‘Rocketman’ director Dexter Fletcher has confirmed that the much-awaited ‘Sherlock 3’ has been delayed for the foreseeable future.

Fletcher, who has taken over directing duties from Guy Ritchie for the latest instalment to the ‘Sherlock’ story, Opened up during an interview on the Celebrity Catch-Up podcast, stating that the current pandemic had put production on hold.

“Sherlock’s hit its own issues on and off,” he said. “That’s sort of sitting on the back burner at the moment until it becomes clear where the world is at and what’s going to happen – and the same with The Saint.”

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He also went on to comment that the reboot of ‘The Saint’ could come first at this point, but again it all rests on whether this pandemic will ever let up.

“I’m pushing ahead with both of them… The Saint might happen first, I don’t know, it’s hard to say. They’re both up against the same dilemma, the same issue that we all [have]: How do you get large groups of people together to create something and then shift them all around the world? And what do you do with actors that are in a love scene? It’s complicated.” 

During the podcast Fletcher also goes on to talk about his time on the cult ’90s TV show Press Gang, starring in ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ and how the late great Alan Rickman became his fairy godfather.

Back in February, it was announced that Fletcher had signed up to direct ‘The Saint’ reboot. The story follows Simon Templar (a.k.a. The Saint), a Robin Hood-esque criminal and thief for hire. Seth Grahame-Smith penned the script on what the studio is hoping will be another long-running franchise of films. It was then announced the Chris Pine was in talks to take on the titular role but things may now have changed.