Sherlock Holmes 3 Could Herald A New String Of Sequels


Currently eyeing a production start before the year’s end, producer Joel Silver has hinted that Sherlock Holmes 3 could herald the beginning of a new string of sequels.

Word comes by way of Collider, who spoke to Silver ahead of the release of Shane Black’s fast-talking – and frankly hilarious – noir thriller The Nice Guys. There, the producer conceded that Robert Downey Jr.’s overhanging commitment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe could potentially cause some scheduling headaches but at least for the time being, filming is expected to commence later in the fall.

“It looks like it could happen this fall. Downey said he wants to do it. He’s gotta launch into another Avengers movie, right after the New Year, so we’re trying to get it done. We have a script that we like. Jude [Law] is available and Downey is available, and we’re hoping we can get it done. If it works, great. If not, we’ll do it another time. But, it looks like it could happen now.”

That Avengers film in question will be Joe and Anthony Russo’s grand, two-part Infinity War, which will likely occupy much of the actor’s slate in the immediate future. But that hasn’t quelled Silver’s enthusiasm for more sequels after Sherlock Holmes 3, who appeared confident that Downey Jr.’s ingenious sleuth won’t be hanging up the deerstalker hat anytime soon.

“I hope [it’s not the last one]. I don’t think so. How many Bond films have they made? As long as there’s a character, we can work with it. It’s not an end story. We can keep going, as long as people want to do it. It’s [the actor’s] call. They have to say, ‘Okay, I’m ready to go.’ I read about them making another Bad Boys. If they want to do it, then you try to get it done.”

Currently on screens putting Captain America to the sword in Civil War, it looks set that Robert Downey Jr. will be bound for Victorian London with Sherlock Holmes 3 in a few months’ time. In related news, James Coyne has been drafted in to pen the screenplay.