Sherlock Holmes 3 has been in the works for years, but due to Robert Downey Jr. being preoccupied with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film kept getting pushed back. Luckily, a release date has been set for December 22, 2021 which will make it exactly a decade after the last film in the series, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, hit theaters in 2011.
Even better, a script has been penned by Chris Brancato with Downey and Jude Law set to reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. A rumored storyline has already started to float around that it will take place during the Old West-era San Francisco. But one thing was missing…a director. While many expected Guy Ritchie to return for the third installment, it appears that Ritchie’s busy schedule has kept him from doing so and it’s now been announced that Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher will take the helm for Sherlock Holmes 3.
Fletcher has done a few films but first gained attention a couple years ago when he took over directing duties for Bryan Singer to finish Bohemian Rhapsody that went on to make over $900 million at the box office. He then directed the similar music biopic Rocketman earlier this year which went on to critical success and solid box office numbers. By all accounts, Fletcher is a very different type of director that Guy Ritchie but that might not necessarily be a bad thing. We’ll find out in a couple years won’t we? Stay tuned!