The next film in the Robert Downey Jr.-starring Sherlock Holmes franchise has its director.
Taking the reins from filmmaker Guy Ritchie is Dexter Fletcher, who recently delivered the Elton John biopic Rocketman. Fletcher was also hired at the last minute to finish off Bohemian Rhapsody after director Bryan Singer was fired.
Variety broke the news, reporting that Downey’s crammed schedule with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is why it’s taken around nine years for a third film to get off the ground. The second film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, opened in late 2011/early 2012.
Jude Law is expected to return as Dr. John Watson, and IMDB’s listing has Rachel McAdams as “rumoured” to return as Irene Adler.
Narcos creator Chris Brancato is writing the screenplay for the film, which has Susan Downey, Joel Silver, Dan Lin and Lionel Wigram on board as producers.
The two previous Sherlock Holmes films earned over $US1 billion combined, so it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. is still keen to keep it going. This threequel was originally scheduled to open Christmas Day 2020, but has now been pushed back to December 21, 2021.