I chatted with Drew Pearce, screenwriter of “Iron Man 3” and the upcoming Warner Bros “Sherlock Holmes 3,” at the LA Film Fest earlier today (June 16). Lovely British man, whip-smart and very funny — was such a pleasure to talk with him in person, finally (!), and what better way to get some news about SH3: The Movie than straight from him? I shared with him the concern some fans have expressed that the next movie might simply skip past Holmes and Watson’s post-Reichenbach reunion and move straight on to another adventure (which would, after all, be a totally Hollywood thing to do; hence the concern…).
He knew EXACTLY what I was talking about. (This was following his onstage panel on writing, where he’d spoken about how he and Shane Black managed to focus “Iron Man 3” on Tony’s humanity and emotional trajectory first, and then, incidentally, on the superhero CGI effects and battle scenes…). No, no, he reassures us: “Attention must be paid to Reichenbach, because it is so key to the characters, and we will, don’t worry.” He added that SH3 will be bigger, in a good way, and better, with a lot of surprises.
He said they’ve met about it and there will be many more in-depth discussions coming up. But of course he’s signed to write the next “Mission: Impossible” movie first, and Robert is currently filming “The Judge” and has a few other irons in the fire (so to speak…LOL), so we’re a ways away from SH3 — but not dog years away. It’s coming down the pike, and the creative process has begun. (We’re estimating 2015, though I totally forgot to ask him an ETA…sorry!)
Drew was very happy to hear of the support from the fans and sends his Sherlockian love to all. I think we’re in very good hands, to be honest, and I canNOT be happier or more excited/asdfghjljkl! about his response to the Reichenbach question. I hope to catch up with him after IM4 is done for more updates. — Mary (Hedgehog-Goulash7)