Looks like Sherlock is heading West. According to a report from HN Entertainment, WB’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes 3 is set to take place in Old-West San Fransisco. That’s certainly a far cry from Holmes’ usual London-based operations.
The setting change should open up new storytelling avenues for the film though. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, was close friends with Harry Houdini so there’s a chance we could see the magician appear as a reference to Doyle’s life. Doyle also once called William J. Burns, an investigator in the late 19th and early 20th century, the “American Sherlock Holmes.” So there’s a pretty good chance we’ll at least see a reference to some of Doyle’s more American fascinations.
This isn’t the only Sherlock rumor to come out this week though as Geek Vibes News tweeted Sunday that the film is expected to start production in January 2020.
‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ is looking to begin production on January 2020 pic.twitter.com/jeGYBp0tvJ
— Geek Vibes News ? (@GeekVibesNews) March 17, 2019
This has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. but with the cast and crew’s coming schedules, it makes a lot of sense. Director Guy Ritchie will be tied up promoting Disney’s live-action Aladdin until this summer. Sherlock himself is also preoccupied for a few months as Robert Downey Jr. will likely be promoting Avengers: Endgame well into the summer. (And maybe even into later next year should the film secure a few Oscar nods.) Jude Law will also be returning as Dr. Watson, but his schedule is looking pretty open now that Captain Marvel has hit theaters.
Sherlock Holmes 3 was recently given a holiday release date of December 21, 2021.