Is the London Metropolitan Police Service’s most troubled detective, John Luther, heading to the big screen?
Luther star Idris Elba certainly hopes so. He teased a possible return for the character from the hit BBC show, but this time in a feature film.
According to Sky News, Elba was asked about the future of Luther during a Zoom event promoting his current show, In the Long Run. “There isn’t a real formal plan for Luther at the moment,” he said, adding, “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.”
Debuting in 2010, and broadcast on BBC America in the U.S., the critically acclaimed Luther has had five seasons so far, the last of which was premiered in January 2019. Season five, which drew strong ratings in the U.K., ended on a cliffhanger with plenty of plot points to resolve, but thus far there has been no official green light on a sixth season.
Both Elba and series creator Neil Cross have intimated the possibility of a Luther film as far back as 2011. In 2018, Elba told a British newspaper that the blueprint of any Luther movie would be films like Seven and Along Came a Spider.