Remember, way back when, we were all excited about the news that Guy Ritchie, of all people, was going to direct the big-screen version of DC Comics ultra-violent, ultra-funny Lobo? Ritchie, with a history of making wickedly clever movies with well-orchestrated violence?
Well, as is my way, I’m here to punch that excitement in the stomach.
Yes, Ritchie seems likely to walk away from Lobo now, mainly due to the success of Sherlock Holmes — a film that, considering it’s going up against Avatar head-to-head, is doing pretty damn well (almost $400 million worldwide so far). The ex-Mr. Madonna is instead going to apparently switch gears to focus on Sherlock Holmes II: Detect Harder. Producer Joel Silver had this to say to the LA Times:
I don’t think [Ritchie’s] going to do Lobo now. The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another Sherlock Holmes, so I think we’re going to be doing that. But we’re seeing what happens with this. Everybody is analyzing everything. It’s all kind of happening right now as we talk. Sherlock is sitting at just about $400 million in worldwide gross and showing itself to be pretty effective and pretty strong. So we’re trying to see if we can do something quickly with another Sherlock Holmes movie. We have some ideas and some good story points. Downey loves the experience of playing Sherlock and would love to play him again, and I’d love to see him play it again. Jude and all of them will be back and it will be great.”
So, that’s good news for Sherlock Holmes and The Downey. I’ve yet to see it, but most of the folks I know who have said it was wildly entertaining. Except for the ones who said it was a heap of shit.
For those of you hoping that this just means that Lobo is only off Ritchie’s table for the moment, when asked about the film’s future Silver responded, “I would guess a different director.”
In terms of Downey’s future, I’m guessing Sherlock Holmes and the buildup to Marvel’s Avengers will keep him busy, and disgustingly wealthy, for while. So busy, in fact, that he’s dropped out of buddy Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens. Personally, I’d like Favreau to dump that project and just direct The Avengers anyway.