While promoting the third season of his ongoing comedy show In The Long Run, Idris Elba teased a hopeful future for another one of his projects, Luther. Deadline reports Elba said there were no “formal plans” for a sixth season of the gritty BBC crime drama series. But he added, “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.”
For five seasons, Elba played Luther’s titular John Luther, an obsessive detective who frequently found himself in a tête-à-tête with calculating psychopath Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson).
This is not the first mention of making a Luther film. Elba brought up the idea in 2018, when he told Metro that the show’s creator Neil Cross was “beavering away” at scaling Luther up to feature film proportions.
At that time, Elba described the vision for a Luther film as, “more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther.” He compared the show to “classic films of the 90s like Seven and Along Came A Spider.” Elba also hinted at the film burgeoning beyond its UK homestead, but ventured that the story would probably remain in Europe. “It would have to be a city. The reason cities work is there are lots of shadows and so I think those cities that have that Gotham-esque vibe to them, and I think that is mainly Europe,” he said.
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