Not so Elementary: BBC Sherlock creators may sue over CBS' Holmes

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Dec 16, 2012

When news broke that CBS had approved a pilot for a modern-day reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes story called Elementary, it seemed like just another part of the Holmes resurgence—falling in line with the successful film series starring Robert Downey Jr. and the BBC's hit series Sherlock. But it could have some slightly more nefarious origins, at least according to a producer from the BBC series.

Sherlock executive producer Sue Vertue told The Independent that her team was actually approached by CBS to create a licensed U.S. version of Sherlock a while back, but they turned the U.S. network down. Not soon after, CBS announced Elementary was in development.

According to Vertue, the timing seems like more than just a coincidence.

"We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes," she said. "It's interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. 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."

If there is too much of a resemblance, Vertue noted every recourse could be taken—and hinted that could even mean a potential lawsuit against CBS.

"We are very proud of our show, and like any proud parent will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring," she said.

For those unfamiliar, the BBC series takes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's turn-of-the-century detective and places him in modern-day England, solving cases with everything from CSI equipment to cellphones. Plus, his partner Dr. John Watson publishes their exploits online via his personal blog.

As for the now-in-development Elementary, Holmes and Watson will be solving cases in modern-day New York City. Additional details about the show have not been released.

This isn't the first time Vertue has showed her snarky side in regard to the similar CBS project. When rumblings began late last year, she also took to Twitter to air her frustrations:

(via The Independent)

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