Kieran and Michele Mulroney (“Justice League: Mortal,” “Paper Man”) are attached to pen a sequel to the upcoming action-heavy take on “Sherlock Holmes” for Warner Bros. Pictures says the trades.
Guy Ritchie helms the film which stars Downey as the title character, Jude Law as his protege Watson, and Rachel McAdams as love interest Irene Adler. Most if not all are expected to return for the follow-up.
Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Lionel Wigram and Simon Kinberg all worked on the first film’s script which is set in the world created by Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but doesn’t use a specific mystery of his. It’s unsure whether the sequel will use a similar approach or more closely follow one of the more notable adventures such as ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ or ‘The Final Problem’.
Brad Pitt has also had discussions with producers to star as Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty, but no deal is in place for him to take the part.
A Moriarty cameo in the first film is scripted and was apparently shot, but according to the script you don’t see his face. The filmmakers are expected to use a trick similar to James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld in the early Sean Connery-era films such as “Thunderball” where the character’s face remained in shadow and obscured.