‘Iron Man 3′ Writer Hired For ‘Sherlock Holmes 3′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 2nd, 2013 at 11:18 am,

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It’s not exactly a shock to hear that Warner Bros. already has plans to make Sherlock Holmes 3. Judging by the slew of positive reactions to early footage shown from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – which hits theaters in about two months – the studio isn’t jumping the gun here by assuming the Sherlock sequel will be a smash hit.

A Game of Shadows scribers Kieran and Michele Mulroney were actually hired on some three months before director Guy Ritchie’s first Sherlock Holmes movie was released in theaters. So there’s actually all the more a precedent for this move on Warner Bros.’ part.

Heat Vision says that Warner Bros. has recruited Drew Pearce – the mind behind the satirical superhero TV show No Heroics – to pen the script for a third Sherlock Holmes movie. Pearce is also working with director Shane Black on the screenplay for Marvel’s Iron Man 3; has been hired on by Paramount to write its DC comic book adaptation, The Mighty; and wrote the first script draft for Marvel’s (currently, on hold) Runaways movie, which could still come to fruition sometime after the release of The Avengers next year.

That’s all to say: Pearce is a screenwriter whose career is virtually sky-rocketing right now.

While none of the aforementioned film projects have been released just yet, studio heads are clearly taken with Pearce’s preliminary script work. So consider that a good early sign, as far as the potential quality of Sherlock Holmes 3 – and every other movie Pearce is working on, for that matter.

There’s not yet been any additional information released about the Sherlock threequel – like, say, whether it will be designed as the concluding chapter in a trilogy or leave the door wide open for future installments. However, franchise stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are guaranteed to be brought back, and there’s a very good chance that Ritchie will also return.

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Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. John Watson (Jude Law)

Early A Game of Shadows trailers have been playing up the sequel as a bigger and better version of its predecessor – and emphasizing that it features the same elements (stylized period action set pieces, a sinister mystery plot, quip-heavy dialogue, etc.) that fans of the first Sherlock Holmes movie tended to love. While that does not mean that A Game of Shadows will be as well-liked as its predecessor, it should help ensure that the sequel rakes in lots of dough.


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is slated for theatrical release in the U.S. on December 16th, 2011.

We will keep you posted on the status of Sherlock Holmes 3… though, should history repeat itself, Warner Bros. may aim to release the threequel in Winter 2013.

Source: THR

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  1. I couldn’t care less for the first film. Will see the second one because my sifu worked on it… but honestly, other than that? I couldn’t care less.

    • Just curious: If you “couldn’t care less”, why are you wasting time saying that you “couldn’t care less”.
      Surely, if you really don’t care, you shouldn’t care to say anything about the thing that you don’t care for… no? ;)

      But all jokes aside: I would seriously recommend that you watch Sherlock Holmes 1… it was a terrific movie. To this date, I haven’t met a single person who didn’t like the movie (and I do meet quite a lot of people ;))

  2. Huh… I thought Shane Black and RDJ were the only ones working on the IM3 script (never knew Pearce was involved…)

    I can’t say that I like Pearce’s work: I have seen “No Heroics” and it was pretty $%&* IMO. (I don’t think I’ve seen anything else that he was involved with)

    Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how IM3 turns out before I can form an honest opinion about Pearce’s writing. Although, I do hope that both, IM3 and SH3 will be smash-hits:
    And apparently, RDJ has been saying that IM3 is looking to be the best IM film yet… so if that’s any indication as to how good Pearce’s work is, then I’m happy…

    P.S. They’re making Sherlock Holmes 3! :D AWESOME! :D

  3. wasnt the plan originally to have moriarty have a bigger presence with each sequel until he became the main villain in the third? i swear i heard something like that. so whats up with him being the main vilain in the second instead of the third?

  4. I think it’s probably a good idea to wait until the 2nd film’s a certiified hit first…

  5. I thought Shane Black was writing IM3?

  6. I am thrilled and not surprised with this news. These films are more true to the source material than any of the other films/TV series. If the third one is designed as the closing of a trilogy, that’s fine. If that turns out not to be the case, if the films are still good, and as long as people still want to see more, then there’s no reason to quit. I highly suspect that the series will not go on as long as the Rathbone/Bruce series did (that series has 14 titles). Maybe a good six to round of the original trilogy if the films continue? I’m just thinking off the top of my head, here.

  7. ‘Jackie actually took time to let ‘Us know..They don’t care..We Thank you..

    Now back to Business…RDJ seems to have , ‘His Click running the show in what ‘He’s involved in. No harm, No Foul if it works…
    But Disney/Marvel ain’t Warner Brothers. Attempting to get the same clout that Johnny Depp (Currently) has with Disney, to the point where THOR… a profitable guareented sequel was actually moved out of it’s Summer time slot for the Lone Ranger (*introduction to a new generation) is what any would call Juice and Politics. Depp holds the ‘ Pirates franchise over Disney’s head..that’s why it looks like the whole Pirates crew is making the Lone Ranger. Downey only has the Sherlock Homes thing over Warner…trying to squeeze Disney/Marvel by letting Him get his ‘Click do things *their way is different. IM3 is the last contracted ‘Marvel Film for Downey. He at the (currently contracted) end of the road. I like him as Iron Man since I first saw him..but He’s acting like He’s ‘Brando in the Godfather with Marvel Studios.
    He made some comments that were directed at Wheddon about the Avengers that just weren’t cool. He said..I don’t know what you wrote but ‘Tony’s gotta drive this thing…
    After a Joss re-write and review.. Marvel realized it couldnt produce the film that way and be completly effective. Since that time Downey now goes around saying clever little ‘key words like its a overly ambitous undertaking. This way He seems to be distancing himself as if ,if the Avengers fail..He has covered hisself from it. Now that wouldn’t be because Disney/Marvel didn’t want to make Ironman and His Amazing Friends would it???

    Think about it…

    • I’m guessing you don’t understand how sarcasm works (because like 80% of the stuff that comes out of RDJ’s mouth IS sarcasm).

      He makes jokes… all (or most) of those comments where he lets us know he’s “running the show” is just his dark humor (when SH1 came out, he constantly made comments that he wanted to “explore Holmes’ ~relationship~ with Watson in the sequel” — i.e. he was making quite dark, kinda funny comments about those two characters possibly having a homosexual relationship — once again, it was just a joke — nothing came of it — because he wasn’t being serious)
      Personally, I know quite a few people that has the same personality as RDJ (i.e. the dark humor) — they act that way because it’s FUNNY.
      Most people see it as “being a jerk” — but for those who actually understands that type of humor, finds it hilarious.
      So… comparing RDJ to Johnny Depp?: I wouldn’t do that because in reality, RDJ only acts like a jerk (cause it’s funny), while Depp actually IS a jerk.

      Just my opinion… but even if there is a SLIGHT chance that RDJ is in fact “running the show” (which, come on dude!, the execs would never allow that), I wouldn’t really mind, because after all these years of portraying Tony Stark, he’s become quite the expert on the subject/character — hell, he knows more about the franchise than the new director.

      But anyways… when the Avengers and IM3 is released… you’ll see what I was talking about.

      Have a nice day :D

  8. This is Brilliant! Loved both movies.