Sherlock Season 4 Release Date, Latest News: Still Sync-ing Production with Sherlock and Dr. Watson Actors' Busy Schedules
No release dates have been announced but BBC has already made a commitment to bring back Sherlock for Season 4. Producer Sue Vertue early this year assured fans that, "We're working on it. We're working on dates." Her husband and co-producer Steven Moffat promised "We'll get them made as quickly as we can." Moffat's co-creator and co-show runner, Mark Gatiss (who also plays 'Mycroft Holmes' in the show) said they have "moved significantly closer to getting a date in the diary for series four," according to a report by Radio Times.
As things now stand, the lead actors are however still busy with other prior commitments. Martin Freeman is doing a new "Hobbit" movie while Benedict Cumberbatch is working on "Black Mass" to be followed by "Blood Mountain." As observed by Moffat, "Benedict and Martin are making some movies. If you say 'Who cares about movies?' I agree with you but they are doing them so we've got to schedule around that."
Sherlock Season 4 will consist of a special plus three serialized episodes according to earlier BBC announcements. However, Gatiss dismissed earlier rumors that there will be a one-off special episode or stand-alone TV movie that may air before the next season starts. Gatiss told Digital Spy, "There was talk [of a single film, but] amongst people who have nothing to do with Sherlock, I'm afraid."
Back in July, the Mirror reported that Gatiss tweeted the following message, "Series Four! At last! It's always special to return to Sherlock but this time it's even more special as we're doing... a Special! Not only THAT, we'll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before. The whole Sherlock team are terrifically excited to return for four new adventures. The Game is on - again!"
Vertue confirmed in a BBC One press release saying, "It's taken a little while to get the dates sorted as none of the boys are exactly sitting back twiddling their thumbs but there was unanimous goodwill to make this work, so we're thrilled that 221b is going to be inhabited again."
To fans of the British TV crime drama, "221b" is of course 221B Baker Street, the address of the London flat shared by Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman). The crime-fighting duo will be back and so will likely the rest of last season's cast - landlady Mrs. Hudson (Una Stubbs), DI Greg Lestrade (Rupert Graves), pathologist Molly Hooper (Louise Brealey), Watson's new wife Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington) and definitely Sherlock's brother Mycroft (Mark Gatiss). We may even get to see arch criminal Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott) resurrected from the dead. In the Season 2 finale, we watched him kill himself to force Sherlock to also commit suicide. However, in the cliffhanger final scene of Season 3, we also saw his face being broadcast across the country saying, "Did you miss me?"
Sources say the Sherlock special may be ready by next year's Christmas season while the three serialized episodes will begin airing by early 2016, assuming of course that shooting on the Sherlock special can begin in January 2015.
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