CBS has been shopping a pilot for a new modern-day adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes stories called Elementary. With the relative success of the Warner Brothers movie franchise starring Robert Downey, Jr. and the amazing, spectacular, freaking awesome BBC series Sherlock, apparently the network wants in on this action. The RDJ films, of course, have been set in Victorian London, while the BBC series, starting the swoon-worthy Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, are also a modern-day take on the storie of Holmes and his partner in awesome Watson. News broke today that the Sherlock that CBS wants has been cast. British actor Jonny Lee Miller, former husband of Angelina Jolie, has starred recently in an arc on Dexter, and has appeared in Eli Stone which ran on ABC in 2009.
CBS reported wants to "reboot" the Sherlock Holmes name and wants to do so very soon. Oh and the plot thickens. Miller recently had a run in Frankenstein and shared the stage with none other than Benedict Cumberbatch. The series will feature Holmes solving crime in New York City - not sure whether Miller would portray Holmes as British or American. There's the possibility that Sherlock has just relocated so he could retain his British-ness. I'm not sure I could jive with an American Sherlock Holmes.
Cumberbatch is now filming Star Trek 2 on location in California. For a late 2012-early 2013 season 3 premiere for Sherlock, that would need to be shot this fall. Could there be two Sherlock Holmes series on television at the same time? I guess we'll know soon enough!
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