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'Luther' Creator Says Alice Is Getting A Spin-Off Series + There's Lots Of Interest In 'Luther' Movie

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 9, 2012 at 4:39PM

It should be absolutely no secret to anyone reading S&A that we love the BBC detective series Luther, which stars Idris Elba. It's the kind of series that we wish existed, and was grown right here, Stateside, on American TV (although Luther does air on BBC America, and BET did recently air a marathon of the series on its cable TV channel). 
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Luther, Alice

It should be absolutely no secret to anyone reading S&A that we love the BBC detective series Luther, which stars Idris Elba. It's the kind of series that we wish existed, and was grown right here, Stateside, on American TV (although Luther does air on BBC America, and BET did recently air a marathon of the series on its cable TV channel). 

It's not often that a Hollywood-produced series of this nature and caliber gets to claim a black man (or woman) as its lead.  And the fact that Idris does an awesome job playing the cerebral, dynamic and all-around-complex Luther only ups our appreciation for the series.

So when it was announced that a third season was definitely going to happen, fans everywhere cheered! However, along with that news was the revelation from Idris himself that we shouldn't expect the Alice Morgan storyline to return in any sort of significant way. Idris said that she'll still be in the Luther universe, but suggests she won't be of much influence on anything or anyone; he reiterated that they're trying to set things up for the "bigger picture" and there's a possibility that Alice's story strands will come back, if/when the Luther feature film is made. But don't expect to see much of her in season 3.

That little detail there was met with some sadness among fans of the series, who'd grown to love Alice and her deliciously maniacal ways, almost as Idris' Moriarity we could say.

But don't fret my pets; it's been announced by Neil Cross (creator of Luther, and showrunner) that Alice just might be getting her very own spin-off project.

Specifically, Cross said recently that he is in talks with the BBC to create a spin-off for the infamous character played wonderfully by actress Ruth Wilson.

Alice, who was a prominently featured in season one of Luther, apparently had to be faded out in the follow-up season because of reported scheduling conflicts, given that she'd been cast in a number of feature films that demanded her presence, like the upcoming Anna Karenina.

"The BBC is very interested in the project... 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," Cross told Variety, describing his idea for the potential spin-off as "a loose mix of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "The Last Seduction,"" set, not in London as you'd probably expect, but  in the USA instead.

And as for whether Luther might occassional find himself in Alice's spin-off series, Cross said, "I think the first one 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.

Very nice! The Luther world is expanding... and Luther will be part of that expansion.

And finally, I was happy to read Cross suggest that the Luther feature film was pretty much as close to a sure-thing as you can get, stating, "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."

Good news! So really, we could say that a Luther movie is no longer a question of IF it'll happen, but, given that they seem to have options, a matter of when. But they'd better not take too long... strike while the iron is hot as the saying goes.

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