Sherlock Holmes 3 Delay Explained By Original Director Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie has spoken out about the ten-year delay in making Sherlock Holmes 3.
Ritchie's 2009 picture starring Robert Downey Jr. as the legendary detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was well-received by critics, won a Golden Globe for Downey Jr.'s performance, and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
The film's success at the box office led to the production of a sequel, 2011's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which earned $543 million worldwide and prompted the order of a third feature, which is now stuck in development purgatory.

Despite a quick turnaround between the first two films, Sherlock Holmes 3 has been in production for quite some time.
The major reason for the delay, according to several updates supplied by Downey Jr., co-star Jude Law, and producers Joel Silver and Lionel Wigram, has been waiting for the greatest script possible before moving forward with the threequel.
It makes reasonable that they would try to redeem themselves with a stronger follow-up after Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was so close to receiving a "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Many people have wondered if a third Sherlock Holmes film would ever be made because of Robert Downey Jr.'s involvement in the MCU as Iron Man.
Recently, though, there have been some encouraging developments for the project, including Paramount's appointment of Rocketman's Dexter Fletcher to helm the picture.
Confirming the actor's continued interest in the concept, it was reported in late 2020 that Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, would be working with Warner Bros. to extend the Sherlock Holmes brand to include offshoot TV projects at HBO Max.

In spite of Ritchie's departure, fans of the first two films can rest certain that Downey Jr. will be keeping a careful watch on the production of Sherlock Holmes 3 to ensure that it lives up to its potential.
Now that the actor's contract with the MCU has ended, his schedule should be much more amenable to a major production like a new Sherlock Holmes.
But he also has Play Dirty, based on a novel by Shane Black, and an adaptation of The Sympathizer in the works, so it might be a while before we see Sherlock Holmes 3 in theaters.