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09.22.09 18 Comments

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Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, comes out Christmas Day.  I’m cautiously optimistic — it could be good, or it could be sort of meh, like Guy Ritchie’s body of work since Snatch.  But that’s the thing about Hollywood: they don’t even wait for the goose to lay the golden egg before they start pumping it full of hormones and jamming a shoehorn up its ass* nowadays.

Three months ahead of the release of its Robert Downey Jr. action pic, Warners is developing a new installment. The studio is poised to bring on Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the scribes who are penning its “Justice League: Mortal” [barf] tentpole, to pen a draft of the new tale. Brad Pitt has had discussions with producers to star as Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty in the new pic, say people familiar with the project, though there is no deal in place for him to take the part.

Guy Ritchie helms the pic, and Downey stars as the title character; Jude Law plays protege Watson, and Rachel McAdams stars as love interest Irene Adler. Much of the talent is expected to return in the new pic, as could Ritchie as director. [THR]

“Is expected…”  “Could return” — these are the key words.  Basically, the studio thinks Sherlock Holmes is going to do well, so they want to make sequel.  But getting the cast and director locked down is a complicated process with lots of negotiation about salary and scheduling and stuff.  So they’re starting the process early, by paying two guys who had nothing to do with the original script a lot of money to write a script for the sequel, which they’re probably going to throw out and re-write as soon as Ritchie and the rest are locked down and they bring in writers they like.  But as they say in Hollywood, you gotta piss money down the toilet for no reason to make money.

*a butthorn?

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