Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes is still three months away from release, but Warner Brothers is already moving ahead with a sequel. And why not? There is absolutely no way in hell that Sherlock Holmes fails at the box office, not with Robert Downey, Jr. and a PG-13 rating. It’ll make $200 million, at the least.
And how do you make a sequel even more attractive? You hire Brad Pitt.
Indeed, Pitt is in negotiations to play Holmes’ nemesis, Moriarity, in the sequel. Rumors abound that Pitt already has a small, almost unnoticeable cameo in the upcoming film. Ritchie has begun development, and the husband wife writing team — Kieran and Michele Mulroney — are working on the script. That duo is responsible for Paper Man, a movie that he yet to see the light of day outside of the LA Film Festival (it stars Emma Stone, Jeff Daniels, and Ryan Reynolds as Captain Excellent). I have no idea what’s happened with Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham, who wrote the original script.
At any rate, while it’s certainly great news for Downey, having him attached to two huge blockbuster franchises is risky — I hope he doesn’t trigger a overexposure backlash. Still, it’s amazing to see a guy go from face-down in a stranger’s bed to the biggest movie star on the planet in a matter of years.
Sequel or not, you have no complaints from me for putting RDJ and Brad Pitt on the same big screen. That’s a whole lot of awesome to contain.