BBC crime drama Luther is being made into a movie starring Idris Elba and most of the original cast.
Writer Neil Cross revealed he could not bear doing a film without John Luther’s sidekick Justin Ripley (Warren Brown) – who was shot dead in the final TV series last month.
So he has written a prequel script charting Luther’s rise to the top of the force before viewers first met him.
Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Cross said: “I’ve written the script and we hope to get the film made next year.
“Idris is a brilliant leading man and we’ve hoped to turn Luther into a movie for a long time. It will follow his career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe, and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series.”
So the film will appeal to the show’s die-hard fans but also to those who have never watched the TV series.
Cross is hoping for a deal with BBC Films, because the cop series has proved a smash hit for BBC1 since 2010. Fans will be also thrilled Luther’s dead wife Zoe (Indira Varma) will still be alive, along with double-crossing colleague Ian Reed (Steven Mackintosh).
But it means no Ruth Wilson, who Luther met as murderous Alice Morgan in the first series. Elba, who starred in The Wire, is about become Hollywood royalty thanks to his Nelson Mandela role in new film Long Walk to Freedom.
The actor, from Canning Town, East London, recently told the Mirror that the Prince’s Trust helped him to get started in acting with a £1,500 grant.
Source: Mirror Online.