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June 5, 2008 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | June 5, 2008 |

Did you grow up reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes? Not everyone did, and not everyone really has to, I guess. But it’s still impossible to deny the character’s impact on his own little corner of pop culture, from the clich├ęd “Elementary, Watson” (introduced in film) to the never-gets-old “No shit, Sherlock.” Given the character’s history, it’s harder to imagine someone less likely or suited to the task of reviving him on the big screen than Guy Ritchie, but that’s just what’s happening. Ritchie will write and direct a “reimagining” of the detective for Warner Bros., inspired by a forthcoming comic from co-producer Lionel Wigram that sees Sherlock become more adventuresome, though whether this means Watson will be replaced by a character named Bullet-Tooth Tony, only time will tell. Ritchie used to be a great director of rapid-fire little capers, but after Swept Away and Revolver, it’s clear he’s searching for a way to get edgy again. I just wish he didn’t have to piss on English literature to do it.

There’s a man out there named Wayne McClammy. Not content to just go through life with the greatest porn handle possible, McClammy decided to work on the production side of the industry, serving among other roles as a segment producer on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Sarah Silverman Program.” But his best known works are probably the “I’m Fucking Matt Damon” and “I’m Fucking Ben Affleck” clips from Kimmel’s show. That’s right: Sexual humor from Wayne McClammy. And because viral popularity is all you need to succeed in today’s crazy world, McClammy is now set to make his feature directorial debut with Cool School, a “comedy” about a group of ad executives who are sent back to high school to study teens and find out what they like. You liked it on “21 Jump Street,” you loved it in Never Been Kissed, but prepare to be completely blown away by yet another story about an adult hiding out in a high school! Hijinks will ensue!

Comic book author Brian K. Vaughan, just a few days after being hired to adapt his own Runaways for the big screen, has sold his supernatural comedy spec Roundtable to DreamWorks. The sale ends a bidding war that saw several studios vying for the script that uses the legend of King Arthur as a springboard into modern comedy. I know what you’re thinking: Dan, someone already made a comedy about Arthur, and it was called First Knight, and it was unimpeachably glorious. Well hold on to your seats, because this one involves time travel: The story is about Merlin assembling a group of present-day knights to battle a resurrected villain, and about the McClammyesque hijinks that ensue when the knights turn out to be nothing more than washed-up athletes and actors. Only my devout belief in the power of Vaughan is keeping me interested in this project.

It was also announced this week that Fremantle Media will make a documentary about Pele. Soccer: Because that annoying guy in your office has to like something.

In this week’s trailer watch, first up is the latest clip for The X-Files: I Want to Believe. It looks like the film is ditching the murky conspiracy angle and going for straight-ahead sci-fi/horror. Rock on:

Here’s the trailer for Transsiberian, a thriller starring Kate Mara, Emily Mortimer, and other people:

Finally, because it’s been a long week, here’s one to get you through the day:

Daniel Carlson is the managing editor of Pajiba and a low-level employee at a Hollywood industry magazine. You can visit his blog, Slowly Going Bald.

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