American actor Idris Elba has expressed his wish to bring his latest feature-length film, Luther, to Africa, as the film is set to premiere on Netflix this month.
BMA understands that Luther was a huge success BBC TV series, but streaming super-giants, Netflix has snapped up the rights and has turned it into a film.
Idris envisions the films “as a three to four book offering, we did five seasons of the show, we wanted more stories”.
Speaking about his creative hubs in Africa, Idris said, “Creative industries need to happen in Africa more than anywhere”. “Its stories have been misunderstood, mis-told. The narrative could do with a shift. So what I’m doing as an actor is a link in the chain, creating facilitation around the industry and offering people the chance to tell those stories.”
On the possibility of one day taking John Luther to the African continent, he said, “Lutherland isn’t locked into the UK. It could be in London or end up being in Mozambique. Sutherland still exists, heightened and smart.”
Luther’s move to Netflix provides a bigger budget and a potentially bigger audience.