Peaky Blinders movie confirmed as script 'nearly' finished, says writer – here's what we know so far

Peaky Blinders' creator, Steven Knight, has shared more information about the movie adaptation of the BBC crime drama

Peaky Blinders movie confirmed as script 'nearly' finished says writer – here's what we know so far
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The script for the Peaky Blinders film is 'nearly' finished, leaving fans of the show desperate to know everything about the highly-anticipated movie.

A stand-alone film adaptation of the BBC crime series was first confirmed by creator Steven Knight last year, much to the delight of its devout viewers. 

The British screenwriter announced in October 2021 that the Shelby family would be gracing the silver screen after Season 6 of Peaky Blinders, with promises of Cillian Murphy reprising his role as Tommy as well as the possibility of 'surprising' new characters. 

Knight also said that the protagonist's older brother, Arthur Shelby, played by Paul Anderson, would return for the movie. 

Fresh details – courtesy of Knight himself – have now been revealed about the Peaky Blinders movie, including an update on its script, its plotline, and its filming locations.  

Peaky Blinders final episode features Cillian Murphy

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What will the Peaky Blinders movie be about? 

The exact plot for the Peaky Blinders film remains top secret, but fortunately, Knight has dropped some exciting hints about what viewers can expect from the big-screen adaptation. 

The award-winning writer will incorporate three real-life stories from World War II into the movie, having 'always been interested' in giving a platform to the untold horrors of history's bloodiest conflict. 

"I've had this in mind for quite a while now, a story with the Peakys during the Second World War and I've picked up three true stories that I'm integrating into the film," he told RadioTimes. "I'm always interested because, with the Second World War, there was so much going on and so much death and destruction, that lots of things happened that didn't really make it into the history books. So it's those things I'm focusing on."

Steven Knight

Steven Knight, Peaky Blinders creator 

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The Peaky Blinders movie is also expected to focus on the younger generation of the gang, with Tommy's illegitimate son, Duke (Conrad Khan) and Finn (Harry Curtin) likely to get more screen-time in the future. 

"Steve [Knight] wants to do a spin-off show featuring younger Peakies who we might see potentially coming to London and causing havoc and maybe getting involved with other gangs," Anthony Byrne, director of Peaky Blinders season six, told The Sunday Times


Where will the Peaky Blinders movie be shot? 

The Peaky Blinders movie will be shot in studios and on location in Digbeth and Small Heath, Birmingham, where the original Peaky Blinders gang was active between the 1880s and the 1910s. 

“It's like Peaky’s coming home," Knight told Heart FM in July. 

When will the Peaky Blinders movie be released? 

A release date for the Peaky Blinders movie has yet to be announced, but with Knight's script still in the pipeline, it's highly unlikely to be in cinemas by next year. 

Movies typically take at least several months to shoot – and that's before all the editing business of post-production. If all things go to plan, Peaky Blinders fans should anticipate a 2024 release date for the big-screen adaptation. 

Emma Dooney
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