Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes to Get TV Spinoffs

Robert Downey Jr. sherlock holmes the films were both critically and commercially successful, but a third film has languished in development limbo for over a decade.

But now there’s been an update on the franchise, an update we didn’t expect.

As reported by DeadlineWarner Bros. plans to make two TV spin-offs for HBO Max, similar to how Peacemaker was a television spin-off of The Suicide Squad and there is a The Batman Upcoming TV series focusing on The Penguin.

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Downey Jr is on board in a production capacity through his company Team Downey, while the post says the spinoff will center on characters that weren’t introduced in either film.

Speaking of movies, Downey Jr has committed to making a third, with Dexter Fletcher replacing Guy Ritchie as director. The actor has previously hinted at how he’d like a third movie to set up spin-off shows, but it’s unclear if it’s still true that the series is dependent on the movie or could just as well work on its own.

“At this point, we really believe there is no mystery verse built anywhere,” the actor recently said. “Conan Doyle is the definitive voice in this field to date, so to me, why do a third film if you’re not going to be able to mold yourself into some real gems of diversity, and other moments and elements?

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“We’re not repeaters, we don’t just want to try and do what’s been done elsewhere. But I think the model itself has become much more dimensioned than it was before.”

Interestingly, HBO Max currently has a series Sherlock Holmes: A Japanese Gender-Reversed Show called Miss Sherlock.

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Kimberly B. Nguyen