For the millions of “Luther” fans left jonesing for more after the obnoxiously short series three (four measly episodes), there’s hope. Well, sort of. From the recent talk across the internet, it appears that Neil Cross, the genius engineer behind “Luther,” is nudging the show in a different direction. One that revokes the show elements entirely. Enter the “Luther” film.
Idris Elba (who portrays protagonist John Luther) has enthusiastically endorsed the movie. Yet recent news suggests that the upcoming film will precede the first series. While returning characters Zoe (Indria Varma), Justin (Warren Brown), and Ian (Steven Mackintosh) should boost “Luther” fans’ morale, there are a few drawbacks. As viewers know, the most recent iteration of “Luther,” however satisfying, was altogether too short. After the first season, the subsequent two series were whittled down from a generous six episodes to four shows. While this is stingier than Scrooge McDuck by American standards, it sure as hell beats “Sherlock’s” pitiful three episodes.
The most substantial loss however will be that of Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson). Wilson recently appeared in “The Lone Ranger,” albeit in a maddeningly miniscule role in which she was unable to dominate the screen with her acting prowess. Despite lacking deserved series three screen time, she managed to maintain a gripping presence and develop a complicated relationship with DCI Luther. Alice and Luther meet in season one episode one, so if the film is indeed a prequel, that means no Alice. Accordingly, a small piece of the show’s brilliance will be lost.
Although the “Luther” drought hopefully won’t be too drawn out, a theatrical debut means an even shorter story than a four episode season and no Alice. What creator Neil Cross and star Idris Elba haven’t clarified is of course the future beyond the big-screen. After a theatrical release, could fans see a return to the telly? Is series four a possibility following the movie spectacular? At this point it is a mystery, one only DCI John Luther can solve.