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The Sherlock Holmes film series is based on the iconic fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The first film was released on December 25, 2009, with Robert Downey Jr. starring as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law starring as Dr. John Watson. It follows Sherlock and Dr. Watson trying to stop Lord Henry Blackwood (Mark Strong) from gaining control of Britain. The sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, came out on December 16, 2011 with several returning cast members. The second movie sees Sherlock and Dr. Watson traveling across Europe to stop Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) from starting a World War. Guy Ritchie directed both period mystery action films.

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Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Sherlock Holmes’ (Photo: Everett Collection)

A third film in the Sherlock Holmes franchise has been in the works for over a decade. But the plans have stalled, due to several factors, and Sherlock Holmes 3 has not even begun filming yet. The good news is Robert Downey has room in his schedule after saying goodbye to his role as Iron-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Since then, he’s filmed the upcoming 2023 movie Oppenheimer which is about creating the nuclear weapons that ended World War II.

Below, HollywoodLife has rounded up everything you need to know about Sherlock Holmes 3. Find out if the movie is still happening and the possible spinoffs that are rumored to be in the works!

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Sherlock Holmes (Photo: Everett Collection)

Is Sherlock Holmes 3 Still Happening?

The script for the third Sherlock Holmes movie was being written by Drew Pearce (who wrote Iron-Man 3) in late October 2011, but Drew was replaced by Justin Haythe. After five years passed, Warner Bros. and Team Downey, which is Robert and his wife Susan Downey‘s production company, put together a writers’ room to work on the third film. In May 2018, Warner Bros. announced that Sherlock Holmes 3 would be released in theaters on December 25, 2020, with Robert Downey, Jude Law, and Paul Anderson, who played Sebastian Moran in the second film, returning in their respective roles. Chris Brancato was tapped to write the script.

The following year, Warner Bros. pushed the release date back to December 22, 2021. A few months later, it was announced that Dexter Fletcher, who directed the Elton John biopic Rocketman, would be replacing Guy Ritchie to helm Sherlock Holmes 3. Once the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, the film’s release date was delayed…

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