Geez, with the amount of time it took them to release this news, we might as well lump this franchise in with the BBC show! It's been roughly five years since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows graced our movie theaters, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law starring as the iconic Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively.
Fortunately, they've each had a good reason: other movies! RDJ has been hard at work as Iron Man in the Avengers movies, while Law has starred in several different projects, including Rise of the Guardians (Pitch), The Grand Budapest Hotel, Black Sea, and Spy, among others.
RDJ has confirmed the new Sherlock film could begin shooting later in 2016, possibly even before he "suits up" for Avengers: Infinity War.
“We’re talking about it right now,” said Downey Jr. “We can do some preliminary stuff. If we could shoot it on Skype, we could have the whole [movie] done in a week. When we’re making those ‘Sherlock’ movies it is off the hook. [So] we’ll attempt to make one this year. It really is a big deal to go and do those movies. I’m tired all the time, but I’m so excited about it.”
Lionel Wigram, the movie's producer and co-writer, teased a new member to the team last year. He told IGN that he was writing the script with Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation). Apparently, they began working on it back in 2011.
So where's the script??
“We’re working on a ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ script,” Wigram explained. “I think we would all love to do one if we could come up with something that really was really going to knock it out of the park and was going to be the best of the three. So we’re working on that – it’s quite hard to do.”
Fair enough, but don't make us wait too long!
Then again, what's one more year?