Warner Bros. sets Sherlock Sequel Release Date

At Time Warner’s investor day on May 27th, Warner chairman and CEO Barry Meyer made some announcements with regards to the studio’s 2011 slate of films. Two big announcements included that the DC Comics superhero The Flash is close to getting the go-ahead for production and the release date for the currently titled Sherlock Holmes 2. Holmes and Watson will fight crime again on December 16, 2011. (No word on if it will be shot with 3D in mind.)

The sequel looks to build on the predecessor’s $513 million worldwide success. Kieran Mulroney and
Michele Mulroney, who wrote and directed Paper Man, are writing the screenplay with Guy Ritchie returning as director. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will reprise their roles of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. But the real question is who will play Moriarty? Could it be Brad Pitt, who worked with Ritchie previously on Snatch?

In addition to Sherlock Holmes 2, Warner Bros.’s 2011 film slate will include 25 movies. Of those 25, the big ones are set to include:

  • Red Riding Hood: April 22, 2011
  • The Hangover 2: May 26
  • Green Lantern (3D): June 17
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (3D): July 15
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 (3D): Sept. 23
  • Happy Feet 2 (3D): Nov. 18
  • New Year’s Eve: Dec. 9
  • With 2011 signaling the last Harry Potter release, the studio has been busying itself with preparing for the future. Specifically, switching from best-selling fantasy novels to DC Comics. If the potential greenlight for The Flash is any indication, we could see a whole wave of DC Comics-inspired movies. Already known is Christopher Nolan’s third Batman movie will have a July 20, 2012 release and a new Superman film could be forthcoming by Christmas 2012. Who knows – maybe James Cameron’s Aquaman (of HBO’s Entourage) may become a reality if the DC Comics experiment is a success.

    Source: THR

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