Producer Dan Lin Gives Update on SHERLOCK HOLMES 3; Says They’re Waiting on the Script

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For a 125 year old, Sherlock Holmes is a pretty popular guy.  The character is currently being portrayed on two different television series (the BBC’s Sherlock and CBS’ Elementary), and Warner Bros. has a very successful Sherlock Holmes film franchise on their hands.  Director Guy Ritchie’s 2009 period take, Sherlock Holmes, struck a chord with audiences thanks to the electric chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and Ritchie’s interesting visual approach to the story, and its worldwide gross of over half a billion dollars spawned a sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Game of Shadows saw Ritchie and Co. tackle the classic Arthur Conan Doyle villain Moriarty (played by Jared Harris), and again grossed over $500 million worldwide.  Back in October of 2011, Warner Bros. unsurprisingly hired Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) to start working on a screenplay for Sherlock Holmes 3.  Steve recently got the chance to interview producer Dan Lin in anticipation of the upcoming crime drama Gangster Squad, and Lin provided a promising update on the status of SH3.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

dan-lin-sherlock-holmes-3Though Pearce was hired to pen the script for Sherlock Holmes 3 over a year ago, we haven’t heard a ton of movement on the project since that time.  Steve spoke with Law in September and though the actor noted how busy he and Downey Jr.’s schedules are, he expressed enthusiasm for returning to the series.

Speaking with Lin, Steve asked about the producer about the current status of Sherlock Homes 3:

“It’s still in development.  Drew Pearce is working on the script and Downey, as you know, is still finishing Iron Man 3 so we’re waiting for Downey to finish that movie and to get a script from Drew.”

Lin noted that the studio is very keen on making the project happen, but everyone wants to ensure that the script is in top shape:

“It is a high priority for the studio and all for the filmmakers involved… We want to make the right movie.  We got a great response to the second movie and frankly the Moriarty character sets such a high bar that we want to make sure we’re telling the right story for the third movie.”

Given the way Game of Shadows ends, Steve asked Lin if certain characters could possibly return in the third film.  Though plot details are understandably being kept under wraps, Lin teased some interesting locations for the follow-up:

“I don’t want to go into details about [characters returning], I just want to say that there will be some new locations, new settings for the third movie.  Just like Sherlock for the second movie took us in a new location; the third movie will take us to a new location as well.”

sherlock-holmes-3-robert-downey-jrIt’s no secret that Downey Jr. likes to provide input on the screenwriting process of many of his films, so it’s possible that once he completes his Iron Man 3 duties he can get together with Pearce and get things moving on Sherlock Holmes 3.  At the end of the day, though, the first two films combined raked in $1 billion at the box office, so for SH3 it’s not really a matter of if, but a matter of when.

Read the full transcript of the portion of Steve’s interview with Lin regarding Sherlock Holmes 3 below, and look for the full interview closer to the release of Gangster Squad.

Collider: What’s the status on Sherlock Holmes 3?  When I spoke with Jude Law he said Warner Brothers was working on a script.

Dan Lin: Yeah, it’s still in development.  Drew Pearce is working on the script and Downey, as you know, is still finishing Iron Man 3 so we’re waiting for Downey to finish that movie and to get a script from Drew.

Both Sherlock movies have been very successful, is it a high priority for the studio?

robert-downey-jr-jude-law-sherlock-holmes-3Lin: Yes, it is a high priority for the studio and all for the filmmakers involved.

So it’s just a question of when the script is done.

Lin: Yeah, well we want to make the right movie.  We got a great response to the second movie and frankly the Moriarty character sets such a high bar that we want to make sure we’re telling the right story for the third movie.

That was the other question I wanted to ask you, obviously I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who has not seen the second film but the second film ends in such a way that it could go either way in the third film.  Do you envision that characters could return, if you will?

Lin: I don’t want to go into details about that I just want to say that there will be some new locations, new settings for the third movie.  Just like Sherlock for the second movie took us in a new location; the third movie will take us to a new location as well.

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  • Mel

    To Mary Platt:
    The Ritchie movies are NOT the reason the BBC Sherlock series exists! Far from it. The BBC ‘Sherlock’ creators had started planning an updated Holmes TV series long before news of the Ritchie films was released. I LOVE the Ritchie films and I LOVE BBC Sherlock equally. The only reason that most critics of the film series have problems with it, is that they’ve never bothered to read the books -so comparing unfavourably them to rather staid old dramatisations of Holmes. Very unfair. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for a SH3. And that one will definitely come along. NME –in quoting from this interview– mistakenly said that SH3 is scheduled for release in 2014. It can’t be. In place of the previously anticipated December 2014 slot for SH3, Team Downey and Warner Bros are premiering the new Perry Mason franchise.
    Surely Downey can’t sustain FOUR franchises. The one with the smallest box office will be dropped. SH does great box office overseas (better than Iron Man) but less well in the US. IF
    Perry Mason does better at the box office than SH2, I wonder if SH3 will ever get made.

  • Mel

    To Mary Platt:
    The Ritchie movies are NOT the reason the BBC Sherlock series exists! Far from it. The BBC \’Sherlock\’ creators had started planning an updated Holmes TV series long before news of the Ritchie films was released. I LOVE the Ritchie films and I LOVE BBC Sherlock equally. The only reason that most critics of the film series have problems with it, is that they\’ve never bothered to read the books -so comparing unfavourably them to rather staid old dramatisations of Holmes. Very unfair. I hope we don\’t have to wait too long for a SH3. And that one will definitely come along. NME –in quoting from this interview– mistakenly said that SH3 is scheduled for release in 2014. It can\’t be. In place of the previously anticipated December 2014 slot for SH3, Team Downey and Warner Bros are premiering the new Perry Mason franchise.
    Surely Downey can\’t sustain FOUR franchises. The one with the smallest box office will be dropped. SH does great box office overseas (better than Iron Man) but less well in the US. IF
    Perry Mason does better at the box office than SH2, I wonder if SH3 will ever get made.

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  • Hannah

    This is so stupid and no one cares about it so stop being so attach to it. Have a nice day everyone hates you.

  • Vignesh Hegde

    waiting fo da release date :D

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  • polad

    A.C.Doyl kimi zekaya sahib olsaydim Şerlok Holmes olardim tek bir kelime vurgunam bu zekaya

  • sadiq mirza

    superb move waiting for part 3

  • badman

    losers

  • mikem

    I would love to see Downey do a guest villain appearance on Elementary!

  • Anonymous

    on to the next please

  • Michael Dennis Stagg

    “They are waiting on the ‘script” ! sounds a little alike the writers strike continuing beyond 1945 and Winston, or the BBC technicians floor cameramen, or University of Bristol technicians that clobbered us in the 1969 early 1970s not to mention, but also the broken Landrover in research and teaching. Not good for soils water and rocks, they go off and flow away. Bring back Eli Wallach. I see RD Jnr is busy “Shooting” an “Apple”. Director’s indigestion all this, ulcers. We know we narrowly missed them ourselves and we are not even in business where they are common. Mike

  • renjith

    Is retake “A study in scarlet” with new sherlock holmes team

  • Megan

    I’m looking forward to S3. I believe Downey and Law have created a truly descent partnership. I’ve been a Sherlock Holmes’ fan for mamy many years. These Sherlock films have become part of my favorite Saturday afternoon, when I choose to do nothing, flicks. I just hate that it appears they’ve killed off our feisty villainess.

  • harlem

    Aw someone feels important to the extent that they feel the need to have an opinion about someone elses enthusiasm…

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  • MoiraB

    What does your comment even mean, though? Explain.

  • MoiraB

    You are completely wrong, “Mel,” and Ms. Platt is correct. The RDJ movies were in development long, long before the BBC series was even conceived, and Moffat and Gatiss got the idea and then speeded development of their series BECAUSE of the popularity of the first RDJ Sherlock Holmes movie in 2009. It was well-known for years in the entertainment business that a new Holmes movie series was in the works, and that’s when the BBC creators decided to coattail on it (no matter what they may say NOW, LOL – they do tend to speak out of both sides of their mouths, those two…!).

    AND – BBC increased funding for the Sherlock series, which was originally planned on a shoestring budget, BECAUSE of the popularity of the Downey movies. So really, all BBC Sherlock fans should bow down and kiss the shoelaces of the Downey Sherlock Holmes movies, without which BBC Sherlock would probably never exist today. The movies primed the pump and pioneered the idea of a modernized, completely new vision of Sherlock Holmes, without the deerstalker and Inverness cape, a man of action for today’s audiences.

    I too don’t like to compare a blockbuster movies series with a small TV series that only appears sporadically — the two things are really not comparable. I keep seeing fans rave about how many “millions” are following the BBC series, but when you step away from the Tumblr and get out into the real world, the BBC series airs on PBS in the U.S. and only pulls an audience of about 4 million (as opposed to 10 or 11 million for Downton Abbey, which itself is a small audience compared to most shows on actual network television…). In the real world, if you stop 10 people on the street and ask them who plays Sherlock Holmes, 9 out of 10 will say Robert Downey Jr., and MAYBE one will say “oh, yeah, there’s that TV show…” but won’t be able to remember the actor, or they’ll say Basil Rathbone. (Try this sometime and you’ll see it’s true.) Meanwhile the two RDJ Sherlock Holmes movies are by far the most popular and widely seen version of Holmes that has ever existed, reaching hundreds of millions of people around the globe and making more than a billion (with a B) dollars.

    By the way – there’s no “Perry Mason” “franchise” (I know you wrote that a year ago,but even then, there was none – that was an idea batted around for RDJ, but it was ultimately either postponed or discarded). Meanwhile, if you actually bothered to read the above article and more recent coverage, the SH3 movie is very definitely in the works, and both actors and Guy Ritchie are enthused about doing it. I don’t know what the point of your post actually is, but your references and background info are incorrect on almost every count.

  • Cliffhanger77

    I LOVE Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes movies, and hope he does many more!! I dislike the two “modern” TV series (the British one and the American one). Sherlock Holmes is a man of the Victorian age, and giving him all kinds of modern gadgets like cell phones and computers completely takes away from his genius. Anybody with the right computer and chemistry set can solve crimes nowadays. But it takes a genius like Holmes to solve crimes in the days of gaslamps and horse-drawn cabs.

  • Cliffhanger77

    Actually the Ritchie movies were being planned as early as 2005 (by the original writer, Lionel Wigram, long before Guy Ritchie or RDJ were attached…). The BBC series was not talked of until at least 2007-08. So the person who said the BBC fans should thank and kiss the feet of the Ritchie movies is correct.

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