‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Is Going Ahead With The ‘Rocketman’ Director

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film
Published 12.07.19
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Sherlock Holmes 3 is finally coming to fruition with the director of Rocketman, rather than Guy Ritchie.

Only the other day I wanted to watch Robert Downy Jr saying “that is my curse” when talking to Noomi Rapace in Switzerland or wherever.

Even though I know that scene to be in the closing act of the second Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film, I elected to watch both of them back to back, and just wait until I got to that bit.

Here it is, at about two minutes in…

There’s better moments in the films. I’m not sure why I felt compelled to watch that one.

When I was watching them, however, I was struck by the realisation that they are actually really fun films. They didn’t win anything big, I don’t think, and I’m not sure they deserved to, but they certainly deserved more praise than they got.

Instead Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films got reasonably lukewarm receptions and a general overshadowing from their modern-day BBC Benedict Cumberbatch counterparts.

So in 2011, after A Game of Shadows was released, people pretty much forgot about the films, Ritchie went on to direct two films that not many people liked and was rewarded with Disney’s live-action Aladdin. Because Hollywood hates new talent.

However, back to Sherlock Holmes, a third part was announced and due for a release around Christmas next year, but that has since been pushed back another year, for 22nd December 2021; a full ten years after A Game of Shadows.

Robert Downy Jr and Jude Law have both talked up a third film for the franchise for years now, so they’re both very likely to be involved, but until now, the director situation seemed like one big old mess.

Like I say though, until now, since a director has been picked and according to Variety, that’s Rocketman‘s Dexter Fletcher – a man with fantastic hair.

He’s not directed much, with Rocketman and Eddie the Eagle being in his filmography, but what he has done has generally been seen as a success.

sherlock holmes 3 dexter fletcher

The Guardian’s Mark Kermode hailed Fletcher as the real hero of Rocketman, saying:

Fletcher is the real star of this show, a director whose enthusiasm for musical storytelling shines through every frame, hitting all the emotional high notes.”

So it should be good. Hopefully less Elton John songs though.

Meanwhile Jude Law told Entertainment Weekly last year about the third film, saying:

We hope to propel the story forward. As always, the essence of the story is their codependency. 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.”

We’ll keep you posted.

Images via Warner Bros, BBC, Getty

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