There are plenty of fantastic dramas coming out of the BBC, and Luther is one of the best. The series stars Idris Elba (The Wire) as detective John Luther, a cop with anger issues who often takes matters into his own hands to protect London from the most unhinged and sadistic serial killers. The show has aired two seasons thus far; the first had six episodes, while the second consisted of four. While production has not yet started for Luther series 3, it's been confirmed that it will be the final season of the show. But that doesn't mean that it's going to be the end of the show's universe.
Creator Neil Cross has other plans. Speaking to Variety, Cross confirmed that he's eying a spin-off series centered around character Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson).
In the first episode of Luther, the brilliant but sociopathic Alice murdered her family and got away with it, despite Luther's best efforts to prove her guilty. His investigation of her piqued her interest, though, and she began assisting him with his investigations. The two formed an uneasy friendship, but that was cut short when Alice killed the man who murdered Luther's wife. Alice was sent to prison, but escaped early on in the second series. Before going abroad, she attempted to get Luther to accompany her, but he refused.
But if Cross has his way, we'll get to come along.
“The BBC is very interested in the [Alice spin-off],” Cross said. “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.”
Admitting that he "adore(s)" his murderous character, Cross described how passionate he was about the project, saying, "I don't like to imagine my life without Alice in some way or other. Even if I didn't sell this thing, I would still end up writing the miniseries. . . I've got storylines going around in my head like trains."
The series would likely be set in the U.S., Cross says. Wilson, who originally left the series due to scheduling conflicts, would return, but not necessarily Elba. “I think the first [series of the spin-off] would probably be a Luther-free zone, because their stories have diverged to a large extent, but there would be nothing to suggest they couldn’t come together again — either by this vehicle or a ‘Luther’ movie.”
Yes, you read that right -- a Luther movie. After Luther 3 airs, while the series might be finished on television, a film continuation is a "matter of when than if." “We’ve got lots and lots of movie interest, and Idris and I (are being) very careful about what kind of movie we choose to do,” Cross said. “We’ve got all kinds of criteria of how and when we should do the movie, and we just need to pick our offer carefully. But I’d love to do it next year.”
You can read the full interview with Cross over at Variety. Luther 3 will hopefully air sometime next year.