Always ready to answer the questions we’ve never thought to ask, Epic Rap Battles of History delivers head to head lyrical combat between fictions two greatest detectives. Sure, if it was a fist fight in an alley Batman would mercilessly pummel the substance abusing sleuth from 221B Baker Street. Since this is a battle of the minds (rhymes,) Sherlock just might school the Dark Knight.
Wait, no, never mind. Lloyd Ahlquist shows up as Robin. S#!ts on, son!
At Comic Con, I again had the opportunity to sit down with Moriarty writer, Daniel Corey for a quick catchup on his current projects. Moriarty is not only one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years, it gives you a lot to sink your teeth into. Highly, highly recommended.
You have two volumes of Moriarty out now, how is work progressing on volume three?
Daniel Corey: We’re just on a little break right now. I actually have it mostly written. It’s just a matter of catching up on production and such.
Since the last time we talked, you’ve announced that the first volume of Moriarty: The Dark Chamber, is going to become a musical.
How did that come about?
Corey: It’s funny, because I had thought about that before. I was like, “Ah, this would make a good musical.” Never seriously thought about it. I was talking to the guys at SciFi Pulse and they told me, “Hey, we think this would make a great stage play. We love this opening monologue, it’d be great on stage.”I was seeing it in my mind. And a friend of mine, [composer] Ray Schnurr came up to me and said, “Hey, we should think about doing this as a musical.” It suddenly became a serious reality. Once he said that, it was like let’s go do it!
The stars just aligned?
Corey: The stars aligned. Kismet, I think! It came together. We’re in progress on that. We have a script, Ray is working on music this week as we talk here at Comic Con. Next week we’re going to sit down and really start working hardcore on the lyrics. As we paced through the script, we’d talk about, “Let’s have a song about this,” and a few ideas here and there but we’re really going to start working on the meat and potatoes lyric writing next week.
Some may be scratching their heads as to why we’ve been reporting on this new series at all. It’s not sci-fi, it’s doesn’t have zombies, so why do we give a shit about a new detective show on CBS. Well, to be honest, I’m mostly interested in Elementary because I want to see it fail. See, there’s this phenomenal show across the pond from Steven Moffat. No, not Doctor Who, though it might as well be about his non-time traveling brother from another mother. It’s called Sherlock and it is a modern re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes from Moffat and Mark Gattis. Did I mention it’s incredible? How about spectacular? Guys, it’s mind-blowingly good television you need to watching! (You’re in luck too because the most recent season is available on PBS’ site.) Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the detective and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson. You might be familiar with them from a couple, low-key projects they have coming up, Star Trek 2 and The Hobbit. Sherlock‘s loaded with plenty of geek cred and is really worth checking out. Would I lead you astray?
Okay, enough gushing about why Sherlock is like, the best thing ever. Elementary appears to be CBS’ attempt to capitalize on the modern-Sherlock Holmes popularity. It should be noted that earlier on CBS optioned to adapt Moffat and Gattis’ Sherlock for American television. Moffat smartly replied, fuck no, learning from the train wreck that was an American version of his British sitcom, Coupling. So, it’s a little suspicious when CBS comes out with their own modern-Sherlock Holmes TV show after Moffat turned them down. Hmm.
Earlier today we shared our first official look at Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Lui as Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson, respectively. “See! Look! We’ve got a girl Watson. This is completely different!” said CBS trying to defend their blatant ripoff. Now we’ve seen the first bit of footage from Elementary in this behind-the-scenes promo,
Miller’s doing a nice job as Holmes, I really can’t complain about anything he does here. It’s just, I’ve seen it done better, by Cumberbatch, funny enough his co-star from their widely acclaimed stage show, Frankenstein. And Lui, well, she’s Lucy Lui. I’ve never seen her act in anything that’s been dramatically different from what I’ve seen her do before, and this seems to be much of the same.
From what we can see in the short behind-the-scenes promo this just screams Americanized Sherlock. But of course, I’m sure they’re skirting that line very carefully and making their show just different enough the BBC won’t have a reason to release the legal hounds.
Here’s the official synopsis,
ELEMENTARY stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manhattan where his wealthy father forces him to live with his worst nightmare – a sober companion, Dr. Watson. A successful surgeon until she lost a patient and her license three years ago, Watson views her current job as another opportunity to help people, as well as paying a penance. However, the restless Sherlock is nothing like her previous clients. He informs her that none of her expertise as an addiction specialist applies to him and he’s devised his own post-rehab regimen – resuming his work as a police consultant in New York City. Watson has no choice but to accompany her irascible new charge on his jobs. But Sherlock finds her medical background helpful, and Watson realizes she has a knack for playing investigator. Sherlock’s police contact, Capt. Tobias “Toby” Gregson (Aidan Quinn), knows from previous experience working with Scotland Yard that Sherlock is brilliant at closing cases, and welcomes him as part of the team. With the mischievous Sherlock Holmes now running free in New York solving crimes, it’s simple deduction that he’s going to need someone to keep him grounded, and it’s elementary that it’s a job for Watson. Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta, who directed the pilot, are executive producers for CBS Television Studios.
What do you guys think? Does it look any good to you? Does appear to be a blatant Sherlock ripoff? (Come on! He’s even wearing a scarf!) Or is there room for two, equally good, modernizations of the famous sleuth?
Elementary is another look at Sherlock Holmes set in modern day New York. The show is scheduled to air on CBS this Autumn. In hopes of stirring the already controversial pot of Internet and BBC angst, CBS sent out this first official image of the lead characters – Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as disgraced doctor Joan Watson. Aidan Quinn is also in the cast as Captain Gregson, who sounds like a modern day Lestrade figure.
After the hoopla surrounding the announcement of an American remake that follows so closely on the heels of an already wildly popular British BBC series modern day retake of Sherlock Holmes this time using a female Watson (Lucy Liu) died down, we haven’t heard or seen much. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more soon as CBS starts stirring the media pot.
This NerdBastard is hoping the show will be worthwile and not, as many fear, an attempt to hop on Moffat and Gatiss’ coat tails. Rumor is that a trailer might make it’s way to the Internet in the next couple of days.
Any thoughts? Did anyone read this far down the article?
Watson: “By gove you’re right Holmes, who is it this time?”
Holmes: It’s the Yanks I’m afraid . . . and you’re a woman.”
Watson: ” A WHAT? . . . well now . . . I say.”
Holmes: “Give it a chance Watson, don’t be a bore.”
Watson: “Right, right Holmes, stiff upper lip and all that.”
Elementary has begun filming, the Holmes-in-New York pilot that will star Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson. The production has been on location around the city in the last couple of days, giving paparazzi their chance to capture Miller and Liu in costume. Click on each for the larger size.
Contrary to popular belief, the ideas for science fiction stories are not placed randomly into writers’ heads via alien transmissions. The origins of sci-fi are long, using concepts that go back thousands of years. It is only during the last 200 years or so that what can be considered “modern” science fiction began to form and take the shape that it has today.
During the 19th century, religion had been mostly replaced with science as the chief explanation for why things in the physical world behave as they do. Writers everywhere heard the call and used their minds to craft new worlds, inventions and concepts. Some of these were more successful than others, which gives birth to this list.
From the mountains of conjecture arose many concepts which would go on to form the basis of popular science fiction for more than a hundred years. Robots, time travel and planetary exploration are just a few of these. Here are 10 writers of the past (in chronological order) who have impacted the genre so much that they literally formed what the world now thinks of as science fiction.
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As predicted, CBS has gone with a, shall we say, unconventional choice to play Watson to Johnny Lee Miller‘s Sherlock in the network’s modern-day Americanized update of Holmes in Elementary.
It’s been confirmed that Lucy Liu (Kill Bill, Charlie’s Angels) will take up the part of Dr. Joan Watson, the former surgeon and right-hand woman of expert detective Sherlock Holmes, “a recovering addict and consultant for the NYPD,” according to TV Guide.
So what are we to make of this PC police move? Sure, Liu is a talented actress and all, but is this is the kind of maneuver that people who hate American remakes of foreign TV shows hate. So is there a practical reason why Watson is now an Asian-American woman, or is it just cynical political correctness afoot?
I guess we’ll see for certain when and if Elementary airs in the fall on CBS.
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.
Warner Bros. has released another new behind the scenes featurette for Guy Ritchie’sSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I mean, come on man. We could all do with a little more RDJ and Jude Law in our lives.
Anybody else make lots of high pitched squeaking noises when watching this? No? Just me then… Remember, any film is better than Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will hit theaters December 16th.
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room… until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.
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