Just a few days after Robert Downey Jr. said he was still interested in making a third Sherlock Holmes movie, Warner Bros. reportedly hired a new writer to work on the surprisingly long-gestating project. Seriously, why hasn’t this been made already?

James Coyne was hired by the studio to do a rewrite on the script, first written by Iron Man 3‘s Drew Pearce. According to Deadline, Coyne previously wrote a Treasure Island script, which made it to the Black List (a list of the best liked, but unproduced screenplays in Hollywood) and landed at Warner Bros.

This news comes just a few days after Downey said he was still in talks for a Sherlock Holmes 3. “We’re talking about it right now. NOW. I can’t wait,” Downey told Shortlist. “I know Guy Ritchie loves me as much as I love him – and he damn well should. When we’re making those Sherlock movies it is off the hook. We’ll attempt to make one this year. It really is a big deal to go and do those movies. I’m tired all the time, but I’m excited about it.”

It’s really surprising that it has taken Warner Bros. so long to get a third Sherlock Holmes movie with Downey as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective off the ground. The second film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, released back in December 2011 and made $545.4 million worldwide. If that’s not enough to greenlight a sequel, we have no idea what is. The logical reason could just be timing, since Downey has been very busy with Marvel.


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