With $469 million at the worldwide box office, Robert Downey Jr. pulling out of Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens and Guy Ritchie deciding not to direct Lobo , we began to wonder whether a sequel to Sherlock Holmes may go into production at some point this year. While on the rounds promoting Repo Men Jude Law spoke about Sherlock Holmes 2, and hinted that he may be keeping his scedule free for a late summer start.
“We started throwing out ideas of where it could go and what should happen next. Mine of course involved Sherlock Holmes being locked in a box and Dr. Watson…” He then pumped up his arms into a heroic stance and got a big laugh from the assembled press.
The closest he came to admitting there was a sequel was saying, “I don’t know for sure, but I think we are probably doing another one. I think it’s sometime this year.” When discussing other projects, he said he was considering doing a play in London either this summer or early next year, and also mentioned shooting for 10 days on Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion at the end of this year.
I’d imagine Warner Bros. will be aiming for another December release for the sequel, so if they want to have the film complete by December 2011 they’ll need to begin filming around August/September/October time, considering Sherlock Holmes began filming in October 2008 for a December 2009 release.
If Holmes made nearly $470 million while competeing with the highest grossing film of all time then it’s clear there are quite a few people out there wanting more of Downey and his accent. Is there anything you’d like to see in Sherlock Holmes 2?