EXCLUSIVE: Screenwriter James Coyne has been tapped to pen a rewrite ofSherlock Holmes 3. This re-kickstarts the threequel to Warner Bros’ franchise, which will return Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and director Guy Ritchie. Ritchie/Wigram Productions, Team Downey, Silver Pictures, Dan Lin and Warner Bros are producing it.
It was October 2011 when Deadline broke the news that Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce had been set by the studio to pen the next installment of the series. That came just before the second pic, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows bowed. It ended up outgrossing the 2009 original with a $186.8 million domestic haul and a worldwide take of $545.4M.
Coyne reteams with Lionel Wigram and Warners, after he penned last year’s Black List script Treasure Island for them. He is repped by Gersh and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
While critics didn’t exactly love 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey Jr.’s blockbuster sequel snatched up over $545 million worldwide. That’s a number studios don’t exactly ignore, especially Warner Bros.
Which is why they’re still going ahead with a third film. Now, way back in 2011, it was announced that Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce was slated to figure out the next mystery for Holmes to solve. Not anymore.