Sherlock: Director Paul McGuigan confirms he is NOT returning for series 3!

by Anna Howell

Paul McGuigan, the director from the hugely popular BBC detective series Sherlock, has revealed that he will not be returning to the show when it begins filming for its third series later this month.

McGuigan had previously directed four out of six episodes from the last two series – A Study In Pink, The great Game, A Scandal In Belgravia and The Hounds Of The Baskerville – all of which he was credited for bringing an inventive style to, and making him the shows main director.

The first two series of Sherlock, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title role from the Arthur Conan Doyle mystery novels, with The Office and Hobbit star, Martin Freeman, portraying the eccentric detective’s sidekick, Dr Watson, was received with huge acclaim from fans and critics alike, and is due to commence filming of the third series later this month after availability forced it to postpone from its original January schedule.

However, whilst fans breathed a sigh of relief over Cumberbatch and Freeman being able to return to the show since their careers have literally skyrocketed as a result of its success, it would seem that the shows main director, Paul McGuigan will not be returning.

McGuigan, whose other credits include Munroe and Smash, took to social networking site Twitter to announce his departure, stating a move to making films as his reason.

Speaking to his followers, McGuigan confirmed the news, as well as announcing that he would be relocating to North America to focus on new projects, tweeting:

“Toronto to New York…scouting for locations. I guess by now you’ve worked out that sadly I won’t be directing the next season of #Sherlock.”

“#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.”

Whilst on the other side of the pond, McGuigan is to begin working on two film projects including a new adaptation of the classic horror story, Frankenstein – of which Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is in final talks to star in, as well as a biopic about the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, called The Man Who.

Watch Paul on action in the behind the scenes footage below: