The Sherlock vs Sherlock ‘war’ intensifies following Jonny Lee Miller‘s Elementary casting.
Last month, Sherlock producer Sue Vertue threatened CBS with legal action if their modern-day Sherlock Holmes interpretation borrowed elements from the BBC’s popular series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Fast forward to this week and Vertue is rather skeptical of CBS hiring Jonny Lee Miller in the lead role of Holmes. She explains why:
“Johnny is a very fine actor, who I saw recently in the theatre when he and Benedict played alternating roles in Frankenstein. Let’s hope their pilot script has stayed further away from our Sherlock than their casting choice.”
“We have been in touch with CBS and informed them that we will be looking at their finished pilot very closely for any infringement of our rights.”
Cumberbatch and Miller won a joint Best Actor prize for their shared-lead performance in the National Theatre’s Frankenstein, where they alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature on a daily basis. The objective was to balance Miller’s “interior” acting style of Miller with the more flamboyant Cumberbatch.
CBS has responded by saying:
“Our project is a contemporary take on Sherlock Homes that will be based on Holmes, Watson and other characters in the public domain, as well as original characters. We are, of course, respectful of all copyright laws and will not infringe on any stories or works that may still be protected.”