“Luther” creator Neil Cross says that the series, the third season of which airs in the U.S. on BBC America next week, is “finished,” but that chances are good it will live on in a prequel movie. BBC News reports that Cross announced to the Edinburgh Television Festival that “I’ve written the script and we hope to get the film made next year. It will follow his career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe, and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series.”
Idris Elba plays DCI John Luther in the series, an obsessive cop whose devotion to the job has wrecked his personal life and gotten him into professional trouble. 14 episodes of the series exist over three seasons, but Cross has also written a novel about the character, “The Calling.” A film continuation of the series has been discussed before by both Cross and Elba, who in 2011 said that “where the ultimate ‘Luther’ story will unfold, is on the big silver screen — London as a huge backdrop and a very menacing, horrible character to play against.” Idris, who won a Golden Globe for his role in the series last year, initially made a name for himself as Stringer Bell in “The Wire.” He’ll soon be seen playing Nelson Mandela in Justin Chadwick’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” premiering in Toronto.
While audiences may have to wait for a movie to see more of “Luther,” Alice Morgan, the character played by Ruth Wilson, may be getting a spin-off series. “The BBC is very interested in the project,” Cross told Variety last year. “The only real question would be how many and how often we would do it — whether it would be a one-off miniseries or a returning miniseries, a co-production or not. The truth is I absolutely adore Alice. I don’t like to imagine my life without Alice in some way or other. Even if I didn’t sell this thing, I would still end up writing the miniseries… We’re kind of thinking very loosely of a mix between ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ and ‘The Last Seduction.’ I’d love to move between the London of ‘Luther’ and America.”
Cross, who wrote horror film “Mama,” also created NBC’s upcoming pirate drama “Crossbones,” which is set to star John Malkovich as Edward “Blackbeard” Teach.