Peaky Blinders director hints TV series is being made into film

A Peaky Blinders director has revealed that that the hit TV series could be made into a movie.

Otto Bathurst, who directed three episodes in season one of the gritty gangster drama, said the show’s creator Steven Knight is currently writing a script, reports MailOnline .

It comes after Cillian Murphy, who plays Thomas Shelby in the BBC One series, admitted that show bosses have some ‘ideas’ about the plot and he’s ‘curious’ to see how it unfolds.

Speaking to Yahoo! Movies about the possibility of a movie, Otto said: "I think it’s actually being written.

"I think Steve, Steve Knight the writer, I think they’re planning something, yeah."

Otto also claimed in 2016 that there were talks of doing a movie and reiterated last year that it was ‘probably going to’ happen.


Details of the plot and cast have not been revealed, but star Cillian seems intrigued about how the drama would be transformed for the big screen.

"I think Steve [Knight] has some ideas. You’d have to be careful, but I’d be curious to do it,’ he previously told Esquire magazine.

Meanwhile, filming is currently underway for season five on the show and is set for release on BBC One in 2019.

Series five of Steven Knight’s crime family saga sees the Shelbys thrown into difficult times following the financial crash of 1929.

Now the Labour MP for Small Heath in Birmingham, Shelby is approached by a politician with a plan that could change his and his family’s lives.

Executive producer Caryn Mandabach said: "Steve’s Birmingham saga becomes more fascinating and more relevant with every chapter.

"This one promises to be the best yet. I’m truly grateful to the BBC for their support of such thrilling, immersive and resonant storytelling."

Creator Knight said: "The story of the Peaky Blinders and of the Shelby family gets woven into the political fabric of Britain and Europe as the 1920s end and the 30s begin.

"Tommy Shelby faces the darkest force he has ever faced and his struggle is as relevant today as it was then."

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: "Peaky Blinders is a truly iconic BBC drama and I cannot wait for viewers to see what Steven has in store when the cast, led by the mesmerising Cillian Murphy, return for series five in its new home on BBC One."

The fifth series will be directed by Anthony Byrne, whose previous work includes In Darkness, Butterfly and Ripper Street.

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