This should be music to the ears of fans of the series…
At the very end of the interview, when the suggestion is made that he actually might not be totally done telling stories about John Luther, Elba replied with the following: “I’m far from done. He’s one of the characters that I love and have some say in where he goes. That’s enjoyable as a producer. I don’t see myself turning my back on it. I think there are various ways of dissecting Luther, from theater to film. I don’t see why not.”
He talked about some of the possibilities, although not giving a lot of details, stating: “In my head, the big version of this film is that Luther goes wherever Luther goes, and so does the story. I can imagine some very wonderful versions of Luther in New York, or Luther in Japan — the cityscape being what it is, and utilizing it in the same way as the show, but taking it into another culture and depth of imagination.”
You’ll recall that, earlier this year, Fox ordered an American TV version of “Luther” but would later shelve the project when they couldn’t find an actor to play the lead. Elba was to produce only; he wasn’t interested on being the American Luther. So when he says in the quote above, that he can imagine other versions of Luther, in new York, Japan, etc, I assume he means that other actors, local to each region, would be playing the character, not him.
But it’s good to know that Luther isn’t going away – something that I think we all wondered after the 2-hour special that premiered last night.
As he says, there are a number of ways to “dissect” Luther, whether on the stage or the big screen. I’m trying to picture “Luther” as a play, or maybe even a musical. Of course we could have a “Luther” graphic novel series; maybe even an animated version… an opera.
“I don’t see why not,” as the man says.
Read the full THR interview here (although, if you haven’t watched the 2-hour special yet, you should know that it contains spoilers).