Sherlock Holmes 3 has been stuck in development hell for almost a decade now. Although the first Sherlock Holmes was a hit and the sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows made even more money worldwide, A Game of Shadows was also somewhat underwhelming. There may have also been a sense of Sherlock fatigue between the Robert Downey Jr. movies and the Benedict Cumberbatch series, so finding a fresh angle on a third entry has proven difficult. When we last reported on Sherlock Holmes 3 back in May 2018, the film had been set for a 2020 release date with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law set to reprise their roles as Holmes and Watson, respectively. But now it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer.
Deadline reports that Sherlock Holmes 3 has been kicked back to Christmas 2021. It’s previous 2020 date will now go to an untitled Warner Bros. Event Film. But that Christmas 2021 date is already pretty crowded. You’ve got Hotel Translyvania 4 for the kids, the long-awaited adaptation of Wicked, and an untitled Disney live-action movie. That’s not to mention the second weekend of Avatar 3 assuming James Cameron proves us all wrong again and shows that there’s still a huge audience for Avatar movies.
Personally, I don’t see Sherlock Holmes 3 ever coming together. If it were a necessary tentpole for Warner Bros., wouldn’t they have worked harder to get it into production? There are plenty of Sherlock stories to tell, and the only two schedules you really need to nail down are Downey and Law. Furthermore, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of clamoring for a third Sherlock Holmes movie. People know that these films are now, and they’ve been pretty disposable. That’s not to say that Warner Bros. is against making disposable entertainment, but they have so many options outside the Sherlock Holmes franchise that it’s hard to see where the demand is coming from.
Are you interested in a Sherlock Holmes 3? Why? I’m genuinely curious. Sound off in the comments.