Is a Sherlock Holmes sequel already developing with Brad Pitt?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Robert Downey Jr.'s new take on Sherlock Holmes doesn't hit theaters until Christmas, but Warner Brothers is already developing a sequel featuring none other than Brad Pitt as the villain, The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz blog reports:

The studio is poised to bring on Kieran and Michele Mulroney, the scribes who are penning its Justice League: Mortal tentpole, to pen a draft of the new tale. Brad Pitt has had discussions with producers to star as Holmes' nemesis Moriarty in the new pic, say people familiar with the project, though there is no deal in place for him to take the part.

The upcoming first Holmes is already giving Arthur Conan Doyle purists fits, as it appears to transform the famous detective into an action hero, with a comely sidekick in the form of doughty Rachel McAdams.

Guy Ritchie directed Sherlock Holmes, which stars Downey as the title character, Jude Law as Watson and McAdams as Irene Adler. They are expected to return for a sequel, should one develop.