Sherlock Holmes 3: the sequel to the adventures of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law is not totally dead
Dexter Fletcher, presumed successor to Guy Ritchie at the controls of Sherlock Holmes 3, remains convinced that the film will see the light of day.
While Robert Downey Jr. will be next year at the poster of Christopher Nolan's next film, Oppenheimer, it remains a major question mark in his film calendar. Thethird part of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, initially launched following the previous opus, Game of Shadows, has been suffering for a decade now from multiple postponements and other various interruptions .
In 2019, however, the project was rescued from the dusty throes of Hollywood drawers by British filmmaker Dexter Fletcher, to whom we owe the surprising Rocketman. A turnaround as unexpected as it was hoped for, mainly relaunched following the departure of the actor from the two-headed Marvel/Disney team. Initially planned for a theatrical release in 2020,a certain pandemic will finally get the better of the footage, then postponed to December 2021.
Gently pushed to the wall by the health crisis which was still in full swing at the time, it was therefore without too many surprises that at the end of 2020, the filmmaker announced that he had been forced toindefinitely suspend the production of Sherlock Holmes 3. And if the news disappointed many aficionados of the franchise, the interpreter of the most famous detective had rather seen it as an opportunity to develop two series around the first two films directed by Guy Ritchie.
The idea is outlandish, and probably more driven by the extent of its economic potential than any creative will. But what about Sherlock Holmes 3? Has the project really returned to cinematic oblivion alongside the myriad of other cursed projects sketched out and condemned to perpetual incompleteness? Unexpectedly, Fletcher still believes in it. In an interview with Collider, the filmmaker revealed that the project was, in his opinion, by no means lost forever:
“The pandemic has thrown the project off the rails, but I think eventually the film will go into production well. It must. I don't know when it will be possible unfortunately, but I believe that this film must exist. I think it's mostly a question of getting the right people together at the right time, in the right place, that's all. […] But I believe that there is a demand for this film, and I am sure that many other people are aware of this reality. »
All in all half-hearted declarations, which commit nothing and no one other than their speaker. Perhaps it would be time to mourn the film once and for all, and let the explosive franchise join the ranks of an endangered species in Hollywood: the one who knows when to end.