‘Luther’ Creator Talks Movie; BBC Interested in Serial Killer Spin-Off

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:01 pm,

Luther Spin off Planned Luther Creator Talks Movie; BBC Interested in Serial Killer Spin Off

Fans of BBC’s triumphant crime drama Luther may have more to look forward to than just the upcoming third season – as series creator Neil Cross is in preliminary talks with the BBC to produce a spin-off miniseries based on sexy psychopathic sidekick Alice Morgan. Should the offshoot take place it would follow the misadventures of the sultry antihero’s in the United States and won’t feature the gruff but lovable John Luther right away. However, Cross is open to the idea of him appearing in future Alice-centric miniseries.

Luther centers on the life of brilliant but troubled Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (Idris Elba) who returns to duty following a seven month suspension for beating a child killer into a coma. Despite his keen ability to solve crimes his frequent and often violent fits of rage has driven a wedge between him and most of the department, as well as his estranged wife Zoe (Indira Varma).

Like Luther, the charismatically creepy Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson) possesses a genius-level intellect – only her tendencies take a significantly darker turn as she leans more to calculated murder than blind rage. Alice first enters Luther’s radar when she assassinates her own parents – but the two soon develop a mutual respect that turns into a bizarre sort of friendship.

Although scheduling conflicts led the character to a downgrade on Luther, Alice became wildly popular among fans. In a recently interview with Variety, Luther creator and executive producer Neil Cross spoke about his confidence in the Alice-centered miniseries:

“The BBC is very interested in the project! The truth is I absolutely adore Alice! We’re kind of thinking very loosely of a mix between ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ and ‘The Last Seduction,’…I’d love to move between the London of ‘Luther’ and America. 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. Even if I didn’t sell this thing, I would still end up writing the miniseries. It’s something peculiar, but she’s far more clever than me, far more witty than me, far more everything than me.”

In regards to Luther hitting the big screen for a feature film, Cross also indicated that it was more a matter of when than if the project would take place:

“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. 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.”

Luther Spin off Luther Creator Talks Movie; BBC Interested in Serial Killer Spin Off

Elba’s movie commitment currently lies with the filming of the upcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World as the Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall. Thor 2 is set for release on November 8, 2013, so if both Elba and Cross plan correctly the Luther movie could line up nicely.

Luther won Idris Elba a Golden Globe Award last year for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film and this year the series was deservedly nominated for several Emmys. The third and final season of Luther has officially been commissioned by the BBC, although no schedule has yet to be released.


Check back with us for more info on the upcoming final season of Luther and the killer Alice Morgan spin-off!

Source: Variety

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  1. The scenes between Luther and Alice were the best parts of the series.

    • Agreed.

      • I also agree – while I would love a movie and a spin off series – the interaction of Alice with Luther was key

  2. Looks like I have to track down and catch up with Luther.
    Thanks for the heads up on this, Scott. I missed this one.

    • I can’t remember if I watched this free on Amazon or Hulu, but one of them has the entire series.

      • Thanks, Jason. I just checked Amazon based on what you said and they have it.
        The one benefit of missing it when broadcast is no need to wait for the next episode.

        • It’s also on Netflix streaming if you have it.
          Regardless, take the time to check it out I think along with Sherlock it’s the best show running on BBC. It’s a lot darker though…

          • Dark, yet pleasantly less gratuitous than American television.

          • Thanks. You know I don’t have Netflix. I am overdue to finally get it.

            • Robert

              If you are a big movie fan, then you really need Netflix man. I find fantastic underground and indie films on there all the time. And I found several good tv shows that were condemned.

              • I had to smile when you called me a big movie fan, Ignur Rant.
                I always think I run into bigger movie fans than me on this site.

                I know I used to think I was, growing up in New York and
                passing several movie houses on the way home from school.
                Movies were the entertainment then, frequent and spontaneous.
                It seems the opposite now, planning ahead and picking my targets.

                Netflix I know has a lot of old movies and I do love old Hollywood.
                And that alone has been a reason why I thought I should get it.

            • I just canceled my membership. Nothing against the service, which I quite enjoyed, just decided to spend more time on other things.

              • You know, Jason, when you mentioned you put
                A Tale Of Two Ciries on your NetFlix cue I almost
                made the plunge then but time, as you mentioned,
                was the deterrent thinking I would be tempted to
                watch more than I do already and maybe more
                would be too much so I did not dive in then.

                • Understandable! I’ll likely renew at some point, just have a few other projects on my plate and would prefer they be behind me rather than before me. :)

                  • First things first. Time is the only resource
                    anyone cannot increase the supply of.

    • No prob, Robert! I live to serve, well… I live to eat, but the first one sounds better.

      • :D Very funny Scott…well served — and order out tonight. I am, it’s Friday.

  3. Fajs should check out the prequel novel written by Cross, it’s far darker and nastier than the show ever goes.

    • The Calling?

      • Yeah, that’s it. Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. It flies by at such a pace, and it is brutal. Never has a book made me cringe in revulsion quite like that.

        • Sounds interesting. I’m guessing this would be the case that led to the decision Luther makes in the very first scene of the series? It’s more than a little pricey for Kindle at the moment ($11.99). I see there’s a hardback version about to release in about three weeks.

  4. Yeah this needs to happen, that is a great character.

  5. as Eddie implied I’m blown away that a person able to profit $7977 in four weeks on the internet. did you look at this site N u T tyR icH D ot C o m

  6. became a Ruth Wilson fan after watching Luther. Any more Alice is a very good idea and a Luther movie would make her a huge star (if the Lone Ranger doesn’t it first ofc)

  7. That would be the next best thing, spin-off with Alice Morgan. I love her! She is a brilliant character!

  8. I think it would work in the same way that Hannibal and dexter does in the US and I think Through The Looking Glass would be a great title

  9. I have always been fascinated with serial killers and how they work inside. I have been studying them for over 10 years now and my second film Blank was all about psychopaths.

    I am getting ready to make a long running web series titled A.S.K.E. (American Serial Killer in Europe) and am currently running a campaign at Indiegogo (http://igg.me/at/aske/x/4535).

    I am looking for like minded people that are fascinated with serial killers to help support the project and get a better understanding of the mind within.