Benedict Cumberbatch lines up an Ian McEwan adaptation for the BBC

Cumberbatch will be joining forces with Masterpiece and BBC One to bring Ian McEwan's novel The Child In Time to the small screen. According to the creators, Sherlock's story may progress over the years, giving hope to the fans that new seasons might come in distant future. Studiocanal serves as distributor. The film explore how Lewis' marriage is effected following the loss of child and the couple's diverging paths through grief.

The actor - who is now expecting a second child with his wife Sophie Hunter - said: "This new series goes to a place where it will be hard to follow on immediately".

Reported in Variety, the Sherlock actor said 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". The "Sherlock" leading man will star in the project, in addition to serving as an executive producer. "To co-produce the first television drama out of his shop, SunnyMarch TV, with Pinewood Television is very gratifying".

"I'm thrilled to have my novel in the hands of such a high-level, creative team".

Benedict Cumberbatch feels "honoured" as his "Sherlock" has topped the worldwide poll of most popular BBC television characters.

It is not the first time the actor has starred in an adaptation of McEwan's work - in 2007 he played the part of Paul Marshall in the hit movie Atonement.

There's no word when The Child in Time will be released on BBC One, but right now Cumberbatch is busy filming The Current War, followed by The Avengers: Infinity War, so it might be awhile.

  • Salvatore Jensen