Benedict Cumberbatch at ease with US rival ‘Elementary’

The new drama will follow a modern-day Holmes solving crimes in New York

Benedict Cumberbatch says he is at ease with the rival US Sherlock Holmes update Elementary.

CBS are developing a series with a very similar premise to the BBC’s Sherlock, with Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as a female Watson. But speaking at a Q&A session to promote Sherlock‘s US broadcast, the actor said he had no problem with it.

Cumberbatch said: “As we already know with the Downey Jr movie franchise that there’s room enough for two [Sherlocks], so why not three? [Elementary] will be different and I don’t think it’ll take away the love for ours, and there’s no reason to be churlish or bitter about them or what they’re trying to do.” He added that he considers Miller, who he starred opposite in a stage version of Frankenstein, as a friend.

The production team behind Sherlock are apparently less at ease with the US project. Earlier this year Steven Moffat revealed that when the US network approached them about remaking their modern-day Sherlock Holmes update they declined, but that CBS “went ahead and did it anyway.” His wife and co-producer Sue Vertue said that they would be “keeping a very close eye” to ensure that their rights are not infringed.

Yesterday, Mark Gatiss revealed that the third series of Sherlock will open with an update of the Conan Doyle story ‘The Adventure Of The Empty House’.