‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ Taps James Coyne for Script Rewrite

(L-r) JUDE LAW as Dr. Watson and ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Sherlock Holmes in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure mystery “SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.Photo by Daniel Smith

(L-r) JUDE LAW as Dr. Watson and ROBERT DOWNEY JR. as Sherlock Holmes in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure mystery “SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.Photo by Daniel Smith

Just last week Robert Downey Jr. went on the record to say that “Sherlock Holmes 3” will start filming sometime this year, with Guy Ritchie set to return as director. Now, Deadline is reporting that James Coyne has been tapped to rewrite the script for the film, further giving credence to Downey Jr.’s claims that the film is forthcoming.

Coyne, who is known for “Vikingdom” and “Puncture Wounds,” is rewriting the script that Drew Pearce (“Iron Man 3”) had originally written.

The third installment in the popular mystery series is a long time coming. The project was first announced back in 2011, before the second movie, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” was released in theaters. That film amassed $186.8 million domestically and $545.5 million worldwide.

Plot details are scant at the moment, but Downey Jr. and Jude Law are expected to reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, respectively. Interestingly, despite being presumed dead and having nothing more than a cameo in the second film, Rachel McAdams is rumored to be returning to the film as Irene Adler, as well.

Coyne is also at work on a screenplay adapted from the Avengelyne comic book series by “Deadpool” writer Rob Liefeld.

Downey Jr. is currently busy promoting the latest entry in the Marvel cinematic universe, “Captain America: Civil War,” in which he reprises his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man. He will also reprise the role in the recently announced “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Law, meanwhile, has Ritchie’s upcoming film “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” in 2017.

It has been five years since the iconic mystery-solving duo of Holmes and Watson has graced the big screen. No word yet on when the third installment can be expected to hit theaters.