Idris Elba Talks A “Luther” Prequel Film

The four-episode third series of the BBC’s drama “Luther” is scheduled to premiere in the UK on July 2nd and in the U.S. in September.

The show’s star Idris Elba and creator Neil Cross have been out doing publicity for the new episodes and tell Digital Spy that plans for a film spin-off remains their top goal moving forward with this franchise. Elba says:

“[The movie is] a goal, it’s a goal for Neil and I, for sure – we’ve talked about it at length. We haven’t got into any sort of deal stage or anything like that, but it’s certainly a goal.

We did six episodes [on television], then we did four, then we waited a year and a half and then we did another four. That’s training our fans to gear up towards what could be either a film or maybe a television special and then a film.”

In regards to what that film would be about, Elba indicates it would likely source from Cross’ prequel novel “Luther: The Calling” which explores an earlier period of Elba’s detective inspector John Luther. Elba says:

“If we do decide to make this film, the spine of the film will probably come from The Calling – which is the book – and that starts at the beginning of who Luther is and where he’s come from.”