Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes may still be a couple of months away from release, but that hasn’t stopped Warner Brothers from starting development on a sequel. Clearly they have high hopes for the franchise potential here, and they’ve already hired a couple of screenwriters to start working on the script. According to the Risky Biz Blog, those writers are Kieran and Michele Mulroney, who previously worked with Warner Brothers on the ill-fated Justice League movie. They also recently wrote and directed a movie called Paper Man.
What’s even more interesting, however, is the fact that the villain of this sequel will likely be classic Holmes arch-enemy Moriarty, and that Brad Pitt is rumoured to be in talks for the role. I had been wondering why Holmes’ adversary in the first movie is Lord Blackwood (played by Mark Strong), but apparently Moriarty does make a brief appearance, hidden in shadows. There is speculation that Brad Pitt was hired to do a cameo for these shots, although this is currently unconfirmed. So, if these rumours turn out to be true, what do you think about Brad Pitt as Moriarty? Clearly it would sell a few tickets, but shouldn’t they have chosen someone a little more… I don’t know, British? Then again, with Robert Downey Jr. playing Sherlock Holmes, perhaps that is all out the window. Thoughts?