Downton Abbey fans rejoice – the show is returning for a feature length movie!
According to NBCUniversal International Studios president Michael Edelstein, work has begun on a script for the movie – but there’s one major hangup that’s slowing down progress on the film.
It’s the cast. They’re being difficult.
Dame Maggie Smith is probably the ringleader, because of course she is.
Specifically, the issue is around scheduling – with so many prominent actors involved in the show, and a larger than typical sized cast, many of whom have gone on to bigger things, getting everyone in the same room for long enough to film is proving challenging to say the least.
According to Edelstein:
“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.”
Former showrunner, Julian Fellowes, also added:
“I’ve done some work on the script, because I don’t want to find there’s a green light and no script ready. But we’re still waiting for that green light from the studio. Then the biggest difficulty will be rounding up all the cast as, compared with most series, it has such a large cast. And it needs them to feel Downtonesque.”
So it does sound like a Downton movie isn’t completely guaranteed just yet. While the studio might be aiming to start production in 2018, this is all wishful thinking until the right cast members can be nailed down.
Who are the right cast members? Well, Edelstein stated that they’re hoping to get around 20 familiar faces from the series back, so this is going to be no small feat.
By all means rejoice for the fact that a Downton Abbey movie is in the works, but don’t count your elegant upper class chickens until they’ve hatched.