After months of speculation, writer Neil Cross confirmed BBC’s popular crime drama Luther, is finally being adapted for the big screen.
The film, which will star Idris Elba in the title role, will be a prequel to the series, which has become a hit on both sides of the Pond.
Transforming Luther into a film has been a labor of love for both Cross and Elba who’ve been trying to make it happen since the show premiered in 2010.
“The time is really ripe for ‘Luther’ to turn into a film… and our intention was always to take it to a film… where we can really explore what makes this person, this man tick and really understand Luther or go on more and more weirder and experimental journeys with him, but using the film medium,” Elba told reporters.
During this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, Cross told the crowd: “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.”
According to Cross, the film adaptation of Luther “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.”
Although the third and final season of the show will begin airing in America in September, it recently wrapped in Britain. Cross’ news of a prequel has excited fans who are hungry for more of the psychological thriller.
In 2012 Elba won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of DCI Luther, a brilliant detective whose quest to help others often force him into compromising positions.
Luther will premiere on BBC America on September 3rd.