Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly back in the world of Sherlock Holmes, where he is working on a pair of spin-off shows at HBO Max.
THR reports that Downey Jr. is set to produce two new series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s crime novels. Lionel Wigram, who produced the two Downey Jr. Sherlock films, is also on board as executive producer. We don’t know much about the plot of either series, or how they will be connected. We also don’t know if Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Sherlock Holmes.
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This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a Downey-led Sherlock Cinematic Universe. In late 2020, Downey Jr. revealed plans to create multiple spinoffs from the third Sherlock Holmes film. Although the movie hasn’t arrived yet, it looks like plans for the spinoff are still moving forward. At the time, Downey Jr. said, “At this point, we really think there’s no mystery verse built anywhere, and Conan Doyle is the definitive voice in this, I think, at this day.”
Sherlock Holmes 3 was slated for a 2021 release date, but the last we heard of the movie was when director Dexter Fletcher said the movie was “on the back burner.”
Downey played the iconic detective in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, as well as the 2011 sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. We called the original “good,” saying, “Ritchie’s new take on an old-school icon is respectful without being overly reverential, loud and fun without becoming silly and hollow, talkative but never slow.”
For more, see what’s new on HBO Max in April. Or read Downey Jr.’s other upcoming project on Amazon.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPplant.