“Downton Abbey”, the show that portrayed the lives of the English aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, came to an end almost two years ago. At least on the small screen.
Rumors of the movie version have existed since the staff completed its run in 2015. But now, a high-level NBC Universal’s executive has confirmed that the popular drama series will have its own movie soon.
Michael Edelstein, president at NBC Universal International Studios, announced the news at a red-carpet event for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which features costumes, locations, and never-before-seen footage from the TV show.
“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,” Edelstein said.
The cast of Downton Abbey television series included Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, and Maggie Smith, and others. However, cast members at the exhibition said they weren’t aware about the project.
“Oh, well, you’ve got confirmation before us. We have no idea if that’s happening,” said Sophie McShera, better known for her role as Daisy Mason. “But we would all love to be part of the film if it was to happen, for sure,” she added. Laura Carmichale, who played Lady Edith, also said she “hope[s] to have information soon.”
In its original iteration, “Downton Abbey” ran for six seasons and 52 episodes. During that time, the series was nominated for 69 Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home 15.