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‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ Sequel Gets ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director and Inexplicably Worse Title

Written by on September 5, 2012 

When your movie turns a profit, nobody actually having a recollection of it doesn’t make much difference. I can only assume this is one of the driving philosophies behind Sherlock Gnomes, a sequel to last year’s Elton John-infused animated picture Gnomeo & Juliet that, according to Deadline, John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will now be directing.

As should be clear from the oh-my-Lord-are-you-really-going-with-that title, the project — which Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil, Gnomeo‘s writers, are returning for — sees the original movie’s characters seeking the help of a world famous detective (guess his name) to solve “the sinister disappearance of gnomes from the suburban gardens of England.” So, does that make this our first-ever mixing of William Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? And does it really have to be this?

Yes, it does. Elton John will contribute once again, having been said to come back as producer through Rocket Pictures, along with being given the duty of composing a few new tunes for Sherlock Gnomes; it’s fair to expect many of his older songs will still creep their way in. If I actually liked the guy’s music, that would provide even the smallest of reasons to care where this goes. But no, no, there’s nothing to grasp here. I can’t do it.

Is Sherlock Gnomes the worst title you’ve heard this year?

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