Sherlock Holmes 3 isn't dead yet. Robert Downey Jr., shortly after bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life with Iron Man, took up the mantle of Sherlock Holmes in the 2009 Guy Ritchie live-action version of the legendary detective. A sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was released swiftly in 2011 and, there's been talk of finishing up the trilogy ever since, but nothing has come of it. However, Downey confirms that it's still on his to-do list, but will it really ever get done?
The Avengers: Infinity War star was recently speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming Marvel event. At one point, he was asked what's next for him now that he's done filming Infinity War and Avengers 4. Discussing what he and his wife, Susan Downey, have on their plates with their production company, Team Downey, he revealed that Sherlock Holmes 3 is still being looked at, amongst other things. Here's what he has to say about it.
"First of all the missus is front and center with Joe Roth producing Doolittle. I'm having a good time, though I decided to give myself, like, 40 additional challenges, like a Welsh accent, which even Welsh people say is hard to do. Then there's all this stuff down the pike. We're looking at another Sherlock Holmes, we're developing Perry Mason for HBO. I still want to do Pinocchio."
Great. So the movie isn't totally dead. But how realistic is it that we'll ever actually see the movie happen and, if so, when will it happen? Odds are, it won't be for quite some time. Robert Downey Jr. is doing Doctor Dolittle, which he shot right after taking on the massive task of filming the next two Avengers movies. Speaking further, Downey says that he very well should take a break after everything dies down, but he admits there's a level of craziness that may keep him working.
"I have a million ideas, but I can tell you the God's honest truth. Having done Avengers 3 and 4 back-to-back, and now doing [Doolittle] ... When I'm done with this, if you hear I'm not taking a break, call me and tell me I'm crazy."
Last we heard, Team Downey assembled a writers room for Sherlock Holmes 3 in late 2016 that included Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman, Baywatch writer Justin Malen, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer Gary Whitta, Tomb Raider writer Geneva Dworet-Robertson and Snowden writer Kieran Fitzgerald. It's unclear what ultimately came of that, but it could at least be a place to start. Director Guy Ritchie has also expressed desire to return for Sherlock Holmes 3 in the past. He recently wrapped filming on Disney's upcoming live-action Aladdin. Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made more than $1 billion combined at the box office. So, financially speaking, the motivation is probably still there from Warner Bros. But this all could come down to timing and, right now, it just doesn't seem like the time is right. This news comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.