‘Holmes’ Sequel Already in the Works?

Three months ahead of the release of Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros. is developing a new installment.

The Risky Business blog reported yesterday that the studio is poised to bring on Kieran and Michele Mulroney to write a new draft while Brad Pitt has had discussions with producers to star as Holmes’ nemesis Moriarty.

The Pitt talk was rumored over the summer in a story that appeared to originate in The London Mirror (the link to the story has since ceased working), but the info was quickly denied by Warners. At the time, the studio said: “The report in today’s London Mirror is completely inaccurate. Brad Pitt is not joining the cast of Sherlock Holmes.”

There have also been rumors that he appears in several shots of Holmes as Moriarty, but those familiar with the script say the character is in shadow and cannot be recognized.

In the first Holmes, set for release during the holidays, Robert Downey Jr. plays the title character with Jude Law as his Watson. Rachel McAdams also stars. Susan Downey, Dan LinJoel Silver and Lionel Wigram produced.

Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Wigram and Simon Kinberg all worked on the screenplay for the first film. The Mulroneys wrote Warners’ Justice League: Mortal and also wrote and directed the indie dramedy Paper Man, which starred Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Daniels.

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