Sherlock co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have admitted that there are no immediate plans to bring the hit show back to screens – but they did try to bring another famous detective back to the small screen.
The writers just can’t seem to get enough of re-boots and re-imaginings, they’re also bringing everyone’s favourite vampire, Dracula. back in a limited series on BBC.
But viewers hoping to see the duo’s most famous work – their modern-day re-interpretation of Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman – back on screen soon will be very disappointed.
Speaking to Radio Times, Gatiss admitted that after series 4 of the hit crime drama aired just under two years ago, there aren’t yet any plans in place for a resurrection.
‘You could go back,’ the League of Gentleman star theorised. ‘But there are no immediate plans.’
Interestingly enough, however, the duo did reveal that they spent a very long time trying to bring another very well known fictional detective back to life – Columbo, the American detective played by actor Peter Falk for 10 seasons and well over 30 years.
Former Doctor Who showrunner Moffat said: ‘I really tried with Columbo, I did have a decent go at it, but the rights are really tied up.
‘But the one thing Columbo has to be is the most unprepossessing, seemingly unimpressive sadist you’ll ever meet.
‘All that ‘Oh, just one more thing’ stuff isn’t absent-mindedness. He’s such a sadist.’
Well, quite. And these guys have quite literally written a Dracula adaption, so they know a thing or two about sadists by now, we imagine.
Speaking of Dracula – the first trailer for the new series has dropped and we’re already obsessed and, yes, slightly creeped out too.
Here’s all the questions we have after we first watched the trailer. Mainly, why are all those nuns carrying stakes?
Speaking of the new adaption, Gatiss also admitted that Benedict Cumberbatch’s famous portrayal of Sherlock helped shaped the new vampire horror. ”‘
Dracula airs in 2020 on BBC One.
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