Idris Elba Could Soon Be Brooding as 'Luther' on the Big Screen

If you're an avid watcher of British television like I am, you know just as well as I do how frustrating it is that the best shows are generally the ones with the least amount of episodes. Luther is a prime example of this: Season 1 had only six episodes, then both Season 2 and 3 premiered a year apart with only four episodes each. That's only 14 episodes total, half an American television season, and they're on Season 4.

It's infuriating, but perhaps it's what keeps the show fresh and, well, excellent. That said, this news could not be more of a wonderful sight for sore eyes belonging to those who have already watched and re-watched the most recent season of Luther numerous times: According to Vulture, the series might actually become a movie as soon as next year, and, even better, series creator Neal Cross has already written a script.

"I've written the script and we hope to get the film made next year," Cross told the BBC of the potential plans. "It will follow [Luther's] career in the earlier days, when he is still married to Zoe, and the final scene in the film is the first of the initial TV series."

There are no GIFS or words to express how exciting this news is. For those of you who have seen Luther, you'll know what I mean — the rest of you should immediately go find the show on Netflix so you can experience the beauty of Idris Elba giving one of the best performances of his career (yes, even better than The Wire) playing the most tortured copper you know, DCI John Luther, alongside Ruth Wilson's lovable sociopath Alice Morgan.

While the idea of a prequel is great and could add major depth to the character of Luther, my only criticism is that since Alice was introduced in the first episode of Season 1, she wouldn't have a place in any prequels — and she's crucial to the show. So, y'know, if Cross could just go ahead and bend continuity just a bit, that'd be much appreciated, thanks.

For the record, the third season of Luther has already aired in the UK (and is available to watch online if you look hard enough/live across the pond), but it's going to begin airing in the U.S. on BBC America on Sept. 3. Mark your calendars, you won't regret this one.

[Image via BBC One]