Well, this is about to get embarrassing. On the heels of rampant sequel talk for a number of new properties (including both Chronicle and Project X), comes news of yet another planned sequel that’s almost totally without any “cool” value – and one that I am embarrassingly excited for. Deadline Pinner reports that Elton John’s Rocket Pictures is currently setting up a sequel to their 3D animated Gnomeo & Juliet, which made an astounding $194m when it was released in 2011.

The new sequel will be penned by original scribes Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil and will center on currently resurgent Sherlock Holmes tales. Sort of. Titled Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes, the film will pick up after “gnomes start disappearing from the suburban gardens of England, [and] Gnomeo, Juliet and friends enlist the help of Sherlock Gnomes, ‘the greatest ornamental detective,’ to track the culprit. Unfortunately, Sherlock is neither as brilliant nor as insightful as his human counterpart, and as the crimes against gnomanity continue, the threat to their world becomes bigger than they ever imagined.” Yes, I love puns and I loved Gnomeo & Juliet and I am not afraid to admit it. Sorry I’m not sorry.

John is already composing new songs for the film, and the team is currently talking to directors with an eye to begin production in the fall. No word yet on if the film’s original voice cast will return.

After the break, check out one of my favorite bits from Gnomeo & Juliet. It’s unnecessarily powerful.

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