Earlier this year, when cameras began rolling for BBC’s Peaky Blinders season 6, it was announced the upcoming instalment would mark the show’s last. Thankfully, creator Steven Knight promised the BAFTA-winning crime drama would “continue in another form”, potentially through a spin-off series or even a feature-length adaptation. Today, we have a hard confirmation that the Peaky Blinders movie centred on the Shelby family will indeed kick off production in 18 months.
“[I’m] going to write the feature which will be set in and shot in Birmingham,” Steven Knight revealed at the BFI London Film Festival.
“And that will probably be the sort of the end of the road for Peaky Blinders as we know it. It’s a fully formed idea and it has a beginning, middle, and end. And I think it’s going to be a fitting conclusion to the story told so far.”
According to Variety, Knight is also willing to explore the possibility of keeping the Peaky Blinders universe alive with “shows related” to the main story, apparently avoiding the term “spin-offs” which he isn’t particularly fond of. Should such a project go ahead, however, Knight wouldn’t necessarily be supervising them; rather he’d “pass on the baton” to another creative with a vision.
As for the matter of season 6, you’ll be happy to hear it’s officially completed filming and approaching the finish line for editing. Currently, it’s scheduled for release in Spring of 2022 (US) – meaning anytime between March to May next year.
“My ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars,” Knight told the press elsewhere circa 2018.
“So I’ve wanted to end it with the first air raid siren in Birmingham in 1939… In my mind, this story is the story between two wars.”
“The end of the chapter of these people’s lives and this society is when the Second World War begins. Because it all changes after that, after the demolitions and the council estates, it’s a different world.”
Assuming Steven Knight stays true to his original vision and doesn’t reserve any of the loose ends introduced within season 5 for the movie, given the current timeline, Peaky Blinders season 6 will need to:
- Resolve the ongoing arc wherein Tommy Shelby OBE (portrayed by Cillian Murphy) covertly schemes against MP Oswald Mosley (portrayed by Sam Claflin)
- Confront the rise of fascism and fascist sentiments in the UK
- Not to mention, somehow burn right through the 1930s to make that self-imposed
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“My intention has always been to redeem [Tommy Shelby] so that at the end he’s genuinely a good man doing good things,” adds Knight.
“And finding how that journey happened, and why it happened, and dealing with all the post-traumatic stress of the First World War, and never easing up on that.”
“It’s all part of the trajectory of Tommy Shelby. Where his plans work, until they don’t and then he’s pulled back, always pulled back to where he’s from… and I want to see [him] knighted: Sir Thomas Shelby.”
“He wouldn’t get knighted because people think he’s great, he’d get knighted because he’s done a favour. But even then, is he accepted?”
The pandemic-induced delay, of course, has only served to heighten general anticipation. As noted by series director Anthony Byrne, Peaky Blinders season 6 had been ready to go for some time now, with scripts, sets, and costumes completed, locations booked, cameras + lenses tested, etc.
“Months of hard work by our very talented, dedicated, and hardworking crew,” Byrne had stated during the height of COVID-19 last year.
“All the prep was done. It’s a real shame not to be able to make it for you at this time.”
Series actor Emmett J. Scanlan, who portrays Billy Grade, has publicly described the scripts as being “so fucking good”. Knight, on the other hand, teased that Peaky Blinders will be back “with a bang” to deliver the “best series of all.”
“We will be back as soon as we can, I promise,” teases series lead Cillian Murphy.
“Causing chaos and knocking heads as usual.”
We’ll update you with a specific Peaky Blinders season 6 release date (and the movie) when the time comes – until then, watch the first teaser trailer for the former below courtesy of Netflix.