Luther creator finally confirms the fate of season 6 – and teases 'exciting' Idris Elba feature film
1st December 2020

LUTHER scriptwriter Neil Cross has unquestionably confirmed "there's going to be more" from Idris Elba's detective role as he dropped huge hints about a feature film.

The British novelist, 51, left fans of the gritty BBC crime drama on the edge of their seats with the reveal to Insider Magazine – which came after Idris, 48, let slip a movie is in fact in the works.

Neil has now tellingly revealed: "Idris, Jamie Payne (director), and I will shortly have some exciting news to share.

"There's gonna be more later, but it's not going to be season six."

Speaking of a potential next telly instalment, he added: "There is not going to be a season six – definitively no season six," for a fear of "churning it out like sausages."

This is the first time Luther bosses have all but confirmed a film, after London born star Idris teased the prospect of the iconic cop travelling the world in the hunt for a murderer.


He made the announcement after collecting a Bafta – telling fans: "It is happening."

Speaking to the press about Luther, he said: "I've maintained that I'd like to see it come to a film.

"That's what I think we're headed towards, a film. I'm looking forward to making that happen."

He then confirmed: "It is happening."



Idris also hinted that the big-screen version with have a budget to match that could see John Luther travelling the world.

The star added: "With a film, the sky is the limit.

"Obviously, you can be a little bit more bold in the storylines, maybe international, a little bit sort of up the scale.

"But John Luther is always going to be John Luther."

A film version of the BBC drama has long been rumoured to be in the wider plan.

Speaking earlier this year, Idris explained: "Luther has all the ingredients to echo those classic films of the 90s like Seven and Along Came A Spider.

"I think what we’d like to attempt is use that as a blueprint to create it. It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther.

"Essentially we just want to try and take it to a much bigger remit and scale and perhaps international as well."

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