Wednesday, 14 September 2011

CBS developing Sherlock Holmes TV pilot! The lame's afoot?

Wednesday, 14 September 2011
In possibly the most unnecessary development news of recent times, The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that CBS have ordered a script for a modern-day take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. All this despite the fact there already exists Sherlock; a brilliant contemporary version on the BBC starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

It's hard to see this as anything other than a US network noticing the praise being lavished on the BBC series (which airs on PBS in the States) and wanting to make money from their own version, which would undoubtedly reach a bigger audience.

CBS' Sherlock Holmes is being written by Robert Doherty (Medium, Tru Calling), and could potentially become a new series in the 2012/13 season. Although, as we know, there are many hurdles to cross before that might happen, as most scripts don't even get filmed as pilots.

But anyway, I don't like this idea because it's redundant, but also because the show will likely (a) commit the sin of making Sherlock a modern-day American living in New York, or (b) do an unconvincing job of replicating London using American locations and sound-stages, probably with Americans doing bad cockney accents, too.

No, if you want a decent Sherlock Holmes (be it traditional Victorian sleuth with a deerstalker, or modern-day detective without), it needs to be a wholly British production. The BBC's Sherlock also benefits from having two unabashed superfans of Conan Doyle's work in Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, and I doubt Rob Doherty comes anywhere close on the fanboy scale.

But maybe you disagree? Would you actually love to see a US network take a stab at this world-famous literary character? Are there some American actors who'd make a pretty convincing Sherlock and Watson? Should they relocate the world's greatest detective to America, as they're already doing to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (starring Jennifer Garner)? Let me know your thoughts below!