Guy Ritchie Shelves Lobo For Sherlock Holmes Sequel

Guy Ritchie is leaving the main man for another man by pursuing a “Sherlock Holmes” sequel instead of his planned “Lobo” adaptation.

According to Hero Complex, Ritchie has cleared his schedule to start preparing work on “Sherlock Holmes 2” for Warner Bros., meaning that his attachment to “Lobo” is no longer a certainty.

“I don’t think he’s going to do [‘Lobo’],” said >Joel Silver, who is a producer on both “Lobo” and “Holmes.” “The studio wants us and Guy to focus on making another ‘Sherlock Holmes.’ So I think we’re going to be doing that.”

While there’s a chance that Ritchie could still direct “Lobo,” that would mean a postponement for the project. Silver thinks it’s more likely that the comic book movie will go to another filmmaker.

“I would guess [‘Lobo’ will go to] a different director,” he said. “It’s all happening at once now. Everybody is talking about everything. … It’s an ongoing conversation.”

The news of Ritchie’s departure from “Lobo” isn’t entirely out of nowhere. Back in December, Ritchie informed us that his attachment to the film was far from a certainty.

“Is it a matter of fact that I’m doing it?” he posited. “I don’t think it’s a matter of fact. In fact, I can tell you it’s not a matter of fact.”

The WB’s decision to have Ritchie focus on “Holmes” instead of “Lobo” isn’t a sign of disappointment in the filmmaker, either. Despite losing to “Avatar” in its opening weekend, “Holmes” maintained a lucrative second place position at the box office for several weeks, proving the financial viability of the detective franchise.

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