Luther‘s fifth series will set up a big screen outing for the BBC police drama, according to its star Idris Elba.
It was announced earlier this month that the next chapter of the show will air on New Year’s Day on BBC 1 – with the whole four-part series being broadcast between January 1-January 4.
After a three-year absence, the trailer for series 5 saw John Luther confront the darkest of murders alongside new recruit, D.S. Catherine Halliday (Wunmi Mosaku).
Now, after whispers of a movie in 2015, Idris Elba has claimed that series 5 has been written with a potential film version in mind.
“I don’t think we’re going to do too many TV versions of it – the next step is to make a film,” he told Digital Spy. “This season has the film very much in its sights. If there is a film, then it will be somehow connected to this season.”
The actor also referenced 1996’s Se7en and 2001’s Along Came a Spider as inspiration for the movie. “Luther has all the ingredients to echo those classic films of the ’90s,” he said.
“Essentially we want to take it to a much bigger audience, and scale.”
Dermot Crowley, who portrays DSU Schenk, added that “now’s the time” for Luther to hit the cinema. “Idris is [now] a big enough name to carry a film. I think the time is right for [it] and I would love to be part of it.”
Discussing the challenge of making the leap from the small screen, he added: “There are plenty of bad spin-offs from television, where it just doesn’t work. But I have great faith in Neil [Cross, Luther creator and writer], and I think it might very well happen.”
Although no plot details were offered, Elba did suggest that the film could see the team go “international”.
Meanwhile, Elba has discussed Luther series 5 with Metro: “All I can say is we know how long the fanbase wait for the show, and we’re never taking that lightly,” he said.
“So as much as we have to keep one eye on how do we not do what we’ve done before, at the same time saying to the audience, ‘This is Luther’, so you recognise the traits.”