Idris Elba thinks Luther: The Fallen Sun could potentially kickstart a James Bond-style franchise with multiple movies centered around the famed titular detective.
Elba is reprising the role of John Luther for the upcoming Netflix movie based on the hit TV drama, and he thinks it could be the start of something much bigger for the detective. Speaking to Total Film via GamesRadar, the actor likened his character to a "superhero" (albeit one that wears a coat, not a cape) who could lead his own film series.
"I reference Bond as a template for the type of film we're going for," Elba said. "John is a leading character in a film that he's the hero of. That's the comparison I'm making. Some films do them well – Bond is one of them. But my ambition for it is to have that sort of scale, that reverence. I want people to be like: 'Ooh! Luther, the first film? Wicked.' And to continue that. And then maybe later down the line, when I'm too old, someone else will step in to play John."
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The upcoming Netflix movie will act as a continuation of the award-winning TV saga reimagined for film. The story will take place in London where "brilliant but disgraced" detective John Luther decides to break out of prison to track down a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city, but Elba thinks Luther's cases could eventually go global.
"We're desperate to take Luther out of Luther-land, and put him in the big world," he said. "I think that's a really important characteristic of scale and growth in our films. I mean, can you just imagine John in Colombia, or darkest Berlin where it's really weird and underground? Luther could go to America if we want to do that. That, to me, is exciting. And taking the rules of Luther-land and transposing them to different environments is really exciting for us."
Luther: The Fallen Sun is directed by Jamie Payne from a screenplay by series creator Neil Cross. It will hit Netflix in March amongst a super-stacked slate of movies coming to theaters and streaming this year.
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance entertainment writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.