Sherlock Holmes 3 is shelved for an indefinite period, revealed the director Dexter Fletcher. Originally the third project of the Sherlock Holmes franchise was scheduled to be released on 22 December 2021, but now the production has been halted. The first film of the franchise was released on 25 December 2009 in Ireland, the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the United Kingdom.
The first film was based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Lionel Wigram, Joel Silver, Dan Lin, and Susan Downey.
Robert Downey Jr. is the movie’s protagonist and Rachel McAdams, Jude Law, Mark Strong, and Eddie Marsan. The film was nominated for the Academy Awards under Best Art Direction and Best Original Score.
The first movie’s plot follows Sherlock Holmes, a private detective, and his best friend, Dr. Watson. They save a woman from getting murdered by Lord Henry Blackwood, who has killed five other women in this process. The second film was also exploring the friendship between Holmes and Watson while solving a case. The sequel was released on 16 December 2011 with the same cast Law and Downey. Both films received mixed reviews from critics. However, the third film is under wraps, and the studio has not revealed any details regarding it.
Many writers submitted their version of the script, but Warner Bros. did not like their ideas. Later, the studio finalized Chris Brancato to write the final script. Brancato is known for his work in Narcos, Law, and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Narcos: Mexico. And the director’s chair is filled by Dexter Fletcher, who replaced Guy Ritchie, the director of the first two parts. Fletcher is an English actor and director; he appeared in a crime comedy-drama titled Smoking Guns. He made his directorial debut with Wild Bill and gave masterpieces like Bohemian Rhapsody, Sunshine on Leith, and Rocketman.
In the recent interview with Celebrity Catch Up, Fletcher shared that the film is on the back burner, and things are not yet clear.
The industry is at standstill mode, and Downey has bigger plans for the Sherlock Holmes franchise. And since he is finally free with his busy schedule as Iron Man for Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey wants to make the franchise as big as that. This could be one reason for the delay in the production as Downey might be working on the betterment of the franchise.