Screenwriter Kieran Mulroney knows the best way to handle a fight with his writing partner Michele Mulroney (who is also his wife): Michele wins. All kidding aside, when your wife’s your writing partner, how do you deal with a tie break? Michele gives the answer: “We always say the person with the most conviction wins.”
“That’s Michele,” says Kieran. They laugh and comment on the immensely fun, but extremely emotional, experience of being the husband and wife writing team assigned to the new action-comedy Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (the sequel to the successful 2009 Sherlock Holmes, starring Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr.). The film releases December 16.
Script sat down with this witty husband and wife writing team to get some clues on how they wrote one of the most anticipated sequels of the year.
- “There’s a burden of expectations …”
- “It was a really honest group of filmmakers …” (Robert Downey Jr., Guy Ritchie)
- “They gave us full permission to say, ‘No,’ if we didn’t see a way to make their notes work …”
- “Your first draft, no matter how long you spend on it, is never as good as you think it is …”
- “In a classic Sherlock Holmes story, you have to start at the end and work to the beginning …”
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