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The Peaky Blinders Movie Is, at Long Last, a Go at Netflix

The film will (probably) serve as a coda to Steven Knight's rollicking historical drama that ran for six seasons.
  • Paul Anderson and Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders (Photo: Netflix)
    Paul Anderson and Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders (Photo: Netflix)

    Tommy Shelby, Netflix's most unflinching man with a plan, will be back to shake things up in England. Deadline reports that, after much whispering and speculation, the streaming giant has officially greenlit a Peaky Blinders movie to cap off Steven Knight's thrilling historical crime drama. 

    What's that? You're pretty sure you'd already heard that this movie, which will see newly minted Oscar winner Cillian Murphy reprise his role as Tommy, was going into production? Well, sure, but that's hardly a guarantee anymore, now that the streaming business involves shelving completed movies for tax writeoffs. There's no way Netflix will back out now [insert nervous laughter].

    But in all seriousness, Peaky Blinders definitely left fans wanting more, even after six seasons. The final season of the series, which premiered in February 2022, saw Tommy Shelby face his own mortality, but tying up loose ends in his clandestine business operations proved much easier than mending old wounds among his family members, including Arthur (Paul Anderson) and Ada (Sophie Rundle). He even squared off against his cousin Michael (Finn Cole), who turned out to be almost as ambitious as Tommy, though nowhere near as cunning. 

    In the Season 6 finale, Tommy basically took care of all of his enemies and even flipped off the Grim Reaper. It's hard to tell which worlds are left for him to conquer, but the film should still serve as an interesting coda to the six-season series, which was a hit for Netflix. 

    Tom Harper, who directed several episodes of Season 1, will direct the film. Plot details are still under wraps, as is a release date, but Knight, who previously suggested the movie will take place during WWII, calls it "an explosive chapter in the Peaky Blinders story. No holds barred. Full-on Peaky Blinders at war.” 

    Hot off his Oscar win, Murphy told Deadline he was thrilled to return: “It seems like Tommy Shelby wasn’t finished with me. … It is very gratifying to be recollaborating with Steven Knight and Tom Harper on the film version of Peaky Blinders. This is one for the fans.” (If that is true, then they should definitely bring back Tom Hardy, who gives off major Bob Hoskins energy as Alfie Solomons.) Stay tuned for more incremental updates.  

    Danette Chavez is the Editor-in-Chief of Primetimer and its biggest fan of puns.

    TOPICS: Peaky Blinders, Cillian Murphy, Steven Knight, Tom Hardy, Tom Harper