About a month ago, Robert Downey Jr. revealed to ShortList that he and director Guy Ritchie were planning on revisiting the SHERLOCK HOLMES franchise very soon. Both previous films performed reasonably well at the box office -- taking in just over a $500 million at the box office each -- yet after the first sequel, the franchise just kind of...disappeared. So is it really coming back?
Well, it turns out that Downey wasn't just giving lip service to the dormant property, as producer Joel Silver has now confirmed that the return of the franchise not only seems possible, but inevitable.
Here's what Silver had to say in an interview with Collider while promoting his upcoming film, THE NICE GUYS:
“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.”
That's definitely a very narrow window. But if they truly have a workable script, then it's a window they could make, given the right circumstances. Let's hope the talent both on and offscreen will be able to make this work.
The production of SHERLOCK HOLMES 3 will obviously mark the third entry in the franchise, and as we know, Hollywood tends to love their trilogies. Given the traditional three-act structure, it's usually a solid way to tell a longer story. So what about SHERLOCK HOLMES, then? Do they plan on capping the trilogy off with this entry? It doesn't sound like it.
“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.”
So there you have it. So long as fans want it and RDJ and Jude Law want to continue, we'll likely see more sequels as the years go on.
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