While every episode of Sherlock certainly feels like a full movie, there’s still interest in seeing Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on the big screen. Co-creator Steven Moffat teased the show’s passionate fanbase by suggesting that it could happen.
“We don’t rule anything out,” Moffat told Entertainment Weekly, which features Cumberbatch on its latest issue. However, Moffat does like the idea that the show features two hugely popular movie stars on a small screen.
“There’s something quite special about the fact that it’s on television, starring those two,” he told the magazine. “That wasn’t the case in the beginning.” Moffat joked that if he and co-creator Mark Gatiss were just writing the show now, he wonders if they could get Cumberbatch and Freeman.
Sherlock was also a topic of discussion at PBS’ Television Critics Association Press Tour panel on Monday. Cumberbatch, who made Star Trek Into Darkness, August: Osage County and 12 Years A Save in one year, attended and chatted about how important fans are to him, notes Deadline.
Cumberbatch described Sherlock fans – many of whom actually lined up outside the Pasadena hotel to try to see him – as “by and large intelligent” and “some of them normal.” He continued, “So yeah, no, it means a lot to me — a hell of a lot to me,” noting that the show has sparked interest in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories. “That makes me feel great.”
However, EW reports that Cumberbatch won’t take all the credit for the show’s popularity. Some of that credit goes to Conan Doyle. “I think a lot of it comes with who he is, obviously,” he said about Sherlock. “He’s a very iconic figure.”
While he wouldn’t say anything concrete, Cumberbatch said about the future of Sherlock, “I’m going to keep going with it…I love it. I find it very invigorating.”
Sherlock, which puts the character in modern London, started its third season on Sunday. Check out our recap here.