Well, at long last it’s official: Sherlock Holmes 3 is happening, folks, and it’ll be here in time for Christmas 2020. Yes, that’s right, Warner Bros. has finally dated the long gestating threequel, setting it for release on December 25th, 2020.
Though it was once set to hop in front of the cameras all the way back in 2016, the pic unfortunately fell by the wayside over the years, as Robert Downey Jr.’s Marvel Cinematic Universe commitments began to grow – which is, admittedly, understandable. Warner Bros. had been busy assembling a writer’s room to put together the script, but that was well over a year ago. Since then, things had gone quiet but now, it seems as if the gears are starting to turn.
From what we understand, both RDJ and Jude Law – who plays John Watson – will be back in their respective roles. As of yet, there’s no word on if director Guy Ritchie will return behind the camera, but we imagine he will.
After all, it’s that core trifecta that brought Sherlock Holmes to international success some years ago, even factoring in the somewhat disappointing sequel, A Game of Shadows. The decidedly British aesthetic coupled with Downey Jr.’s charismatic and enjoyable turn as the world-famous detective was a hit with moviegoers and WB would be foolish not to reunite this particular trio.
Plot details are obviously non-existent at this early, early stage, but it’s great to hear that a release date has finally been set for Sherlock Holmes 3, as that means it’s now 100% happening. Not that we doubted we would see it, but A Game of Shadows hit theaters all the way back in 2011, so the wait’s definitely been a long one.
Now that things have been firmed up, though, we expect production to pick up the pace and as soon as we get any further updates, we’ll be sure to let you know.