Sherlock movie could happen says Mark Gatiss – but it would have to be BIG

"It would have to be a story of sufficient scale," the co-creator says as Sherlock: The Abominable Bride beats Star Wars in the Asian box office

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Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are already movie stars, and Sherlock episodes are already feature length, but now co-creator Mark Gatiss has revealed they would consider going the whole hog and producing a Sherlock movie.

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Provided they had the right story, of course.

“Of course we could do a movie but it would have to be a story of sufficient scale to make that move, because they’re already very big, very expensive and very movie-like,” he told the Daily Mirror. “We don’t want to just send the cast away on holiday.”

For many people Sherlock is already a movie to rival the biggest blockbusters. Following the worldwide cinema release of The Abominable Bride, it’s toppled Star Wars in Korea and raised $5.39 million (£3.7m) in its first day of release in China.

Whether a movie happens or not, Gatiss was quick to assure fans that despite busy schedules, new television episodes are coming.

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We’re doing three more episodes of Sherlock next spring, then we’ll see. Obviously Benedict and Martin are both hugely successful film stars, but they’re both very keen to do more.”