Guy Ritchie may still direct Sherlock Holmes 3,but that all depends upon Robert Downey Jr says the director.
Rumours regarding a third entry in the popular Sherlock Holmes series have never disappeared, despite the second entry, A Game Of Shadows being over ten years old at this point. The last we heard, Guy Ritchie, helmer of the first two films had surrendered the reins to Dexter Fletcher but the status of a third film was still unclear. The pandemic didn’t add clarity to the situation either, heaping further uncertainty onto an outcome that has never seemed guaranteed.
Ritchie is out and about at the moment publicising the upcoming release of Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre, the action film that (much like another Sherlock Holmes film) that seems to have taken forever to arrive. Naturally, he was asked about the status of Sherlock Holmes 3 and suggested that contrary to older stories, he could still direct the film.
However, he also added that it’s not up to him. “Well, honestly, I left this up to Robert [Downey Jr]. So Robert wanted to be in charge of this. The ball’s in his court, so he’s in charge of the script, he’s in charge of the whole thing. I’ve moonwalked out of that until there’s a time for me to get involved”.
We suppose that whether Downey Jr wants to return to the role depends on where the actor sees himself in a post-Marvel career. He’s recently appeared in the upcoming Oppenheimer for Christopher Nolan and we’d imagine it must be quite tempting at this point of his career to transition fully across to interesting character work for prestige directors. Whether the actor wants to return to leading blockbusters will likely be the decisive factor in whether Sherlock Holmes 3 happens.
As for Ritchie, he’s currently work shooting Henry Cavill, Elza Gonzalez, Henry Golding and Alan Ritchson in the spy thriller The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Should more news on Sherlock Holmes 3 transpire, we’ll make sure you hear it.
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