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BBC's Sherlock creator isn't too impressed with the US remake
If you're a fan of Steven Moffat's exceptional modern day retelling of Sherlock Holmes, how does a Lucy Liu-starring US version set in Manhattan sound? Terrible, right?
The scribe behind the awards-laden Doctor Who and Sherlock TV shows for the BBC has watched the new trailer for CBS' upcoming 'Elementary' and let's just say that's he's none too pleased with what the network has in store.
After watching the first footage of the admittedly great Johnny Lee Miller in modern day Manhattan, his body covered in tattoos, solving crimes alongside a female Dr Watson, we had more than a few misgivings and it seems that Moffat feels the same.
"What we did with our Sherlock was just take it from Victorian times into modern day. They’ve got three big changes: it’s Sherlock Holmes in America, it’s Sherlock Holmes updated and it’s Sherlock Holmes with a female Watson, he told The Insider. "I wonder if he’s Sherlock Holmes in any sense other than he’s called Sherlock Holmes."
"It’s almost like they should have made Watson a woman but kept the show in Victorian times. Actually … that would actually be quite interesting."
The show, which was originally intended to be a like-for-like remake of Sherlock, hits US TV screens later this year and interestingly enough, is CBS's third attempt at a pilot featuring a Sherlock Holmes/female Watson duo in modern day America.
Remind us, what is the definition of insanity? Ah yes, "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".