A “Downton Abbey” movie is in the works, and NBCUniversal said it’s probably going to start production in 2018.
So said Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios. “It’s been in the works for some time.”
Edelstein spoke to reporters Wednesday on the red carpet for the opening of “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” in Singapore.
It seems members of the “Downton” cast were just as surprised as the rest of us upon hearing news of a film adaptation of the popular British series.
“Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know,” said Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley. “We’re hoping that will happen soon.”
Sophie McShera, who played Daisy on the show, said, “Oh, well, you’ve got the confirmation before us. We have no idea if that’s happening, but we would all love to be a part of the film if it was to happen, for sure.”
Meanwhile, “Downton” creator and writer Julian Fellowes said, “I think we’ve got a film in us. I hope it happens.”
“We are working on getting the script right,” said Edelstein, “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.”
“Downton Abbey” ended its hugely successful television run in 2015 after six seasons. The series followed the lives of the Crawley family and their domestic servants through various historical events from the 1910s to the 1920s.