The last Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, A Game of Shadows, was released in 2011, and it performed just slightly better than the first film at the box office. All tolled, both films made just under $550 million each, which isn’t too shabby. A sequel to the Guy Ritchie directed films has long been in production, with a release date of Christmas Day 2020 finally being settled on. Unfortunately now Warner Bros. has announced that the sequel will now be moved to December 21, 2021 instead, over a decade after the last film was released.
Warner Bros. haven’t announced the reasons for the delay, but there are several possibilities. The script could need some work, there could be scheduling conflicts with filming (which could be a good sign for Downey Jr. fans who keep hoping he resigns as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), or one of several other different reason. Hopefully this isn’t the first sign towards scrapping the project though, as the first two films were incredibly fun to watch.
Downey Jr. first took over the role of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective in 2009. It came just a year after the revival of his career in Iron Man, and ever since then he’s been in a string of hits.
With it’s new release date, Sherlock Holmes 3 will be going up against other new releases such as Sony’s Hotel Transylvania 4, Universal’s Wicked and an as yet to be titled Disney live-action movie. It will also be going up against Fox’s Avatar 3 which will be in its second week.