‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018

Downton Abbey Season 6
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The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year.

The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, have frequently spoken about making a “Downton” movie.

Noting a film has been in the works for some time, Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the Associated Press: “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.”

Julian Fellowes wrote the TV series and has been working on the script for the movie. Edelstein was talking to AP from the Singapore leg of the “Downton Abbey” exhibition. Cast member at the same event said they did not yet know about the feature project but reacted positively to the news.

Laura Carmichael played one of the aristocrats in the series and told AP: “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

“You’ve got confirmation before us,” said another cast member at the exhibition, Sophie McShera, who played a cook. “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.”

An NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

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  1. DFilm says:

    Ok, as long as you bring back Thomas and O’Brien.. and make it edgier, darker, more salacious – like the episode where Lady Mary disposes the corpse of the Turkish prince who died in her bed in flagrante.. with the help of her lady’s maid and her mother, natch.

    Later episodes got too tame, and the aesthetic of the 20s started to look like Newsies on Broadway, so let’s also please keep it close to the turn of the century, those episodes were way more interesting without the distractions of cars and “modern” gadgets.

    • Sarah says:

      Fellowes doesn’t DO sex, haven’t you realised? except to point out the dire consequences of having it if you aren’t married to who you are having sex with. And Pamuk wasn’t a prince.

  2. Luna Cascade says:

    I think I’ll pass. The timing was great for Downton Abbey with aired for six seasons, but I think that time has passed. Another re-hashing will only diminish it, especially if they can’t get the principle character actors. Let it alone.

  3. Sarah says:

    So first we hear that the finances are lining up nicely and Fellowes is working on a script. Then Jm Carter says that the cast have been told to save the date and then it’s filming starts in September 2017 – just as in the UK the nights start to draw in and the weather gets colder, which is hardly ideal for filming. Then the director says oh well we hope in 2018 and the cast says oh really? news to us. Plus there’s no idea of who the cast is/might be, the location (mention of Highclere and Bampton are notable by their absence), or when it will be set.

    Not only can they not get their stories straight about this alleged and putative film, they can’t even decide what their story IS. It’s all ifs and buts and perhaps and wouldn’t it be nice. Seriously, how stupid do they think we are?

  4. Laurel Lane says:

    Does anyone know if this will just be a re-hash of all six seasons or will take off from where the last episode ended?

  5. Maria Dyson says:

    I just might break down and go to the cinema for this one!

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