Yesterday, Radio Times posted an interview with Steven Moffat, in which the Sherlock co-creator provided eager fans of the fantastical master detective show with an update on season 3.
What did he say? When will Sherlock air? And what does Moffat think of the US’ impending Elementary Sherlock Holmes TV show? Find out right here!
Of course, we are still a long way away from the show going into production and even longer before it airs but quite frankly any news about Sherlock has my pulse racing.
“Mark [Gatiss, other co-creator of the show] and I have planned it out,” he stated. “We haven’t started writing it yet because I’ve got God knows how many episodes of Doctor Who to get sorted first. But the way it works with Sherlock is that we starve you and then we give you a short burst and then we starve you again. It’s worked so far, we’re not going to change it.”
And predictably, Moffat had no new information on when season 3 would air. “Given that this is a show I haven’t started writing yet, it’s a bit early to suggest scheduling. Once we hand them over, they’ll be on television quite quickly.” So my spring/summer 2013 prediction may be more accurate than I first thought.
But Mr Moffat hasn’t stopped there. In an interview with BBC Newsbeat posted today he answered the question most have been thinking for the past couple of weeks: what he thinks about the impending US Sherlock Holmes TV series.
“It isn’t a version of our show,” he said. “They’ve just decided to go off and do one of their own, having been turned down by us to do an adaptation of our version.”
That’s interesting. They apporached Sherlock co-creators to go into production on an adapted version of their Sherlock series…and Moffat and Gatiss turned them down? Badass. And they will be doing something on their own too, with Lucy Liue being cast as Dr Watson in the show. The mind boggles just what in the hell they were thinking with this, not that I dislike Lucy Liu, but a female Dr Watson? It feels as they’ve just done it for shock value more than anything else. If Watson become Holmes’ love interest in the show, then I’m definitely out. Sherlock Holmes, of course, will be played by Johnny Lee Miller, who I actually think will nail the role if I’m honest.
Moffat goes on to say, “So how do you think I feel about it? Annoyed is in there.”
“The bigger problem for us with Elementary [the name of the US adaptation] is, what if it’s terrible? What if it’s awful? Then it degrades the brand,” he added.
“I remember there was a legitimate American version made of Coupling, actually adapted from our version. It was terrible and it was a disaster and it did sort of diminish the original. So if there’s this completely unrelated rogue version of Sherlock going around and it’s bad, it can be bad for us.”
Hmm. Interesting thoughts there from Moffat…what do you think? Will Elementary be as godawful as it sounds? Will it degrade the brand as a whole? Is it a fresh idea for them to cast Dr Watson as a woman? Please let me know in the comments section below!
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