Last month, Robert Downey, Jr. surprised fans by revealing that not only is Sherlock Holmes 3 still a go, but it’s probably filming later this year. Now, in a new conversation with Collider, producer Joel Silver confirmed RDJ’s enthusiasm for the project filming in the fall, saying that it appears to be a go, but depends on the schedules of its stars:
It looks like it could happen this fall. Downey said he wants to do it. He’s gotta launch into another Avengers movie, right after the New Year, so we’re trying to get it done. We have a script that we like. Jude [Law] is available and Downey is available, and we’re hoping we can get it done. If it works, great. If not, we’ll do it another time. But, it looks like it could happen now.
Interesting side note, Silver inadvertently reveals here that Downey will be shooting his part for The Avengers: Infinity War early next year.
But beyond that, Silver also went on to reveal we may get more than three Sherlock Holmes movies. The next film may not be the last time we see Watson and Holmes team up to solve crimes in Victorian London, after all. At least, not if Silver has his way and the actors are game:
I hope [it’s not the last one]. I don’t think so. How many Bond films have they made? As long as there’s a character, we can work with it. It’s not an end story. We can keep going, as long as people want to do it. It’s [the actor’s] call. They have to say, ‘Okay, I’m ready to go.’ I read about them making another Bad Boys. If they want to do it, then you try to get it done.
With this current age of sequels to films being greenlit practically before the first films have even hit theaters, it may seem like strange logic to adopt such a laissez-faire attitude to filming subsequent films. But it’s actually quite a smart system as it ensures that the actors aren’t burned out and can film it when they have time, and only when there’s a good story ready to be told. It already works for the most popular iteration of the great detective currently, as the BBC has utilized the same approach to its Sherlock Holmes series, filming new seasons only when Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have great ideas for scripts and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have gaps in their schedule. In any case, more Sherlock Holmes is always good news so we can look forward to another caper as early as next year!