“Downton Abbey” will be back according to Michael Edelstein, president of NBCUniversal International Studios. He told the Associated Press, “There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time. 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.” Added series creator Julian Fellowes, “I think we’ve got a film in us. I hope it happens.”
But that was news to some of the show’s cast members, including Sophie McShera, who commented, “We have no idea if that’s happening, but we would all love to be part of the film if it was to happen, for sure.”
“Downton Abbey” ran for six seasons starting in 2010 in the UK and it became an international hit with its interconnected stories of the Crawley family and their servants living in the title estate in the early 20th century. It was particularly popular with the television academy in the United States: it won 15 Emmys out of 68 nominations. It also took khome three SAG Awards for Best TV Drama Ensemble for its sizable cast.
Will Fellowes, Edelstein and company be able to re-assemble the dozens of cast members from the show? It seems like there’s enthusiasm for the project all around, so fingers crossed.
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