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by Alison Willmore
August 8, 2012 3:26 PM
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'Luther' Creator Considering an Alice Morgan Spin-off Miniseries

Ruth Wilson and Idris Elba in 'Luther' BBC America
Fans of "Luther," the British crime series starring Idris Elba as a moodily brilliant police detective working in what's actually called the Serious Crime Unit, will know Ruth Wilson's charismatic and creepy Alice Morgan character just as well as Elba's John Luther.

Alice, another genius whose tendencies are significantly darker, is a psychopath who starts off as Luther's antagonist (one who kills her own parents) but who develops a strange sort of friendship with the man. While circumstances and scheduling conflicts led the character to be written off the show, Variety reports that "Luther" creator and exec producer Neil Cross is in talks with the BBC to make a miniseries centered on Alice:

“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.”

Wilson's been busy with the upcoming “Anna Karenina” and “The Lone Ranger," and Variety reports that she's yet to have any major talks with Cross about the series, but Cross says that "Even if I didn’t sell this thing, I would still end up writing the miniseries... I’ve got storylines going around in my head like trains."

Cross imagines that, in its first season at least, the Alice miniseries wouldn't feature an appearance by Luther. But the character's set to possibly appear on the big screen in a "Luther" movie, which Cross has mentioned before and says there's a lot of interest in -- "I’d love to do it next year.”

A third and final season of "Luther" has been commissioned by the BBC and will air in the US on BBC America, though no schedule's yet been announced.

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3 Comments

  • Narcotics | July 2, 2013 7:06 AMReply

    What a shame it's the last season of Luther I have been loving this show and wished it would have 12 seasons. If it was up to me Luther would be on everyday as it's one of the best shows on TV in a long time!

  • Edg | August 9, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    Best idea I've heard in, oh, EVER.

  • Isaac | August 8, 2012 9:57 PMReply

    What do you mean, written off? If Alice is in Luther, then it isn't really Luther! She's my favorite character for sure, and I truly hope that she sticks around, especially if we're only getting one more season of Luther (this article is dropping so many bombshells out of nowhere!).