Downey Jr. Is Ritchie’s Sherlock

Robert Downey Jr. is in final negotiations to play the title character in the Guy Ritchie-directed “Sherlock Holmes” for Warner Bros. Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

A reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s super sleuth, the new version re-conceives Holmes as more adventurous and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines more obscure character traits.

The story will be based on an upcoming graphic novel by Lionel Wigram who is also producing. This also marks the first post-“Iron Man” project that Downey will film.

Shooting will begin this Fall for a release next October. The film will compete with the more comedic Judd Apatow-produced Holmes project at Sony Pictures starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell.