A while back CBS, those guys that keep making spin-off’s of CSI, announced a pilot re-imagining Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes called Elementary. Wait a tick, doesn’t the BBC already have a show based on Britan’s infamous crime solving duo of Sherlock and Watson? Yes, and the BBC is more then a little upset about it.
Sitting down with the UK’s The Independent, Sherlock executive producer, Sue Vertue recently spoke about being approached by CBS with hopes of licensing a U.S. version of the BBC series. Vertue was less then enthusiastic about the offer, turning it down in the process. Guess CBS didn’t enjoy getting told “no” by the company that makes Doctor Who because shortly after that CBS announced Elementary, a modern day retelling of Holmes and Watson in New York City.
We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes,” she said. “It’s interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying.
Even Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner, Steven Moffat spoke up about CBS’s supposed idea, taking to Twitter to voice his opinion:
“We are very proud of our show, and like any proud parent will protect the interest and well being of our offspring,” Sue went on to say and all the power to her and the BBC for it. Who wouldn’t want to protect something they’ve put their name to and stuck their neck out for? If this keeps up and CBS moves forward in their attempt to create their own Holmes, legal action is definitively around the corner.
Additional details about Elementary have yet to be released, smart move CBS.
Source: You Bent My Wookie