Fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective Sherlock Holmes have no doubt been enjoying the character's current popularity across film and television. Most recently, for example, Ian McKellen plays an aging version of the sleuth in director Bill Condon's period drama, Mr. Holmes.
However, it's been a long while since we've received an update on that other contemporary big-screen Sherlock Holmes - namely, the one played by Robert Downey Jr. in director Guy Ritchie's 2009 and 2011 feature films. Last we heard (courtesy of co-star Jude Law), a third installment in the franchise was in the works. Fortunately, it appears that this is still very much the case, even now.
"We’re working on a Sherlock Holmes 3 script. I think we would all love to do one if we could come up with something that really was really going to knock it out of the park and was going to be the best of the three. So we’re working on that – it’s quite hard to do."
Wigram does concede that both Downey and Law are "very, very" interested in returning to the roles of Holmes and Watson, respectively. His words essentially echo Law's in that the project is still in the cards, but the whole team wants to ensure that the story is worth the effort before committing to the film. Moreover, Ritchie and his stars have been keeping incredibly busy, especially when one considers Downey's work for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Downey has actually played Tony Stark/Iron Man in three different Marvel Studios films (The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Avengers: Age of Ultron) since his last appearance in a Sherlock Holmes film. Perhaps by the time Captain America: Civil War - which will pit Downey's Tony Stark against Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America - has come and gone, a worthy Sherlock Holmes 3 script can be agreed upon, and both Ritchie and his stars will be able to set aside time to get the project into production.
Until then, at least Ritchie fans will be able to check out his take on the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. this month - a film that could span a franchise of its own - before the director returns in Summer 2016 with his take on the Arthurian legend, King Arthur: Knights of the Round Table (starring Charlie Hunnam). In the meantime, feel free and let us know if you're still excited for a third adventure featuring Downey's Homes.
We'll bring you more information on Sherlock Holmes 3 as the story develops.