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There’s more life in BBC’s Luther.
Elba will reprise his role as the murder detective whose mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.
Series creator Neil Cross, who has repeatedly said there was life left in the franchise, will write the two hourlong episodes in the mini, a co-production with BBC Drama Production and BBC America.
“Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next,” Cross said. “So I decided to find out. We’re putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.”
Production will begin in March in and around London for a late 2015 premiere on BBC America. Elizabeth Kilgarriff will also exec produce.
The Luther revival joins a roster of originals on BBC America that includes Orphan Black, Broadchurch, The Game, The Musketeers, Ripper Street as well as the upcoming Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Tatau, London Spy and The Last Kingdom.
The news also comes days after Fox announced it is teaming with Cross and Elba to develop a U.S. version of the drama. Elba is not currently attached to star in the Fox drama, should the project move beyond the development stage.
Luther ran for three seasons and 14 total episodes from 2010-2013, netted Elba a Golden Globe win in 2011 as well as a pair of NAACP prizes. The series has also received eight Emmy nominations, including two for outstanding miniseries. Luther is also a critical favorite and one of the BBC’s highest-rated original series.
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