|espanolbot (espanolbot) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2012-01-26 11:19 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||char: doctor john watson, char: sherlock holmes, creator: ian edginton, title: victorian undead|
The show has done both very well in the UK and abroad, particularly in the US and in Korea, though in the latter case they are putting a different spin on how they're marketing it.
Anyways, as is seemingly standard for shows made in the UK now, the BBC attempted to pitch an American-based adaption to an American channel, specifically CBS. This isn't really anything new, as there have been numerous British shows that have been remade for the American market, such as the Office, Steptoe and Son, Being Human, Life on Mars, Shameless, Skins, Misfits (yes, that's getting a remake too) etc. etc. BUT, some time after BBC pitched the show to NBC, they announced that they were going to be making a modern-adaption of Sherlock Holmes based in New York, under the title Elementary.
Fair enough, I might hear you cry, but that's to be expected surely, as what with Sherlock Holmes being in the public domain, everyone has the right to use him in their own works (hence that movie by the Asylum made to cash in on the first Robert Downey Jr. Holmes film), and what with the success of both Sherlock and Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows, there can't really be anything more going on with Elementary other than it being another Holmes adaption in a contemporary setting? After all, basing Holmes stories in the present isn't exactly a new concept, there were versions based in the 1940s and even one where he settled in San Francisco in the 1991 movie... Sherlock Holmes in San Francisco.
Well the BBC seem to think so, are are launching legal proceedings against CBS, not because it's an adaption of Sherlock Holmes, but because it's an adaption of SHERLOCK. The main issues seem to be that the American version will use elements from the Sherlock series that are unique to that series, such as the inserts Sherlock uses, the text messages appearing on screen, the look they chose for the Holmes brothers and John, and the editing style.
These elements appear to have been introduced into Elementary after the BBC pitched their version of Sherlock to them.
Whether it's true or not I can't say, as I haven't yet seen Elementary, but's definately interesting from my perspective anyways.
Anyway, on with the legality, with a piece from one of the more surprising stories to feature Holmes, Ian Edginton's Victorian Undead. It is a Sherlock Holmes mystery based during a zombie apocalypse and... No, wait! Come back, it's good, really!
Containing the same close plotting and sharp script from Edgintons' other Victorian-based works Stickleback (2000AD) and the Scarlet Traces Trilogy (Dark Horse), the writer manages to successfully combine several different ideas (including the germ theory work by Dr John Snow and Reverend Whitehead with The Dynamics of An Asteroid) into not only a good Holmes mystery, but also a good horror-based adventure comic that actually justifies why the more steampunk trappings are introduced later in both the story and in the sequel series (featuring Dracula).
The idea seems ridiculous (more so when you know who the villain is), but it's all harmless fun, and Holmes etc. all remain in-character despite the increasingly outlandish proceedings that surround them.
Here is a section from the first issue, where Holmes is tinkering with the head of a remote-control android that hypnotised a politician into handing over some secret documents (makes sense in context), where they get a call to Scotland Yard to investigate a mysterious prisoner...
Don't be silly, Edison couldn't make a robot in 1898! That would require someone else making one and him stealing credit first, like what happened in Jonah Hex!
And if you're still interested in me talking about Sherlock Holmes, you might be interested in my comparision between the Professor Moriarty in the book, with the ones from Game of Shadows and Sherlock.
Contains loads of spoilers though.