With Robert Downey Jr.’s schedule recently opening up again, we are finally seeing some movement on a movie franchise that he has been trying to return to for the past eight years. RDJ starred opposite Jude Law in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes back in 2009 and they both returned for the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows two years later. Although the sequel wasn’t quite as well-received, we probably would have seen a third installment by now if not for certain Marvel obligations. This week it appears that Warner Brothers is finally ready to make it happen, but there is just one catch: Guy Ritchie won’t be back in the director’s chair. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to Variety, Dexter Fletcher will replace Guy Ritchie as the director of Sherlock Holmes 3. Fletcher has been making a name for himself in recent years after directing the sports drama Eddie the Eagle and the Elton John biopic Rocketman (he also took over directing duties on Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer went AWOL). Fletcher starred in Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels many years ago so he would seem to have a working relationship with him, although it is unclear if Ritchie will have any involvement in this.
The real question here is whether eight years is too long to wait for a third Sherlock Holmes movie or if it is actually the right amount of time to make people forget about a not-so-good sequel. It has been a few years since the last season of the BBC series Sherlock aired as well, so perhaps the general public will be eager to see the iconic detective back on the big screen. Sherlock Holmes 3 is expected to hit theatres on Dec. 21, 2021 and the script is being written by Chris Brancato (Narcos). Are you game for another Sherlock Holmes movie?