Warner Bros. Pictures set a released date of December 25, 2020 for Sherlock Holmes 3 earlier this year, but we haven’t heard much about the third installment since. Jude Law, who played Dr. John Watson in the first two films opposite Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes, has now hinted to Entertainment Weekly what we can expect when the next film opens.
“We hope to propel the story forward,” Law said. “As always, the essence of the story is their codependency. We’re going to examine — since it’s been several years since we’ve seen them — we’re going to play up the fact that they haven’t seen each other for a long time either.”
The first film was released in 2009 and earned $524 million worldwide, while Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows followed in 2011 and grossed $545 million globally.
The studio has not officially announced that Guy Ritchie, who directed the first two films, will be back in the director’s chair. He is currently working on Disney’s live-action Aladdin movie, which opens on May 24, 2019. Chris Brancato wrote the script for Sherlock Holmes 3.
Susan Downey, Joel Silver and Lionel Wigram are producing the new film.
A week ago, Downey Jr. teased his return as Sherlock Holmes in a tweet, which you can check out below.
Practicing my Sherlock face. pic.twitter.com/Vs7kGF70Re
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) August 19, 2018