The film, based on a series of novels by Nancy Springer and set to hit Netflix in September, follows the younger sister of the legendary detective, a character created by Springer.
But the late author’s estate objected to Holmes’ portrayal of the series, arguing that death has always been polite and emotional in books that are still under the copyright of the author. In older projects, now in the public sector, its concealment and lack of empathy are critical aspects of its character and must be observed in any adjustment, property claims.
Many later Sherlock Holmes titles are still protected under U.S. copyright law.
“While Sherlock Holmes is famous for his great powers of observation and logic, he is almost as famous for being distant and unemotional,” the archives said, citing an excerpt from a story by Conan Doyle in which his longtime friend and assistant of Dr. John Watson describes Holmes as “as inadequate in human sympathy as he was prominent in intelligence.”
“(T) Holmes, Watson was helpful – to be used when he was helpful and then put aside,” the statement continued. “Holmes didn’t treat Watson warmly.”
While most of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are available in the public sector and can therefore be adapted by anyone, a number of later stories – written after World War I, which had a profound impact on the author – are still subject. in copyright.
The estate, which has been plagued by other alleged breaches over the years, claims that only in these copyrighted stories does the detective soften – and that using these milder features, the books and the movie “Enola Holmes” therefore infringes copyright.
CNN contacted Netflix, Springer and Penguin Random House, the publisher of the books, for comments.
“Holmes had to be human,” the file said, describing the effects of the war on Conan Doyle. “She is OK. It could express emotion. He started to respect women. “
“[T]Springer’s novels are a far cry from Conan Doyle’s cold-blooded transformation of Holmes into a warm, respectful and polite one in his relationships, “the estate claims.
“Springer places Enola Holmes at the center of the novels and has (Sherlock) Holmes treats her first coolly and then changes to respond to her with warmth and kindness,” he adds.
He cites an excerpt from Springer’s 2008 book, The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets, in which Holmes worries about Watson after he disappears. “Nowhere in the history of the public sector does Holmes express such a feeling,” the statement said.
The lawsuit alleges that neither Springer, nor its publisher, nor the producers of the Netflix adaptation were licensed to use Conan Doyle’s copyrighted stories.
In its April commercial, Netflix said the new film “tells the story of the teenage teenage sister Enola of Sherlock and Myroft Holmes, a talented super-truth in itself that often surpasses her brilliant siblings.”
He added that the film “puts a dynamic new female twist on the world’s greatest detective and his brilliant family”.