Talk of a Downton Abbey Movie Continues
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An NBCUniversal exec has suggested that a Downton
Abbey movie is still in the cards and they’ll hopefully
have things rolling along by next year. This seems to be news
to the cast, though, so don’t clear your calendar just yet.
The Associated Press reports they spoke to
Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International
Studios, at a red-carpet event in Singapore for the traveling “Downton Abbey:
The Exhibition.” “There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in
the works for some time,” he told the outlet.
“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,” he added. How can they
not do a movie when the TV show is apparently still
generating enough interest for a traveling exhibition
dedicated to its props?
Though it seems they’re still far enough off that they haven’t
signed the cast yet. “Oh, well, you’ve got confirmation before
us. We have no idea if that’s happening,” said Sophie McShera,
a.k.a. Daisy, while Laura Carmichael/Lady Edith replied, “Well,
tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re
hoping that will happen soon.”
“I think we’ve got a film in us. I hope it happens,” said
Julian Fellowes, who did say in a chat at the Guardian
last month that he’s been working on a script and “it’s pretty
likely the Downton movie will happen,” but there’s no green
light from the studio yet. So, TBD.
If it ever happens, I hope it’s in the form of a sequel set
decades later which follows the process of selling the whole
thing, lock stock and barrel, to a thinly veiled Madonna. Which
is the only truthful conclusion to a saga about an English
manor home in the twentieth century.