The modern remake of Sherlock Holmes is a strange beast. The Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman-led Sherlock was a spectacular success for three seasons. Then, just like Steven Moffatt’s other major show at the time, Doctor Who, it collapsed under its own weight of over complex, self-inflicted mythology.

Season 4 was a shuddering mess of nonsensical twists, pointless turns, and just about every single person in the story acting completely out of character. This reminds me of something else that Moffatt and Gatiss recently collaborated on.

Originally taking Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective and transporting him to modern-day London, Cumberbatch’s eccentric take on Sherlock and Freeman’s stoic, loyal, and sometimes exasperated John Watson resulted in Emmy Awards for both of them.

The show was immensely popular worldwide and after a big lay-off at the end of season 3, the show returned in 2017 for a fourth go-around. Most fans wished they hadn’t bothered.

Still, it is a real shame that a show that started so well had to finish the way it did. Yet finish it seemed to, as the final episode seemed to tie things up and leave the show at a natural conclusion. However, fans always wondered if the characters could return.

Now, in an interview with Collider, Cumberbatch himself has said he was open to the idea, but it’s really just a question of scheduling so don’t expect anything anytime soon:

“I’m the worst person to ask on this because I never say never, obviously. But I don’t know. And I’m the worst person to ask because my slate’s pretty, pretty full at the moment, as is Martin [Freeman, Watson] and all the other key players involved. So, who knows? Maybe one day, if the script’s right. And I say ‘the script,’ maybe it could be a film rather than the series. Who knows? But anyway, not for now.”

Moffatt has a new show, The Devil’s Hour, coming to Amazon Prime. Freeman is up for Black Panther 2. Cumberbatch has just wrapped Spider-Man 3 and will be leading Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Gatiss is locked for the final two movies in the Mission: Impossible franchise.

So 2023 then?

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