Robert Downey Jr.’s film career is currently quite famously dominated by his spot-on portrayal of Tony Stark aka Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, he also remains the current star of a Sherlock Holmes film franchise which co-stars Jude Law as the loyal side-kick John Watson and which, while it has gone temporarily dormant, is far from dead.
In a recent interview at Collider, producer Joel Silver disclosed that a third installment to the franchise already had a script, the interest of the main actors and a possible opening for filming towards the end of the year. The main roadblock was, predictably, Downey’s tight schedule. Silver states:
It looks like it could happen this fall. Downey said he wants to do it. He’s gotta launch into another Avengers movie, right after the New Year, so we’re trying to get it done. We have a script that we like. Jude [Law] is available and Downey is available, and we’re hoping we can get it done. If it works, great. If not, we’ll do it another time. But, it looks like it could happen now
He also left open the possibility of even more Sherlock Holmes films in the future:
I hope [it’s not the last one]. I don’t think so. How many Bond films have they made? As long as there’s a character, we can work with it. It’s not an end story. We can keep going, as long as people want to do it.
While this most recent Sherlock Holmes film franchise does not have quite the rabid fan-base that the BBC TV version starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman does, both Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows were unequivocal box office successes.