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Jude Law on a third Sherlock Holmes film: "We want it to be better than the other two"

Sep. 27, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS may not have been as well received by critics as the first movie, but it still made a ton of money: $186 million domestically and another $358 million in foreign markets. When a film does that well in theaters (especially a sequel) another movie is typically announced soon after, but there hasn't been any news on a third film and Robert Downey Jr. has been busy playing Iron Man. So what's going on with SHERLOCK HOLMES 3?

In an interview with Empire, Jude Law says he's had a couple of meetings with Warner Bros. for a third SHERLOCK film and he's very pleased with how the first two films turned out:

"I hate celebrating anything I've done, but I'm so proud of those films. I think it was Joel Silver who said, 'Take it out of that dusty room and put it on the street'."

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS ended like many thought it would since it was influenced by the Sherlock short story "The Final Problem" and Law says Warner Bros. and the crew from the first two movies want to do a follow up. He also says they want the film to be better than the first two.

"I think Warners want it," says Law, "and there's a lot of want from us as a team. We want it to be better than the other two. We want to make sure it's smarter and cleverer, but in the same realm."

You can't have a Sherlock Holmes movie without Sherlock, but Robert Downey Jr. isn't the only one with a busy schedule says Jude Law.

"It's a slow process," he says. "We're all busy. So getting us together to try to nail that has taken a little bit longer than we had hoped."

Jude Law sounds hopeful, but I wonder if we'll actually get a third movie. With RDJ schedule and the meh response from critics for the last film, will Warner Bros. move forward with another Sherlock adventure? I guess all we can do is wait and see.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe Jude Law needs his own superhero franchise like Robert Downey Jr. Which comic book character do you think would be a good fit for him?
Source: Empire

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2:56PM on 09/28/2013
For some reason I havent been a fan of these Sherlock Holmes movies..not saying I found fault with them per say, but just did not get into them well...I like RDJ's version but I guess the stories didnt excite me...anyhow I would be all for a 3rd Sherlock Holmes mystery.
For some reason I havent been a fan of these Sherlock Holmes movies..not saying I found fault with them per say, but just did not get into them well...I like RDJ's version but I guess the stories didnt excite me...anyhow I would be all for a 3rd Sherlock Holmes mystery.
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12:58PM on 09/28/2013
I'm game for a third Sherlock Holmes movie as long as they hire the writers of BBC's Sherlock to pen it.
I'm game for a third Sherlock Holmes movie as long as they hire the writers of BBC's Sherlock to pen it.
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11:50PM on 09/27/2013

I enjoyed the SHERLOCK HOLMES movies

but, honestly, it'll be hard to see a third movie with RDJ in the role after seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in SHERLOCK. There's just no comparison, IMO.
but, honestly, it'll be hard to see a third movie with RDJ in the role after seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in SHERLOCK. There's just no comparison, IMO.
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7:56PM on 09/27/2013
Fun movies, I'd take another Sherlocks before another POTC, Transformers, Fast and Furious and a shit ton of other big budget franchises any day.
Fun movies, I'd take another Sherlocks before another POTC, Transformers, Fast and Furious and a shit ton of other big budget franchises any day.
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6:54PM on 09/27/2013

have to say.....

the 2nd film just lost EVERYTHING the first film had going for it.....esp. the charm of Sherlock Holmes himself. He was so well written in the first film that I was like what the hell happened to the guy that I fell in love with it in the last movie....and how his love interest dies is just...well LAME!! Something went terribly wrong with that movie...no no it was bad but it wasn't good either....it was just there. If the second movie were actually the first movie to come out then I would have
the 2nd film just lost EVERYTHING the first film had going for it.....esp. the charm of Sherlock Holmes himself. He was so well written in the first film that I was like what the hell happened to the guy that I fell in love with it in the last movie....and how his love interest dies is just...well LAME!! Something went terribly wrong with that movie...no no it was bad but it wasn't good either....it was just there. If the second movie were actually the first movie to come out then I would have never went to see the sequel....put it that way.
I hope they can do better.....much much better. Even if it equals in comparison to the first then they will have a fantastic movie. So I agree with half of Jude Laws statement!
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6:21PM on 09/27/2013
Law and Downey together alone made those movies entertaining enough to watch
Law and Downey together alone made those movies entertaining enough to watch
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6:17PM on 09/27/2013
Part 2 is awesome
Part 2 is awesome
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12:36PM on 09/27/2013
Do people seriously not like "Game of Shadows"? I love both movies, but I thought the second was definitely superior.
Do people seriously not like "Game of Shadows"? I love both movies, but I thought the second was definitely superior.
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12:59PM on 09/27/2013
I really, really tried to like both these movies but just couldn't get into them. I don't hate them by any means or think their garbage. For me personally and what I want out of a Sherlock Holmes movie it wasn't there. I don't like the fact that Holmes is doing mix martial arts or the over the top lengthy slow motion actions sequences/ explosions that detour you from a clever twist or plot. I was hoping for more a darker murder mystery. I loved the actor they got for the villian in the second
I really, really tried to like both these movies but just couldn't get into them. I don't hate them by any means or think their garbage. For me personally and what I want out of a Sherlock Holmes movie it wasn't there. I don't like the fact that Holmes is doing mix martial arts or the over the top lengthy slow motion actions sequences/ explosions that detour you from a clever twist or plot. I was hoping for more a darker murder mystery. I loved the actor they got for the villian in the second one but again it ended with kung fu. Because as we all know the mid 18th century English are known for that. But like I said before they're entertaining just not Sherlock Holmes in my opinion.
6:49PM on 09/27/2013
@Johngotti6- Arthur Conan Doyle studied a martial art popular amongst English Gentlemen of the time called Bartitsu. A guy named E.W. Barton-Wright developed it after living in Japan and mixed boxing with ju juitsu. So it's got some basis in fact, not just some Hollywood exec wanting more action.
@Johngotti6- Arthur Conan Doyle studied a martial art popular amongst English Gentlemen of the time called Bartitsu. A guy named E.W. Barton-Wright developed it after living in Japan and mixed boxing with ju juitsu. So it's got some basis in fact, not just some Hollywood exec wanting more action.
1:53AM on 09/28/2013
Psygote, I totally agree. The second film might not have the novelty factor of the first, but overall I really do feel it is stronger in almost every way. As much as I love Strong as an actor, Harris was just given such a better villain to inhabit and made for one heck of a Moriarty. Also, Elessar83 is right as well. I've read a handful of the Sherlock Holmes short stories and two of the novels and while he doesn't actually use his martial arts skills much in them they make plenty of references
Psygote, I totally agree. The second film might not have the novelty factor of the first, but overall I really do feel it is stronger in almost every way. As much as I love Strong as an actor, Harris was just given such a better villain to inhabit and made for one heck of a Moriarty. Also, Elessar83 is right as well. I've read a handful of the Sherlock Holmes short stories and two of the novels and while he doesn't actually use his martial arts skills much in them they make plenty of references to his prowess as a fighter, which is actually something that's oddly absent from most other adaptations of the material.
12:21PM on 09/27/2013

Hurry up!

I loved them both and really enjoy the Lethal Weapon-like chemistry between RDJ and Jude. Curious to see where they take it next...
I loved them both and really enjoy the Lethal Weapon-like chemistry between RDJ and Jude. Curious to see where they take it next...
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12:14PM on 09/27/2013
As long as they calm down with those 'here's what happens before it happens' scenes. I swear there must have been like 25 of those in the sequel. Talk about taking a good idea and beating it to death.
As long as they calm down with those 'here's what happens before it happens' scenes. I swear there must have been like 25 of those in the sequel. Talk about taking a good idea and beating it to death.
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11:45AM on 09/27/2013
The first two Sherlock Holmes films are terrific and in this case I actually enjoyed the sequel much more than the original. Downey Jr and Law have great chemistry with one another and the films are shot with such beautiful, articulate shots. Also, Ritchie brings a great style with the films when it comes to the action scenes and slow mo.

I would be excited as hell for one more film with Downey and Law playing Sherlock and Watson once more and for the trilogy to be finished.
The first two Sherlock Holmes films are terrific and in this case I actually enjoyed the sequel much more than the original. Downey Jr and Law have great chemistry with one another and the films are shot with such beautiful, articulate shots. Also, Ritchie brings a great style with the films when it comes to the action scenes and slow mo.

I would be excited as hell for one more film with Downey and Law playing Sherlock and Watson once more and for the trilogy to be finished.
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11:43AM on 09/27/2013
RDJ needs to come back as Shirlock Holmes. He needs to. Extra tidbit: What if, just what if, Jude Law is the new John Constantine?
RDJ needs to come back as Shirlock Holmes. He needs to. Extra tidbit: What if, just what if, Jude Law is the new John Constantine?
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11:27AM on 09/27/2013
Personally I enjoyed the 2nd one a bit more than 1st. That slo-mo sequence (shot with a Phantom) in the forest alone is so fucking cool.

For those who've seen it and want to revel in it once more:
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Personally I enjoyed the 2nd one a bit more than 1st. That slo-mo sequence (shot with a Phantom) in the forest alone is so fucking cool.

For those who've seen it and want to revel in it once more:
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11:06AM on 09/27/2013
I love the first 2-films. Excellent chemistry between Law and Downey Jr. I respect the subtle ending of Game of Shadows, great cinematography and a fun ride. Hope a 3rd gets greenlit soon.
I love the first 2-films. Excellent chemistry between Law and Downey Jr. I respect the subtle ending of Game of Shadows, great cinematography and a fun ride. Hope a 3rd gets greenlit soon.
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10:11AM on 09/27/2013
I for one, loved Game of Shadows more than the original, as Jared Harris did such an amazing job as Moriarty and the cat and mouse game between him and Holmes was quite entertaining. Anxiously waiting for the third.
I for one, loved Game of Shadows more than the original, as Jared Harris did such an amazing job as Moriarty and the cat and mouse game between him and Holmes was quite entertaining. Anxiously waiting for the third.
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10:09AM on 09/27/2013

I'll take this one.....

When I first saw Robert Downey Jr. portray the Sherlock Holmes character as a little nutty and more alive I was excited. Jude Law as Watson no problem. Love Guy Ritchie. Rock n Rolla is awesome! Somehow though these movies don't feel very Sherlock Holmes to me. I never expected Holmes to be a UFC badass or the action so over the top. The game of cat and mouse was lost in the midst of all this. I'll still watch it but not expecting much more than the first two. They weren't terrible movies,
When I first saw Robert Downey Jr. portray the Sherlock Holmes character as a little nutty and more alive I was excited. Jude Law as Watson no problem. Love Guy Ritchie. Rock n Rolla is awesome! Somehow though these movies don't feel very Sherlock Holmes to me. I never expected Holmes to be a UFC badass or the action so over the top. The game of cat and mouse was lost in the midst of all this. I'll still watch it but not expecting much more than the first two. They weren't terrible movies, just not what I pictured.
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10:04AM on 09/27/2013
I'm all for a third.
I'm all for a third.
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9:53AM on 09/27/2013

Who cares?!

Who gives a F what critics think? It made $500 million. Give me a sequel.
Who gives a F what critics think? It made $500 million. Give me a sequel.
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9:44AM on 09/27/2013
I enjoyed the first one and the second was okay. I really liked the chemistry Law and Downey, Jr. had going, particularly how Sherlock kept on screwing up Watson's relationship with Mary Marston so he could keep the guy "to himself".
I enjoyed the first one and the second was okay. I really liked the chemistry Law and Downey, Jr. had going, particularly how Sherlock kept on screwing up Watson's relationship with Mary Marston so he could keep the guy "to himself".
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9:40AM on 09/27/2013

Extra Tidbit

I actually really like Law for Dr Strange
I actually really like Law for Dr Strange
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