‘Sherlock’ season 4: Mark Gatiss on the idea of more ‘original’ Holmes stories

Sherlock season 3Even though there may be no “Sherlock” production happening at this very moment, that does not mean at all that the discussion about the show is over at all. As a matter of fact, we have some fun comments now all about the idea of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss considering the notion of driving away more from the source material in the future.

The great thing about “Sherlock” is that like “The Walking Dead,” it only ties itself partially to the source. This means that there is some freedom to come up with your own stories, even if you do go back occasionally and use things as a reference. Speaking to an audience in Brazil in a new video captured by BBC Worldwide, Gatiss made it clear that he really feels like for the most part, they are making original stories already:

“Well they are really, that’s the thing. Some of them are based much more on the original stories than others, but the bulk of His Last Vow …. most of it, of The Great Game, The Blind Banker, they are new stories. We have never really thought about it in that way. We pick and choose bits and pieces and sometimes, as a rule of thumb I’d say the original story could make the first 15-20 minutes of a 90 minute episode. After that you are on your own. They already largely new.”

You’re going to be waiting for quite a while to find out just what the next stories on the show are going to ultimately be about. The writing process has not really begun much beyond the exploratory phase, and the BBC has not even formally ordered another season. (But come on … you know that it’s happening.)

We just hope that the next batch of cases contains more actual mysteries, mostly because it felt like season 3 contained less of what we watch “Sherlock” for than the two that aired before it.

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