After two years of rumors, the transition of Downton Abbey to the big screen has been confirmed.
“Six Seasons and a movie” has been the rallying cry of fans ever since Community coined the phrase. For Downton Abbey, it seems like it’s going to be exactly that. After two years off the air, NBCUniversal confirmed today that the rumors are true: a movie is in the works, and has been for quite some time.
Speaking to the Associated Press, NBCU president Michael Edelstein announced the movie is slated to film next year.
“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.”
But apparently not all the actors are in on the plans. The interview was on the red carpet of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, and when Laura Carmichael, the always forgotten Lady Edith, was asked about his statement she said he should tell her agent.
“Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”
The rumors of a Downton movie have been swirling since before the final season aired on ITV in September of 2015, and got louder as it aired in the states in 2016. Everyone has opined on whether or not it’s a good idea. (Spoiler alert: Maggie Smith is not really a fan.) It’s obvious that Fellowes really wants it, and NBC would like to keep tapping that American audience as best they can.
Smith may not be so thrilled at the notion, but in reality, most of the cast of Downton are either out of their prime, and probably able to do it, or not actually managing now that the show is over. (Dan Stevens may be off making Disney level salaries, but Lady Mary sure ain’t.) If NBCU really wants this, and feel strongly enough that they’ll admit it to the press, that means Carmichael’s agent should be hearing something soon.