It’s been five years since the last Robert Downey Jr. / Jude Law / Guy Ritchie-Sherlock Holmes movie, but Warner Bros. is fast-tracking Sherlock Holmes 3 by assembling a sizable team of writers to bring the newest Holmes film in before interest dissipates altogether.
Robert Downey Jr. isn’t determined to continue as just Iron Man, he and Warner Bros. are not letting go of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes franchise either. RDJ, Warner Bros., and Village Roadshow have assembled a writers’ room to shape a script for the forthcoming feature. There’s Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman, Baywatch’s Justin Malen, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Gary Whitta, Tomb Raider’s Geneva Dworet-Robertson, and Snowden’s Kieran Fitzgerald. Absent from the line-up is James Coyne, who was hired to work on a new draft of the screenplay earlier this year. Additionally, none of the writers from the other two Sherlock films are returning to this team either.
Although Downey said earlier this year he was hoping to begin filming Sherlock Holmes 3 in 2016, it looks like that won’t happen until after he finishes shooting Avengers: Infinity War. Assembling a team of writers such as this isn’t usually thrown into practice outside of fast-tracking a studio’s property as quickly as they can. It seems Warner Bros. is holding steady to their continued production of franchises and sequels and less on original content. This is mostly in part with Warner trying to compete with Disney and Marvel Studios slew of incredibly profitable and popular franchises, and potential franchise properties. A writers room like the one being assembled for Sherlock Holmes 3 is also a way to avoid potential rewrites during production.
The first two films in the franchise totaled $525 million and $545 million worldwide respectively, so they were no small change for either Downey or Warner. Guy Ritchie is expected to return, as well as Jude Law, given the actor and director have re-teamed for the upcoming King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword film starring Charlie Hunnam.
Sherlock Holmes 3 probably won’t shoot in early 2017, either, as Downey will be tied up with Avengers: Infinity War. The studio does have several 2019 and 2020 dates set aside for unnamed titles, so Sherlock Holmes 3 could possibly slip into one of those slots.
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