The woman who holds the US copyright for Sherlock Holmes says she won’t allow director Guy Ritchie to make a sequel should he develop the sleuth and his sidekick Dr Watson into gay lovers.
Andrea Plunket’s statement follows comments by Sherlock Holmes star Robert Downey Jnr that he thought the characters could be developed as gay lovers.
The spat could put Ritchie’s plans for a sequel to the successful film in jeopardy.
“I hope this is just an example of Mr Downey’s black sense of humour. 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,” Plunket said.
“I am not hostile to homosexuals, but I am to anyone who is not true to the spirit of the books.”
It is not the first time Downey has spoken about the implied ‘bromance’ between Holmes and Watson, played by Jude Law.
“I think the word ‘bromance’ is so passé. We are two men who happen to be roommates who wrestle a lot and share a bed,” Downey said.

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