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Guy Ritchie Puts Aside Lobo for Sherlock Holmes Sequel

Warner Brothers wants to fast-track a sequel to this summer’s hit Sherlock Holmes and director Guy Ritchie has set aside plans to direct Lobo to clear his schedule for the planned sequel, according to producer Joel Silver:

“I don’t think he’s going to do it now,” Silver said of Ritchie directing “Lobo.” “The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ So I think we’re going to be doing that. But we’re seeing what happens with this. Everybody is analyzing everything. It’s all kind of happening right now¬†as we talk. ‘Sherlock’ is sitting at just about $400 million in worldwide gross and showing itself to be pretty effective and pretty strong. So we’re trying to see if we can do something quickly with another ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movie. We have some ideas and some good story points.”

As for Lobo, which last September WB tapped Guy Ritchie to direct, Silver assumes that means the studio will now be looking for another director:

“I would guess a dfferent director,” said Silver, who is producing “Lobo” with Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona. “It’s all happening at once now. Everybody is talking about everything …. It’s an ongoing conversation. Downey loves the experience of playing Sherlock and would love to play him again, and I’d love to see him play it again. Jude and all of them will be back and it will be great.”

One of only two films able to knock Avatar off the top spot on any one day in its current 40-day devastation of the box office, Sherlock Holmes is already approaching $400 million in worldwide box office (currently at more than $388 million).

Source: LA Times’ Hero Complex Blog