Ever since the second season (or “series”) wrapped up, Sherlock has had an uncertain future. At one point, there were rumors that the hit detective smash over on BBC might not even show up on television sets in 2013. With stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman busy on the big screen, it’s understandable that production would hold off until their schedules ease up. Now, it seems we know when that is, as the executive producer of the show has publicly revealed when the new episodes will shoot.
BBC reports that EP Beryl Vertue has said the third season of Sherlock will shoot in Early 2013. However, Vertue also said that it was ”too early to confirm transmission times for the next series.” With no set return estimate, it’s expected that the show will return sometime in late 2013, meaning it will leave a 18+ month gap since the Moriarty-filled finale.
Cumberbatch is currently filming the second Star Trek film, which is expect to be in production for some time since it does not premiere until next May. Freeman is just as busy as well, filming the second of two planned films for The Hobbit, which is set to be another six month process this year. The first film will premiere this December.
Furthermore, Steven Moffat is busy also, as the seventh season of Doctor Who has just gone into production, while also planning the new episode of Sherlock, and the extremely interesting task of Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary.
It’s no doubt a huge wait for fans who have been waiting for the monumental cliffhangers of Sherlock. But, if everything works out, we could possibly see The Doctor and Sherlock side-by-side with new episodes late next year. That’s a big “if”, but stranger things have certainly happened.