‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Gets a New Writer, Is Still Happening Just Like Robert Downey Jr. Promised
Last week, Robert Downey Jr. revealed that Sherlock Holmes 3 will begin filming this year, with Guy Ritchie returning to direct the long-developing sequel. Lo and behold today’s update that a new screenwriter has been tapped to rewrite the script — because when Robert Downey Jr. says something is happening, he enters into a binding verbal contract with the universe and essentially wills his thoughts into existence.
Deadline reports that James Coyne has been hired to rewrite the Sherlock Holmes 3 screenplay based on the original draft by Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce. The third installment in Guy Ritchie’s series was initially announced back in 2011, with Pearce attached before Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows even hit theaters.
Coyne previously wrote the screenplay for Treasure Island, which landed on the Black List, and is also developing a screenplay based on the Avengelyne comic book series by Deadpool scribe Rob Liefeld.
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will reprise their roles in Sherlock Holmes 3 as Sherlock and Watson, respectively, with Guy Ritchie returning to helm. It’s been five years since the previous installment, which grossed $186.8 million domestically and $545.4 million worldwide despite mixed reviews.