Guy Ritchie Leaves DC Comics' Lobo for Sherlock Holmes 2
Little did we know that when Robert Downey Jr. made the decision to leave Jon Favreau's adaptation of Platinum Comics Cowboys & Aliens, that he would be setting a precedent to follow down the road as Hero Complex reports director Guy Ritchie has left his own adaptation of DC Comics' Lobo in favor of pursuing Sherlock Holmes 2. Surely the $388 million worldwide box office cumulative combined with a surprising Golden Globe win for Downey's portrayal of the eloquent yet rash detective has something to do with the studio's quick interest, and for their swift action putting together a follow-up, I am certainly very grateful.
Joel Silver, who is serving as producer on both projects, says the studio is all about he and Ritchie working on a Sherlock Holmes sequel even if that means bailing on Lobo, but it's not official yet. Silver elaborated:
I don't think he's going to do it now. I would guess a different director [will take on the project]. The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another 'Sherlock Holmes.' So I think we're going to be doing that. 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 [Law] and all of them will be back and it will be great. So we're trying to see if we can do something quickly with anothee 'Sherlock Holmes' movie. We have some ideas and some good story points."
Bad news for Lobo, but I'm sure Silver can find somebody to get the wise-cracking anti-hero to the screen. In the meantime, my excitement has doubled for the Holmes sequel seeing how fast Warners is cranking to get it going. Especially since, [SPOILER] the original film beautifully set up Holmes arch nemesis Professor Moriarity for the next installment. Unfortunately Silver tiptoed around that casting tidbit, only slightly debunking the rumor that Brad Pitt would step up to play Moriarity, "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."
Anyway, we'll be looking forward to more developments on the Holmes sequel with great anticipation. We're sure to find out more news as we inch closer to the June production start date. In addition, stay tuned to see who will be stepping in for Ritchie on Lobo, if the project is still alive. Anyone else in mind for Lobo?