Saturday, September 25, 2021

Idris Elba: Actor Inks First-Look Deal with Apple TV+

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*Idris Elba has inked a first-look deal with Apple TV+.

According to Deadline, Elba will produce global series and feature films for the streaming service through his Green Door Pictures production company.

The company is behind such titles as Ricky Staub’s Concrete Cowboy, the comedy In The Long Run, and Quibi’s Elba vs Block. Green Door also produced the recently canceled Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie, per complex.

Jay Hunt, the woman who originally brought “Luther” to BBC, is now the European content chief at Apple, according to the report.

In related news, during a recent conversation with Sky News, Elba claimed there are talks in the works to turn his popular “Luther” series into a movie.

“I’ve made it very clear that I’d like to see Luther come back as a film,” Elba said. “And I can tell you this, that we are this close to making a film of Luther.”

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“There isn’t a real formal plan for Luther at the moment,” he recently said during a Zoom event, per Sky News. 

Elba told the UK Metro back in 2018, “It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther,” he said. “Essentially we just want to try and take it to a much bigger remit and scale and perhaps international as well.”

He previously revealed that the plan for the TV narrative has always been to grow it into to a movie.

“We are really advancing on getting a movie version [of the show] up on the screen,” he explained, adding “Luther has all the ingredients to echo those classic [neo-noir] films of the 90s like Seven and Along Came a Spider, and I think what we would like to do is use that blueprint to create Luther the film.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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