Peaky Blinders movie is officially happening and going to Netflix

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Peaky Blinders is returning in movie form.
Peaky Blinders is returning in movie form. Credit: Supplied

Long-rumoured and feverishly anticipated, the Peaky Blinders movie is officially happening.

Netflix has greenlit a film from creator Steven Knight which will see the return of now Oscar winner Cillian Murphy in the role that thrust him into international superstardom.

The film will follow the continuing adventures of the Shelby family in early 20th-century Birmingham, where violence is as common as pin-stripe suits.

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Knight will write the script while Tom Harper, who directed episodes of the first season, will helm the film. According to Deadline, the movie is expected to start shooting later this year.

The plot and character details are still secret but Knight had previously suggested a movie might be set during World War II.

Knight has promised that the film will be “an explosive chapter in the Peaky Blinders story. No holds barred. Full-on Peaky Blinders at war.”

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Peaky Blinders ran from 2013 until 2022. Credit: BBC

The series premiered in the UK in 2013 and soon lit up international audiences who couldn’t enough of the story about a crime gang trying to control the streets of Birmingham in the aftermath of The Great War.

Peaky Blinders was a fictional story but there was a real historical underground gang operating in Birmingham in the late 1800s who were also notorious for their vicious acts and sense of style.

The show ran for six seasons until 2022, and since the finale, rumours of a movie has persisted. It starred Murphy, Helen McCrory (until her death), Sophie Rundle, Ned Dennehy, Paul Anderson and Tom Hardy.

Since Peaky Blinders, Murphy thrust himself into the title role of Christopher Nolan’s historical drama, Oppenheimer, for which he won an Oscar for best actor. He currently in production on 28 Years Later, the sequel to Danny Boyle and Alex Garland’s apocalyptic horror film 28 Days Later.

As a testament to Murphy’s rising status, he is credited as a producer on both the Peaky Blinders movie and the 28 Years Later.

He said in a statement, “It seems like Tommy Shelby wasn’t finished with me. It is very gratifying to be re-collaborating with Steven Knight and Tom Harper on the film version of Peaky Blinders.

“This one is for the fans.”

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