“Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat says there are no plans for the BBC’s “Sherlock” to hit the big screen.
The show follows the format of various British crime dramas from classics like “Inspector Morse” and “Wire in the Blood,” to more modern ones like “Vera” and “Wallander,” which opt for only a few episodes a series (ie. 3-4). Each episode, however, runs feature length (90-110 minutes).
Thus each episode is essentially a movie anyway, albeit produced on a much tighter budget and schedule, Moffat sees little reason for a big screen outing. He tells The Mirror:
“Well we do make films, we make three every eighteen months. I don’t know, there would have to be a significant reason why you’d do it.
Films, for some reason, take much longer to make so you would be reducing the amount of ‘Sherlock’ you’re getting. If there was a really good reason to say why this story needs to be told in that way, then yes.
Otherwise, I don’t think there’s anything about cinema that outranks television these days, and I don’t think anyone thinks that way.
After all, I can say that proudly because the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th was No. 2 in the American box office with only limited distribution.”
He’s referring to the box-office haul for the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special theatrical screenings which pulled in impressive per screen averages on the one day only screenings.
He also says that despite the delays and it being a TV show, it hasn’t stopped the series or its stars from achieving major international success:
“The response was huge. It sort of instantly became a sort of national institution and Benedict [Cumberbatch] went from being that bloke with the funny name – who people looked blank about when we mentioned him – he went from that to [being a] star more quickly than anything I have ever witnessed.”
Ahead of the new episodes airing in January, a prequel mini-episode is set for release on Christmas Day. Expect to see it online shortly after.