It looks like director Guy Ritchie would rather solve another case with Sherlock and Watson than pal around with a DC Comics anti-hero. Hero Complex reports that Ritchie has dropped his planned adaptation of Lobo in favor of heading back to Baker Street with the next installment of the Sherlock Holmes franchise. From a career standpoint, it’s a smart move and a safe bet for Ritchie. Holmes has already raked in $389 million worldwide and still has yet to open in Germany, Japan, France and other countries that would like to see some sweet homo-erotic tension in 19th century England. Ritchie has a fertile franchise with Sherlock Holmes and Lobo’s a riskier bet because he’s a mostly-unknown character, he’s got a weird look, and he’ll probably end up looking like a Wolverine-clone instead of a Wolverine-parody, which was the intent of the character in the 90s.
With Downey hopping off Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens earlier this month, we now have two major players of the franchise who seem to be interested in doing something else with their time; solving crimes, perhaps. Of course, there’s no official word yet on Downey’s return and nothing’s been said about Jude Law’s plans, but the writing is on the wall. The writing says: “They’re about to make Sherlock Holmes 2.”
Hit the jump to learn about what will happen to Lobo and difficulties in casting Sherlock 2‘s baddie, Moriarty.
Regarding Professor Moriarty, it looks unlikely that Brad Pitt will play the role as previously rumored. Says producer Joel Silver, “Well, I mean, we talked about that at one point, but you know as of right now we’re not sure what we’re going to do. We’ll see what happens.” You know what should happen? If the schedules line up, get Hugh Laurie for the role, because it would be great and meta-great.
And what of Lobo‘s fate? Silver treats it as more of an afterthought:
Does that mean “Lobo” will be postponed until Ritchie is free, or is the plan to move on with a new director?
“I would guess a dfferent director,” said Silver, who is producing “Lobo” with Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona. “It’s all happening at once now. Everybody is talking about everything …. It’s an ongoing conversation. Downey loves the experience of playing Sherlock and would love to play him again, and I’d love to see him play it again. Jude and all of them will be back and it will be great.”
My solution: crossover. Moriarty teams up with Lobo. You can take that idea to the bank where they will tell you they will not accept idea deposits.