*Idris Elba has teased that a movie version of his popular British detective series “Luther” is still in the works.
“There isn’t a real formal plan for Luther at the moment,” he recently said during a Zoom event, per Sky News. “I’ve made it very clear that I’d like to see Luther come back as a film. And I can tell you this, that we are this close to making a film of Luther.”
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.”
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As The Hollywood Reporter noted:
Debuting in 2010, and broadcast on BBC America in the U.S., the critically acclaimed Luther has had five seasons so far, the last of which was shown in Jan. 2019. Season five, which drew strong ratings in the U.K., ended on a cliffhanger with plenty of plot points to resolve but thus far there has been no official greenlight on a sixth season.
Here’s more from comicbook.com (spoiler below):
In Luther Season 5 the hard-edged Detective Chief-Inspector Luther (Elba) found all his worlds colliding at once. After pledging to play it straight and clean as an officer, Luther found himself embroiled in another dark and twisted serial killer case. At the same time, his old serial killer nemesis/love interest Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) returned from the “dead” and quickly derailed all of Luther’s good behavior by dragging him into a war with local mobster George Cornelius (Patrick Malahide). That all ended with another one of Luther’s close friends (Benny) dead; Luther being framed by George Cornelius; and Alice Morgan finishing the job by willfully falling to her death, while making it look like Luther had a hand in the act. Luther was cuffed and led away by his boss, DCU Schenk (Dermot Crowley), presumably headed to prison.
Elba previously revealed that the plan for the TV narrative is to grow it into 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.”