Published On: Mon, Mar 11th, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman return as ‘Sherlock’ season 3 begins production next week

BBC One fans have been clamoring after the season 2 finale, The Reichenbach Fall, but Monday marked the first read-through for Sherlock season 3, which reunited the stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Martin Freeman Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock photoDeadline reported that Emmy-nominated director Paul McGuigan, who helmed four of the first six 90-minute episodes, has confirmed he will not be aboard for this season,.

McGuigan did tweet:  “#sherlock has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my working life as a director but now I have a movie to make…so stay tuned x“.

He’s lined up to direct Frankenstein, 20th Century Fox’s revamp of the Mary Shelley classic novel that has Daniel Radcliffe in talks, and is also working with Cumberbatch on The Man Who, about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Jeremy Lovering will direct the first episode of the new Sherlock season.

His feature debut, In Fear, which stars Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech, premiered at Sundance in January.

Also helming at least one episode this go-round is Colm McCarthy, who recently directed episodes of the BBC’s Doctor Who and Ripper Street.

McCarthy tweeted: “It’s turning into a year of childhood dream fulfilment. #DoctorWho and now #Sherlock #dreamjobs #nopressure #whendoigetfoundout“.

There’s no word yet on a third director.

Sherlock is a modern update of the classic “Sherlock Holmes” stories. Set in present-day London, the stories follow Holmes (Cumberbatch) and Watson (Freeman) through a series of bizarre and complicated cases.

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