Luther creator Neil Cross on possible spin-off film: “We’re going to make more Luther”

Idris Elba will play DCI John Luther once more - the only question is when.

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Idris Elba as Luther

Luther creator Neil Cross has hinted that the long-rumoured spin-off Luther film, starring Idris Elba as the rogue detective, is finally in the works.

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Speaking to RadioTimes.com and other press ahead of his new ITV series The Sister, Cross said that he would definitely “make more Luther”.

Asked about the progress of the film, he responded: “Ask Idris! We are – I don’t know what I’m allowed to say, which is an answer in of itself! Words are my job and I’ve lost them all [laughs]. We wanna make more Luther. We’re gonna make more Luther. The how and the why, that’s all to come, but we’re gonna make more Luther.”

Cross also spoke about the autobiographical aspects of The Sister, starring Russell Tovey as shadowy protagonist Nathan, and based on Cross’ book Burial.

Cross said of the series and his character Nathan: “I mean probably it’s the closest I’ve come to autobiography on the page or on the screen. I’d certainly make a better killer than I would a police officer [like Luther].”

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The Sister (ITV)
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Earlier this year, Idris Elba spoke to press about the Luther film following his Special Award win at the Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards.

“I’ve maintained that I’d like to see [Luther] come to a film,” he said. “That’s what I think we’re headed towards, is a film. I’m looking forward to making that happen… It is happening!”

Elba has previously teased plans for a Luther film adaptation, stating that there were no plans for a sixth season of the drama – but that they were “this close” to taking the detective to the big screen.

You can order Neil Cross’ Burial from Amazon. The Sister will air on ITV from 26th October. Check out what else is on with our TV Guide.

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Luther is available on Netflix, Amazon Prime and iPlayer. You can also purchase series 1 to 5 on DVD and Blu-ray.