The BBC had an immediate hit on its hands when Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss modernized the literary classic Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. But with only three episodes in the first season and an intense cliffhanger, fans were extremely eager for more. Gatiss is finally giving us a few teasers.
Speaking at the “Empire Presents…Big Screen” event in the UK this weekend, Sherlock creator/writer Gatkiss said shooting on season 2 was just over a week away. ”Season two is what we’re calling ‘The Woman, The Hound and The Fall’ trilogy,” he told the audience, “so there’ll be a version of ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, a version of ‘The Hound Of The Baskervilles’ and a version of ‘The Final Problem.’”
“It’s a rare chance to do the early days of Holmes and Watson’s friendship, right from the beginning, so everything you know has not yet formed. Sherlock’s attitude to women and to crime is still forming, so it’s much more ‘plastic,’” said Gatiss. “The only heresy [about the show] is that it’s modern day, but after that it’s one of the most faithful versions there’s ever been, because Stephen [Moffat] and I just love it. Sherlock Holmes had become all about the hansom cabs and the fog, rather than about the friendship of this unlikely couple, but ours is very much inspired by the Basil Rathbone’s version.”
When asked the question of whether or not we’d be seeing Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty in the new season, Gatiss wasn’t quite sure how to respond. “Wait and see!” he laughed. So is that a ‘yes’? “It’s a nnn-yes,” he said.
The Season 2 airdate of Sherlock is still under wraps.