Elementary, an upcoming US series offering a modern twist on the Sherlock Holmes tale, will air on Sky this autumn.
The American equivalent hopes to follow the success of BBC1’s Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, without being a straight copy.
In fact, this interpretation of the classic tale will brand the legendary detective as a recovering alcoholic and will swap the character of John Watson for Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu.
The programme, which also swaps Baker Street for New York, will air on Sky Living.
The series will revolve around ‘Trainspotting’ star Jonny Lee Miller as he fights against his addiction and is assigned to live with Dr Watson after coming out of rehab. Over time, they evolve to become a successful crime-fighting partnership, solving some of NYPD’s most challenging cases by combining Holmes’ skills of deduction with Watson’s intelligence and medical expertise.
Although the series is tipped to do well, not everyone is thrilled by its release. Earlier this year, Steven Moffat, writer of the Bafta winning Sherlock, expressed that he was “annoyed” by the new show and insisted that if it didn’t stay true to the Sherlock brand, it could “degrade” the story.
He showed his irritation by saying that “It isn’t a version of our show. They’ve just decided to go off and do one of their own, having been turned down by us to do an adaptation of our version.”
Sherlock producer Sue Vertue also revealed that she had rejected CBS’s request to remake the hugely popular British show for American audiences, resulting in CBS deciding to produce ‘Elementary’, their own unique spin on the tale.
“We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes.” she said. “We have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying.”
The character of Sherlock Holmes already holds the record for being the human literary character most portrayed on screen and Miller will join a list of over 50 actors, including Robert Downey Jr who has recently played Holmes in two films directed by Guy Ritchie.