Even before the release of the film, the franchise is already dealing with a lawsuit filed by the Doyle Estate over copyright estate. The infringement has to do with Sherlock Holmes’ feeling. Read on to know the details!
Knock knock! There’s a new Holmes in town. Nope, not Sherlock and definitely not Mycroft. Surprise! It’s the sister. Netflix has introduced us to her via the new ‘Enola Holmes’ movie trailer, and with Millie Bobby Brown taking charge of the vintage teen detective in its cinematic version, we cannot be more excited. Does that mean we get to meet Sherlock too? Yes, and this time, it is Henry Cavill aka our very own ‘Superman’ stepping into the shoes of the super sleuth, albeit in a supporting manner.
- ‘Enola Holmes’ movie trailer starring Millie Bobby Brown is out
- Netflix has launched a new Holmes in town
- A lawsuit has been filed in its name already
We have watched the ‘Enola Holmes’ movie trailer and it’s an Enola aka Millie show all the way. With skills much like her brother Sherlock and a spirit she has inherited from her fierce mother Eudoria Holmes, played by a brilliant Helena Bonham Carter, Enola is a force to reckon with.
But, there is a hiccup already.
‘Enola Holmes’ movie trailer and the lawsuit mystery
After watching the ‘Enola Holmes’ movie trailer, we went with a little sleuthing on our own. We found out that there is an existing lawsuit on the movie, which comes directly from the Conan Doyle Estate. This estate has filed a lawsuit against anyone and everyone who is involved in the creation of the movie and the characters, including the producers, makers, and the author herself. And the reason behind their miffed attitude is not Enola Holmes.
In fact, it is Sherlock Holmes’ portrayal in the series. According to the lawsuit, this version of Sherlock Holmes has ‘feelings’ which is not something that has gone down with the estate.
‘Enola Holmes’ movie trailer and the lawsuit: A ‘feel’ tell-tale
The basic gist of the lawsuit that has sprung up again after the ‘Enola Holmes’ movie trailer hit the internet can be found in a June report by “The Hollywood Reporter”. According to the same, the Conan Doyle Estate had lost most of its hold on the iconic detective and his stories back in the year 2014. This was after a ruling that stated that all the stories that were published before 1923 were now available in the public domain. However, this argument was rejected by Richard Posner, a Seventh Circuit judge, who stated that this would enable anyone to give the detective multiple personalities via their own adaptations.
However, stories that were published between 1923 and 1927 are the ones with copyright. Interestingly, these are the stories when Sherlock develops feelings and emotions, owing to the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, losing his brother and one of his sons in the war.
The complaint states,
“After the stories that are now in the public domain, and before the copyrighted stories, the Great War happened. In World War I, Conan Doyle lost his eldest son, Arthur Alleyne Kingsley. Four months later he lost his brother, Brigadier-general Innes Doyle. 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. Holmes needed to be human. The character needed to develop human connection and empathy”.
Thus, the estate’s issues with the latest ‘Enola Holmes’ franchise is connected to whether or not the iconic detective’s feelings can be considered an infringement of copyrights.
A lost cause or a debatable one?
It is interesting, considering Holmes’ sociopathic behaviour. This also raises a question on the BBC series adaptation where Benedict Cumberbatch played the legendary detective. We all witnessed how his character arc changes, as he opens up to his friend John Watson and his wife as well. Although Benedict’s Holmes still remained remarkably cold in his detection skills and his interaction with most of the victim’s kin, his emotional side was visible when he spoke to those he cared about, majorly John, Mary, and even Lestrade, to some extent.
Feelings are subjective. The lawsuit, however, is not. It will have to be seen how the makers come through this one and how Henry Cavill will play the role in this movie. For now, we have loved the ‘Enola Holmes’ movie trailer and we are eagerly waiting for the movie that will hit the screens on September 23rd, 2020.
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