The fans of ‘Peaky Blinders’ have lived a week of strong emotions. On Monday, January 18, both the start of filming for the sixth season, which had been delayed due to the coronavirus, and that this installment would be the last of the series. Just a day later, Steven Knight, creator of the series, pointed out that he plans to make a film with which to close the story as he had planned, and before the end of the week the scriptwriter has put the icing on the cake.
Cillian Murphy in ‘Peaky Blinders’
When confirming that ‘Peaky Blinders’ would continue in « another way » after the sixth season, there was speculation about the film that was confirmed shortly after, but also about possible spin-offs that could be born from the BBC series. At the end, Everything indicates that we will have both. In an interview with Variety, Knight first inquired about how the film will be: « We are in development. It is a fully formed idea and has a beginning, middle and end« .
« And I think it will be a fitting conclusion to the story so far told. Also, things that I wouldn’t call spin-offs will come out of it, but there will be other series that I hope will emerge from it, who will continue to tell the story of this part of society and this family, « adds Knight, anticipating the expansion of the series to new television projects that complete the narrative of the extended Shelby family.
Marked by the pandemic
Knight’s initial plan was to make seven seasons of ‘Peaky Blinders’, which would cover the entire interwar period of the first half of the 20th century. However, the coronavirus pandemic has thwarted those plans, forcing Knight and his team to change course: « Covid got in the way, and we lost a year of production. So we got together and thought it would be a good idea to make a movie instead of a seventh season« .