Guy Ritchie is to take a look at an older style of crime movie with a new Sherlock Holmes adaptation

The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director has been contracted by Warner Bros Studios to helm a film based on an upcoming comic book about the detective.

Sherlock Holmes, set for a 2010 release, will be based on an as-yet-unpublished graphic novel take on the Arthur Conan Doyle creation by former Warner Bros creative executive Lionel Wigram, who will also produce the film alongside Dan Lin.

Though the plot of Wigram's approach to the 19th century detective remains a secret, it is believed it reimagines Holmes as a more adventurous character, who exploits his pugilistic talents and swordsmanship, according to Variety.

Warner Bros has been considering a new cinematic approach to the Baker Street resident for a number of years, with The Descent director Neil Marshall at one point attached to direct.

Ritchie will now rewrite a script penned by Michael Johnson and based on Wigram's comic.

The Snatch director, whose last film outing Revolver was critically panned, can next be seen on UK screens in September with Rock 'n' Rolla.

Gerard Butler, Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Piven star in the gangster film, which tells of a land deal gone wrong.

04/06/2008 13:30:24