Three years is also too long to make us wait to find out the fate of Alice. I mean seriously, is Alice really dead? We need to know. Can Luther really stay on the straight and narrow? The show really is British TV at its best. It’s gritty, it’s taut, it’s full of action and we can’t wait for the return.
Elba has also received critical acclaim for the role and has been awarded a Critics’ Choice Television Award, Golden Globe Award, NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performances. The series has also received eleven Primetime Emmy Award nominations in various categories, including four nominations of Elba for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
As long ago as 2011, Idris has expressed enthusiasm for making a film adaptation of the show, saying, “That’s where the ultimate Luther story will unfold, on the big silver screen — London as a huge backdrop and a very menacing, horrible character to play against.”
During a BBC Radio 4 interview in March 2012, co-creator Neil Cross revealed that plans were being made for a Luther film that would begin production at the conclusion of the third series. In May 2012, Elba stated in an interview that the third series would serve as the lead-in for the planned film.
Neil Cross previously had confirmed there would not be a fourth series but did not rule out the possibility of a feature film. In September 2012, Cross announced that he was in the process of creating a spin-off of Luther centred around the character Alice Morgan, starring Ruth Wilson. Cross stated, “The BBC is very interested in the project. The only real question would be how many and how often we would do it – whether it would be a one-off miniseries or a returning miniseries, a co-production or not.”
In August 2014, in an interview with TVLine at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, Idris promised that “the series isn’t over”, which kept the possibility for future series or a feature film of Luther open. In a September 2014 Reddit AMA, Elba addressed the possibility of future plans for Luther and said there were “talks at the moment to figure out a way to bring more Luther back to the TV, but the focus is to try and make a film from it.”
In an August 2016 Q&A session on his Twitter, Elba responded to a question about the show’s future by stating that there was a “big chance” of a new fifth series of Luther. In June 2017, Elba announced that Luther would be returning for a fifth series with filming starting in early 2018.
So I think we have been messed about enough wondering will he, won’t he.
Let’s enjoy the new series and hurry-up and make even more!
The new series of Luther will return for four episodes on BBC One.