Millions of fans across the globe saw the latest Sherlock episode, ‘The Abominable Bride’, in cinemas this week as the special was released on both the big and small screens. However, a specially-for-cinema big-budget Sherlock film could be made, says co-creator Mark Gatiss, as long as the right story was found.
A movie would clearly be successful, as the showings of ‘The Abominable Bride’ proved. It was shown in 20 countries across the world with its box-office in-take in Korea even beating the smash-hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Still, Gatiss is keen to point out that such an enterprise would have to start with the plot.
“Of course we could do a movie but it would have to be a story of sufficient scale to make that move, because they’re [the regular Sherlock episodes] already very big, very expensive and very movie-like,” he has said. “We don’t want to just send the cast away on holiday.”
Funnily enough, the official Sherlock YouTube channel has recently posted a video in which the cast and crew are asked if Sherlock could do an episode abroad. Is this a sneaky hint that a movie is on the cards? (Answer: no, it’s probably just a coincidence.)
On the subject of Series Four, Gatiss spoke about when work will begin on it and also how difficult filming Sherlock has become:
“We’re doing three more episodes of Sherlock next spring, then we’ll see. Obviously Benedict and Martin are both hugely successful film stars, but they’re both very keen to do more.
“It is, genuinely, increasingly difficult to get together. It’s taken us a long time to get these dates fixed. It’s like a chess game and you fix one bit and something else moves. We all certainly want to do more.”
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