LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21:  Writer Steven Knight attends the UK Premiere of "Allied" at Odeon Leicester Square on November 21, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
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Steven Knight Collected Lost WWII Stories For The Plot Of The Peaky Blinders Movie
From Operation Paperclip to the evacuation of Dunkirk to Operation Mincemeat, the real-world stories behind World War II might just be more cinematic than fiction could ever hope to be. It’s probably why “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight has rummaged through the recorded past in order to craft the plot for the upcoming movie.
In a 2022 interview, Knight opened up about pulling from “three true stories” as a source of inspiration: “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. True, sort of secret and unknown stories about the Second World War, and [I've] involved the Peaky's in there.”
The possibilities of what will happen in the movie are endless because of the staggering amount of material to pull from. For the already-traumatized Thomas Shelby, a veteran of World War I who remains profoundly damaged by his involvement in the war, the onset of another global conflict will surely ramp up his own rivalry with the fascistic political leader, Oswald Mosley.