Warner Bros. Hires Scribe for Sherlock Holmes Threequel

Drew Pearce, currently writing "Iron Man 3," has been tapped to write the script months before the second installment releases.
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows doesn’t open until December 16, but Warner Bros. is already planning the next installment of the period detective adventure movies.

The studio has hired Drew Pearce, the creator of the British superhero TV satire No Heroics, to pen a script for what would be the third Robert Downey Jr.-Jude Law movie starring the Sherlock Holmes creation.

The hiring of a writer this early (and in anticipating that the movie will be a hit) mirrors the hiring of Michele and Kieran Mulroney to work on Holmes 2 about three months before the first Holmes came out in December 2009.

Pearce is a scribe on the rise. He is writing Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios (so the new Holmes project would reteam him with Downey) and Paramount’s adaptation of DC Comics’ The Mighty.

Pearce is repped by WME.