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'Luther' Creator Neil Cross Says BBC Is "Very Interested" In Alice Spinoff Series

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 9, 2012 at 12:22PM

It seems there is good news for fans of the BBC hit "Luther" starring Idris Elba, even as the show is likely to close off after the third season. At the end of last year, the show's writer and creator Neil Cross revealed that "there's a strong possibility that there'll be a 'Luther' movie in the near future." Exciting stuff, but it seems there's more, as another character from the show may be spun off into their adventures if things go according to plan.
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Ruth Wilson in "Luther"
Ruth Wilson in "Luther"

It seems there is good news for fans of the BBC hit "Luther" starring Idris Elba, even as the show is likely to close off after the third season. At the end of last year, the show's writer and creator Neil Cross revealed that "there's a strong possibility that there'll be a 'Luther' movie in the near future." Exciting stuff, but it seems there's more, as another character from the show may be spun off into their adventures if things go according to plan.

Catching up with Variety, Cross revealead his desire to center a mini-series around Ruth Wilson's Alice, the research scientist/love interest on the show, and he's already put out feelers to the network. “The BBC is very interested in the project,” 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.” At any rate, it all seems to be early stages at the moment, but it does definitely seem real.

For anyone who was watched the show they'll know that Alice eventually left London, and Cross would pick up that thread, with the setting relocated to the United States. And while Cross is yet to talk to the quickly rising Wilson ("The Lone Ranger," "Anna Karenina") about the project (he will be soon), just don't expect to see Elba in the show should it happen. “The great thing is they can survive independently of each other. Each of those actors is so kind of secretly magnetic...[Idris Elba is] able to pull that intense relationship out of many, many actors he’s worked with, and I think Ruth as Alice would be able to do the same," Cross said describing the show as being between "The Last Seduction" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley." "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.”

And speaking of that movie it's still on the table, though Cross cautions that and Elba are being cautious, making sure everything makes sense before they decide to it -- but Cross would love to shoot it next year. But what do you think? Does Alice deserve a spinoff series, and would you watch? Or should "Luther" respectably end after the movie? Weigh in below.

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