Well, color me confused.
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Fox is producing an American version of the gloomy, violent British crime drama Luther for Fox, BBC One has just come out with the news that the original version of the show is returning in 2015 as well.
I was just about certain that the show's creator, Neil Cross, had decided that the third series would be the show's last, which coincided with Idris Elba telling the world that he was going to retire for a couple of years. At most, Cross said that he was planning a movie based on the tie-in prequel he wrote back in 2012 which would delve further into the backgrounds of Luther and his wife, Zoe (Indira Varma), shedding light on her affair and their separation, along with the case that got Luther suspended. Such a prequel would likely be forced to exclude the show's most divisive character, Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson), who at that stage hadn't met the detective yet (or killed her family). And regardless of how you feel about Alice, it's hard to imagine the story without her at this point.
There aren't many details so far, apart from the fact that Idris is still on board, but it does sound like Cross's intention is moving forward rather than looking back. His statement from today reads:
"Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there's hardly been a minute when I didn't wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out. We're putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work."
Wilson's status is unconfirmed, but given the way the show ends, it would be unusual if she were excluded. Some fans (mostly me) would also like to know what happened to Mark North (Paul McGann), who was missing from the final series despite being major player for the first two. Is he still living in a greenhouse with the porn star/adopted daughter? Inquiring minds, etc.
Other than that, this does help to soften the blow of the American remake news, which with any luck will suffer the same fate as The IT Crowd or Life on Mars.