Moriarty In Sherlock Holmes Is Recycled News And Mostly Untrue

By Josh Tyler 2009-08-20 01:34:40discussion comments
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The internet is a dodgy place where blogs vanish almost as quickly as they appear. I know, we’ve been sitting here on this spot doing our thing for… well I don’t want to feel old so let’s just say quite a few years. In that time plenty of movie bloggers have appeared, sold out to soulless corporate entities and flaunted it, pretended not to be owned by soulless corporate entities to fake independence, and then vanished as their readers eventually got wise and went on their way. That’s happened more times than I can count.

Still I thought there were at least a few other movie bloggers who’d been around as long as we have. Apparently I was wrong and Cinema Blend was literally the only site doing this back in 2008 when Guy Ritchie told everyone that Sherlock's arch-nemesis Moriarty was going to be in his Sherlock Holmes movie. Otherwise the following story wouldn’t be making the rounds and I wouldn’t be writing this.

Monday when it was rumored that Brad Pitt was going to show up in Sherlock Holmes as Moriarty, the story wasn’t that Mori was going to make an appearance but that he was going to be played by Brad Pitt. That turned out to be bunk, Pitt isn’t in the film, but somehow everyone missed that his casting was the news item (not Moriarty's presence) and they’re now recycling a story from December of 2008 in which Guy Ritchie said this: “Moriarty's in it... but you don't really see him. I think he's there because if the franchise carries on, there's a possibility that he will appear in a larger guise.”

There, fall out of your chairs. What was old news is, apparently, new again because MTV coaxed Ritchie into repeating it, using even more vague wordage. He says, “I don’t know how to answer that other than to say there is some kind of appearance.” What that probably means is they’ll mention his name or he’ll appear as some sort of shadowy figure at the end to set up a sequel. He’s not in it, not really, and rewording the same vague teasing from Ritchie nine months later doesn’t make it so.
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