Seasons four and five of Peaky Blinders have yet to air, but its star Cillian Murphy has hinted a big screen version might already be in the works.
This isn’t the first time a film about the notorious Shelby gang has been mooted, either. Creator Steven Knight told Digital Spy last year that he’d already been in discussions about a movie spinoff, saying “I think it’d be great to have a series, then a film, a series, a film… why not?”
Why not, indeed. Executive producer Caryn Mandabach went on to cite how “many people in America” love the series, including certain movie stars who’ve allegedly expressed an interest in taking a role in the show.
“We heard Julia Roberts wants to do it — but this is hearsay… I don’t really know for sure.”
Julia Roberts?! That’s possibly a little far-fetched for a series set in the crime world of 1920s Birmingham, England. But, since then, Oscar winner Adrien Brody has come on board for the show’s fourth season, joining Dunkirk stars Cillian and Tom Hardy in an as-yet undisclosed role.
Anything, then, is possible. Cillian, for his part, was ambivalent about the notion of a movie when Deadline asked him about it last year, calling it a “sexy idea.” He went on to say he’d have to “reserve judgement” until it was actually offered to him.
Now, though, it seems Cillian is a lot more inclined to discuss the prospect. In an interview with Esquire magazine published yesterday (October 17), he said Steven Knight “has some ideas” about how to translate the show’s action to a feature length format, and that he’d be “curious to do it.”
It’s sounding promising, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There’s two more seasons of the gritty drama to soak up first, with the fourth expected to start airing in the U.K. next month and launch on Netflix in the U.S. soon after. We’ll just have to wait and see if they decide to push back the fifth and final season to make way for a film.
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