‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Back On Track As 2020 Release Date Announced | Film News
It’s been a bit of a wait, but the Sherlock Holmes franchise is back in business, with Warner Bros. setting a release date for the third film for December 25, 2020, which would make it a nine year gap between the second and third films. Robert Downey Jr. will return as the titular literary icon while Jude Law is also back to play his famous sidekick, Watson.
Guy Ritchie directed the first two films in the franchise but this one currently has no director attached, and Ritchie’s absence might have something to do with his last two films – The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and King Arthur – disappointing at the box office. The script, however, comes from Chris Brancato, writer for critically acclaimed series such as Narcos and Hannibal.
This is the first public update on the state of the film since 2016, when Warner Bros. and Downey’s own production team set up a writer’s room featuring Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy), Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Geneva Dworet-Robertson (Tomb Raider) to try and crack the mystery of script.
It was really never in doubt that a third film would happen though, as the franchise has proven to be very popular. The first film, released in 2009, made $524 million worldwide while the sequel, A Game Of Shadows, fared slightly better, reeling in $545.4 million across the globe.
So it’s good news for Holmes fans around the world. However, the film will have some stiff competition at the box office come Christmas 2020, as James Cameron‘s Avatar sequel (which took even longer to get made than this sequel) is arriving a week earlier on December 18, while Sing 2 is also set to hit cinemas on Christmas Day. Another conundrum for Holmes and Watson to manoeuvre their way out of.