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HBO Max wants several Sherlock Holmes TV spin-offs

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. in 2010

Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. in 2010
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Say what you want about Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, you’d be hard pressed to find a better source of pure wackadoo fun where nothing really matters or makes sense, all anchored by an oddly convincing performance by Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes. His accent is inexplicable! He frequently stops time to talk about his thought process, a far more effective and less cheesy conceit than the “Mind Palace” stuff sherlock! He wears stupid disguises! Again: pure Wackadoo fun.

With a third film now in the works rocket Man director Dexter Fletcher, meeting says that HBO Max is moving forward with a plan to spin off Sherlock Holmes Movies into two separate TV shows – neither is about Downey’s Holmes or Jude Law’s Dr. John Watson. meeting says the two shows would “revolve around characters not yet introduced,” which is kind of a wild pitch for something rumored to be based on Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories.

meeting compares the concept to that of HBO Max peacemakerwhich expands on a character introduced in The Suicide Squad, but this show also had the entire DC Universe to play around with. What other two characters in the holmes-verse could carry their own shows? The two films already introduced Moriarty, Irene Adler and Mycroft, most of whom have died, and it’s not like Sherlock has a previously unmentioned sister that HBO Max could suddenly bring in (as if someone would go to such trouble would do apparently ridiculous Idea).

Maybe the Baker Street Irregulars could do a TV show? A bunch of homeless kids solving mysteries in the vaguely steampunk world of the Downey movies? Or maybe we’ll find out that a super-smart mouse lives just below the house on Baker Street and solves mysteries of its own? Maybe he has a friend named Dr. She and Dawson team up to help Dr. Stop Ratigan, the world’s greatest criminal…mouse? Disney sure doesn’t give a fuck about this idea.

Also, not to distract from the funny references, but a TV spin-off of the Sherlock Holmes movies is exactly what Village Roadshow was mad at Warner Bros. about earlier this year when it accused the studio of “barring” it from discussions about what to do with “prequels, sequels, or television shows” that the two companies had co-produced or financed – films like Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes Series. It doesn’t sound like anything has changed in this dispute since February, but if these two spin-offs move forward, maybe we’ll hear about it again.

https://www.avclub.com/hbo-max-sherlock-holmes-spin-off-robert-downey-jr-guy-r-1848753428 HBO Max wants several Sherlock Holmes TV spin-offs

Andrew Schnitker

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