Idris Elba has insisted that plans to create a feature film around the popular BBC television series Luther are still going ahead.
Elba, who was detailing the proposed project after claiming the Special Award at the BAFTA TV awards, said that “the sky is the limit” for the film.
“I’ve maintained I’d like to see it come to a film, and that is where I think we are heading towards – a film. And I’m looking forward to making that happen. It is happening,” Elba said.
He added: “With film, the sky is the limit. You can be a little bit more bold with the storylines, and a little bit more international, and a little more up the scale. But John Luther is always going to be John Luther.”
The British crime drama has proven to be one of the most successful series for the BBC since it first aired in 2012. Growing in stature as the years went by, Elba returned for season five last year and was met by critical acclaim.
Discussions on how far the story can be developed have wrangled on for years and, in 2018, Elba first put the wheels in motion the potential of a feature film: “We are really advancing on getting a movie version up on the screen,” he commented. Neil [Cross, Luther creator and writer] is beavering away on writing this thing, and I think the remit for the film is to scale it up.”
He continued: “It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther… essentially we just want to try to take it to a much bigger audience and scale, and perhaps international as well.”
Now, after enjoying success with the recent material, Elba has again echoed his desire to turn the work into a medium fit for the big screen: “I’ve made it very clear that I’d like to see Luther come back as a film,” Elba told Sky News.
He added: “And I can tell you this, that we are this close to making a film of Luther.”
The news of a potential Luther film comes shortly after Elba penned a detailed essay on the cultural importance of cinema. “Film isn’t elitist,” he wrote in the Times. “We all express ourselves through the stories we tell, what we watch and the communities we create.
“One person’s film culture is watching Spider-Man at the Rio, another’s is going to a Kurosawa season at the BFI or catching the new Christopher Nolan movie at an Imax. But it’s those smaller independent and community cinemas that have been hardest hit by the lockdown.”
He continued: “We may need the money mainstream cinema from America brings in, but to create future stars and introduce new voices, independent film is where it’s at. I wouldn’t be here without it.”