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"Luther" Creator Says Season 3 Will Be The Last Before Big Screen Leap + If Luther Was Written As A Black Man

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 22, 2012 9:51 PM
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In january, BBC One announced that a 3rd season of Luther, the critically acclaimed psychological crime drama starring one Idris Elba, had been ordered!

And fans of the show everywhere were elated!

BBC head of drama Ben Stephenson confirmed that Luther had indeed been recommissioned for four more 60-minute episodes, just like season 2.

The BBC didn't reveal anything more than that, in terms of dates or content, although Idris did promise that there'd be even "more mayhem" in an interview.

Speaking to Radio 4 earlier today in London, creator/writer of the series, Neil Cross, said that this upcoming 3rd season would be the series' last; so no more Luther after season 3.

But if if makes you feel any better, he also said that the hope is that they are able to make the leap to the big screen after season 3 ends. This isn't the first time we've reported on a potential Luther movie; Idris first expressed his strong interest in that last summer, before season 2 aired in the USA, stating "the ultimate 'Luther' story will unfold on the big screen."

So clearly there's a push for that to happen; whether it will remains to be seen. I think with roles in 2 big budget Hollywood movies that'll be released over the next 12 months (Prometheus and Pacific Rim), Idris' stock could rise - at least awareness of him could broaden, which should only assist in getting backing for a Luther big screen leap. Plus he has a Golden Globe win, and he just might get another next year (or at least be nominated) after season 3 runs its course.

But back to Neil Cross... he revealed some other noteworthy items related to the series, like how the series will eventually end:

“The final scene of the final episode is great and we wouldn’t want to continue. I love an ending. I have a weakness for a powerful and moving ending. We’ll go out big and leave it at that.”

Cross also talked about how he created the character - specifically, whether he always intended for Luther to be a black man:

“It was cast as a character, purely and simply, which is one of the aspects that attracted Idris to the role. I have no knowledge or expertise or right to try to tackle in some way the experience of being a black man in modern Britain. It would have been an act of tremendous arrogance for me to try to write – and you have to try to imagine the quote marks around the words – a black character because I don’t know what a black character is and we would have ended up with a slightly embarrassed, ignorant, middle-class, white writer’s idea of a black character, which would have been an embarrassment for everybody concerned. I suspect that there’s a dearth of decent roles for black actors because most writers are white and they try to write their idea of black and it’s an embarrassment.” 

Hah! Neil Cross knows what's up :)

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  • CECILIA FRANK | May 22, 2014 6:53 PMReply


  • Miles Ellison | June 21, 2014 8:08 PM


  • Ernie | May 15, 2014 9:55 AMReply

    If you like Idris Ilba, watch the HBO series, The Wire, its all on Netflix now and he is great.

  • LucyLovesBetty | June 17, 2014 1:22 AM

    The Wire is not on Netflix, it's on HBO GO.

  • urbanauteur | January 11, 2014 1:28 PMReply

    Just like Black British Soul Music a`la OMAR/INCOGNITO/ADRIANA EVANS/JAMIROQUAI etc... one has to either DIG real,real deep in those attic/basement crates here stateside or go overseas for most profound SUBSTANCE....
    ...sad but true...

  • Florence | January 19, 2014 10:42 PM

    OMG, I totally agree! A friend and I just discussed Omar a few weeks ago, I was saying I was waiting for him to blow up here and it never happened. Such a shame, great music.

  • Tiresa Madrigal | January 11, 2014 12:39 PMReply

    Just watched the last episode of season 3...NOOOOOOOOOO! I want more!!!! Oh please do not end there. I want to know what's going to happen with John and Alice. I'm missing them already! :-)

  • AddictedtoLuther | October 29, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    As an American, I just caught Series 1 and 2 on Netflix. Idris Elba is tremendous. I can't believe he isn't starring in a major network series in either network TV or Cable here in the U.S. The guy is great and deserves a money making platform to show off his talents. I am addicted to the series, as I'm sure a lot of Americans will be as well. I've told my friends about it, as they are looking for a good reason to watch BBC America. This show, as well as Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch are hidden gems in the BBC portfolio. Not sure Americans are really into Dr. Who, no disrespect, but Luther and Sherlock will capture a much larger audience if BBC made a move to sell both series to a Cable network...Just my two cents....

  • Erik | June 21, 2014 6:30 PM

    He was stringer bell from the wire great hbo series

  • Bebe | August 1, 2013 12:31 PMReply

    We care about John Luther because the way the character is drawn (race is of little consequence) and the arc of the storyline. This is credit to the writer (s). We even care about Alice who has killed for John twice ... think about that! She's a sociopath but she figures inexplicably in hi life and job he does. Not your father's psycological thriller. Breaks tje mold a bit which keeps us drawn in, albeit on edge of seats. Of course the series should continue but let's honor the writers and pay tjem well.

  • Robert | November 2, 2013 3:15 PM

    Wait... Luther is BLACK? Didn't notice.

    Seriously, I love Luther because the characters are brilliant, vivid, (the good guys are not all good, the bad guys are not all bad) they show internal conflict, and well acted. For example, in the episode where Alice starts a fire at hospital, Luther; sitting at a desk with other officers knows what's happening, his eyes roll a bit, his head tilts... the character knew what was happening, and decided to let a killing take place.

    This show is superb because of the directing and the acting.

  • CC | August 1, 2013 12:54 PM

    BeBe, I think it's best when you speak for yourself. Point being, many (at least on this site) care about John Luther because of his race. That's an indisputable truth.

    Granted, there's a few cherries on top of the cake but make no mistake about it, if Luther was not black... *POOF*... he'd leave the pages of S&A.

  • Garry | July 23, 2013 5:43 PMReply

    Make more episodes! Please don't go to the big screen!!

  • LutherAddoct | June 26, 2013 3:11 PMReply

    I LOVE THIS SHOW! Please don't end it. In fact, you could just keeping making episodes. I love this show so much I continue to watch season 1 and season 2 over and over again,

  • Mvielover | October 20, 2012 1:21 AMReply

    A bog screen movie would screw up the whole feel of Luther. Bringing it to that would make it an end game for the show; like firefly. making serenity sort of the end of that show.

  • Linda | September 9, 2012 8:34 AMReply

    I watched season one and two in a day. I couldn't help myself. They were really good. Thank goodness for netflix or I would have missed this wonderful show. I am looking forward to season three.

  • cordie | October 21, 2012 6:43 PM

    Linda, I did the same. It was like reading a book I could not put it down. I really enjoy being able to that with a couple of other series as well. We miss a lot of good programs here in the states andB.B.C America.has so many commercials.

  • KK | September 3, 2012 2:13 PMReply


  • EW | August 25, 2012 4:20 AMReply

    Countdown to season three... smashed and broken cars, like deranged christmas ornaments.....glimemering broken glass, shiny torn metal and fecks of paint like tinsel on snow covered streets....We look forward to christmas and ask Mr. Clause for one treasure..... Alice.

  • beejayeff | July 5, 2013 12:09 PM

    Luther and, ALICE have the on screen chemistry that just jumps off the tv.

  • michael burke | August 19, 2012 1:35 PMReply

    I really love this show it was well written and directed. I became addicted watching every episode and excited to see what was going to happen next. I would like to thank everyone for there hard work and dedication

  • dom | July 29, 2012 7:50 PMReply

    I am happy to hear there will be a 3rd season. I feel sad that it will end completely after the 3rd. I just jumped on the bandwagon and I absolutely LOVE this show it is well written, acted and directed. After finishing both season 1 and 2 I long for more. I have never seen a show so intense and unpredictable as this. I understand how some programs get washed out over time, but I think Neil Cross should rethink ending so soon... Much respect to Neil Cross...and of course Idris Elba.

  • | May 22, 2012 3:15 AMReply

    I'm so happy to read this, since I "lost" Prison break (so amazing story!), I never found a great hero to follow again...since Michael Scofield...Now Luther is the very first tv show that make me impatient to watch each week.
    Yesterday evening, I saw the last episode of the season 2, each episode is so unconventional, so unexpected, so perfect that I always wonder what the writers will invent for Luther ... I love Idris Elba, he is the hero in quiet strength, a rock with a bubbling volcano below.
    Thank U Luther!

  • Scottie Lowe | May 17, 2012 9:25 AMReply

    Oops, I meant we need ROLES where we are able to express our color outside the stereotypes.

  • Taz | September 9, 2012 9:49 AM

    I disagree. It should be the actor to bring his/her flavor to a role. It is the writer, in trying to 'add color' that makes the role stereotypical.

  • Scottie Lowe | May 17, 2012 9:23 AMReply

    I disagree with the comments that more Black actors need colorless roles. I think Black actors need colors where we are able to express our color outside of the stereotypes. I'm not in the movie or TV business but I am a writer and I know that most Black authors write stereotypical and degrading depictions of Black people because their lives are largely caricatures themselves. If you live a one-dimensional life, you can't write much more than that. I write about fully fleshed-out, multi-faceted, decidedly Black characters who have vastly different dialogue and experiences than white people, who are not at all "colorless" but who aren't ghetto and cliche' either. That's the problem. People, both Black and white, want Black actors to be colorless and we are not. We, people of African descent across the Diaspora, have our own unique story to tell, in our own verbiage, and we are being erased in the media or being portrayed as oh so predictable stereotypes.

  • Predford Percy Price | June 8, 2012 3:09 PM

    I agree with the comments about black actors. "We" need to get over "our" obsession with race. More black actors would work if people created roles for human beings and let irrelevant traits like skin pigment fall where they might. The strength and power that Idris brings to Luther is a joy to watch. I couldn't care less about his race. Obviously you couldn't cast a white guy in the role of a Baltimore gang leader like Stringer Bell (another one of Elba's great roles), but race in such a story is a character itself. Not with Luther. Luther could easily have been white.

    If roles are not specifically written for black characters, yet black actors get cast, racism is overcome. If roles are written specifically for white or black actors, racist ideology is strengthened.

  • cass | May 17, 2012 5:35 AMReply

    I'm happy... but why kill it at all? There so many other mediocre shows out there and this one is stellar. I was disappointed when season 2 only got 4 episodes. Those decisions are just silly...

  • KiKiLarue | May 15, 2012 5:00 PMReply

    Luther is an excellent crime drama. A breath of fresh air and a break from the redundancy of what's currently airing. While I LOVE Idris Elba and follow his work, the spring cast of Luther is EXCELLENT. Collectively portraying believable emotions. Absolutely love the show and respect Neil Cross for his comments about his neutral character and having such an awesome actor portray the role of Luther.

  • KiKiLarue | May 15, 2012 5:02 PM

    I meant the supporting cast. Sorry

  • Jay Podolnick | April 27, 2012 11:58 PMReply

    I will wait in line over night for the first theater ticket sold! You have a blockbuster franchise ready to explode. Let's get a move on it. Ok?

  • Jess | March 27, 2012 8:25 PMReply

    Great, but why only 4 eps?

  • anon | March 27, 2012 11:50 AMReply

    I said before that luther was a racially nuetral character unlike in amercia white writers dont often write black characters because that would be hideous most of the black roles are written by BLACKS. One of the major problems for aa is that they dont get racially nuetral roles and only roles written specifically black -hence the sterotypes.

  • Donella | March 24, 2012 3:19 PMReply

    Sounds like "Neil Cross" gets it. Idris is building a strong foundation for himself.

  • FilmGuy | March 22, 2012 11:04 PMReply

    Luther is awesome and like many UK series, end sooner than American series would. Great response from Neil about not trying to write a black character. Many of my actor friends just want roles...period. I've seen countless black actors cast as roles that were written as white and they did great. Why? Because the roles generally portrayed your average educated American. And like Idris and many other thespians, they are well-educated.

    We're not that different at all people. The stereotypical "black" character is really just an exaggeration of one side of the black consciousness, a remnant of the pre-education and opportunity days. Plenty of folks know how to act educated and proper when they have to.

  • Jai | March 22, 2012 10:07 PMReply

    I love Luther but I don't think it's ready for the big screen yet with only a total of 14 episodes(seasons 1-3) we need more episodes because a lot of people still don't know about Luther.

  • John Smith | August 9, 2012 2:27 PM

    RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT! but Fred: The Movie was so tailer made for the big screen, did oh so well with its 0% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 2.5/10 after 13 reviews.

    If we have to put up with a movie adaptation of every piece of old crap on tv plastered all over our buses, bus stop signs and bill boards why cant we have something decent on tv made into a movie for a change like Luther????????????

  • Nicole | March 22, 2012 10:04 PMReply

    I think I like Neil Cross.

    Also, don't forget, Idris is getting ready to shoot his Mandela "biopic". Surely that will elevate his profile even more.

  • LUKAS | August 14, 2012 4:11 PM

    I have to say that "Luther" is the most original and unpredictable TV show I've ever seen so far.
    It's very intense, dark and simply having all things what very good TV series need to have to be "criminally" strong. Great respect for writer Neil Cross and of course Idris Elba. There's no way I could forget about the great cast, especially Ruth Wilson's role. I'd like to think that she's a pure evil in one hand and the other hand very nice and kind person, but the truth is we can't figure her out. Simply it's a great combination: John Luther - Alice Morgan or should I say Luther vs Morgan. I hope they should reconsider the idea of not continuing the show ( Please do not judge me about that commentary and for more important about the weakness of my English gramatics. I'm from another country than UK). Thanks

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