'Sherlock Holmes 3' Sequel With Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law May Feature A Time Jump

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The long-awaited follow-up to "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" has been confirmed. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will return to reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson for the third time in the still-untitled "Sherlock Holmes 3" sequel. 

Law revealed that the upcoming film might likely involve a time jump. It will play up the fact that both he and Downey Jr. have not actually seen and worked together in real life since their last movie wrapped up. So, the break between them will also be used as fodder in the third movie. 

Chris Brancato wrote the script to "Sherlock Holmes 3," but Warner Bros has not yet signed up the director. Guy Ritchie helmed the previous two installments, but he has just started filming "Toff Guys" for Miramax, according to Backstage.

Ritchie's commitment to the other movie might mean that he will not be able to return to direct another "Sherlock Holmes" franchise in time for the film's intended release. The studio plans to have the third installment in theaters by Dec. 25, 2020. 

The last "Sherlock Holmes" movie left viewers with plenty of questions. Following a clash with his nemesis Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris), Sherlock sacrificed himself and was presumed dead. But a package mailed to his best friend's home gave Watson an inkling that Sherlock hasn't died. This could mean, however, that Moriarty may have also survived the same fall that he and Sherlock suffered at the end of the second movie. 

Harris, however, said in March that he is not focusing on returning to play Moriarty for the big screen. As far as he's aware, "Sherlock Holmes 3" won't feature his character but those plans might have changed since.  

It has taken a while for the third "Sherlock Holmes" movie to come together because Downey Jr. has been busy filming different movies under the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Iron Man/Tony Stark. Since the film's absence on the big screen, there has been a spate of successful "Sherlock Holmes" adaptation on the small screen with BBC's "Sherlock" featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and CBS' "Elementary" with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. 

Most recently, Will Ferrel and John C. Reilly also did their take on the relationship between Holmes and Watson in the movie "Stepbrothers." However, one actor from the Downey Jr. movie did not like their comedic treatment. Mark Strong, who played the villain Lord Blackwood in the first iteration did not appreciate the pair's mockery. Ferrel shared to Jimmy Kimmel that Strong was probably disappointed about how they played the iconic characters that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created in the 1800s.

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