The sixth and final season of Peaky Blinders is on the way, but the story isn’t quite over for Tommy Shelby and his Birmingham gang. Rather than concluding their run on television, the last chapter of the Peaky Blinders’s tale will take place on film, show creator Steven Knight confirmed in 2021. “Covid changed our plans. But I can say that my plan from the beginning was to end Peaky with a movie,” he told Deadline. “That is what is going to happen.”
Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming movie:
Filming will begin in 2023
While Peaky is set to end its television run this spring, it may be quite a while until audiences get the ultimate conclusion to the show. During a BFI London Film Festival panel, Knight revealed that the current plan is for the movie to go into production in Birmingham, England in 2023. Knight also revealed at the time that he will be writing the film—not entirely a surprise, considering he has been the writer on the show’s previous six seasons.
“We are in development. 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,” he told Variety in January 2021.
Given that timeline, it seems likely that the movie itself wouldn’t hit screens until 2024, but thus far no official dates have been announced.
What will the film be about?
It’s not currently clear what plotlines we can expect to see in the Peaky Blinders movie, or even what year it might be set in.
Back in 2018, Knight had told fans that the original intent was to film a seventh season of the television show, with an eye to even more seasons down the road. “My ambition is to make it a story of a family between two wars, so I always wanted to end it with the first air raid siren in 1939,” he said at the time. However, whether that means we can expect the sixth season to end on that note—suggesting that the film would take place either during or after WWII—or if that could be a potential cap to the film itself is all speculation at this point.
Will there be more Peaky Blinders?
In late 2021, Knight said on a BFI London Film Festival panel that the movie “will probably be the sort of the end of the road for Peaky Blinders as we know it,” which sounds like he plans for the film to be a definitive end to the story. However he has also hinted that it might not be the last bow for the Peaky universe at large. “We’re talking about… I don’t like the word spin-offs, but TV series that are going to be inspired by and include characters from Peaky,” he told BBC News in 2021, adding to Variety, “there will be other TV shows that I hope will come out of [it], that will continue to tell the story of this part of society and this family.”
There’s been no word on what those potential shows might be, but Knight has indicated that he would likely pass on the writing duties to someone else for new entries into the Peaky universe.