Once known only for directing arty gangster movies such as "Snatch" (and for having been married to Madonna), British director Guy Ritchie burst onto the blockbuster scene with 2009's "Sherlock Holmes." Although the movie featured a few of the filmmaker's stylish touches, his real handiwork is much more evident in Dec. 16's sequel, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."
Audience tracking surveys suggest Ritchie's sequel, in which Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) try to foil an international plot, could be the holiday season's biggest hit. While Ritchie is now developing a remake of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." with producing partner Lionel Wigram, he may soon be asked to direct a third "Sherlock Holmes" film.
Times staff writer John Horn discusses all of this in this week's Word of Mouth column, and in this video.
— John Horn