Jude Law Says ‘Sherlock Holmes 3′ Is Slowly Moving Forward

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Jude Law Says Sherlock Holmes 3 Is Happening Jude Law Says Sherlock Holmes 3 Is Slowly Moving Forward

With Marvel’s Iron Man 3 earning a billion dollars worldwide, it seems that Hollywood has all but forgotten about Robert Downey Jr.’s other franchise, that of Sherlock Holmes. The actor also known as Tony Stark starred in Guy Ritchie’s 2009 Sherlock Holmes reboot and its 2011 sequel, and Warner Bros. was reportedly so pleased with the second film that the studio greenlit Sherlock Holmes 3 prior to its release.

However, nearly two years have passed since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hit theaters and brought in more than $500 million worldwide. Yet, news on its follow-up has been virtually nonexistent. This could easily be chocked up to Downey’s long-standing involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but where exactly does the third Holmes film stand?

Empire recently spoke with Jude Law – who memorably played the Dr. Watson to Downey’s Holmes – about the current status of the as-yet-untitled Sherlock Holmes 3.

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Here’s what he had to say:

“I think [Warner Bros.] wants it, 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.”

The actor has already met with the studio about the project and appears eager to get back to work on the next entry in the Sherlock Holmes franchise. It’s just a matter of finding the right time to get the film into production and do the franchise justice. Said Law:

“It’s a slow process. We’re all busy. So getting us together to try to nail that has taken a little bit longer than we had hoped. … I hate celebrating anything I’ve done, but I’m so proud of those films. I think it was Joel Silver who said, ‘Take it out of that dusty room and put it on the street’.”

Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films have essentially re-energized – on the big screen, anyway – a character who’s existed in one form or another since the late 19th century, and by that rationale, this latest incarnation has become a massive success. The fact that Law and the rest of the Holmes team sound passionate about the property and aren’t rushing a haphazard film through to production is probably in the best service of the franchise… and the fans.

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Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce is writing the film (though no plot details have thus far been revealed), and it’s expected that Ritchie will return to the director’s chair. However, it’s unclear if any of the series’ other stars – such as Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry – will reunite with Downey and Law onscreen. A Game of Shadows left the fate of Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) deliberately ambiguous, but considering the character is Holmes’ arch-nemesis in the novels, a return in some capacity is probably more likely than not.

Are you still looking forward to a third Sherlock Holmes adventure? If so, what would you like to see happen in the film? Sound off in the comments.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest details on the as-yet-untitled Sherlock Holmes 3.

Source: Empire

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  1. Very anxious for the 3rd movie, I hope it becomes a reality soon. My wife and I and two young children regularly re-watch the DVD’s of the first two movies and keep bringing up the question, “when do you think the next Sherlock Holmes movie will come out?” I just hope things move forward a bit faster and come to fruition! We can’t wait and we’re looking forward to any new news to hear about it moving in to production.

    • yeah, maybe they make us wait so long because this is how often holmes takes a case, or the fact that it was two years until sherlock came back “fro the dead”

  2. 1 was fabulous !! 2 was fantastic !!! Enjoy these movies more than any of the Marvel . Hope they get 3 done . Sequels are often not great because they seem forced . Hats off to a fantastic movie from actors to story to scenery , sets , etc !

    • I never post on anything but i want to thank the cast for reviving a character i love the most. So happy to see sherlock put on tv the way he was supposed to be. Please do #3! Im sad to see iron man outperforms these movies. Buy ive read every single case by every author imaginable. I might have a slight bias!

  3. Sherlock Holmes 3 is a must and of course the return of Professor Moriarty would be the perfect story line. Only this time he would use his disguise as someone else and hoping Holmes would be foiled in this plot. The film should be about Holmes and Moriarty when the were younger and talk about their growing up together. The film should be called Sherlock Holmes ” A Dark Secret”

  4. I would love to see number three come out! I just love Sherlock Holmes! I think its a brillant movie and ita a great family movie!

  5. Desperately waiting for Sherlock Holmes 3 . It should be named :Return of Sherlock holmes

  6. CAN”T WAIT. If anything this series has the potential for many more movies, if the actors are willing. With the popularity of the character back in vogue between the BBC series and the new film with Ian McKellan (Mr. Holmes) in production, there is clearly an audience for the character(s). Personally I think Jude Law’s portrayal of Watson is as good or even better than RDJ’s Holmes, but that’s also what propels the first two films along. They both have their strengths and weaknesses and know how to prop each other up. The chemistry is priceless. I’d like to see a new villain show up even if in the end he is but another puppet of a much more leery Moriarty and offing Rachel McAdams in the 2nd one was heartbreaking as she was far too delicious a character to be missing in the 3rd. If her character could not return somehow, a great solution to this would be to have the exasperated Mrs. Watson step up and stir things up a.k.a. two can play this game, Dr. Watson, lets see how you like it, and actress Kelly Reilly has the chops to pull it off.

  7. My issue with the idea of reviving Moriarty is that in the books he stays dead once he goes off the cliff. While I obviously recognize that the movies don’t play by all the books’ rules, THAT particular detail seems… wrong… to deviate from. Moran makes a comeback in the books so I certainly hope he does in the 3rd film. Certainly I’d expect that there will be events that perhaps Moriarty or his colleagues set into motion before he died. Or someone out to avenge his death. But if I see Moriarty alive, compelling as he is, I will be a little disappointed.

  8. Love these movies! Bring on #3!!


  9. What about the hound of baskervilles?? I know it is a good read.

  10. If they do try to follow the story lines as inspiration, then Holmes 3 could
    focus on Col. Moran, and his attempts at getting revenge for Moriarty’s death.

  11. I would like to see the 3rd. Sherlock Holmes movie go in a slightly different direction. I have read everything I could get my hands on about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, since I was a 10 year old kid. That said, and leaning on all that I have absorbed about the Greatest Sleuth of all time, here’s my idea for number 3. It’s the end of 1892, about a year after Moriartys death. Mr. And Mrs. John Watson have settled into their married lives, Dr.Watson has his private practice, with Mrs Watson caring for their newborn son, James. Sherlock, after sneaking into the Watsons home, camouflaged as the chair, put the question mark after “The End” ? on Watsons typewriter, and left for an extended vacation/rehabilitation in France.
    He shows up at The Watsons house, unannounced one Sunday afternoon for dinner. Both John Watson and Wife are furious at his appearance, and rightfully so. Sherlock convinces them it was necessary to maintain the illusion that he died with Moriarty. He tells them that to make up for what he put them both thru, he booked passage for all of them on a ship to America, then on train from Boston to Chicago, to visit the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago, Illinois, known as the Columbian Exposition. While enroute on the train, Holmes happens to read about the disappearance of many young women, who had travelled to Chicago to work at the Fair for the 6 months it would be open. This peaks Holmes curiosity. Little does Sherlock know that he will soon be confronting an evil genius known as H H Holmes!
    Having watched the first two movies, I know the producers, directors and writers could do an excellent job with the “Worlds Fair of 1893″ in Chicago as the background. To me, this could be the best of the three movies.
    But I’ll take whatever they come up with, I loved the first two.

    • Hi Mike,

      Not too sure how your idea is heading. You explained most of the ending of the 2nd film and you mentioned of an evil genius called HH Holmes. Who is HH Holmes? Is he related to Sherlock? Is he based in any of the books. No! Although Dr. Henry Howard Holmes is a real life serial killer and killed 27 people. I just can´t see any connections. Dr.HH Holmes was hanged 3 years later.

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