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When it comes to television shows, success is often a double-edged sword. Some popularity leads to more episodes, more seasons and higher budgets. Unfortunately for fans, however, too much of it can lead to movie offers for the primary actors and expectations that are damn near impossible to live up to. The combination has sunk many a program before, but with only three episodes a season to carefully plan out and pencil in when its movie star actors have some spare time, Sherlock has managed to avoid the potential pratfalls. A fourth season is already in the works and apparently, a movie isn’t out of the question either.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, creator Steven Moffat revealed he and the other powers that be have not ruled out taking the show to the big screen down the road. Eventually, it may be the best option they have to make new material, but for the time being, they’re going to keep on keeping on, gleefully enjoying the fact that they somehow have two gigantic stars to work with.
"There’s something quite special about the fact that it’s on television, starring those two. That wasn’t the case in the beginning. Mark (Gatiss, Sherlock cocreator) and I sometimes imagine what would happen if we had written it now and were saying, ‘We’d like Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman for the parts!’"

In some ways, Sherlock makes complete sense as a movie. The writers and cast are already used to putting together episodes that range between an hour and a half and two hours. Both Cumberbatch and Freeman spend an overwhelming majority of their time in that medium, and with a hardcore fanbase that obsesses over the show, people will turn out in numbers large enough to justify a small budget.

In other ways, however, a movie really doesn’t make a ton of sense. The content isn’t particular edgy and likely wouldn’t change much at all with the absence of censors. There’s already a series of Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jr that play very well at the box office, and the television formula works particularly well because it allows fans to views three different mysteries during the year as opposed to one every now and again.

Sherlock is, without a doubt, one of the best programs on television. It doesn’t talk down to its audience, yet it always feels accessible enough. It’s really funny, yet it never feels like it’s pandering. It typically finds the right balance between a self-contained mystery and honest and earned character development that lasts. Plus, between Molly and Mycroft, it boasts some of the oddest and most endearing side characters on television.

We’ll keep you updated, though you probably shouldn't hold your breath.

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