A lot of people love Sherlock Holmes stories. Netflix is going to come with a spin-off film starring Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill and it is titled, Enola Holmes. In the film, the Stranger Things actress will be playing the younger sister of Sherlock. Hence, the excitement of this adaptation is sky-high.
Well, there’s sad news for all Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill fans. The estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, writer, and creator of Sherlock Holmes, is not happy with this project. They have decided to take Netflix to court for copyright issues. As reported by Deadline, a 19-page complaint against Netflix is filed in New Mexico. In their suit, the estate has mentioned that “copyright infringement arises from defendants unauthorized copying of original creative expression by [Conan Doyle] in copyrighted Sherlock Holmes stories.”
The suit mentioned that even if a lot of Sherlock Holmes pre-1923 stories have been judged to be in the public domain, the last 10 stories that are published between 1923 and 1927 are not. The Enola Holmes books are incorporated with only those later stories and hence, it’s copyright. The suit by Doyle’s estate mentioned, “When Conan Doyle came back to Holmes in the Copyrighted Stories between 1923 and 1927, it was no longer enough that the Holmes character was the most brilliant rational and analytical mind. Holmes needed to be human. The character needed to develop human connection and empathy.”
Well, we wonder what lies in fate now for this Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill starrer. The suit also mentioned how this Netflix film marks a ‘willful, deliberate and ongoing infringement of the Conan Doyle Estate’s copyrights’. They have sought a jury trial and demanded unspecified damage from the defendants. From the defendants’ case, people included are director Harry Bradbeer and writer Jack Thorne along with Nancy Springer and Penguin Random House (author and publication house of the book on which the film is based).
So will we get to see Henry Cavill as Sherlock Holmes and Millie Bobby Brown as Enola Holmes on the screen? So far, no one knows.