EXCLUSIVE: With news yesterday that BAFTA-winning gangster epic Peaky Blinders is ending its sixth season, promises were made that the series would continue “in a different form,” said creator Steven Knight. He then explains to resourcingstrategies: “Covid has changed our plans. But I can say my plan from the start was to end Peaky with a movie. That will happen. ”
A film has long been debated for the series, and while there are no details at the moment and resourcingstrategies understands that nothing has been formalized, it seems like a logical extension for the show, which has become an industry of its own – or as Knight told me In the past, Peaky was “an animal that won’t die”. There were hardcover books, clothing lines, an official soundtrack, and a video game. Knight was also approached about a spin-off ballet version and a West End musical.
“Peaky Blinders” at the end of the sixth season; The story continues “in a different form”
Knight had previously expressed an interest in completing the TV run of the Cillian Murphy-directed drama with a seventh season, but the pandemic threw a wrench into the works. Season 6 began filming on Monday, which was delayed a little less than a year by the pandemic. Details are not yet known, although Knight previously said that he planted seeds in season 5 that are due to be picked up later. One of them was “that fascism is afoot”.
Executive producer Caryn Mandabach says to me, “This final season of our beloved Peaky Blinders is going to be the best yet. Steve’s uncanny ability to be prescient of world events is only matched by his ability to make Tommy Shelby the most indelible character of our time. “
Season five was the most watched for the Shelby family to date, as the series has grown stronger since 2013. The final season began with the financial crash of 1929 and Murphy’s Tommy Shelby as MP. When approached by the real fascist arsonist Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) and his bold vision for Britain, Tommy realizes that his reaction will affect not just the future of his family but that of the nation as a whole.
The season has also looked at Tommy’s psyche, and Knight has said over the years that he would like to “rehabilitate” the character. His plan, as he told us before, was to end the series by seven seasons with the start of World War II so that Peaky would become a story about people between the wars.