Yes, The 'Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes' Sequel is a Real Project
Sherlock Holmes is experiencing a bit of a renaissance right now. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law portray Holmes and Watson for Guy Ritchie in theaters, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman put their own spin on the characters for the fantastic BBC television series "Sherlock," (now on Netflix Instant) and CBS is working on a modern-day American take called "Elementary" that will star Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as the iconic detectives. But Sir Elton John wants in on the action, too (kind of). His Rocket Pictures has just greenlit Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes, a sequel to the Disney animated original from last year.
Claimed to feature "the greatest ornamental detective" as he searches for missing gnomes, Deadline describes the story, which will feature Gnomeo, Juliet, and their friends, enlisting Sherlock Gnomes' help to find gnomes who have gone missing from suburban gardens in England. But apparently, this Sherlock isn't quite as smart as his human equivalent, and the "crimes against gnomanity" continue to grow as they face a bigger threat than ever imagined. Wow. What's with the new trend of horrible puns in kids films these days? Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Chipwrecked, and now Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes? I don't think I want to know what's next. In any case, original writers Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil are back on board, and original director Kelly Asbury will be a creative consultant this time around. Elton John will executive produce and contribute new original music for the squeakquel, er, sequel.