Producer Joel Silver revealed to the Los Angeles Times that Warner Bros has ordered Ritchie back into the directing chair for a follow-up to the super-sleuth’s adventures.
Ritchie was previously linked to an adaptation of DC Comics’ Lobo but he has now departed that project.
“I don’t think he’s going to do [Lobo] now,” Silver said.
“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.”
The film’s stars Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law are keen to reprise their roles as Holmes and his sidekick Watson, Silver added, but Brad Pitt is not confirmed as the pair’s nemesis Professor Moriarty.
“Well, I mean, we talked about [casting Pitt] at one point, but you know as of right now we’re not sure what we’re going to do. We’ll see what happens.”
“Holmes” has pulled in $389 million in worldwide box office since its Christmas Day release and looks to add to that with overseas releases still pending in Germany, Japan, France and several other markets. The role of the famed literary detective also just earned Robert Downey Jr. a surprise Golden Globe, suggesting that the actor might still be in play for an Oscar nomination next week.