It’s official. A follow up movie to the Downton Abbey TV show is happening! NBCUniversal International Studios President Michael Edelstein told the Associated Press, “There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time,” at a red carpet event in Singapore, for “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.” The display showcases costumes, locations and previously unreleased footage.
According to the report, Edelstein said they’re hoping to gather 20 cast members from the original Downton Abbey TV series. “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.” Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGoverny, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, and Maggie Smith starred in the series.
Downton Abbey Cast Reacts to News of a Follow-Up Movie
Here’s more from the AP.
Cast members at the exhibition said they were not aware of the movie. “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 in the series, quipped: “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”
Emmy-winning writer and creator Julian Fellowes also said he hoped a film would be made. “I think we’ve got a film in us. I hope it happens,” he said.
Downton Abbey concluded its six season run in 2015 in UK and in 2016 on PBS in the US.
What do you think? Do you still miss Downton Abbey? Will you check out the movie? What do you imagine the story will be?