While Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows wasn’t as successful as the first film in the US, it still made $545 million worldwide back in 2011 so Sherlock Holmes 3 seems like a no-brainer for Warner Bros. In a recent interview Jude Law confirmed Sherlock Holmes 3 was still in the works and he hopes it will be “smarter” than the first two films.
“I think Warners want it,” says Law, “and there’s a lot of want from us as a team. We want it to be better than the other two. We want to make sure it’s smarter and cleverer, but in the same realm.”
With a certain superhero world to service, Robert Downey Jr.’s schedule is a puzzle that would confound Holmes himself. The roadmap to the third instalment hasn’t proved straightforward, as Law explains. “It’s a slow process,” he says. “We’re all busy. So getting us together to try to nail that has taken a little bit longer than we had hoped.”
Director Guy Ritchie is currently shooting The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, so the ball on Sherlock Holmes 3 may start rolling again once he’s finished that. Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce was hired to write the screenplay before Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was even released so there must be a script of some sort in development.