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Ritchie back for Sherlock Holmes 2

Guy Ritchie has been forced to walk from the long proposed film adaptation of comic-fave “Lobo” to instead take up residence at 221b Baker Street again.

Talking to The L.A Times, “Sherlock Holmes” Producer Joel Silver says Warner has retained Ritchie’s services on the film’s sequel, and they want to shoot it fairly soon. As a consequence, the filmmaker’s been forced out of “Lobo”.

“I don’t think he’s going to do it now,” Silver said of Ritchie directing “Lobo”, of which the former is also a producer. “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.

Silver continues, “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.”

As for the ‘Brad Pitt as Moriarty’ rumour we’ve been hearing about for months? Silver doesn’t sound too optimistic. ‘’Well, I mean, we talked about that at one point, but you know as of right now we’re not sure what we’re going to do. We’ll see what happens.”

And, of course, now we know why Downey Jr’s been forced to exit [his “Iron Man” director] Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys and Aliens” – it would’ve clashed with “Sherlock 2”.

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