Sherlock showrunner talks plans for potential series five
Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat has discussed potential storylines for series five, should the show continue for more series.
The popular crime series is based on the stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle and has so far adapted stories such as A Study in Scarlet and The Hounds of Baskerville for a modern audience. Doyle wrote a total of sixty adventures featuring Sherlock Holmes, meaning there is ample material for a fifth series.
Speaking to Vulture, Moffat discussed the difficulties of adapting Conan Doyle’s works for feature-length television.
He said: “Very, very few of the stories adapt very easily, because properly paced, you could get about 20 minutes out of a Sherlock story.”
“We’ve done The Hounds of Baskerville. We’ve sort of done The Sign of the Four in different ways [as The Sign of Three]. The rest of them you can’t really adapt into movies.
“You have to come up with a new story involving elements of the short stories. Maybe taking a villain from one and combining them with the crime from another. There are loads of great sequences and great ideas. There aren’t feature-length ideas.”
Moffat also discussed the specific Holmes stories that he and co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also plays Mycroft on the show, in the future.
“Mark’s always wanted to do The Red-Headed League [and] there’s The Engineer’s Thumb, which is a slightly mad story that doesn’t have a proper ending.
“There’s an element of The Greek Interpreter that I think is really exciting, which hasn’t been done, because in our version of events Irene Adler is still out there. There’s always that.
“Now we know she and Sherlock actually still text each other. What would happen if they ever met again? There are those things we can do, but we simply have no idea whether we’ll be doing them or not.”