Aired tonight on TMC, Sherlock Holmes has already had a sequel while a third episode was quickly confirmed. A time announced for the end of the year, where is this project?
After the successes of Sherlock Holmes (2010) and Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows (2012) with Robert Downey Jr. in the skin of the famous detective and Jude Law in that of his faithful friend Watson, it was quickly question of a third film. But the project has long been stuck in the development stage, passing through the hands of several different writers.
In May 2018, fans of the duo believed to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the announcement of a release date for this Sherlock Holmes 3: December 25, 2020. One year later, it was however postponed to December 2021… At that time, it seemed unlikely that Guy Ritchie would come back behind the camera but no replacement had yet been hired. He was found in July 2019 in the person of Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman).
However, when the latter spoke on the subject in the podcast Celebrity Catch Up in October 2020, in the midst of the Covid crisis, it was to share bad news: “Sherlock has experienced his own problems on and off. It’s sort of on the back burner for now until it’s clear where the world is at and what’s going to happen.“
The same month, the producer and wife of the interpreter of Sherlock Holmes, Susan Downey, revealed that the project was not completely dead, far from it even. “We could be content with just making a simple third film in the saga, but we think there is an opportunity here to build something more, to do spin-offs with characters from the third film.“, she had thus declared during a panel held at the Fast Company’s Innovation Festival.
And to continue, taking example from a universe that her husband knows well: “We clearly have big plans but it takes a lot of coordination, because the Marvel Cinematic Universe was not built in a day. It took several things to work really well so that they could then be able to connect to form a universe.“
Passing through the podcast Just The Facts with Alex Zane last June, Dexter Fletcher gave news of the project, which still seems to be at a standstill: “We started working on it and then the Covid hit, and they said to me, ‘Look, we’re going to put it on hiatus and Robert has something else he wants to do.“
Then to specify: “These things are so important that you don’t want to force them …“While concluding with a glimmer of hope:”I know Robert is not going to let go.“
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