While on the promo circuit for Captain America: Civil War, Robert Downey Jr. offered a nice update on a Sherlock Holmes threequel. As it turns out, a new Sherlock movie is in the works.
There are two characters who Robert Downey Jr. can portray perfectly: Iron Man and Sherlock. Him and his ego were born for those two characters, honestly. And in a new interview, he says that a new installment of Sherlock Holmes is coming sooner rather than later.
“We’re talking about it right now,” said the actor to The Shortlist. And despite busy work schedules, he says that they’re already working on “some preliminary stuff.”
“If we could shoot it on Skype, we could have the whole [movie] done in a week,” he said. “When we’re making those Sherlock movies it is off the hook. [So] we’ll attempt to make one this year. It really is a big deal to go and do those movies. I’m tired all the time, but I’m so excited about it.”
The first Sherlock Holmes, co-starring Jude Law as Watson, opened in 2010. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opened a year and a half later. But since then, this particular adaptation of Sherlock has gone without a third movie despite good reviews and a fine box office tally for the first two installments. The threequel’s release date could be late 2017 or early 2018 if they truly do film later this year.
Meanwhile, the television adaptation of Sherlock continues to chug along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman at the helm. Series 4 is filming now and is expected to hit television screens at the end of this year or very early in 2017. It’s been a long wait since series 3, but a few months ago a “Sherlock Special” arrived in theaters and on TV screens, with Benedict and Martin telling a Sherlock story set long before the events of the regular TV show. We were surprised when we actually liked it!