Elementary fans who are saddened by this week’s news of the show’s cancellation now have some consolation.
It’s been revealed that Netflix is working on a new Sherlock Holmes series called The Irregulars.
However, instead of following The Great Detective himself, the drama will focus on the ‘Baker Street Irregulars.’
In the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, they are a fictional gang of boys who provide information for Holmes from the street of London.
The project is being developed by Oscar-nominated writer Tom Bidwell, who has just written a new two-part Watership Down adaptation for the BBC and Netflix.
Bidwell told BBC Writersroom: “Sherlock Holmes [in the books] had a group of street kids he’d use to help him gather clues, so our series is what if Sherlock was a drug addict and a delinquent and the kids solve the whole case whilst he takes credit.
“It’s my dream project and my oldest idea (I’ve been pitching it for ten years).”
He added: “Netflix are incredibly supportive for our vision for the show, and it’s allowing us to be very ambitious with the way we’re telling our stories.”
The Irregulars is expected to retain the original period setting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories.
A third Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law is set for release in December 2020.
The complete Sherlock DVD box set is available on Amazon.