If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Warner Bros. aren't messing with the release date that helped propel "Sherlock Holmes" into a worldwide box office smash, and have slated "Sherlock Holmes 2" for a December 16, 2011 release. The film is looking at a fall start date, with shooting to take place in Europe and there is a good chance it will be in 3D.
Plot details on the sequel are currently under wraps, but it will pick up where the first film left off with Moriarty now the villain. Guy Ritchie will be back behind the camera with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law set to reprise their roles. As we reported this morning, Rachel McAdams will appear in the sequel as well, though it sounds like her part will be small. The key still to be cast is Moriarty. Brad Pitt, who was rumored and then debunked as playing the shadowy figure who appears very briefly in the first film, is still being touted as a candidate for the sequel but that remains to be seen.
With movies already fighting for elbow room in December 2011 and surely more to be announced, expect titles to shift and move over the next 18 months. At the very least, with "James Bond 23" previously slated for a fall/winter 2011 release on ice for now, it's one less movies the studios will have to contend with/schedule around.