Robert Downey Jr. has rekindled his interest in the Sherlock Holmes franchise with a third movie alongside Jude Law’s Dr. Watson potentially on the cards.
When loaded caught up with director Guy Ritchie around the time of the release of King Arthur, he was adamant that Downey Jr. was the only one delaying plans for a third film in the popular film series.
“Ask Robert Downey Jr.” he told loaded. “He’s the one holding up things.” Downey Jr. has been busy working on the upcoming Avengers: Infinity Wars two-parter so his absence is, perhaps, understandable.
But Law also appears keen on re-teaming with the Tony Stark actor and Ritchie, having worked with the director on King Arthur. Now, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Downey Jr. appears to have indicated his desire to return to the franchise.
In fact, the actor is already looking at scripts for the film, which is being developed alongside some other pretty unique projects. “We’re looking at another Sherlock Holmes, we’re developing Perry Mason for HBO. I still want to do Pinocchio.”
Though Rachel McAdams’ character, and Downey Jr. love interest, Irene Adler seemingly died at the start of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, fans would be foolish to rule out a return. After all, nobody was ever recovered while the character made a habit of escaping near-certain death in Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories.
Downey Jr.’s comments will come as music to the ears of Ritchie though, with director’s two Sherlock Holmes outings to date among the most successful films of his career. With King Arthur failing to impress at the box office, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie also underwhelming, he could do with another hit.
That said, he’ll likely get exactly that in 2019 when his next film, a live-action remake of Aladdin, arrives.
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