Sherlock Holmes 3 was originally set to be out in December 2021, but fans will know that won't actually be happening as the movie hasn't even started filming yet.
It won't be a surprise to learn that it's the ongoing global situation that affected production on the threequel, much like every other movie and TV show has been impacted over the past year or so.
"We started going and then Covid hit, and they were like, 'Look we're going to stand it down and Robert has got something else he wants to do'," explained Dexter Fletcher in June 2021.
"These things are so big that you don't wanna just chisel them into something... I know that Robert will not let that fish off the hook."
Fletcher took over from Guy Ritchie as the director of Sherlock Holmes 3 in July 2019, and at least the latest update sounds promising in the sense that we will eventually get to see the return of Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law and Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
When that actually will be remains to be seen, but in the meantime, here's everything you need to know about Sherlock Holmes 3.
Sherlock Holmes 3 release date: When will Sherlock Holmes 3 be out in cinemas?
Warner Bros originally set a December 25, 2020 release date for the third movie, before pushing it back an entire year to December 22, 2021.
As mentioned above though, that release date won't be met and currently Sherlock Holmes 3 doesn't have a confirmed release date. In October 2020, Fletcher explained that the movie was on "the back burner" with them waiting to see "what's going to happen" in the world.
"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," he added.
Other major productions have been filming since, but there has been a recent flurry of movies and TV shows being affected again by the ongoing global situation. So, right now, it's unclear when the third movie will be able to film.
The previous two Sherlock Holmes movies were released in December and since that worked well at the box office, we imagine the third movie will stick with that release window, so maybe December 2022?
Sherlock Holmes 3 cast: Who is returning for Sherlock Holmes 3?
Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law have both been confirmed to return as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson in the third movie, obviously, since it wouldn't be the same without their bromance.
No word yet on whether Kelly Reilly (Watson's wife Mary), Stephen Fry (Sherlock's brother Mycroft) or Eddie Marsan (Inspector Lestrade) will return, but we'd be surprised if they didn't at least make a cameo appearance.
Professor James Moriarty, played brilliantly by Jared Harris, was seemingly killed off at the end of A Game of Shadows, but we wouldn't bet against a return.
Sherlock Holmes 3 plot: What will Sherlock Holmes 3 be about?
"We want it to be the best of the series, so that's a pretty tall order," Downey has said of the third movie. So who out of Sherlock's back catalogue of villains will the master detective be up against this time?
The first outing saw Holmes and Watson battling mystical would-be world dominator Lord Henry Blackwood (Mark Strong), while the second film brought us Sherlock's arch-nemesis Professor James Moriarty (Jared Harris).
As mentioned above, Harris would seem like a longshot to return. However, Holmes himself was supposed to have died in that same incident, only for the detective to fake his death and secretly turn up in Watson's office.
Harris doesn't seem that confident on a return though, telling Digital Spy in March 2018 that the last script he saw didn't have Moriarty in it. Whether this will have changed by the time we finally get to filming remains to be seen.
One thing we do know for sure though is that it's set quite some time after A Game of Shadows.
"We hope to propel the story forward. As always, the essence of the story is their codependency," Law teased.
"We're going to examine – since it's been several years since we've seen them – we're going to play up the fact that they haven't seen each other for a long time either."
Sherlock Holmes 3 trailer: Any Sherlock Holmes 3 footage yet?
We'll have to wait until the movie is actually filming to have any idea when we can see new footage, but it's probably safe to say we can't expect anything anytime soon.
For now, you'll have to rewatch the previous two movies (or any of the plethora of Sherlock Holmes adaptations out there).
Sherlock Holmes 3 does not currently have a release date.
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