Sherlock Holmes return is a ‘priority’ for Robert Downey Jr

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It looks like a return for the Baker Street action hero Sherlock Holmes is finally happening, as long as Robert Downey Jr doesn’t get distracted. 

We heard Guy Ritchie say back in February that the possibility another Sherlock Holmes instalment all came down to one man: the film’s star, Robert Downey Jr. Ritchie directed the first two films in the series but had passed the reins to Ghosted helmer Dexter Fletcher for the next instalment, but news on that front has been pretty scarce with the pandemic seeming to hurt the project’s momentum.

These days, we’re not sure who will be directing, but we know Warner Bros would dearly love to kickstart another of its major lapsed franchises back into gear. We’ve already see the studio plan to resurrect the Harry Potter franchise as a TV show whilst Lord Of The Rings is being brought back too. But unless Downey Jr himself is interested, the project remains in limbo.

The star’s producing partner Susan Downey Jr has offered an update to The Wrap however, saying that the project is now a ‘priority’: “here’s what I can tell you, and Amanda [Burrell, her producing partner] can attest to this … Prior to this, we had lunch together with Robert, the three of us. And it was a very specific topic of conversation. So yes, it is in the hopper. We’re going to do it when it’s right, with the right people, but it is a priority for the company and a priority for Robert”.

So there you go, the project seems to be on the boil but that’s no guarantee it will happen.

Since finishing up duties as Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey Jr has been enjoying the creative freedoms that come with working outside of the franchise machine. Apart from the recently-announced Vertigo remake however, his slate does look a little lighter than it has over the past few years so perhaps now finally is the time. We’ll bring you more updates on Sherlock Holmes 3 as we hear them.

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