Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell are joining forces again, this time for a comedic spin on a classic crime-fighting duo.
Variety reports that the pair, who played bickering racecar drivers in 2006′s “Talladega Nights,” will star in an as-yet-untitled Columbia Pictures comedy featuring super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes (to be played by Cohen) and his trusty sidekick Watson (Ferrell).
Etan Cohen, who co-wrote the upcoming “Tropic Thunder,” is penning the script, while Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller will produce. Apatow and Miller also produced “Talladega Nights.”
“Just the idea of Sacha and Will as Sherlock Holmes and Watson makes us laugh,” said Columbia co-president Matt Tolmach said in Variety Tuesday.
“Sacha and Will are two of the funniest and most talented guys on the planet, and having them take on these two iconic characters is frankly hilarious.”
Cohen and Ferrell’s Sherlock Holmes feature is one of two major studio projects in the works to be inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous literary character. Director Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. are working on their own Holmes movie which focuses on the sleuth’s boxing and swordsmanship skills.