It's official: the Downton Abbey movie IS happening
There's been talk of a Downton Abbey movie since way before the show ended, but it's FINALLY been actually confirmed, with filming even scheduled for next year.
On the red carpet for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in Singapore, the president of NBCUniversal International Studios revealed all.
"There's a movie in the works. It's been in the works for some time," Michael Edelstein told The AP.
"We are working on getting the script right and then we've got to figure out how to get the [cast] together.
"Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we're hopeful to make a movie sometime next year."
Although the idea of a film version of the hit ITV show has been around for ages, actual confirmation that it's happening came as a bit of a shock to some of the cast.
"Oh, well, you've got confirmation before us. We have no idea if that's happening," said Sophie McShera, who played assistant cook Daisy Mason.
"But we would all love to be part of the film if it was to happen, for sure."
Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley, also didn't have a clue it was confirmed.
"Well, tell my agent, because we're still waiting to know. We're hoping that will happen soon," she said.
It seems the only one who isn't up for a film is Dame Maggie Smith, who reckons (or hopes) the film will kick off with the Dowager Countess's funeral, and really wants her character to "croak it".
"I just think it's squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean?" she said about the possibility of a film earlier this year.
"I don't know what it could possibly be. It was so meandering, what would you... ?
"Anyway that's not my problem. That's the Lord's [Julian Fellowes] problem."
Downton Abbey ended its hugely successful run after six series on Christmas Day 2015.
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