Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Neil Cross signs deal with Universal; LUTHER movie to follow TV series

Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Novelist/screenwriter Neil Cross (Spooks, Luther) has agreed a two-year deal with Universal Television to develop new TV series projects in the US.

Bela Bajaria, Universal TV Executive Vice-President:

"Neil Cross is a visionary and we are huge fans of his stellar work on Luther. We look forward to working with him to create a big, broadcast network hit."
Cross has already agreed to write a Day Of The Triffids remake for Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), having just finished Mama for Guillermo Del Toro (about a couple raising their nieces who were left alone in a forest for years), polished the script of Del Toro's monster movie Pacific Rim, and penning Midnight Delivery (about a father who accepts work as a "drug mule" to save his son's life).

In addition to all this, Cross recently told BBC Radio 5's Front Row that "we'll wrap up Luther as a TV show [after series 3] but I think we'll then probably make the leap to the big screen. The final scene of the final episode is great and we wouldn't want to continue. We'll go out big and leave it at that. I really do want to make Luther into a film. I think that's where the ultimate Luther story will unfold—the big silver screen."

What do you make of this news? Personally, I think it's great to that Luther will be moving to the big screen, as the series is already very cinematic. It's also great to see a British writer doing well in the US, but America's gain is Britain's loss. A part of me feels sad Cross won't be making more gritty UK shows in the foreseeable future.