Five years after Guy Ritchie’s 2011 sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows it seems Robert Downey Jnr and Jude Law will be re-teaming for a third outing scheduled for filming later this year.
The reason for the lengthy hiatus between sequels was due to scheduling conflicts, with both stars and director unable to find a suitable collective opening in their work diaries to get the third instalment of the franchise up and running. Following a press interview for Captain America: Civil War, Downey Jnr revealed that he’s been in talks with Guy Ritchie and filming of Sherlock Holmes 3 could start as early as the end of this year.
In an interview with movie website Collider producer Joel Silver backed up Downey Jnr’s claims by stating:
“It looks like it could happen this fall. Downey said he wants to do it. He’s gotta launch into another Avengers movie, right after the New Year, so we’re trying to get it done. We have a script that we like. Jude [Law] is available and Downey is available, and we’re hoping we can get it done. If it works, great. If not, we’ll do it another time. But, it looks like it could happen now.”
He also allayed fears that this proposed third movie would not conclude the franchise by nicely tying up a trilogy of movies, he said:
“I hope [it’s not the last one]. I don’t think so. How many Bond films have they made? As long as there’s a character, we can work with it. It’s not an end story. We can keep going, as long as people want to do it. It’s [the actor’s] call. They have to say, ‘Okay, I’m ready to go.’ I read about them making another Bad Boys. If they want to do it, then you try to get it done.”
There’s also been murmurings that screenwriter James Coyne, (Puncture Wounds), has been hired to rewrite the script for the sequel.