If you like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in standard comedy form, surely you’ll love them in musical form as well.
At least that’s the hope of their new film Holmes and Watson they play the titular characters, as you might expect. The film is supposed to be a comedy and it looks like it will have a musical angle as well.
Holmes and Watson director Etan Cohen has named composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater to write the songs. You may know that duo from their work that they did on Sausage Party.
Slater was asked what we should expect for the new movie and his answer was awfully inspiring. Here is what he had to say to the Hollywood Reporter:
“Begins in a musical theater, almost Rex Harrison kind of a way, and then it turns into a full-on, ‘70s pop/soft rock love extravaganza, with an operatic interlude in the middle.” He went on: “It’s a bizarre hodgepodge. One is essentially a love song between Watson and Holmes.” Well, that is what (Director Etan) Cohen asked for. In addition to this sappier tune, there will be a “tongue-in-cheek busker number by a one-man band” with “a Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins feel.””
Could anyone other than Reilly and Ferrell pull off such absurdity? If you’ve been reading this and getting excited by the possibility of mysterious musical hijinks, though, there is a bit of bad news: the film is in production currently, and isn’t likely to hit theaters until 2018.