“Sherlock” co-creator Steven Moffat says he would happily “start writing Sherlock tomorrow” if the show’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, agreed to return.
The BBC’s “Sherlock” was a global smash hit when it launched in 2010. Each of the four seasons produced contained three movie-length episodes (along with a one-off special between the third and fourth).
Former “Doctor Who” showrunner Moffat co-created “Sherlock” with Mark Gatiss and Moffat wrote some of its best episodes, including “A Study in Pink” and “A Scandal in Belgravia”.
The show was never officially cancelled as such. It was just those involved became too busy or were too in demand elsewhere that they opted not to continue. This includes Moffat, who went on to do “Dracula” for Netflix, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” for HBO, and more recently “Inside Man” for the BBC and Netflix.
Speaking with the BBC Today program to promote his debut West End play “The Unfriend,” which Gatiss directs, Moffat confirmed he’d commit to writing more “Sherlock” should the stars be interested.
But he’s also realistic and joked: “They’re on to bigger and better things but, Martin and Benedict, please come back?”. In the meantime, Moffat says talks have just started about a second season of “Inside Man” which stars Stanley Tucci and David Tennant.
Both Cumberbatch and Freeman have frequent filming commitments elsewhere, with both also a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and previously worked together on “The Hobbit” trilogy.