Peaky Blinders stage musical 'gaining huge amount of traction' says creator
Think Peaky Blinders writer and creator Steven Knight was messing around when he informed Deadline earlier this year that he had been approached about turning his period crime show into a stage musical? Then the joke is on you. Knight tells EW that he is actively working to make that happen.
“There’s talk of a Peaky musical, which is actually gaining a huge amount of traction,” he says. “I’ve got to write it first. I’ll get someone who knows what they’re doing [to write the songs]. I would write the book. I am writing the book.”
And how is that going?
“It’s great!” he says. “I like to do things I haven’t done before — because why not? You’ve got to keep moving.”
Knight is moving plenty at the moment. He recently directed, and is currently editing, the film Serenity, a thriller-drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, and is also writing season 2 of the FX show, Taboo. In the not too distant future, his attention will turn to season 5 of Peaky Blinders, whose fourth run of shows is now available to watch on Netflix.
“I haven’t started writing it yet, but I know what it’s going to be about, who is going to be the main baddie,” says Knight. “It will be set around 1929, 1930, and it [is] set up in the last ten minutes of episode 6, season 4.”
Watch the original UK trailer for Peaky Blinders season 4, above.