it's fun, and it's got some magic and mystery. It's not an R-rated film, so it's not going to be that dark. But it has a darkness to it that will be evened out by lightness. It's a fun adventure."

Stay tuned -- we'll have much more from the set of 'Sherlock Holmes' as we inch closer to its Dec. 25 release.

--Reporting by Erik Davis

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