Although Sherlock Holmes 3 was recently delayed, a new report suggests that the movie could take the detective out of his comfort zone and away from England.
According to HN Entertainment, Sherlock Holmes 3 will take place in an Old West version of San Francisco. The report also suggests that the movie might feature Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's real-life friends escape artist Harry Houdini and law-enforcement officer William J. Burns.
As Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took place in 1891, which is the same year that Harry Houdini began his magic career in America, it's totally possible that he'd be around at the time the next movie is taking place. Burns, who was dubbed the "American Sherlock Holmes," was also around during the same time period. He gained national attention when the city of Los Angeles hired him to catch the men who bombed the Los Angeles Times building in 1910. Still, this definitely isn't confirmation either will appear and is just speculation at this time.
It will have been a decade since 2011's A Game of Shadows by the time Sherlock Holmes 3 arrives. A major part of that delay is likely due to Robert Downey Jr.'s hectic schedule playing Iron Man for Marvel Studios. Director Guy Ritchie has also released several films since A Game of Shadows and is responsible for the live-action Aladdin film, which will release later this year. However, it's not clear at this time if he'll return to the direct the film.
Sherlock Holmes 3 hits theaters on Dec. 22, 2021, from a script by Chris Brancato. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson.