Sherlock: could the TV series starring Benedict Cumberbatch become a film?


Although Gatiss has expressed his desire to make a Sherlock film, he stressed the complexities of bringing the cast together.

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Mark Gatiss, co-creator of Sherlock, recently discussed the possibility of making a film of the popular television series, while attending the 2024 Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Why is making a Sherlock film more difficult than it seems?

Although Gatiss has expressed his desire to make a Sherlock film, he stressed the complexities of bringing the entire cast together for the project. “We would love to make a movie, but trying to get everyone together is very difficult,” Gatiss told Deadline. He then added that the question about a possible Sherlock movie should be directed at the show's stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Speaking about the difficulties in getting consensus and making a film, Gatiss stressed that it is not a simple matter. The co-creator cited the example of Edgar Wright, who dedicated eight years of his time to a film project, only to never see it come to fruition.

“People think you can just wave a magic wand,” Gatiss added Sherlock. “It's incredibly difficult to interest people and make films. I remember talking to Edgar Wright about Ant-Man, where he dedicated eight years of his life to it and then didn't make it. Eight years is no less than a decade.”

The possibility of a Sherlock return has been the subject of speculation over the years, with Cumberbatch saying in the past that he wouldn't rule out the idea entirely. However, the show's creators stressed that the final decision will depend on the main protagonists. Steven Moffat, co-creator of Sherlock, stressed that he would be ready to resume the series, but admitted that it might be difficult without some key cast members, such as the late Una Stubbs, who played Mrs. Hudson.

“We might be too sad to get over it,” Moffat said, reflecting on the importance of the original cast in the series. In short, despite the creators' desire to return to the world of Sherlock, it seems that the future of the series remains uncertain, awaiting a final decision from the main actors and the circumstances surrounding the project.

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