Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans have been having a banner couple of weeks, lemme tell you. First the BBC Sherlock Season 3 premiere was announced, then we got our first season 3 picture (the angst!), and now we've got hints that the third Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law Sherlock Holmes team-up is actually a thing that is going to happen and probably be in theaters and everything.
I'm gonna admit that I wasn't the hugest fan of the first Sherlock Holmes movie installment — I didn't hate it or anything, it just wasn't my jam and I was a bit confused by the presence of witches (much as I adore me a good witch story). But the second? Hooooh boy, that second one made an impression. As we called it in my college murder mystery class, Sherlock Holmes: Gay of Gay 's* homosexual subtext (which I believe is essential to many a Sherlock Holmes story) was "so overt it was covert."
Basically: The second in the Sherlock Holmes movie franchise was pretty much gay fan fiction brought to the screen, and it was glorious. In fact, unless I hallucinated it I'm pretty sure it included a scene in which Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes rolls around a train floor (in drag, natch) with Jude Law tearing his clothes off. They also slow danced.
And now we're getting a third one: Jude Law said in an interview with Digital Spy that he thinks Sherlock Holmes 3 is being written right now.
"We had a meeting earlier this year, the three of us, and I think it's being written now," Law said. "Warner Bros have still got to agree to pay for it... I think they want to!"
He also talked about their hopes for the third installment:
"We want it to be better than the other two. We want to make sure it's smarter and cleverer, but in the same realm."
It is yet to be seen whether or not this will just entail taking the most slashy piece of writing they can find online and adapting that. One can only hope.
And if you doubt the homosexual subtext (nope, it was just straight up text, actually) that I mentioned before, I present you with this scene:
*Although I am told the more official title was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows