A brand new movie of teen star Millie Bobby Brown, “Enola Holmes” is having faced some law issues from the estate of the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about copyright and trademark violations over the famous Sherlock Holmes series of stories and novels, which first published in 1887.
The script is based on the book series under the same name by Nancy Springer, which told the exciting journey of Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister named, Enola, who was actually a character made by Springer and didn’t belong to the popular storyline written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Most of Doyle’s stories are now maintained as public assets, however, the last few tales revealing Holme’s expressions during the period of 1923 and 1927 didn’t have anything with “public”. Those are the ones that cause such issues towards Millie’s new movie.
The 19-page filed by the Doyle Estate at a federal court in New Mexico and asked whether the emotional expressions of the famous character could be protected under the copyright and
“After the stories that are now in the public domain, and before the Copyrighted Stories, the Great War happened,” the complaint states.
“In World War I Conan Doyle lost his eldest son, Arthur Alleyne Kingsley. Four months later he lost his brother, Brigadier-General Innes Doyle. 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.”
The cast for Enola Holmes includes some talented names of British actors and actresses with The Stranger Things star, Millie Bobby Brown plays the title role alongside Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Helena Bonham Carter, Adeel Akhtar, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge.
The estate has named Netflix, Legendary Pictures, screenwriter Jack Thorne, director Harry Bradbeer and publishers at Penguin Random House, among others, in the lawsuit.
The estate’s executives are seeking a trial and unspecified damages also relief from further infringement on copyrights. So far there are no new updates on whether the legal proceedings will delay the release of the film version or not.
As planned, Enola Holmes is slated to premiere on Netflix in September.