‘Sherlock’ boss Steven Moffat distances show from US ‘Elementary’

The writer reveals that they refused an approach about a US remake

Sherlock boss Steven Moffat has again distanced the show from the new US production Elementary.

It was recently revealed that CBS are planning a modern day reworking of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories, starring Johnny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as a female Watson. The news has drawn comparisons with the BBC’s own reworking.

But talking to journalists this morning (March 21) at the unveiling of Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new Doctor Who companion, Moffat revealed that they had refused an initial approach to remake Sherlock for the US.

He said: “First of all, that’s not a re-version of our show, they just went ahead and made one anyway. They approached us to remake our show and we said no and they just did it anyway So I’ll just leave you to speculate on what I think about that

“Lucy Liu’s a great actress, but no, I’m, not going to make a comment about that.”

Moffat’s co-executive and wife Sue Vertue initially greeted the news with suspicion, saying: “We have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying. We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.”

Sherlock is due to film new episodes in early 2013.