This is so exciting! During a recent exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Downton Abbey Executive Producer Gareth Neame hinted a movie version of the hit BBC show is officially in the works. "We have a script!" he said at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition's grand opening gala in NYC on Friday, Nov. 17.
At the special event, Downton star Michelle Dockery — she played Lady Mary Crawley in all six seasons of the British series — also gushed about the beloved series' NYC exhibit. "It is incredibly nostalgic. Every detail [is here], from the hairbrushes to the photo of Matthew [Crawley] on the dressing table!" she raved to Closer. The exhibit, which includes elaborate sets, over 50 costumes, and interactive videos, will remain open until Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Joanne Froggatt, Michelle, and Gareth on Nov. 17. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Earlier this year, NBC Universal International Studios president Michael Edelstein similarly told the Associated Press that the movie has received the green light. "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," he said. "Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year."
Speaking to AP in response to Edelstein’s comments, Laura Carmichael — who played Lady Edith Crawley — revealed that the cast was still in the dark about the proposed film. "Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know," she said. "We’re hoping that will happen soon." Sophie McShera, who played kitchen maid Daisy, echoed that sentiment. "Oh, well, you’ve got confirmation before us," she said. "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."
After six highly successful seasons, Downton Abbey bowed out on Christmas Day in 2015 with a feature-length special episode, though creator Julian Fellowes has since repeatedly expressed his desire to revisit the characters. Discussing the possibility of a big-screen outing for the Crawleys earlier this year, Fellowes revealed to The Guardian, "I’ve done some work on the script, because I don’t want to find there’s a green light and no script read... Then the biggest difficulty will be rounding up the cast as, compared with most series, it has such a large cast. And it needs them to feel Downtonesque."
In a 2014 interview, actress Raquel Cassidy, who played Lady's maid Phyllis Baxter, confessed, "There have been talks and there is definitely a possibility of a Downton film. There is real hope. It’s been mentioned more than once and there’s a lot of commercial and artistic interest. Stranger things have happened, so watch this space."
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