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.
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.