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Idris Elba Says Film Version Of Luther Is Very Close To Happening

Idris Elba Says Film Version Of Luther Is Very Close To Happening

Idris Elba has revealed that a Luther film is very close to happening.

The star of the BBC crime drama said the maverick DCI is on the brink of making the leap to the big screen.

Luther is on the verge of being made into a film, according to Idris Elba. Credit: BBC
Luther is on the verge of being made into a film, according to Idris Elba. Credit: BBC

According to Sky News, the 47-year-old said in a Zoom call: "There isn't a real formal plan for Luther at the moment.

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"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."

This is not the first time the actor has indicated that a movie could be happening.

Speaking to LADbible in 2018, he said: "For me it would be nice to take Luther up a scale. Make the storyline bigger, make it slightly more international."

When asked about how the show would handle telling a story in a 90-minute block, rather than over several hour-long episodes, Elba said: "We've made varied seasons, one season was six episodes, one was four - Luther's adaptable.

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"I think if we can figure out the formula to keep an audience captivated for an hour and a half, on a movie, I think Luther has definitely got the attributes to make that happen."

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He continued: "When you scale a movie up, you have to give it size - that means taking it into other territories, internationally, but I still think it will feel like the 'Gotham City' in London. But obviously on a bigger international scale, it could take us anywhere.

"I'm really up for the movie now. I'm really up for it. And I think this season is set up to tee that up."

Luther first aired 10 years ago. Credit: BBC
Luther first aired 10 years ago. Credit: BBC
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He also said the show's creator Neil Cross had begun working on a film.

Speaking to the Metro, he said: "Neil is beavering away writing this thing and I think the remit of the film is to scale it up I guess.

"Luther has all the ingredients to echo those classic films of the 90s like Seven and Along Came A Spider and I think what we'd like to attempt is use that as a blueprint to create it. It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther."

The first series of the hit show aired 10 years ago and four subsequent seasons of varying lengths have aired since, the most recent of which was broadcast on consecutive nights at the start of 2019.

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By the sounds of it, a film could very well be next in the pipeline.

The BBC declined LADbible's request for comment.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: idris elba, TV and Film, Luther, UK Entertainment

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.