The boys are back. Or they will be, at least. According to franchise star Robert Downey Jr. (if that name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the guy that recently ate a foam finger), the third installment of Warner Bros’ Sherlock Holmes franchise will begin shooting later this year. The series, which stars Downey as the titular detective and Jude Law as Dr. Watson, debuted in 2009 under the direction of Guy Ritchie. It was followed by Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in 2011.
In an exclusive interview with ShortList last week, Downey confirmed that the movie was in the works. “We’re talking about it right now. We can do some preliminary stuff.” Following that, Deadline reported today that screenwriter James Coyne has been brought on to rewrite the film. Originally scripted by Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce in 2011, the film is now expected to shoot later this year.
“If we could shoot it on Skype, we could have the whole [movie] done in a week,” Downey joked in the same interview. He explained that the delay largely had to do with his and Ritchie’s busy schedules, Ritchie taking on directing duties for last year’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E, and Downey being pretty busy with those superhero movies you may have heard of.
While no release date or title has officially been announced, fans can at least rest assured that yes, this movie is finally happening. Downey wouldn’t lie to you.