Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight confirms feature film is in the pipeline - The Coventry Observer

16th Aug, 2022

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight confirms feature film is in the pipeline

Coventry Editorial 28th Jul, 2022

Steven Knight, the creator of BBC drama Peaky Blinders, has confirmed there will be a spin-off film featuring familiar faces and new cast members.

The Bafta-nominated show, which follows Birmingham crime gang The Peaky Blinders during the aftermath of the First World War, ran for six series from 2013 to 2022.

The 62-year-old British screenwriter and director, who also wrote Dirty Pretty Things and more recently Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, confirmed there will be a Peaky Blinders feature film while speaking on Heart Breakfast on Thursday.

He told hosts Jamie Theakston and Zoe Hardman:

“I can tell you that there’s going to be a film, a feature film.

When asked by Theakston, 51, if the film was definitely confirmed, Birmingham-born Knight replied:

“Yep, by me, right now.”

He continued:

“I’m writing it right now. I mean, I’m nearly done writing it, and we’re going to shoot it… I’m setting up some film and television studios in Digbeth in Birmingham.”

The original series, which was first broadcast on BBC Two before moving to BBC One following its success, was filmed in Birmingham, as well as in areas of Bradford, Dudley, Leeds and Liverpool.

It was loosely based on a real street gang, of the same name, which was active in Birmingham from the 1880s to the 1910s.

When asked about the casting of the upcoming film, Knight revealed there will be some familiar faces returning “and some new faces that will hopefully be quite surprising”.

Cillian Murphy played the infamous Tommy Shelby – the head of the Peaky Blinders – while other Shelby family members and senior members of the gang included Paul Anderson as Arthur Shelby, Sophie Rundle as Ada Shelby and Joe Cole as John Shelby.

Helen McCrory starred as the family’s no-nonsense matriarch Elizabeth “Polly” Gray, up until her death from breast cancer in April 2021 at the age of 52.

Tom Hardy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sam Claflin and Adrien Brody also featured.

Knight also shared the expected timeline for the film, telling the radio show:

“I’m hoping that we’ll be shooting in… within 18 months.

“And then obviously we put it together. I mean it will depend on the distributors and things when it goes out.

“But I’m just really looking forward to having a Peaky event where people can watch it communally.

“I mean, the social media community is so strong and people talk to each other. But to actually be together physically will be really interesting.”

Knight was made a CBE in the 2020 New Year Honours for his services to drama, entertainment and the community in Birmingham.

 

Support community journalism by making a contribution.

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.

Business Directory

From plumbers, to restaurants, we can provide you with all the info you need.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Coventry Observer.

Recruitment

Find a career you'll love with our free career finder website.

Buy Photos

Buy photos online from the Coventry Observer newspaper.