Mr. Holmes lawsuit settled, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate attorney says

A settlement has been reached between the makers of the movie Mr. Holmes and the estate of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, according to an attorney for the estate.

The film, which was released in July, stars Ian McKellen as a retired Sherlock Holmes who gets involved in an unsolved mystery. Mr. Holmes is based on writer Mitch Cullin’s book A Slight Trick of the Mind, a Sherlock Holmes story which, Doyle’s estate alleged, infringed on some of Doyle’s stories that remain under copyright.

The lawsuit, filed in May, named Miramax, Roadside Attractions, and Mr. Holmes director Bill Condon, author Mitch Cullin, and Penguin Random House. Benjamin Allison, attorney for the Doyle estate, said Thursday that the estate has reached an agreement in principle with the filmmakers. Allison added that a separate agreement finalized with Cullin and the book’s publisher will see the ebook version of A Slight Trick of the Mind acknowledge the use of material from copyrighted Sherlock Holmes stories.

Allison offered no details on the settlement, saying only, “the Conan Doyle Estate is very pleased.”

When asked for comment, a Miramax spokesperson said, “We do not comment on ongoing litigation.”

Roadside Attractions did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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