Luther will be returning in the form of a movie and will likely begin filming in September of this year.
The hit TV show Luther is making a grand return in the form of a feature film. Idris Elba confirmed the news and said that filming is set to begin in September of this year.
“We go into production, fingers crossed, in September,” Elba told Variety. "I’m so excited about it, it’s been a long time coming. We’re very, very close to pulling the green light on production.”
Elba is set to produce the film but will also be reprising his role. Since Luther debuted in 2010, it has completed five seasons, and Elba won two Golden Globes and a Royal Television Society best actor award.
When Elba was asked about the film last year, he said:
“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.
"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 show has garnered great success during its run so far, but it is not short of controversy. BBC diversity manager Miranda Wayland attacked the show, saying that it did not present authentic diversity, given that the protagonist is black. She argued that Luther's character did not present many characteristics that separated him from his white counterparts.
Speaking at digital MIPTV, Wayland said: “When it first came out, everybody loved the fact that Idris Elba was in there — a really strong, Black character lead. We all fell in love with him. Who didn’t, right? But after you got into about the second series, you got kind of, like, okay, he doesn’t have any Black friends, he doesn’t eat any Caribbean food, this doesn’t feel authentic.”
The Luther film will supposedly continue on following detective chief inspector John Luther as he tackles crimes around London.
The film will be a 20th Century Fox Television, BBC Worldwide Productions, and Chernin Entertainment production. Elba, Peter Chernin, Julie Gardner, Katherine Pope, and Jane Tranter are on board as executive producers.