Idris Elba thinks Luther could be turned into a James Bond-like series
Idris Elba believes Luther: The Fallen Sun could launch a James Bond-like series with multiple films centering around the famous detective.
Elba will reprise his role as John Luther in the upcoming Netflix movie based on the hit drama series, and he thinks it could be the start of something much bigger for the detective. Speaking to Total Film according to GamesRadarthe actor likened his character to a “superhero” (albeit wearing a trench coat, not a cape) who could lead his own series of films.
Elba said, “I point to Bond as a model of the genre we want to create. John is the main character in a movie he’s the hero of. That’s the comparison I make. Some movies do that well, and Bond is one of them. But my ambition is to have the genre.” “From scope and appreciation, I want people to be like, ‘Oh! Luther, the first movie? Great.’ and keep it going. And then maybe later, when I’m older, someone else will come along to play John.”
The upcoming Netflix movie will be a continuation of the award-winning epic series that has been reimagined as a movie. The story is set in London where “brilliant but disgraced” detective John Luther decides to escape from prison to track down a serial killer terrorizing the city, but Elba believes Luther’s issues may eventually go global.
He said, “We desperately need to get Luther out of ‘Luther World’, and put him in the big world. I think that’s a really important feature in terms of scope and growth in our films. I mean can you imagine John in Columbia, or in a much darker Berlin where it’s weird.” And criminal? Luthor can go to America if we want to do that. To me that’s exciting. And taking the rules of ‘Luther’s world’ and bringing them to different environments is really exciting for us.”
Luther: The Fallen Sun is being directed by Jimmy Payne, with a screenplay by series creator Neil Cross. It will be shown on Netflix in March, among many films coming to cinemas and streaming platforms this year.