BBC America made an announcement on Wednesday that they are set to revive the Idris Elba starring drama Luther as a two-part miniseries with a scheduled for a late 2015 premier. Elba will reprise his role as the impassioned murder detective John Luther, a senior police officer with such dedication to ensuring that justice prevails. Seeing the bureaucratic legal system, he struggles to retain his moral compass, which can lead him to implement dangerous and questionable methods.
Neil Cross – series creator – will scribe the two-hour long episodes, which will be a co-production with BBC Drama Production and BBC America with Elizabeth Kilgarriff executive producing. Cross has always maintained that there was still much to be told in regards to the complex character of John Luther: “Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next,” Cross said. “So I decided to find out. We’re putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.”
As Elba has been extremely in demand across the pond his schedule has no doubt became a busy one indeed. So, it seems fitting that the Cross and Elba are heading back to London for a two-hour long miniseries. As to where the character goes from there, we will just have to wait and find out. However, if this seems like a tantalising tease to the fans, they can always look forward to the American remake. The BBC America announcement just came off the back of the Fox announcement that the will be developing an American version of the drama. This will be produced by Cross and Elba, who are both overseeing the project although there is no plans for Elba to star in the remake.
Luther is the only original drama that is coming back to BBC America with a roster of new shows being developed which include, Orphan Black, Broadchurch, The Game, The Musketeers, Ripper Street and the upcoming Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Tatau, London Spy and The Last Kingdom.
Luther was on the BBC’s highest-rated original dramas, which ran from 2010 – 2013. The series bagged Elba a Golden Globe back in 2011, and he also picked up a pair of NAACP prizes. The drama also received myriad award nominations including eight Emmy’s (two of which were for outstanding miniseries). It was also critically acclaimed during its three-season run.
We are looking forward to John Luthers’ return here at FTN, and we are sure we’re not the only ones.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter