Netflix Gets Official Peaky Blinders Movie With Huge Return

By Charlene Badasie | Published

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A Peaky Blinders movie has received the official go-ahead from Netflix. Academy Award winner Cillian Murphy is set to reprise his role as Thomas Michael Shelby, the World War I veteran turned gangster who leads the titular Birmingham gang. Tom Harper, known for his work on Peaky Blinders Season 1, Heart of Stone, and The Aeronauts, will direct the film.

A Dream Team Has Been Assembled

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The Peaky Blinders movie will begin production from a script by series creator Steven Knight later this year. He will also serve as a producer alongside Caryn Mandabach, Cillian Murphy, and Guy Heeley. Notable executive producers are Tom Harper, David Kosse, Jamie Glazebrook, Andrew Warren, and David Mason. The project will be created in partnership with BBC Film.

While specific details about the Peaky Blinders plot and additional casting remain undisclosed, Knight previously hinted that the movie’s story could be set during World War II. “I’m genuinely thrilled that this movie is about to happen,” Knight said in a statement. “It will be an explosive chapter in the ‘Peaky Blinders’ story. No holds barred. Full on Peaky Blinders at war.”

Tommy Shelby Isn’t Finished Yet

Speaking about the upcoming Peaky Blinders movie, Cillian Murphy said that it feels like Tommy Shelby “wasn’t finished with me.” The actor also expressed his excitement about reuniting with Steven Knight and Tom Harper for the film adaptation, emphasizing that it’s a project for the dedicated fans of the beloved British period crime drama.

Tom Harper reflected on his experience directing the Peaky Blinders series over a decade ago, saying they didn’t anticipate its success. “We didn’t know what the series would become, but we did know that there was something in the alchemy of the cast and the writing that felt explosive,” he explained. Harper also expressed his excitement about bringing the movie to audiences worldwide through Netflix.

A Post-War Criminal Empire

The Peaky Blinders series is set in Birmingham, England, after World War I and follows the exploits of the Peaky Blinders, a criminal gang led by Thomas Shelby. The story revolves around the gang known for their razor-blade-laced flat caps as they navigate the criminal underworld and struggle for power in post-war Birmingham.

Peaky Blinders also explores the intricate dynamics of the Shelby family. Thomas is a cunning and ambitious war veteran driven by a desire to establish a criminal empire. His older brother, Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson), struggles to assert his authority within the family amid Tommy’s overwhelming ambition. Polly Gray (Helen McCrory) is known for her sharp intellect and cunning nature.

The Legacy Of The Flat Cap

The crime drama has left a lasting cultural impact, influencing fashion trends and popular culture in the UK. The series has also ventured into the gaming world with the release of Peaky Blinders: Mastermind in 2020 and Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom in 2023, providing fans with immersive experiences beyond the television show.

Stream Peaky Blinders On Netflix

Originally premiering on BBC Two in 2013, Peaky Blinders later moved to BBC One for its fifth and sixth seasons. Its global reach expanded significantly when Netflix acquired the rights to distribute the show worldwide, allowing audiences everywhere to stream the series at their convenience. As a result, the Peaky Blinders movie will likely be a massive hit.

Critically acclaimed for its unique style, compelling performances, and gripping narrative, Peaky Blinders has garnered widespread praise. It’s lauded for its authentic portrayal of the working class and post-war Britain’s social and economic upheaval, solidifying its place as a standout series in contemporary television.

Source: Deadline