Benedict Cumberbatch may be done with “Sherlock” — the fourth and possibly final season aired in January — but he’s not done with TV. His production company SunnyMarch TV will adapt the 1987 novel “The Child in Time” by Ian McEwan into a 90-minute television movie which he will executive produce and star in from a script by Stephen Butchard. and under direction by Julian Farino for BBC One and Masterpiece.
Cumberbatch will played Stephen Lewis, a children’s author whose marriage is rocked by the loss of his daughter. Says Cumberbatch about the project, “I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me — profound, beautiful and very moving. Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty. We’re very excited to have Stephen Butchard’s subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an extraordinary director who delivers emotional truth. I’m so proud ‘The Child In Time’ will be the first drama produced by SunnyMarch TV.”
Butchard’s credits include BAFTA nominated TV projects “House of Saddam” (2008) “Five Daughters” (2010) and “Stolen” (2011), while director Farino was a four-time Emmy nominee for “Entourage” — once for Best Comedy Series and three time for Best Comedy Directing. English author McEwan was also the author of “Atonement,” which was adapted into the 2007 Oscar winning film that was one of Cumberbatch’s earlier breakthrough roles.
Cumberbatch has won one Emmy (2014) out of three nominations for Best Movie/Mini Actor for his role in “Sherlock,” and he also picked up an additional Emmy bid in that category in 2013 for yet another British literary adaptation, “Parade’s End.” Will he be nominated again? Discuss this and more in our forums, and scroll through our gallery above to revisit some of Cumberbatchs’s most memorable roles.