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12th Mar 2018

Sherlock Holmes 3 will happen, says Robert Downey Jr.

Paul Moore

We’re going back to Baker Street.

While most people would name Robert Downey Jr’s ‘comeback’ film as Iron Man, one of his most underrated films continues to fly under the radar, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. If you haven’t seen Shane Black’s wonderful neo-noir black comedy then you’re missing out but after charming us all as Tony Stark, Downey Jr. cemented his return to the Hollywood A-list by appearing in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes in 2009.

Starring alongside Jude Law as Dr. Watson, the cinematic return of the beloved character saw the brilliant detective engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis – Mark Strong’s Lord Blackwood – who wanted to destroy all of England. Lucky for England, that didn’t happen but the film did prove to be a massive commercial success and it came as no surprise to see that a sequel was instantly approved, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

After that epic game of chess against Professor Moriarty on Reichenbach Falls, plenty of people were curious about two things. 1) Was the beloved sleuth still alive? 2) Would we be getting another film?

We’re happy to say that ‘yes’ is the answer to both of those questions because in an interview with EW to promote Avengers: Infinity War, Downey Jr. casually mentioned that he still plans on making Sherlock Holmes 3 as well as several other projects. Here’s what he said: “…We’re looking at another Sherlock Holmes, we’re developing Perry Mason for HBO. I still want to do Pinocchio.”

Regarding the third film in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes franchise, the project has been stuck in development hell for quite some time. Iron Man 3‘s Drew Pearce was initially hired to write the script in 2011 but that didn’t come to fruition. Five years later, the studio hired a group of writers to flesh out the story and write the script. Unfortunately, after a series of delays, Sherlock Holmes 3 has yet to go into production but Downey Jr’s latest comments are the clearest indication that it will happen.

As for the major players involved, Ritchie’s next film is the live-action adaptation of Aladdin – that’s currently in post-production – while Watson and Holmes are tied up in the MCU respectively – Law is working on Captain Marvel and Downey Jr. has just completed Avengers: Infinity War.