'Sherlock Holmes' Sequel Under Threat for Homosexual Hints

January 04, 2010 08:03:01 GMT

Following Robert Downey, Jr.'s hints at gay relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary estate threatens to withdraw Guy Ritchie's rights to the story.

'Sherlock Holmes' Sequel Under Threat for Homosexual Hints
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Plan to make "Sherlock Holmes" sequel has been put under fire due to homosexual hints. According to several sites, the executors of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary estate have threatened to withdraw Guy Ritchie's rights to the Sherlock Holmes story if the director suggests that there is romantic relationship between the lead characters in his upcoming movie.

Recently, Robert Downey Jr. appeared in "Late Show with David Letterman" and hinted at a homo erotic subtext in the relationship between his detective character and Jude Law's Dr. Watson. During the interview, the 44-year-old let the audience to determine whether Holmes is "a very butch homosexual."

Infuriated by Downey Jr.'s statement, Andrea Plunket who controls the remaining U.S. copyrights to the Holmes story responded, "I hope this is just an example of Mr. Downey's black sense of humor. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future." She then added, "I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books."

"Sherlock Holmes" has been dropped in theaters across the U.S. on December 25. A month before it was released, Robert Downey Jr. has revealed that storyline for two sequels have been planned, saying "Between Guy [Ritchie] and me, the missus [producer Susan Levin] and Joel Silver [producer], we definitely know what we would like to do for the next two sequels."


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posted by Marilyn on Jan 28, 2011
Actually, the Ritchie version of Holmes and Watson, while great fun and an interesting take on Holmes's fighting abilities, is not like the men in Conan Doyle's books. Any homosexual subtext was added by gay rights activists and adolescent fan-fiction writers in the last 30 years. I'm not saying they could not be seen as gay but that Doyle did not intend them to be seen as gay. He may have admired Oscar Wilde and Roger Casement, but he was appalled to find out that they were homosexual. He thought they had a mentally debilitating illness.
posted by Terminus on Oct 28, 2010
Probably a joke by Downey. I still wonder why homosexuals must constantly find justifictions for their actions if they're really so comfortable with them. As for Plunkett, defending the spirit of the work is not synonymous with bigotry.
posted by ButchBob on Sep 22, 2010
Perhaps Holmes and Watson will get fed up with the charade that carried on through all the books and fight and wrestle it out till Holmes finally submits to his passionate and deep physical while yet romantic love for Watson. They would not need to come out of the closet so Plunkett can relax.Just a thought to provoke thought or maybe just provoke.
posted by Me on Sep 22, 2010
I hope they turn it into a full blown gay porn! Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law that would definitely sell a great deal of tickets.
posted by Doc on Aug 26, 2010
Thankfully, there is someone who will stay on track. Hello... if you had read the books you would clearly respect her decision. Get over it guys and... she has morals!!!
posted by rmac on Jul 25, 2010
Just read about being accused of homosexual hints. Watched movie on dvd again and I myself could not see any hints of ho-mo's but 2 men who were as close as 2 friends could be close as brothers could be, who knew there sexuality and preference which were women. If anything was picked up by anybody that they were gay, they themselves were gay and ashamed of it and tried to blame somebody else for their shortcomings.
posted by statistic on Jun 19, 2010
Honestly why don't we put a real twist on the characters. For 2010 who'd ever see it coming? Let's make sherlock holmes totally straight.... oh I'm sorry that wouldn't be PC for 2010:
posted by Grace on Jun 14, 2010
give over mrs plunkett
posted by mui on Jun 04, 2010
I love the movie, I think the holmes/watson banter is classical. kind of like the old b/w films back in the day but much better. I can't wait for the sequel either. WHATEVER Ms. Plunkett
posted by Jaden on May 13, 2010
She then added, "I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books." She certainly sounds hostile, and has clearly not read the books. The relationship in the movie directly mirrored the book. She should keep her homophobia out of the public domain.Also just the fact that she's screwing with RDJ is grounds for her to lose her rights to Holmes ( who surely wouldnt have liked her anyway)
posted by madperson on May 13, 2010
screw that guy. Holmes was a shrewd 'fictional' man who had issues with women, people can insinuate what they will. he needs to get the stick out of his ass. how did this idiot get control of the rights to sherlock holmes.
posted by gorg on May 08, 2010
i want them to kiss at the end of the movie
posted by killer on Apr 18, 2010
What the hell is this kids problem? She doesn't like that Robert Downey Jr. has a sense of humor? She doesn't like that the Sherlock Holmes books and related merchandise are selling better than before? She doesn't like that Holmes has been re-vamped to appeal to a modern audience, while remaining true to the source material? She doesn't like these things because the actor playing Sherlock Holmes made a joke? Don't invite him to your dinner parties then, Plunkett, you uptight bitch.
posted by phuck thispage on Apr 03, 2010
this thread is gayerthen abagofdicks
posted by dconn on Apr 03, 2010
So as was already stated books of that age are public domain and as such cannot be stopped anyway. If Guy and crew were inclined they could all be it make a gay porn out of it and she could be no more then bitter about it
posted by Melissa on Mar 18, 2010
I'm looking forward to the sequels. Plunkett better not ruin the deal.
posted by Maia on Mar 13, 2010
Seriously, it was just a joke. -_- People need to lighten up. You couldn't even see a homosexual relationship unless you were specifically looking for one.
posted by nobody you need to k on Feb 28, 2010
seriously, everyone is so uptight these days. Subtext is everything with Sherlock Holmes, don't these people get it?! geeeeez, just let Guy Ritchie and RDJ and Jude Law do the movie their own way, and this Plunket woman should just keep quiet. If anything, we should resurrect Arthur Conan Doly and ask HIS opinion XD honestly though, I think Ritchie has got it closer to the books than anyone has ever before. So Plunket should get stuffed. No offence, Plunket. it's kinda sad that homosexuality is treated with such hostility in the media lol sorry for the rant.
posted by enkiduts on Feb 16, 2010
Plunkett is full of it. Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain, and she don't own/control nothin!
posted by Hello on Feb 10, 2010
You know, the world is seriously messed up nowadays. If a girl has lots of guy friends, she's a slut. If a guy has a best friend who's also a guy, he's gay. What the heck is wrong with everyone? I don't think Doyle wrote the books with a homosexual theme in mind. Holmes and Watson are no more gay than House and Wilson from House MD are.
posted by dzacki (again) on Feb 05, 2010
and to make them gay would, i think, ruin that chemistry.
posted by dzacki on Feb 05, 2010
@ Wolf: exACTly! Holmes and Watson's banter, their chemistry together, was what reminded me of me and my best friend, and one of the many things that led to me seeing the movie.....5 times.... honestly, there was nothing "gay" or even very romantic about their relationship in the movie. It was childish and immature at times, but that's what made it endearing and at times hilarious.
posted by Sophie on Jan 29, 2010
But the hints at homosexuality is what makes their relationship so intriguing... :)
posted by sheena on Jan 21, 2010
Who cares if you think she is an idiot or a bigot? It's her decision, she can give the rights or not give the rights, simple as that and I don't think she really cares what you or anyone else thinks.
posted by Jacky on Jan 13, 2010
But they *aren't* gay. They're just British.
posted by xlovingirlx on Jan 12, 2010
well, you do have to admit that dr watson's and sherlock's friendship is kinda gay...
posted by Fan on Jan 12, 2010
I know the author never meant them to be gay or anything but I think some sort of romantic subtext IS in the spirit of the books. Their relationship is very husband-wife.
posted by Wolf on Jan 12, 2010
Really, what an over reaction. The banter & chemistry between Holmes & Watson was BRILLIANT. So brilliant taht I watched the movie twice and cannot wait for the DVD. I love subtext and it was great to watch.
posted by Nicole on Jan 05, 2010
Plunkett is obviously an idiot (and a bigot).
posted by Anna on Jan 04, 2010
People really need to just grow up. Especially this Plunkett woman and Warner Brothers! Robert Downey Jr. has had a sense of humor from the get go. I thought the show was extremely humorous and took it all as just Robert's sense of humor. I have also seen the film and really didn't see anything reotely homosexual about it. Just a story about to very good friends. Everyone just needs to CHILL out and leave Robert alone!

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