Sherlock Movie Could Happen Says Co-Creator Mark Gatiss
‘Sherlock’ co-creator Mark Gatiss has entertained the idea of a movie based on the beloved but baffling BBC drama, but only if there is a “story of sufficient scale”.
His comments follow news of the show’s Christmas special, 'The Abominable Bride’, topping 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at the Chinese box office on its first day of release in the country, where it made £3.7 million.
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Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Gatiss (who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft) said: “Of course we could do a movie but it would have to be a story of sufficient scale to make that move, because they’re already very big, very expensive and very movie-like. We don’t want to just send the cast away on holiday.”
Fans have wanted a 'Sherlock’ movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman since the show’s popularity first rocketed during the second series.
As Gatiss says though, the show isn’t far off being a series of films already. Each episode is feature-length at 90 minutes apiece and now they star two Hollywood stars, whose breaks on the big screen can be attributed to 'Sherlock’s initial success.
“We’re doing three more episodes of 'Sherlock’ next spring,” said Gatiss, reaffirming plans for series four, “Then we’ll see. Obviously Benedict and Martin are both hugely successful film stars, but they’re both very keen to do more.”
'Sherlock’s recent special - which aired New Year’s Day - was also released in UK cinemas, but given it was available on BBC1 as well of course, obviously it didn’t make as much as in China - just £224,022, placing just outside the top ten.
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