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?
Reader Feedback - 20 Comments
I dont think anyone can fill Claude Akins shoes in Lobo.
Grandmaster B on Jan 27, 2010
for the better, I'd much rather see sequel to Sherlock Holmes, and maybe after he wraps up Holmes, he can finish his RocknRolla films!
Xerxex on Jan 27, 2010
Guy Ritchie's Lobo would've been kickass but I'm actually comfortable with him stepping down to focus on a Sherlock Holmes sequel because the first movie was balls amazing. My list of replacements would be 1. Francis Lawrence 2. Edgar Wright 3. Zack Snyder
asdfasdf on Jan 27, 2010
Kind of disappointed. I just saw Richie take on Sherlock Holmes...why would I want to see it again? I'd rather he faced new material, and Lobo seemed like a cool fit.
whomever on Jan 27, 2010
For the actor in Lobo, they should use an unkown or relatively unkown actor, maybe Alice Cooper, he he. Sherlock Holmes 2 should worth watching, I really liked the first one, it was quite unexpected.
crapola on Jan 27, 2010
Disappointing. I thought Ritchie was perfect for this. Guess he'd rather play it safe with a sequel.
SlashBeast on Jan 27, 2010
Sherlock Holmes sucked, so I'm not that excited for a sequel. And about Pitt playing Moriarity: no. Pitt is an incredible actor, but not for this role.
Robbie on Jan 27, 2010
Im not all that eager to see a LOBO flick, really, so, Im okay with it being held up. Im also game for Sherlock Holmes 2....except for Rachel McAdams, she just didnt hold up and didnt fit in with the project, I'd happily settle for a new female lead.
Voice of Reason on Jan 27, 2010
Barry Skolnick for director of Lobo. He directed Mean Machine (produced by Ritchie) and he's got a brutal visual style and manages to work within a very similar depraved sense of humor common in a lot of Ritchie's movies.
harm on Jan 27, 2010
I dont care...I WANT THE REAL ROCKNROLLA!
Cody on Jan 27, 2010
Let it be for now, let Guy take it after SH 2 and direct the focus on FLASH....come DC we need to catch up with MARVEL
Blue & Orange NY on Jan 27, 2010
Snyder would redeem himself completely if he could pull off a badass, Simon Bisley story-boarded version of Lobo. (B/c comics are storyboards, right? Stupid...) Hopefully the R&D Ritchie put into Lobo as a concept gets passed along into better, more capable hands. The Lobo clips on Youtube are already mouth-wateringly awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9ooZYjF0mI
Django on Jan 27, 2010
thanks a fucking lot guy ritchie i really wanted to see a LOBO film.
tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Jan 27, 2010
quintin tarantino for lobo
jebstuart on Jan 27, 2010
I've said it before, while they may not have done anything that superb as of late, I think that The Wachowskis would be absolutely perfect for a live action Lobo film. They also have a standing relationship with Silver. If they decide to(and should) keep the film a hard R rating, they could do wonders with ultra violent, sci-fi, out there material like Lobo. Anyone else?
DNS2412 on Jan 27, 2010
yeah ritchie is the right man for this project.
wb on Jan 27, 2010
Christian Bale for Moriarty.
WB EXEC on Jan 28, 2010
#10 - FUCKIN A!!!
T on Jan 28, 2010
VERY excited about Sherlock Holmes 2 but WTF?! Brad Pitt?! *ugh* No way! There are oodles of wonderful British actors out there that would act circles around Pitt in this role.
FCOL on Jun 5, 2010
i relly liked jude law in sherlock holmes and i would like to continue in sherlock holmes 2 because he was great and i think he will get an oscar
GAMAL on Jul 24, 2010
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