Sherlock Holmes Origin Story Series In The Works

The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall will tell the origins of Sherlock Holmes from the perspective of a young Arthur Conan Doyle.

By Douglas Helm | Published

According to Deadline, Imagine Kids+Family has landed the film rights to the upcoming book series , which acts as an origin story for Sherlock Holmes and many other characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Interestingly, the book and series are told from the perspective of a young Arthur Conan Doyle and show that his real-life friends and relationships helped to inspire the famous characters from his novels. The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall will be the beginning of building an inter-connected Arthur Conan Doyle universe, similar to other film universes like the MCU and DC Universe.

The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall will follow Arthur Conan Doyle as he attends a school for gifted children called Baskerville Hall. At this school, he meets people like Professor Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and James Moriarity, who he eventually integrates into his iconic novels. Arthur will also uncover a mystery while attending Baskerville Hall that leads to an epic adventure.

Coolabi Productions are co-developing and co-producing The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall with Imagine Kids+Family in collaboration with The Conan Doyle Estate, who are official guardians of the Sherlock Holmes novels and other works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall will finally bring all of these various characters under one inter-connected umbrella of shows and possibly films. It will be interesting to see how Holmes and these other characters come together.

The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall isn’t the only upcoming Sherlock Holmes project on the way. CBS is also developing called Watson, which will see Holmes’ friend and partner Dr. John Watson in the starring role. The series is set to be written by Elementary executive producer Craig Sweeny and will follow Dr. Watson as he returns to his medical career a year after the death of Sherlock Holmes at the hands of Moriarty.

Netflix is also bringing their Enola Holmes film series back in November, with Enola Holmes 2. Enola Holmes 2 will see Millie Bobby Brown reprising the role of Sherlock Holmes’s sister, who is now a detective-for-hire taking her first official case that involves a missing girl and a dangerous conspiracy. Henry Cavill will be reprising his role as Sherlock Holmes with Helena Bonham Carter returning as their mother Eudoria.

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Many have also been waiting on pins and needles to hear if Robert Downey Jr. would return to play Sherlock Holmes again in a third movie after playing the role in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Originally, the project was supposed to hit theaters in 2021 but it was derailed by the pandemic. Fans can hold out some hope that it may still be made, as director Dexter Fletcher (taking over for Guy Ritchie) indicated that he thinks it could still get made when he talked to Collider in June of this year.

Whether or not we get Robert Downey Jr. reprising his version of Sherlock Holmes, it sounds like Holmes fans will have plenty of content to look forward to. You can check out Enola Holmes 2 when it hits Netflix in November. There’s no word yet on a release date for Watson or The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall.