News of an American drama which modernised the various adventures of Sherlock Holmes was met with trepidation (to say the least) by the BBC, Steven Moffat & Co earlier this year, but the show’s star Jonny Lee Miller has insisted that it is not a copy of the one which stars Benedict C*mberbatch.
The pilot for CBS’s Elementary has just finished shooting and when asked about possible similarities, Miller had this to say from himself.
“Yeah, obviously you look at it and say, “Wait a second … ” But I feel there’s enough differences there. I thought I could do something with it; otherwise, there’d be no point.”
Miller will star alongside Lucy Liu, who plays a female Doctor Watson to his Sherlock Holmes, in the drama which is currently awaiting the green light for a full series.
“We’re still waiting to hear what happens with it. We’re not sure yet; we’re taking it slowly,” Miller told Vulture. “But it was just a great project. And a good opportunity for me. So that’s the way you weigh those things.”
Sherlock’s executive producer (and wife of Moffat) Sue Vertue has previously spoken of her concerns when she heard of an American version..
“CBS approached us a while back about remaking our show,” she told The Independent. “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. We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.”