Is Luther Heading For The Big Screen?

Creator announces plans.

26 Mar 2012
by Steve O'Brien


Idris Elba standing in the road in a still from Luther

No doubt buoyed by Idris Elba's Best Actor nod at this year's Emmy Awards, Luther creator Neil Cross has revealed plans to take the obsessive DCI onto the big screen.


"We'll wrap up Luther as a TV show, but I think we'll then probably make the leap to the big screen with John Luther," the writer told Radio 4's Front Row.


Speaking about how the series will end, Cross added, "The final scene of the final episode is great and we wouldn't want to continue. I love an ending. I have a weakness for a powerful and moving ending. We'll go out big and leave it at that."


Cross also discussed the origins of the character and whether he was always intended to be black. "It was cast as a character, purely and simply, which is one of the aspects that attracted Idris to the role," he told the programme. "I have no knowledge or expertise or right to try to tackle in some way the experience of being a black man in modern Britain.


"It would have been an act of tremendous arrogance for me to try to write – and you have to try to imagine the quote marks around the words – a black character because I don't know what a black character is and we would have ended up with a slightly embarrassed, ignorant, middle-class, white writer's idea of a black character, which would have been an embarrassment for everybody concerned.


"I suspect that there's a dearth of decent roles for black actors because most writers are white and they try to write their idea of black and it's an embarrassment."


Luther debuted on BBC One in May 2010 and Cross is currently working on its third and final season.


Watch Luther's Massive Attack-scored title sequence here:




Is Luther Heading For The Big Screen?
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