Update: In an interview with RadioTimes, Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed that he and Freeman have been signed for one more season beyond the upcoming third season.
“We’ve agreed to two more series but I could get into trouble for saying that,” Cumberbatch revealed.
As to what the specifics are of a fourth season, the Star Trek actor has no idea.
“It just depends on Martin and I’s availability, how long we can keep it going,” he said. “It depends on [showrunner] Steven [Moffat]’s ability. I’d love to keep it going.”
For fans of the BBC One’s Sherlock, the past 10 months have certainly been an anxious, hair-pulling experience.
After the events of the season two finale, “The Reichenbach Fall,” audiences were left with a huge, lingering question regarding the status of their favorite antisocial, yet genius sleuth. And, with star Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman launching major film careers with Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Hobbit respectively, there was no telling when the next installment of the series would come about.
Well, the wait now looks to have an end date. According to a report by Deadline, the third season is set to begin filming quite soon. The cast spent today going through the first season three read-through. Furthermore, shooting is expected to commence next Monday. With this schedule, new episodes are expected to premiere in late 2013 (and early 2014 for U.S. audiences).
Though details regarding the upcoming season are still being kept guarded (episode title, plot, etc.), directorial duties for the first episode will be held by Jeremy Lovering, who takes over for regular series director Paul McGuigan. McGuigan confirmed via Twitter that he would not be directing this season since he is now lined up to direct 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe. Doctor Who and Ripper Street director Colm McCarthy has also been commissioned to direct an episode.
Filming was originally supposed to begin in January but, due to the busy schedules of Freeman and Cumberbatch, the shoot was delayed. As of now, the duo are filming two episodes ahead of the upcoming summer break. After the break, the two will return to film the final episode (and possible series finale).