HBO Max is breaking into the sleuthing game. The Hollywood Reporter reveals a Sherlock Holmes TV universe is in development at the WarnerMedia streaming juggernaut, with Robert Downey Jr., star of the first two Sherlock flicks, on board to executive produce two scripted series. 

Lionel Wigram, who penned the story for the first Sherlock Holmes movie and produced it along with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, joins the fray as executive producer. Team Downey’s Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell will executive produce. 

News of a third Sherlock film with Downey reprising the titular character burst onto the media scene but never left the development stage. 

THR reports it’s unclear if Downey will star in these projects due to the fledgling status of both shows. 

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s classic literary works have seen many adaptations. BBC’s Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous detective and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson, took the world by storm, premiering in 2010. Elementary ran for seven seasons on CBS, with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. Elementary ended in 2019.

Recently, Millie Bobby Brown headlined Enola Holmes for Netflix in 2020, portraying Sherlock and Mycroft’s younger sister, who takes on a mystery on her own. A sequel slated for release this year is currently in production. Netflix also debuted The Irregulars, a series that ran for one season. It follows a gang of teens in Victorian London who act on behalf of an evil Dr. Watson and his business partner, Sherlock Holmes. 

Deadline reveals the Sherlock Holmes series will center on new characters. The future of these shows hinges on the success of the potential third Downey-led installment. 

Sherlock is one of RDJ’s most iconic roles, and I’m curious to see what he brings to the streaming table with two new series. I might be inclined to watch even if he doesn’t star in them. 

What do you think about a Sherlock Holmes TV universe on HBO Max? Sound off in the comments below!

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