Following Robert Downey, Jr.'s hints at gay relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary estate threatens to withdraw Guy Ritchie's rights to the story.
Plan to make "Sherlock Holmes" sequel has been put under fire due to homosexual hints. According to several sites, the executors of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary estate have threatened to withdraw Guy Ritchie's rights to the Sherlock Holmes story if the director suggests that there is romantic relationship between the lead characters in his upcoming movie.
Recently, Robert Downey Jr. appeared in "Late Show with David Letterman" and hinted at a homo erotic subtext in the relationship between his detective character and Jude Law's Dr. Watson. During the interview, the 44-year-old let the audience to determine whether Holmes is "a very butch homosexual."
Infuriated by Downey Jr.'s statement, Andrea Plunket who controls the remaining U.S. copyrights to the Holmes story responded, "I hope this is just an example of Mr. Downey's black sense of humor. It would be drastic, but I would withdraw permission for more films to be made if they feel that is a theme they wish to bring out in the future." She then added, "I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books."
"Sherlock Holmes" has been dropped in theaters across the U.S. on December 25. A month before it was released, Robert Downey Jr. has revealed that storyline for two sequels have been planned, saying "Between Guy [Ritchie] and me, the missus [producer Susan Levin] and Joel Silver [producer], we definitely know what we would like to do for the next two sequels."