‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Gains ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ Writers

‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Gains ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ Writers

By Amanda Joyce Oct 28, 2016 10:21 AM
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There’s been a long delay in getting forward momentum on another installment of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, but the third movie just took a big step forward. How? According to Variety, by hiring on a writers room made of five comic book and movie writers that include some of the names behind upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Captain Marvel, amongst others.

Nicole Perlman, Gary Whitta, Justin Malen, Geneva Dworet-Robertson and Kieran Fitzgerald have signed on to develop the story for what is expected to be the last film in the Sherlock Holmes trilogy.

Perlman and Whitta have experience with Disney/Marvel/Star Wars between them. Perlman penned the upcoming Gamora comic books series for Marvel as well as the script for Guardians of the Galaxy. She also penned a treatment for a Black Widow script and is writing the Captain Marvel screenplay with Meg LeFauve. In addition to work on The Walking Dead video games, Whitta has written an episode of Star Wars Rebels and developed the story for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Malen, on the other hand, doesn’t have a lot of scripts that have been viewed by the general public just yet. His next big screen venture is Baywatch. Likewise, Dworet-Robertson’s upcoming projects are high profile as well, like the Tomb Raider reboot and a new big screen version of Dungeons and Dragons. Fitzgerald is an interesting choice since most of the other writers have genre, action, and comedy films under their belts. Fitzgerald penned the script for the drama Snowden.

Creating a writers room for a single movie is not exactly common practice. The idea is used by television shows to create collaborative storytelling and distribute the workload. A group of writers work together to outline story arcs for a season before different episodes are assigned to different writers. The idea has been put into practice for franchises and shared universes in the movie world, most recently with the Transformers franchise. It seems like a strange move to do this now when the movie is expected to be the final chapter of this specific Sherlock Holmes incarnation.

Of course, in Hollywood, scripts tend to pass through multiple hands before they make it to camera. There’s often one writer who crafts a story, then the same writer (or even one or two others) pens the script, while the studio could still ask other writers to clean up second or third drafts down the line. Ultimately, even as filming commences, the director could still make changes to the script. A writers room, where multiple hands already have a chance to take  crack at the story, could prevent the script from having to pass through multiple drafts for the studio.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are both still attached to star in the film, though with busy schedules ahead of them, it’s unclear when they would be available to shoot the movie. Guy Ritchie is also still on board to direct. So far, there’s no projected release date.

Tags: Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Captain Marvel (2018), Snowden (2016), Baywatch (2017), Tomb Raider (2018), Nicole Perlman, Gary Whitta, Kieran Fitzgerald
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