After a solid holiday box office haul that made it the #12 highest grossing film in 2009, a sequel to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes was inevitable and, more importantly, planned from the very start. The only question is, when will we see it? Guy Ritchie has had a number of projects on his plate over the last year, the biggest of which was the comic book adaptation Lobo. However, with Joel Silver producing both Lobo and Sherlock Holmes 2, it seems that he will probably be finding a new director for Lobo in order to clear up Ritchie’s schedule for another Holmes flick.
“I don’t think he’s going to do it 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. 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.”
It makes sense that such a successful franchise should be a higher priority, especially when compared to Lobo, an unproven property thus far. And personally I’m all for it. What do you think? Are you disappointed that Ritchie won’t direct Lobo? Are you excited about another Sherlock Holmes movie coming sooner?
In the meantime, enjoy the trailer for The Asylum’s own Sherlock Holmes movie… which has dragons in it. The best part about this “mockbuster” is that they don’t even have to change the name because the character is in the public domain! Check it out after the jump.