What’s this, Watson? A clue? Why, this article clearly points to the conclusion that the untitled Sherlock Holmes 3 project, the second sequel to the 2009 original, has been pushed back from December 25, 2020, to a new release date of December 22, 2021. Elementary.
Okay, I’ll drop the act. The thus unjustified delay means it will have been over a decade (ten years and six days for those who want to be particular) since the last installment of the franchise hit cinemas.
Currently, there has been no official confirmation that either of the original’s stars, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, have signed on for the third entry, with the same being true for series director Guy Ritchie.
Of course, the large gap between movies can be credited to other projects interrupting schedules. Ritchie is currently busy with the nightmare fuel that is the Aladdin remake, Downey Jr. has only gone from strength to strength as Tony Stark within the MCU, and Jude Law has recently signed a multi-feature contract as the young Dumbledore in the Wizarding World.
It is the latter that has given us the most concrete evidence that the trio will reunite in 2021 for the detective project though, mentioning the franchise whilst speaking on the press junket for the latest magical romp:
“We hope to propel the story forward. As always, the essence of the story is their codependency. We’re going to examine — since it’s been several years since we’ve seen them — we’re going to play up the fact that they haven’t seen each other for a long time either.”
The first two films are actually bloody good fun, with exciting action and great chemistry between the two leads. They also both made absolute bank at the box office, so this inevitable sequel genuinely seems like a bit of a win-win; hopefully, it will prove to be worth the wait.