Robert Downey Jr. Is Betting On ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Sequel; First Film is PG-13

While promoting his turn as L.A. Times Columnist Steve Lopez in April 24th’s “The Soloist,” Robert Downey Jr revealed that he’s already making long term plans for a sequel to the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes”.

“I feel like there’s going to be a ‘Sherlock Holmes 2,’” says Downey, obviously quite pleased with his experiences during production. Not long ago, Downey spoke to MTV News directly from the set where the general vibe looked like a lot of fun.)

Downey also revealed that it was his own wish that the film not delve too deeply into Holmes’ addiction to opium, keeping the overall tone fairly family friendly.

“I actually petitioned the court and said, ‘This is a PG-13 movie. Let’s just refer to these peripherally. So at one point, Watson says, ‘What are you doing, that’s for eye surgery!’”

A PG-13 rating should mark an interesting turn in the career of “Holmes” director Guy Ritchie, known for his decidedly R-rated crime films like “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”.

Not scheduled for release until Christmas, “Sherlock Holmes” stars Downey as the classic detective, paired with Jude Law as his loyal sidekick, Dr. Watson. Downey did joke that one character he’d like to see appear in the Holmes films is his own Tony Stark.

“A time travel thing,” Downey offers, “It’s a great idea. I’ll cross-pollinate my own double-franchise.”

He then quickly added, “That’s pathetic. The fact that I even thought of that is pathetic.”

Is PG-13 the right route for a Guy Ritchie film? Are you ready for a “Holmes” franchise? Share your thoughts below!