'Sherlock Holmes 3' starring Robert Downey Jr is 'still in development'

They're just waiting for Downey Jr to finish 'Iron Man 3'… and a script

'Sherlock Holmes 3' starring Robert Downey Jr is 'still in development'

A third Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law is "still in development", says its producer.

Law and Downey Jr teamed up to play Watson and Holmes in Guy Ritchie's 2009 film based on the famous sleuth created by Arthur Conan Doyle. They reprised their roles for a 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, which was also directed by Madonna's ex-husband. Mad Men's Jared Harris joined the cast for the second film, playing a memorable villain called Professor Moriarty.

Both films were big box office successes, grossing over $1 billion (£615 million) between them, and Warner Bros has scheduled a sequel for a 2014 release. The film's script is being written by Drew Pearce, a former TV writer who also penned the screenplay for Downey Jr's current project, Iron Man 3.

However, in recent months, little has been heard about Sherlock Holmes 3. When asked for an update, producer Dan Lin told Collider: "It's still in development. Drew Pearce is working on the script and Downey, as you know, is still finishing Iron Man 3, so we're waiting for Downey to finish that movie and to get a script from Drew."

Continuing, Lin insisted that the creative team remains fully committed to the project. He added: "It is a high priority for the studio and all for the filmmakers involved… We want to make the right movie. We got a great response to the second movie and frankly the Moriarty character sets such a high bar that we want to make sure we're telling the right story for the third movie.”

Speaking back in September (2012), Jude Law insisted that he and Downey Jr are totally on board too. He said at the time: "We're a very happy team and we have a lot of fun and we also think there's still a lot of legs in the duo."

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