Confirmed: Paul McGuigan not directing Sherlock series 3
The man who has directed four of the six episodes of Sherlock to date is not returning for the new series...
If you go back to the very first episode of Sherlock, it's clear right from the start that it's a stunningly directed piece of television. The credit for that opening story, and for four of the six Sherlock stories we've had to date, goes to Paul McGuigan. He came to Sherlock with a good film career to his name already - Lucky Number Slevin and Gangster Number One are both worth checking out in particular - but his finest work to date has been directing Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
McGuigan, somewhat inevitably, has come to the attention of Hollywood once more though, and he's attached to direct a new version of Frankenstein, that's been written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis. Daniel Radcliffe was being talked about for a lead role in the film.
All of this has pointed to the fact that Paul McGuigan might just be too busy to direct any of the soon-to-shoot Sherlock season three. And the director has now confirmed the news over his Twitter account.
His Tweet simply reads: "Toronto to New York...scouting for locations. I guess by now you've worked out that sadly I won't be directing the next season of #Sherlock."
His presence will be missed. The Sherlock episodes he's directed are The Hounds Of Baskerville, A Scandal In Belgravia, The Great Game and A Study In Pink. You don't need us to tell you how good they all were, and McGuigan was one of the key ingredients.
We already know who one of the new directors is, of course. News broke at the start of the week that Colm McCarthy is taking on one of the three new Sherlock stories. We wait with interest to see who else is on board. And we wish Paul McGuigan the very best with his exciting-looking Frankenstein project.
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