From ‘Step Brothers’ to mystery solvers: Ferrell and Reilly to play ‘Holmes & Watson’

sherlock holmes will ferrell comedy
Eva Rinaldi/Flickr
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have raced cars and lived together as stepbrothers onscreen, and now the actors will join forces to solve mysteries. The duo will put a comedic spin on Irish-Scots writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories of Sherlock Holmes in Sony Pictures’ upcoming Holmes & Watson, reports Deadline.

The actors have reportedly been wanting to team up again for years after co-starring in 2006’s Talladega Nights and 2008’s Step Brothers, and now they have found the perfect opportunity. Directed by Etan Cohen, Holmes & Watson is inspired by Conan Doyle’s beloved tales but will present a more comic version of the iconic crime-solving duo. Ferrell will put on Sherlock Holmes’ famous detective cap, while Reilly will take on the role of his sidekick, Dr. John Watson.

Over the years, Sherlock Holmes has been adapted numerous times, from early 1900s stage and radio plays to films and TV series, with Holmes having been portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Charlton Heston, and more. Given that the stories have usually been dramatized, Holmes & Watson should give the story a unique spin. In addition to reuniting a successful comedy duo, the film will bring Ferrell and Cohen back together — the two worked on the Cohen-helmed Get Hard.

Holmes & Watson has been in the works for some time now, with Ferrell previously attached to star alongside Sacha Baron Cohen, according to Deadline. While that evidently did not work out, Reilly emerged as a capable replacement. The comedy flick is produced by Mosaic and Gary Sanchez Productions, with Jonathan Kadin overseeing for Columbia, and Chris Henchy and Jessica Elbaum overseeing for Gary Sanchez.

A timeline for the film’s release has not been announced, but production is reportedly set to begin shortly following Thanksgiving.

Movies & TV

Pedro Pascal officially cast as 'The Mandalorian' as Disney show fills out cast

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Godzilla,’ Brightburn,’ ‘Triple Frontier,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's the first trailers for Brightburn and Triple Frontier, among other previews.
Deals

Today’s best Amazon deals: Facebook, Nikon, and NVidia

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but for retail giants like Amazon, the savings are only getting started. We've scoured the depths of Amazon to find you the very best deals going on right now.
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in every genre for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Computing

Style up your MacBook Air with one of these great cases or sleeves

Whether you’re looking for added protection or a stylish flourish, you’re in the right place for the best MacBook Air cases. We have form-hugging cases, luxurious covers and padded sleeves priced from $7 to $130. Happy shopping!
Movies & TV

A ‘Venom’ sequel is on its way, and Spider-Man could play a role

'Venom' screenwriter Jeff Pinker confirms that a follow-up to Sony's Spider-Man spin-off is in the works. Could a certain friendly neighborhood webslinger join the action? Pinker says that it's "not impossible."
Movies & TV

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is one of the hero's best movies ever

One of Spider-Man's most memorable big-screen adventures, animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse simultaneously feels like nothing we've ever seen before and a tale that feels familiar in all the best ways.
Home Theater

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season 2 gets a new, Spock-heavy trailer

CBS has released a new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery season 2, which premieres January 17 on CBS All Access. The new trailer features series newcomers Spock and Christopher Pike prominently.
Movies & TV

Netflix is testing an instant scene-replay feature, but would you use it?

Ever felt like Netflix was missing a scene-replay button? The company is currently trialing a feature that lets you skip back to the start of the scene you just watched, though early tests appear to be annoying some viewers.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Movies & TV

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘The X-Files’ with the show’s 10 best episodes

The X-Files premiered 25 years ago, so here are the 10 best episodes of the award-winning sci-fi series. From alien-abduction drama to hilarious satires, these are the best episodes from all 11 seasons of the hit series.
Movies & TV

Can't get enough lightsaber action? Here's how to get your Star Wars fix online

Few of us want to deal with DVDs or Blu-ray discs anymore. Unfortunately, the Star Wars movies are few and far between when it comes to streaming. If you want to watch Star Wars online, check out our guide on where to find the films online.
Podcasts

Psychedelic 'Spider-Man,' Superman goes evil, 'Star Trek: Discovery' trailer

This week on Between the Streams, we'll talk about the wondrous, psychedelic adventure that is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. We'll also discuss Dr. Strange 2, the freaky trailer for Brightburn (Superman goes evil?), and more.
Home Theater

Streaming services blast past networks for the most scripted TV shows in 2018

For the first time in history, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, produced more original scripted series than broadcast or cable channels, setting a new record for the number of TV shows on the air.