CBS Greenlights DRAGON TATTOO Inspired Procedural; Hires Director for Modernized Sherlock Holmes Pilot

The network behind popular series How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory is currently developing pilots based on the famous detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a drama where a young hacker teams with a detective to solve crimes.


Sherlock Holmes is a hot commodity nowadays, with Warner Bros Pictures recently releasing the action sequel Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as well as the hit BBC series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Elementary, a contemporary take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye, will based in New York City.

The new pilot is being written by Rob Doherty for CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Productions. Doherty will also executive produce along with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. The network recently hired Michael Cuesta, executive producer and pilot-director of Showtime's Homeland, to a multi-project deal; the first of which will be Elementary. There's no official word yet when the show is scheduled to air.

CBS is also developing a pilot that will undoubtedly draw comparisons to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first of a crime novel trilogy by Stieg Larsson which was adapted into both Swedish-language and, more recently, English films. The story follows journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his accidental companion Lisbeth Salander, an antisocial computer hacker, as they become involved in and investigate various hate crimes.

Here are the details for the CBS show:

"QUEAN from Ilene Chaiken (THE L WORD), Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. TV. Pilot concerns an edgy and independent millennial hacker girl who teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes. Chaiken and Joel Silver are executive producers."