Cillian Murphy Says He’d ‘Absolutely’ Do ‘Peaky Blinders’ Film
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It's only eight days left until Peaky Blinders returns for a fourth instalment of deceit, drama, twists, betrayals and Brummie accents. But naturally, as with any TV show, people are starting to look at where creator Steve Knight wants to take the story.
The latest season is expected to pick up six months after the last episode, where we saw many members of the Peaky Blinders gang being led away in handcuffs, but luckily leader Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) had rescued his captured son.
A new gang, led by actor Adrien Brody, is also expected to shake things up for the Birmingham team.
But as the writers look towards the future, a Peaky Blinders movie is becoming more and likely.
Cillian has told Deadline: "Listen, you know Steve has so many ideas, he's so inventive, I wouldn't be surprised. For me, I've always said as long as the writing stays as good as it is, I'm around
"In theory [the film], yeah absolutely if the writing is as good as it is for the show then for sure."
The Irish actor says he doesn't want to be a part of any musical spin-off of the show, after Steven Knight said they were making 'progress' in that area. But saying that he'd 'absolutely' want to be a part of a movie is a much more solid approach to the concept, compared with remarks he's made in the past.
Murphy told Esquire earlier this year: "You'd have to be careful, but I'd be curious to do it."
Before that, he said to the Express: "It's kind of a sexy idea, but I'll reserve judgement until the idea is presented to me.
"I'm sort of ambivalent about it. I'm sort of like, 'Eh, yeah, I don't know, I'm not sure.'"
There's still a lot more of the Peaky Blinders story to be told, as Steve Knight wants to bring it all the way up until the start of the Second World War. The third season was set in 1924, meaning they've got plenty of material to work with until they need to start looking for a film version.
Knight told Radio Times: "Peaky is one of those things everybody loves, and the response has been so magnificent on both sides of the Atlantic.
"I have got the end in my mind; whether that happens at the end of five is the question. I want it to end when the first air raid siren sounds in Birmingham.
"It is a story of a family between two world wars. It begins in 1919 when they have just come back from the war and the family's journey is towards legitimacy and respectability and to leave their past behind. The big question of the whole series is this: is that possible?"
Well, considering there's going to be a ninth - yes, ninth - Fast and Furious movie, there's no reason why Peaky Blinders couldn't have a sixth or seventh season before a film. We'll have to wait and see how the fourth installment plays out.