If you’re thinking an updated version of Sherlock Holmes sounds familiar that’s because it is; it’s called Sherlock, airs on BBC One in the UK, stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
However, American network CBS also has its own updated modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes in the works and its called Elementary and Jonny Lee Miller is in the title role with Lucy Liu as the female Dr. Watson.
Jonny Lee Miller has discussed Elementary, currently a pilot awaiting a series pick-up by CBS, and its similarities to Sherlock. ‘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.’ the actor told Vulture. On the future of Elementary the actor said ‘We’re still waiting to hear what happens with it. We’re not sure yet; we’re taking it slowly….But it was just a great project. And a good opportunity for me. So that’s the way you weigh those things.’
Sherlock‘s UK producers have already warned CBS that they will take legal action if Sherlock and Elementary are too similar. Producer Sue Virtue revealed that CBS had already approached them about remaking Sherlock for the U.S but they declined. “We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring” Virtue told The Independent in an interview.