In case you forgot, a third Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law is indeed moving forward. What has been up in the air for some time however is whether or not director Guy Ritchie would return to cap off the trilogy he started a decade ago.

Now thanks to Variety, we finally have an answer. According to the outlet, Rocketman and Eddie the Eagle director Dexter Fletcher is taking over directing duties on the upcoming three-quel. Narcos writer Chris Brancato is penning the script.

Fletcher previously took over for Bryan Singer as director of the last two weeks of filming on Bohemian Rhapsody.

Ritchie’s first two films in the franchise performed well at the box office. The original 2009 Sherlock Holmes grossed $524 million worldwide while the follow-up Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took in over $545 million globally.

Reportedly, Warner Bros. always planned on making a third film but were unable to die to Downey’s busy work schedule as Ironman.

Sherlock Holmes 3 (or whatever it gets called) is slated to hit theaters on December 21, 2021.

This is an interesting development. The first two films in this series are so closely tied to the DNA of Guy Ritchie as a filmmaker. Anybody else’s style would stick out like a sore thumb. That said, Fletcher is starting to build an impressive filmography. If we were talking about another filmmaker instead, I’d be more worried.

What do you make of this news? Does it fill you with encouragement about how Sherlock Holmes 3 will turn out? Or do you think it should be Guy Ritchie or bust? Maybe you don’t care! Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!


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