The studio has tapped Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the scribes who are penning its Justice League: Mortal – a tentpole picture that’s to be released some summers from now.
Early word is that Brad Pitt has had discussions with the film’s producers to star as Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty in the sequel, yet no deal has been finalized for him to take the part. Current speculation has him in a cameo role in the film set to open Christmas Day, but the script only has Moriarity as a character that lurks in the shadows and can’t be identified.
In the Guy’s Ritchie film, Robert Downey Jr. stars as the title character; Jude Law plays protege Watson, and Rachel McAdams stars as love interest Irene Adler. Much of the talent is expected to return in the new movie, as could Ritchie as director.
Regarding the sequel, in addition to the Justice League movie, the Mulroneys both wrote and directed a feature called Paper Man, a superhero-tinged dramedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Daniels. It showed at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this year.
According to The Reporter, Warners is keen on developing new franchises, with Holmes – with its broad fan base and rich source material – considered a very appealing candidate. The project would also mean Downey would star in a second franchise, after Iron Man, while DreamWorks could build yet another franchise around him with Cowboys & Aliens.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros.