“Luther” showrunner Neil Cross says he and The BBC are in talks to create a spinoff series based on actress Ruth Wilson’s memorable character Alice Morgan reports Variety.
A child prodigy who earned a Ph. D in astrophysics by 18, Alice is a dangerous narcissist who first appeared in the pilot episode where she’s exposed as having murdered her parents. Throughout the first season she frequently inserted herself into Luther’s business and the pair have an ultimately complicated relationship.
Cross says “The BBC is very interested in the project. The only real question would be how many and how often we would do it — whether it would be a one-off miniseries or a returning miniseries, a co-production or not.”
Not to be confused with a proposed “Luther” movie which is still very much in the works, Cross calls this project a loose mix of “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “The Last Seduction” and would likely take Alice to the United States.
Would Luther himself show up? “I think the first one would probably be a Luther-free zone, because their stories have diverged to a large extent, but there would be nothing to suggest they couldn’t come together again — either by this vehicle or a ‘Luther’ movie.”
Scheduling issues are a concern as both Wilson and Elba have quickly blossoming film careers with Wilson soon to be seen in “Anna Karenina” and “The Lone Ranger”.
The third and final four-episode season of “Luther” is expected to hit the airwaves sometime next year.