Well it’s about time!
Sherlock Holmes, it seems, is quite the elusive property. The BBC had fans waiting a few years for a fourth television series, and Robert Downey Jr. has been a bit too busy hanging with the Avengers to get back to his silver screen version of the titular consulting detective. (Though there has been the occasional promise along the way)
Now, a writing team has been assembled to script the long-awaited third film, and it’s packing some major talent.
Screenwriters Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Gary Whitta (Rogue One) are reportedly signed on to flesh out the story and script. Joining them are Justin Malen (the upcoming Baywatch movie), Geneva Dworet-Robertson (the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot) and Kieran Fitzgerald (Snowden).
Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are naturally expected to return as Holmes and Watson, with Guy Ritchie to direct once again. Law recently completed filming on Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, set to release next March.
Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) did great at the box office and earned generally positive reviews, though some traditionalist Sherlock fans prefer the more grounded tone of the Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat helmed BBC series. Guy Ritchie definitely wears his love of hyper-stylized action on his sleeve.
Personally, I’m a fan of both. The love is for the characters, and RDJ & Law shine just as brightly as Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Different flavors for sure, but wonderful and entertaining as hell nonetheless. Okay, maybe Ritchie went a little overboard with the slow-motion photography in the 2nd one…
Looking back, this is really similar to the opening scene in Age of Ultron. I could have sworn I just saw Iron Man fly by… in the same forest… with the same high-speed camera… Downeyception!