Thanks to a recent interview with Empire magazine, we’ve learned some more of creator Steven Knight’s Peaky Blinders plans.
The show returns for its final television run this year – a trailer landed last month – but we’ve been pretty certain of a movie to follow for a while. However, Knight has always framed Peaky Blinders as taking place between WWI and WWII, suggesting that the show would end with the sound of the first air-raid sirens over Birmingham.
Now, he’s talking of a change to those plans saying:
“It was always Britain between the wars – how the lesson from one war was not learned and was repeated.” It’s also the end of empire: we enter the Second World War and by the end of it, there is no empire, really. But I… have revised the scope of what it is. It will now go into and beyond the Second World War. Because I just think the energy that is out there in the world for this, I want to keep it going, and I want to see how this can progress beyond that.”
Excitingly, he then says he thinks of the forthcoming sixth series “… as the end of the beginning.”
Peaky Blinders – The Movie
Reports in Variety last year suggested that a feature film might shoot as soon as 2023. It also picked up on quotes from Steven Kinght at the London Film Festival which suggested further related projects could be in the offing. Eschewing the term “spin-offs”, which he dislikes, Knight framed the ideas as “shows related” to the “Peaky Blinders” universe.
We still don’t know an exact date for the return of Peaky Blinders, but surely it can’t be too long now!
In the meantime, let’s enjoy that dramatic Series 6 trailer again: