A movie is planned, with Cillian Murphy in the cast and creator Steven Knight at the helm.
The End? Nope ! If season 6 of Peaky Blinders is presented, rightly, as the last of the English series, the story of Tommy Shelby is not over for all that. Concretely, season 7 of Peaky Blinders will take the form of a movie, announced last year by creator Steven Knight and confirmed in recent days.
“The characters introduced in season 6 will serve to set the tone of the film Peaky Blinders” already said in February to Esquire screenwriter. “This movie, I know exactly what it’s about. And I know what two stories it’s going to tell…“
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In the New York TimesKnight goes further and reveals that this feature film Peaky Blinders will take place in the middle of World War II: “I’m interested in the idea of ending the story during World War II. So the movie will be set during this war, and then the movie itself will dictate what happens next. But I also want to keep this world going in the 1950s and to see how far it can go… Because the demand is huge. So why not do it? I probably won’t write everything (if more movies or series follow) but the world will be set!”
Peaky Blinders is far from over, even if nothing will happen before 2023 at the earliest. Cillian Murphy trust in Deadline that it will be, but has not read anything yet: “I don’t know anything about the movie. I’ll be as excited as anyone to read a script. But I think it’s good for everyone to take a little break already. It’s always a healthy thing and then we can get together. Steve is an incredibly busy and in-demand writer, but I know he loves to write Peaky Blinders above all. He adores her. So when the time comes, I’ll be there…“
What will become of Tommy then? What will be his “real” end?
“I really have no idea” responds the actor. “Steve always surprises. Whenever you read a script from him, it’s never what you expected or thought was going to happen. It is often even the opposite. He’s really good at subverting that gangster narrative…so I really, really don’t know.”
But Steven Knight, he already has an idea. In the NYT, he reveals: “I still imagine that before episode 1 of season 1, Tommy put a gun to his head and decided not to kill himself, but instead to do whatever he wants! There’s a great quote from Francis Bacon about how, since life is so meaningless, we might as well be extraordinary… Tommy thinks none the less. He doesn’t think there’s a goal, a destination, he just does those things. And then over the course of six seasons, it gradually comes back to life. It is as if something frozen is thawing out, but this process is obviously very painful. My take is that Season 6 asks the question: Can Tommy Shelby redeem himself? Have some form of redemption? I believe that question was answered in the last 10 minutes.”