Idris Elba confirms that the creator of Luther is working on the big-screen version
More Idris Elba is always a good thing.
Luther Season 5 had its premiere screening in London on Tuesday evening, with star Idris Elba on hand to answer some questions after the event.
One of the biggies that always comes up is whether or not the gritty detective series will ever make the leap from the small to the big screen, and Elba pretty much confirmed that yes, it is actually happening.
According to Variety, Elba said: "We are really advancing on getting a movie version [of the show] up on the screen. Neil [Cross] is beavering away on writing this thing, and I think the remit for the film is to scale it up.
"Luther has all the ingredients to echo those classic [neo-noir] films of the '90s like Seven and Along Came a Spider, and I think what we would like to do is use that blueprint to create Luther the film."
Someone should probably tell Elba that while Seven is indeed a classic '90s thriller, Along Came A Spider came out in 2001, and was fundamentally a terrible film.
Meanwhile, Season 5 itself will premiere on BBC One at 9pm on New Year's Day, with the plot synopsis as follows:
"The moonless shadows of London give birth to a new nightmare. DCI John Luther must once again confront the depths of human depravity. As a series of monstrous killings becomes ever more audacious, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday are confounded by a tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an unspeakable horror.
"But even as the case brings him closer than ever to the nature of true evil, a reluctant Luther must also face the ghosts of his own past. Striding back into the line of fire, he must choose who to protect… and who to sacrifice. Whatever his next move, it will have devastating consequences for those around him - and will change John Luther forever."
Check out the trailer for the upcoming series right here:
— BBC Luther (@bbcluther) November 29, 2018