Neil Cross on Idris Elba, the Luther movie and his two new series

"The show's finished. Idris, as he should be, he's gone on to be a big movie star"

Bad news, Luther fans. Creator Neil Cross has admitted the television series has no future. “There is none,” he revealed at the Edinburgh TV Festival. “The show’s finished. Idris, as he should be, he’s gone on to be a big movie star.”


But while his leading man has departed for pastures new (ie. Hollywood), Cross did confirm long-rumoured plans for a movie based on the hit crime drama. “I think there will be a Luther movie – that’s the plan.”

The shoot will have to fit around star Elba’s blossoming film career which includes his titular role in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom early next year. “Because I love Idris, I think, ‘Oh my god, you’re playing Mandela. That’s such a big thing. Oh Christ, I hope it goes well,'” said Cross. “But I watched the trailer a couple of weeks ago and it’s astonishing. 

“He’s a great actor – because he’s so beautiful and charismatic and because he commands the screen so singularly, people forget he’s a f**king astonishing actor. I can’t think of a more high profile, risky role to play than Mandela. He’s owned it.” 


So what are Cross’s plans now the third series of Luther is complete? “I’ve got a show for NBC which starts shooting next month so I’ve got to deal with NBC Universal and there will be a new UK show – exactly what it is, I’ve got a few ideas…”