Sherlock Holmes 2 & Transformers 3 Shooting This Summer

January 12, 2010
Source:, Deadline

Sherlock Holmes

Yesterday we heard the disappointing news that Robert Downey Jr. would not be joining director Jon Favreau for the adaptation of Platinum Comics' series Cowboys & Aliens due to "scheduling issues." However, since the actor hadn't lined up a follow-up project to the forthcoming comedy Due Date, no one was too certain what was getting in the way. Well, now EW has learned that Sherlock Holmes 2 is being fast tracked for a June start date. Meanwhile, over at Deadline Hollywood, a tidbit of info hidden in some agency news about Shia LaBeouf reveals an estimated May start for production on Transformers 3.

On Sherlock Holmes, after the huge tease of an ending (don't worry we won't give anything away just yet), I can't wait to see where a sequel will take us. Don't worry about a script being hastily written because Warner Bros. commissioned writers Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Paper Man) back in September to begin work on a sequel. Although, I wonder why writers Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg weren't brought back to pen the sequel after doing such a fine job on the first one? Either way, some new writers will probably keep the franchise fresh without veering away from what made this Holmes great.

On Transformers, I know I'm in the minority here, but I had very little beef with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, so a third go-round with the Autobots and Decepticons sounds just fine to me. While I agree the WGA strike certainly left something to be desired on the story front and it could've dropped 30 minutes and still got the job done, I'm not sure why everyone was expecting such a high caliber story from a Michael Bay film. Those words just don't go together. It's not as if the first film was a work of cinematic genius, but rather just a good time at the movies watching robots transform and fight, and that's exactly what I got out of the second one. So bring on Transformers 3, but let's keep the running time around 2 hours all right?

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Reader Feedback - 38 Comments


I second the praise of the basic popcorn movie, let's be honest, eye candy is still visual entertainment, remember the silent film?

Clarke on Jan 12, 2010


May God forgive me for saying anything good about Michael E-Bay Ethan, but I agree that Transformers Revenge of the Fallen was fun; it is what it is; a big old noisy and senseless piece of eye candy popcorn flick .... Enjoy that Michael E-Bay, that's about the only compliment I will ever give you!

Hattori Hanzo on Jan 12, 2010


cool, more concerned for Sherlock Holmes.

Xerxex on Jan 12, 2010



Spider94 on Jan 12, 2010


@4 Spider94 sorry man...but The Dark Knight beats all summer movies hands down.

GET TO DA CHOPPAAAAAA! on Jan 12, 2010


transformers 3 excellent.

tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Jan 12, 2010


I heard there rebooting Sherlock and Transformers...

wm on Jan 12, 2010


As long as Ritchie remains on board the Holmes franchise I'm totally game for a sequel!

Bryan on Jan 12, 2010


wm trolling on this site is kinda redundant.

Xerxex on Jan 12, 2010


Great news for Sherlock Holmes, saw the movie last week and loved it. I don't know the character history that well, but I've always had this image of Sherlock Holmes just being this boring uptight detective guy. This Sherlock Holmes was anything but. Transformers 2, was weak cause Bay went overboard with the robots and the storyline was weak... if he'd just try to keep things more simple and a bit more true to the original (Jetfire as an old geezer who can transport? Devastator looked like a giant Bulldog). True, it was all eye candy and somewhat entertaining, but it could've been a whole lot more. Still, i'm looking forward to the next installment.

The One on Jan 12, 2010


Great that Downey Jr. dropped out of the "Cowboys & Aliens" flick! He already has 2 hit franchises on his plate and 1 more would have been overkill. So, good choice! It's time to step up with inspired casting for the "Cowboys....." flick. I'd recommend looking into getting Nathan Fillion to fill in for Robert! He'd be a perfect replacement. .......As far as "Transformers", it's a great opportunity to flesh out some of the original characters from the cartoon and NOT INVENT ANY MORE! I understand that the writer's strike from '07 might've hindered "Transformers 2" but Bay has a great chance at wiping the slate clean and bringing us an epic "Transformers" flick....for the sake of our childhood memories! In sure hope the script is TOP NOTCH this time!

Spider on Jan 12, 2010


Great that Downey Jr. dropped out of the "Cowboys & Aliens" flick! He already has 2 hit franchises on his plate and 1 more would have been overkill. So, good choice! It's time to step up with inspired casting for the "Cowboys....." flick. I'd recommend looking into getting Nathan Fillion to fill in for Robert! He'd be a perfect replacement. .......As far as "Transformers", it's a great opportunity to flesh out some of the original characters from the cartoon and NOT INVENT ANY MORE! I understand that the writer's strike from '07 might've hindered "Transformers 2" but Bay has a great chance at wiping the slate clean and bringing us an epic "Transformers" flick....for the sake of our childhood memories! I sure hope the script is TOP NOTCH this time!

Spider on Jan 12, 2010


Oops, sorry for the double post.............:)

Spider on Jan 12, 2010


actually first transformers was more than just eye candy and robots fighting. it had a decent story and actually made you feel something.

dnlgg on Jan 12, 2010


The One, as you said, many people have the vision of Holmes as what you stated you thought he was, but Ritchie did impressively well at showing the real character of the detective. Sherlock Holmes sequel will be amazing, no doubt. Transformers 3...I'm hoping will be good. The first was awesome, the second was a bit lacking with storyline, but the fight scenes were top notch. The third one will hopefully not be a disappointment.

FriendlyFire on Jan 12, 2010


Great choice.

Jake the snake on Jan 12, 2010


Puuuuuusssssy and titties from Megan FOx will bring in nerds and single guys in droves. Tranzy Formy 3s will make you CUM in your hot pants kiddies. I guaruntee it! Transformers 3 Summer 2011!

Michael Transformababy on Jan 12, 2010


Transformers 3 needs better writers. Not saying Orci/Kurtzman were bad from the first one. That new guy, Ehren Kruger or something probably was the reason for it sucking. He must have been the one who thought showing John Turturro in some cross between a thong and a jockstrap underwear would be funny.

notalent on Jan 12, 2010


@5 I think Iron Man 2 is going to beat the Dark Knight. After a while the dark knight gets dull and realizes how boring it was. And Heath only won becuase he died. I wouldn't give it to him. The Joker was totally unfaithful to the comics. Not excited at all, kinda annoyed, about Transformers 3. Just didn't like either of them. The longest 2 and a half hours I've ever been through. Still haven't seen Sherlock Holmes, so let me watch it, then you can make a sequel.

Daniel on Jan 12, 2010



Richard on Jan 12, 2010


Avatar has crush the TDK sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Lets hope IROM MAN 2 WILL DO THE SAME( remember fanboys it our turn to shine lets crush that stupid Twilight 2 movie and the the dark knight)

Jason on Jan 12, 2010


sorry i mean marvel fanboys

jason on Jan 12, 2010


yeah, what is happening with The Dark Knight sequel?? Are we going to get one?? Any news or info to share?

negropolitan on Jan 12, 2010


C'mon guys Transformers 2 was visually good but terrible on all other fronts - especially the story/script.... why does Devastator has testicles? why is there a female terminator in the film? why are there two stupid little robots who are stereotyped and not funny? why are there so many random robots? why was Jetfire completely ruined? - he has a bloody walking stick for god sake will he have a mobility chair in part 3? the list goes on...

Metatasian on Jan 13, 2010


Will Shia LaBeouf ever be doing the movie about Cage/Chris Palko?

steve on Jan 13, 2010


didn't marvel release avengers & transformers team-up comic a few years back.i think this has got to be the road they are heading down.

tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Jan 13, 2010


ok #19, in order to really judge these things then u need to understand them: 1.) heath ledger won that award because he WAS the Joker; he made a complete diary/journal about his thoughts of what the Joker would be like or act and how he could portray that. He was completely infatuated with his role and thats what deserved the award (Jack Nicholson as the Joker nor any other actor/actress has gotten into a role so deeply for the longest time). The Dark Knight is a non-stop twist of events that keeps the audience engaged. I don't understand how it could be boring. 2.) Transformers ROTF wasn't the greatest movie but other movie series hav also had some pretty bad and even far worse movies but people still backed it (Spider-Man series and Fantastic Four). Plus, Transformers 2 was everything people were expecting it to be: people said they were looking forward to the action and giant robots killing the crap out of each other, not the plot. So yeah the plot sucked but you can't judge a movie so harshly when people didn't expect more than just how big it was gonna be which is the only thing people wanted to see before it came out, but afterwards it was the quality people criticized most. You just can't do that. it's not right that you base expectations on one thing and then say it was horrible based on one set of expectations. 3.) GO SEE SHERLOCK HOLMES because Hollywood isn't going to wait for you whether you've seen it or not!!

cooper on Jan 13, 2010


@27.. well said about @19's crap.. @19 your an asshole..

kick ass on Jan 14, 2010


Transformers is awesome!

Lincoln on Jan 14, 2010


Will someone here please do me a favor? No matter how good the Transformers 3 trailer looks, no matter how good the Megan Fox Maxim/FHM/Stuff/whatthehellever promo shots look, no matter how much Michael Bay talks up the great effects, somebody PLEASE stop me from going to see that unrelenting POS film! I don't care if you need to kidnap me, con me into going to see the latest Jennifer Aniston rom-com being released on the same weekend instead, or just stealing my wallet and leave me with no way to buy a ticket, do not let me be weak and give in to seeing that garbage!

kevjohn on Jan 14, 2010


It's so exiting to know there's certainty about the arriving of Sherlock Holmes 2!!!! But what's up with those writers of the first one? If I was allowed to, and able to, I wrote it myself. It would be a dream coming out. I realy hope that those are going to write the sequel make it as good as the first one. But maybe they should change the personbality's a little bit.

Hanne Lemahieu on Feb 14, 2010


I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan for decades and I really liked the RDJ Sherlock Holmes movie. I am excited about the next one, Sherlock Holmes 2. But I am worried about reports that Brad Pitt may play Prof. Moriarty. Uuuuggghhh!!! He is too young and too good-looking. I don't think he could look evil enough if he first spent 3 hours in make-up. My choice for the Professor is John Malkovitch. He would be an excellent evil villain. If it has to be an Englishman, I would suggest Alan Rickman. He could look quite different from his Harry Potter character Snape because Moriarty had a high, domed forehead and was balding. And Sherlock Holmes could get a shave! Sherlockians can forgive any type of weird dress, but the basic character of the detective was noted for his "cat-like love of personal cleanliness". Well, I'll wait and see. Jude Law set a new standard for Watson, at least.

Iam4holmes on Mar 13, 2010


I loved sherlock holmes!!!!!!!!!!! its awesome! too bad it didnt get any oscars (the soundtrack by hans zimmer was the BEST) i cant wait until they release the second one! RDJ really did a great job in his performance (he's an awesome actor anyway) but i really think it would be bad to have brad pitt as moriarty... i agree with comment32, they should bring malkovitch

murmurrrrrrr on Mar 18, 2010


Megan fox is rumored to be killed off in opening scenes of transformers 3....

Layne on Apr 1, 2010


if they were serious about the movie they should have added Steven Seagal to the cast of transformers 3. that-right thea-wouldhavbin "dah shit!" just think about it! robots standing around waiting to do battle,then you noticed......................................ones got a ponytail "ooooooooooooowwwww!EPIC!".

jujubucks on May 8, 2010


Hopefully Sherlock 2 is as great as the first movie.Transformers revenge was good i loved the movie, i would like to see more a epic move this time around.

Fisherr on May 8, 2010


Cant wait for sherllock holmes 2.The first one was really awesome ! TF2 wasnt that good but i hope the third movie in the series will rock ! Can anyone tell me about the news of casting brad pitt in SH2 ? Is he confirmed for the next movie? Thanx.

Xain on May 12, 2010


Omg i totally agree with you about Transformers2! I thought I was the only one who liked was so good! And thats exactly what I don't get..why was everyone expecting something miraculous? It was just a fun movie and I'm excited for the next one, but it won't be the same without Megan Fox. I am also super psyched about Holmes 2!! That was a major cliffhanger ending and ever since I saw it in theaters i have been waiting for news of a sequel...i'll just have to rewatch number one until it comes out.

Holmes_fan on Jan 12, 2011

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