Guy Ritchie Skips Lobo for Sherlock Holmes 2
01.28.10 by Ryan
Guy Ritchie was poised to direct the comic book adaptation of Lobo after Sherlock Holmes, with a portion of pre-production already complete. Producer Joel Silver told The LA Times that Ritchie can no longer commit to Lobo after the success of Holmes.
I don't think he's going to do [Lobo] now. The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another Sherlock Holmes. So I think we're going to be doing that. But we're seeing what happens with this. Everybody is analyzing everything. It's all kind of happening right now as we talk. Everybody is talking about everything.... It's an ongoing conversation. [Robert] Downey [Jr.] loves the experience of playing Sherlock and would love to play him again, and I'd love to see him play it again. Jude [Law] and all of them will be back and it will be great. So we're trying to see if we can do something quickly with another Sherlock Holmes movie. We have some ideas and some good story points.
Silver says that while Ritchie is busy working on Sherlock Holmes 2, that Lobo will likely be made with "a different director" as it is still a viable idea considering the recent success of comic book movies.
It was created as a rebuttal to the Marvel characters and his vest said "Bite me fanboy." It was very much a response to Wolverine and Punisher and the other characters and I think now that makes it fresh [for moviegoers]. We're working on it now and it will be nice to put it together and make it happen.
Downey Jr. already quit another project — the Jon Favreau adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens — in order to clear his schedule for the Holmes sequel.