Warner Bros. and Team Downey Set Writ­ers Room for Sher­lock Holmes 3

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Though his “Avengers” film be­gins pro­duc­tion in Fe­bru­ary, Robert Downey Jr. is still fo­cused on get­ting his next “Sher­lock Holmes” movie off the ground. Sources tell Va­ri­ety that Warner Bros., Vil­lage Road­show and Team Downey have se­lected a writ­ers’ room that in­cludes “Guardians of the Galaxy” scribe Ni­cole Perl­man, “Bay­watch” scribe Justin Malen, “Rogue One” writer Gary Whitta, “Tomb Raider” Geneva Dworet-Robert­son and “Snow­den” screen­writer Kieran Fitzger­ald to help shape the script and story for next in­stall­ment.

The pre­vi­ous two films both brought in more than $500 mil­lion world­wide. The three­quel has al­ways been a pri­or­ity for the stu­dio but Downey’s sched­ule has been busy con­sid­er­ing his com­mit­ment to play­ing Tony Stark (Iron Man) in the Marvel uni­verse.

Downey is at­tached to star and Jude Law, who played Wat­son in the pre­vi­ous pics, is also ex­pected to re­turn. Guy Ritchie, who di­rected the first two films, is ex­pected to re­turn to di­rect. Su­san Downey, Dan Lin, Joel Sil­ver and Lionel Wi­gram are at­tached to pro­duce. The writ­ers room con­cept first com­monly used in TV, has be­come a trend more stu­dios are using for films, es­pe­cially when it comes to shap­ing uni­verses. Para­mount set one up for “Trans­form­ers” and Uni­ver­sal is do­ing some­thing sim­i­lar with their clas­sic mon­ster uni­verses.

This is a rare case in which a room is be­ing set up for just one film. How­ever one source said that in this case it makes sense to gather a good group, rather than have sev­eral writ­ers re­write or pol­ish, which hap­pens to films of­ten in the de­vel­op­ment process.

Perl­man is not only is pen­ning Marvel’s first fe­male su­per­hero film “Cap­tain Marvel” but is also on board to write the “Poke­mon” movie “De­tec­tive Pikachu” for Leg­endary. Malen al­ready has a his­tory with the stu­dio hav­ing re­cently writ­ten the com­edy “Bas­tards” for WB and also has “Of­fice Christ­mas Party” which opens in De­cem­ber.

Be­sides “Rogue One”, Whitta has a hand­ful of pics in de­vel­op­ment in­clud­ing “The War Ma­gi­cian” with Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch. Fitzger­ald is cur­rently work­ing on “Cascade” for Fox. Dworet-Robert­son has also writ­ten “Dun­geons and Dragons” for Warner Bros. as well. — Reuters

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