Anthony Horowitz to Write New Sherlock Holmes Novel

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Sherlock Holmes creator Conan Doyle’s estate has approved a new book project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The news comes as no surprise, considering the monument success of both the 2009 blockbuster film by Guy Ritchie and last fall’s contemporary television makeover, Sherlock. All of this interest has sparked a revival for the classic tales about the great detective and his sidekick, Dr. Watson.

The estate has chosen British author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz to write the new book. Horowitz is known for writing the teenage spy novel Alex Rider and his adaptation of several Agatha Christie crime capers for ITV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot series. The new full-length Holmes novel will be published by Orion in September.

Horowitz had this to say:

“I simply couldn’t resist this opportunity to write a brand new adventure for this iconic figure and my aim is to produce a first-rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original.”

Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel, which will again star Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law along with newcomer Noomi Rapace, will be released on December 16, three months after Horowitz’s novel.

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