New Sherlock ‘adventure’ for 2018

Apparently it’s International Sherlock Holmes Day today, and the latest TV incarnation’s creators – Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss – have been up to mischief again.

In a cryptic video, they said that something Sherlock-related is going to be happening this year, although Moffat was at pains to point out that it was “not a new episode, and not a new series, and not a film… but an actual new adventure – a proper one, involving the people that you’d expect to be involved in a Sherlock adventure…”

A link took you to, whereupon sign-up, another video awaited, this time with Gatiss and Benedict Cumberbatch reprising their roles as the brothers Holmes.

Mycroft says: “certain cells of the network have gone rather quiet… We are simply short of minds – no amount of quiet recruitment can compensate for our sheer dearth of numbers – we shall have to recruit… publicly…”

So what is this thing? Is it a live show? A convention? A Secret Cinema-style event that allows fans to dress up? Some sort of game, as the site name suggests?

More news as we get it…


The Bridge to get an Asian version

Is The Bridge the most franchised crime drama in television history?

It has already inspired remakes in here in UK, France, US, Mexico, Germany, and Russia. And now there’s going to be an Asian version.

According to TBI Vision:

The adaptation will air on Viu in late 2018 and is set to become ESG’s first scripted content project in Asia for an OTT service.

It is expected to shoot in July and begin airing in Malaysia and Singapore later this year.

It follows the story of a body that is found on the border of two countries, forcing an investigator from each country to work together to solve the case. The border will be between Malaysia and Singapore in the latest adaptation.

Where will this end?

Showtime picks up Affleck and Damon’s City On A Hill for full series

US cable network Showtime – which has a deal with Sky Atlantic in the UK – has greenlit a full series of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Boston-set, police drama City On A Hill.

The Hollywood Reporter says: “[The] network has handed out a 12-episode series order to the Boston crime drama exec produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.”

Starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge (pictured), the drama will premiere in 2019.

Set in Boston in the early 1990s – when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies – where corruption and racism was the norm. The series is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle” and centres on an African-American District Attorney who comes in from Brooklyn advocating change and the unlikely alliance he forms with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armoured car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.

Look out for it in the UK – quite probably on Sky Atlantic – next year.

Rupert Everett joins cast for In The Name Of The Rose TV series

I remember watching the Jean-Jacques Annaud-directed movie adaptation of Umberto Eco’s medieval whodunit, In The Name Of The Rose, when I was a teenager and being quite taken with it.

Last October we carried a news story detailing the fact that John Turturro would take the lead in a new TV adaptation. Now we hear that British actor Rupert Everett has joined the cast, too.

According to Deadline:

Damian Hardung (Red Band Society), Sebastian Koch (Homeland), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), Richard Sammel (Inglourious Basterds), Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Human Capital) and Greta Scarano (In Treatment) also star in the series, which is currently in production in Italy.

Set in Italy in 1327, The Name of the Rose follows the Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (Turturro) and his novice Adso von Melk (Hardung) as they arrive at a secluded monastery in the Alps. There they become witnesses to a series of mysterious murders. While Baskerville and Melk investigate and search for the killer, they are hunted themselves by the merciless inquisitor Bernard Gui (Everett), who prosecutes those who criticize the pope.

Furthermore, cable networks AMC and SundanceTV are now onboard, which increases the likelihood that it will appear in the UK at some point. It’s set to debut in Italy in 2019 on RAI.