26 June 2020 08:34
While Benedict Cumberbatch's iteration of Sherlock Holmes isn't set to return to TV screens anytime soon, a new film about Sherlock's sister Enola is set to premiere on Netflix later this year. In addition to Brown in the title role, Henry Cavill (aka Superman) will play Sherlock, and Sam Claflin (aka Finnick Odair) will play Mycroft. In addition to taking inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective novels, the movie is more specifically based on The Enola Holmes Mysteries, a young adult series of detective novels by author Nancy Springer. Doyle's estate is taking Netflix to court in a copyright lawsuit. While the character of Sherlock Holmes and Doyle's stories written before 1923 entered into the public domain in 2014, the estate did retain the rights to Doyle's last 10 stories.
And per the Hollywood Reporter, "in the latest lawsuit, the Doyle Estate alleges that the difference between the public domain stories and the copyrighted ones is emotions." Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is looking rather different in a first-look at Netflix's upcoming Enola Holmes movie. After shooting to fame as the powerful Eleven in 1980s-set sci-fi drama Stranger Things, the actress is travelling even further back in time to the 19th-century as she plays teenage super-sleuth Enola – who just happens to be the rebellious younger sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes. New images released by Netflix feature Brown in character, wearing a Victorian-style dress and looking at the camera in disbelief. Another picture sees Enola talking to her older brothers Mycroft (Sam Claflin) – who looks suitably pompous – and Sherlock (Henry Cavill), while a third offers a glimpse at some of her combat skills. Based on the book series by Nancy Springer, Enola Holmes introduces the youngest Holmes sibling, who was raised by her eccentric mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter) and is a word puzzle and reading genius with a sideline in "cool martial arts moves".
The Doyle estate made a similar argument five years ago in a lawsuit against Miramax for its film Mr. Holmes — among other things, it claimed Mr. Holmes included plot details about Holmes' retirement, which only happens in the final stories. But its new argument is a lot more abstract: basically, if this movie wants Sherlock Holmes to express emotions, its creators need to pay up. The complaint alleges that in the public domain stories, Holmes is famously "aloof and unemotional." Then, that changed because of his creator's life experiences: When Conan Doyle came back to Holmes in the Copyrighted Stories between 1923 and 1927, it was no longer enough that the Holmes character was the most brilliant rational and analytical mind. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Doyle's estate fought the partial public domain ruling by unsuccessfully arguing that Sherlock Holmes slowly became a complex figure who needed full copyright protection to remain coherent. The estate claimed that losing copyright to some of the stories gave Holmes "multiple personalities." So the estate now says Springer and Netflix are basing Enola Holmes on the personality that's still protected.
The upcoming film is based on the book series The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer, which follows the adventures of the youngest Holmes sibling as she makes her own name for herself as a detective. We've known about the film for a while, and now, Netflix has released the first official batch of images from Enola Holmes. The film centers on 16-year-old Enola, who's aghast when her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) goes missing. The first-look images from Enola Holmes that Netflix released give us a glimpse at the style of the forthcoming feature, as well as the chance to see the actors in their roles as these beloved characters.