With the release of “Rocketman” on home video, the film’s helmer Dexter Fletcher has spoken a bit more about his next directing gig, taking over from Guy Ritchie on the third “Sherlock Holmes” feature from Warner Bros. Pictures.
Ritchie’s two previous film takes on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed sleuth saw Robert Downey Jr.’s Holmes and Jude Law’s Watson engaging in playful banter amidst rollicking action sequences, lavish locales and a jaunty fun tone – a change from the more stolid and stiff versions on the Holmes character in previous screen incarnations.
Fletcher tells Collider that while he won’t ignore Ritchie’s vibe, he’s going to take his own approach to the material:
“I think that’s inevitable, isn’t it? Whenever you have different filmmakers. I’m not gonna ignore what he did so brilliantly before. There will be an element of that, but I will also bring my own voice to it as well and it will be something sort of different. And I suppose that’s the idea of bringing in somebody new. We’ll see what happens.”
Fletcher worked on screen for Ritchie in “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and so the two are old friends and Fletcher says there are no hard feelings about him taking over after Ritchie couldn’t be involved due to scheduling conflicts:
“He’s very generous about it. He’s like, ‘You’re going to have a great time with it. Go and have a great time.’ It’ll be exciting. Robert [Downey Jr.] is amazing. Jude [Law} is fantastic. There’s an incredible cast there and a great opportunity. He’s not around to do it. He’s off doing what he’s doing. So it feels good to be part of that. Guy and I go way back and he’s very generous. I think he sort of finds it rather fun that it’s me.”
The project is expected to shoot in California in coming months ahead of a December 22nd 2021 release.