The Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. has now played iconic super-detective Sherlock Holmes twice on the big screen under the direction of Guy Ritchie, in 2009 and 2011. It’s long been an inevitable conclusion that Sherlock Holmes 3 will happen eventually too, seeing the successful onscreen chemistry between Downey as Holmes and Jude Laws as Holmes’ loyal associate, Dr. Watson. In fact, both grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide in theaters alone. However, the recent professional commitments of Downey Jr., Ritchie and Law kept the trio preoccupied.

At the same time, as told by Robert Downey Jr. to Short List,  all three may soon team-up once again to bring back the Victorian-era detective series big screen adaptation.

Downey revealed, “We’re talking about it right now. We can do some preliminary stuff.” The actor then conveyed that if everything works out, production on the third Sherlock Holmes sequel will get started later this year. He said, “If we could shoot it on Skype, we could have the whole [movie] done in a week. When we’re making those Sherlock movies, it is off the hook. [So] we’ll attempt to make one this year. It really is a big deal to go and do those movies. I’m tired all the time, but I’m so excited about it.”  If he is to be believed the filming of, Sherlock Holmes 3 may start in 2016.

So can we expect to watch the three-quel in theaters sometimes in 2017 ?

Sherlock Holmes 3 is being scripted by Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation co-writer Drew Pearce, as well as Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and Man from U.N.C.L.E. co-writer Lionel Wigram. The latter screenwriter confirmed in 2015 that the writers behind the movie have been taking their time to make certain that Sherlock Holmes 3 is “going to be the best of the three.”

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Although the first part of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” did not receive much critical acclaim, its successor still earned good audiences’ likes. This gives the #TeamSherlock enough reason to move ahead with the 3rd instalment despite of the fact that it’s been more than five years after A Game of Shadows was released, discloses Screenrant.

Even with two successful Sherlock Holmes TV series currently on the airwaves, director Ritchie’s comparatively visually-appealing narrative approach will allow Sherlock Holmes 3 to stand out from its small screen counterparts.