Warning: Some spoilers for Peaky Blinders season five ahead!
Another season of Peaky Blinders has come to an end, and while we can't stop thinking about that season five cliffhanger (seriously, who betrayed Tommy?), word on the street is there will be another two seasons of the hit TV drama. But that's just the beginning. The really exciting news is we can potentially look forward to a Peaky Blinders spinoff, and/or a Peaky Blinders movie, too.
"I'm writing series six at the moment," Stephen Knight, the series creator, told PA Media Group. "That's almost done. Then I'm going to do series seven, then I'm looking at spinoffs, maybe a movie." While Knight could be all talk, this does suggest it's possible that Tommy and the Shelby family could soon follow in the footsteps of Downton Abbey's Crawley family and end up on the big screen at a cinema near you.
Will There Be a Peaky Blinders Movie?
The latest we've heard about a spinoff or movie is from the Peaky Blinders mastermind himself, Stephen Knight. "When we get to the end of the seven series, we'll think about [the movie]," he told NME in August 2019. "There's still a lot of energy in it and places it can go".
What Do We Know About Future Peaky Blinders Plots?
Should a movie or spinoff go ahead, Knight has confirmed neither will be a prequel. "The problem with a prequel is you're limiting yourself as to where it can go. You can't kill a character who can show up in the series," he said. While further details about the movie or spinoff are sparse, Knight has been very clear about wanting the TV series to end with the first air raid siren in Birmingham in 1939. "The destination for the whole show has always been the start of the Second World War, so the show is the story of the family between the wars," Knight told NME. "I just know that there could be stuff that happens subsequently," he continued. Could a spinoff take us to America with Michael? Or would a movie see the youngest Shelby brother, Finn, head to war?
Where Would a Peaky Blinders Movie or Spinoff Be Set?
While we can't imagine Peaky Blinders set anywhere but Birmingham, it's hard to know where a movie or spinoff would be set without further details. America does seem like a good bet (especially given the international interest in the show since it hit Netflix in the US). But there are so many options: maybe Knight and Tom Hardy are considering a show focussed on Alfie Solomons's semi-retirement in Margate? Or perhaps a movie would flash forward to a grown-up Charlie and Ruby leading a new generation of Shelbys in the 1960s?
Who Will Be in the Cast?
Unfortunately, when it comes to a Peaky Blinders spinoff or movie, nothing has been said about the cast, and this will depend on the fate of the family in the next two seasons. As we know, Knight has no qualms in killing off major characters (or, indeed, finding ways to bring them back later on). We can only hope that at least some of the current Peaky Blinders cast members return, particularly favourites like Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons, and Helen McCrory as Aunt Pol. At this point, anything is possible.
Who Will Direct?
Again, nobody's gone on record to say who would direct the spinoff or movie, however, given Steven Knight generally likes to work with different directors each season, a spinoff or movie could see almost anyone step into the role.
Peaky Blinders, the Musical?
Yes, you read that right. Stephen Knight has even mentioned the potential for a Peaky Blinders musical. "The film is of interest, the ballet is of interest, the musical is of interest. I just like doing different things," Knight told NME. Based on the success of the series soundtrack with the show's fans (including the late David Bowie), this actually isn't as weird as it sounds.