Without a doubt, director Guy Ritchie’s treatment of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has lended a visual, cinematic appeal between the raw, wry comedic delivery of actors Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Coupling with robust action sequences and fiery, explosive set pieces certainly offered plenty of bang for the buck, and since then it’s been a question of when production on a third installment would move past the writing limbo it’s been stuck in for several years now.
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It was in 2014 that actor Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that the long-awaited threequel induction of the Sherlock Holmes film series was in development at Warner Bros. Pictures. The film has since taken on a revolving door of screenwriters since then and now things appear to be back on track for the time being with the studio planning a Christmas Day 2020 release.
With confirmation pending, the aformentioned Marvel MCU star is expected to be rejoined by Spy and upcoming Captain Marvel co-star Jude Law for the new film. King Arthur director Guy Ritchie helmed both the 2009 and 2011 films which saw both our eccentric supersleuth and his trusty companion, Dr. Watson initially foil a notorious attempt to expand the British Empire – a harrowing mission that preceded the sequel pitting our hero detective against criminal mastermind, Professor Moriarty.
Narcos series co-creator Chris Brancato is penning the screenplay this time with a director still in search with Susan Downey, Joel Silver and Lionel Wigram still on board to shepherd the film to its completion.
As the world of comic book movie lore painfully awaits the verdict on whether or not it will see fourth Iron Man movie, leading Marvel man Robert Downey Jr. is still an actor with other projects in store aside from wearing his famed red-and-gold superhero armor. The actor took to a Reddit AMA session on Tuesday this week to answer questions from fans on a number of subjects (including the obvious). On that note, if cerebral, comedic wit with a touch of psychological thrills, chills, a splash of hard-hitting action with slick, stylish editing are more your speed, then you are in luck.
While it is not known yet about whether or not director Guy Ritchie will return to direct the long-awaited third installment of the Sherlock Holmes franchise, but Downey Jr. did manage to finally reveal that the film is in development. “Yes, we have a Sherlock 3 in development.”, he said. “We want it to be the best of the series, so that’s a pretty tall order,”. He also added, “Similarly to what we did with the first 2 Sherlocks, mining the original material for things that are ‘new.’”.
Based on the eponymous book series by nineteenth century author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, both films were commercial successes with the 2011 sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows fairing slightly better than its 2009 predecessor. Since then, talk of the threequel has been left brewing while both Downey Jr. and co-lead, Jude Law have been in and out, working out their schedules and getting their timing right.
With Downey Jr.‘s confirmation now public, hopefully the production will move forward with more announcements soon enough. In the meantime, Ritchie, who directed both films for Warner Bros., is currently working on the first installation of a brand new six-film King Arthur franchise, with actor Charlie Hunnam tentatively attached to star for a July 22, 2016 release.
Downey Jr. is currently on tour to promote his new drama, The Judge, which begins its opening statement to audiences in theaters this Friday. Law‘s new deep sea thriller, Black Sea, arrives on January 23, 2015.
Stay tuned for more info!
H/T: E! Online, Business Insider