We are in the age of the reboot/re-imagining/regurgitating so I guess this had to happen. After the success of 2009’s Sherlock Holmes staring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Sky Captain (Jude Law) and the eventual success of the pending sequel, it looks like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s might be hitting the small screen too.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that CBS has optioned Sherlock Holmes, a drama project from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Productions. This will apparently be a 21st Century take on the 19th Century detective, written by Rob Doherty (Medium, Tru Calling, Star Trek: Voyager), who will executive produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (who have produced other things I am sure). So far that is about it for details as the project is just getting started.
A modern take? I guess that might work. Let’s be honest with ourselves, the Robert Downey Jr. movies have very little to do with source material. Holmes, the science/logic based disguise wearing gentleman was transformed into a gritty hardcore womanizer that was always ready for a good fight. Sure he was still the intellectual, but now he backs it up with a witty quip and two fists, exactly what modern movie goers demand!
Obviously this new new take will have to up the ante, right? So, CBS here’s my 5 minute pitch:
Tom Selleck. He has proven he can draw the crowds to TV for a detective show and I think he’s due for a comeback. Watson, or rather W.A.T.S.O.N. is his robot sidekick. (we can flesh out the acronym later… Walking Automaton Technological Six of Nine… something like that) And, are you ready for this? It takes place ON THE MOON! Pilot episode, ‘a Study in Scarlett… Johansson!’ Think of it as “Fantastic Voyage” but this time in a smoking red head.
Oh, this is good. I’ll tell my agent to wait for your call.