Star Idris Elba and creator Neil Cross have been talking about a possible feature film adaptation of their BBC drama series Luther for quite some time now. On the heels of the premiere of crime drama’s third series, Elba has now dropped a few details regarding how that potential Luther movie will play out. Should the film get the go ahead, Elba says it would pull heavily from Cross’ prequel novel Luther: The Calling and would delve into the origins of Elba’s detective inspector John Luther. Moreover, it has been officially announced that the four-episode third series will premiere on BBC One this coming July 2nd.
Hit the jump to see what else Elba had to say about the Luther movie.
During a BAFTA screening yesterday evening, Elba talked a bit about the proposed Luther film (via Digital Spy):
“If we do decide to make this film, the spine of the film will probably come from The Calling - which is the book – and that starts at the beginning of who Luther is and where he’s come from.”
Elba went on to say that he hopes the film will bring in a new audience for the show/character, but he and Cross also want to please the diehard fans. However, Elba was quick to point out that the Luther movie is certainly not a guarantee:
“[The movie is] a goal, it’s a goal for Neil and I, for sure – we’ve talked about it at length,” he said. “We haven’t got into any sort of deal stage or anything like that, but it’s certainly a goal. We did six episodes [on television], then we did four, then we waited a year and a half and then we did another four. That’s training our fans to gear up towards what could be either a film or maybe a television special and then a film.”
So it sounds like the plan for Luther going forward doesn’t involve any more full series, but instead will possibly include a TV special and the film. Be sure to catch the third season premiere on BBC One July 2nd.