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Downey signs for 'Sherlock Holmes'

By Rob M. Worley     July 10, 2008

With the breakout success of 'Iron Man' Robert Downey Jr. is becoming Mr. Comics2Film, signing this week for the comic-based 'Sherlock Holmes', his second funny-book attachment in the past month.

Variety reports that Downey has comitted to the movie, with Guy Ritchie directing from a concept that will appear in an upcoming comic book by producer Lionel Wigram. Cameras roll on 'Sherlock Holmes' in October, which would be before the planned 'Iron Man' sequel.

The new take on the classic detective will have emphasis on action and depict Holmes as a fighter as well as a thinker.

Ritchie recently did a polish of the script, written by Anthony Peckham. Joel Silver, Susan Downey and Dan Lin are producing along with Wigram. The crew aims to beat a comedic, Will Ferrell take on the character to theaters.

Downey also signed on to topline the comics-based 'Cowboys and Aliens' last month.

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