Ritchie off Lobo for Sherlock Holmes 2
I don't find it that surprising that Guy Ritchie is now being focused more on a Sherlock Holmes 2 than he is the Lobo film he was assigned to, particularly one about a comic book character half (probably way more half actually) the world doesn't even know about.
Couple that with the news that Robert Downey Jr. is no longer starring in Cowboys and Aliens, and I think it's clear that Sherlock Holmes 2 is being fast tracked. That's something that Joel Silver is now confirming too, and giving us the news that Lobo is stepping back.
Speaking about Lobo, Joel Silver said:
”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. 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..”
Now I first thought when I read that at the L.A. Times Hero Complex that the it would mean Guy Ritchie would be delaying the film until after Sherlock Holmes 2, Silver doesn't think so. He's hinting that there will be another director for the film.
”I would guess a dfferent director...It's all happening at once now.
Well if anyone would know it would be the producer wouldn't it? There's also the fact that the stars seem to be aligning for the project too, and that's something that Silver confirms as well:
”...It's an ongoing conversation. 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.”
I think it's fair to say that Sherlock Holmes 2 will be next for Guy Ritchie and we may well see Lobo disappear for him. Does that bring Gamekeeper closer? I hope so, as I think that's more his project than Lobo.
What about a second Sherlock Holmes though? Is that something you'd like to see? What did you think of the first film? The test for it being a franchise though is when Ritchie leaves and passes it to another director.