The director of Sherlock Holmes 3 has confirmed the film is "on the back burner".
Speaking on the Celebrity Catch Up Podcast, Dexter Fletcher — who's taking over from Guy Ritchie to direct the third instalment — revealed the movie is facing new "issues" amid the coronavirus pandemic, which means more delays may be likely.
"Sherlock's hit its own issues on and off," he said.
"That’s sort of sitting on the back burner at the moment until it becomes clear where the world is at and what's going to happen."
Elaborating on the filming challenges faced by Sherlock 3 and his other in-development project The Saint, Fletcher added: "They're both up against the same dilemma, the same issue that we all [have]: How do you get large groups of people together to create something and then shift them all around the world?
"And what do you do with actors that are in a love scene? It's complicated."
The comments follow Sherlock 3's release date previously being postponed from December 2020 to December 22, 2021.
Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are currently still attached to the project.
Sherlock Holmes 3 is currently scheduled to be released on December 22, 2021.
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