In lieu of cursing CBS and kicking dirt all over their loafers for going ahead with Elementary, (the very blatant copying of the BBC series Sherlock), creator and writer Steven Moffat had decided to place a vow of silence on himself . . . until now anyway. Once the shots from the set of the Elementary pilot displayed stars Johnny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, Moffat must have reached his breaking point.
Bring on the verbal smack-down!
Maybe it was that Holmes beloved sidekick was gender-flipped into a “Charlie’s Angel”, but according to BBC Radio, Moffat may finally been showing how he really feels about the American Sherlock.
“It isn’t a version of our show. … 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. So how do you think I feel about it? Annoyed is in there.”The bigger problem for us with Elementary is, what if it’s terrible? What if it’s awful? Then it degrades the brand. … 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.”
The man has every right to be worried, Sherlock is his baby and the last thing he wants is it’s red headed step-child shaming the series with a poor pilot. Even so, it’s not like Steven should be extremely worried. While his producer Sue Vertue is prepping legal action in a courtroom, Steven has a more Zen approach:
“We don’t own Sherlock Holmes. … We don’t even own the idea of updating it. It’s been done before. I hope they know their Sherlock Holmes very, very well indeed because we know what’s in our show and wasn’t in the original. So if we did discover our material had made it into somebody else’s show we would have a problem with that. If there is no such incidence of that, then there’s nothing we can object to.”
The joy of something like Sherlock is the fact that over the course of an afternoon you can sit down and watch a season, series, in their entire three episode run. And even with such a short season you still manage to get drawn into feeling for Sherlock and his
lover good friend Dr.John Watson. Let’s hope Elementary can at least capture some of that magic, instead if ripping it’s counter-part off. CBS better hope they know what their doing.