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12 June 23rd, 2017 Downton Abbey Movie Project Moving Forward; Projected For Production In 2018

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It looks like all of those earlier reports months ago about a production being put together for Downton Abbey: The Movie, may finally becoming to fruition. Numerous items detail that motion picture project is moving forward with production slated for sometime next year.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the AP: “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.”

Currently, the cast and writer Julian Fellowes have been on hand at the Downton Abbey exhibition which debuted in Singapore. However, some notable members of the company seemed surprised by the news including Laura Carmichael (Edith): “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Variety reports that an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

The Downton Abbey exhibition however, is set to travel to the United States and Australia with dates to be announced.

So, do you think Downton Abbey: The Movie will come to fruition? Would you be interested in seeing it? Comment below!

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  1. Josephine Conklin says:

    My husband and I would love seeing Downton Abbey return❤️
    We so miss it .we miss all the cast

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  2. Mo says:

    Wow, very interesting. Would like to know dates and locations of the exhibition.

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  3. rose says:

    Yea!!! But only if Julian Fellows and many of the original cast are involved. I’ve been watching re-runs, and (spoiler alert, but I can’t imagine fans of Downton haven’t see the ending). They just finished the last episode where everything ends up pretty good for everyone. This is one “semi-fake reality” I can handle because of the way they handle their issues and each other…ultimately with respect and class. Be interesting how they all negotiate the new brave world that is unfolding before them.

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  4. Patricio says:

    What great news! Downtown has so much life in it! I would like them to take us through WWII , post war England in the 50s. And into the 60s . We can see the children and grandchildren get older!

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    Shay replied

    @Patricio….Whilst I can never get enough “Downton,” I’m not so sure that a progression through the 20th century is the way to go for the Crawleys…It would be an uphill–and most likely, losing—battle for them to maintain any sort of elegant, extravagant existence going into the more modern eras of English history….With the advent of all the crushing taxes that ate away at most of the “old families” and their palatial properties, very few of these aristocratic lifestyles survived….Many of their grand, ancestral structures fell into disrepair and were sadly demolished, hence only a handful of these examples of stunning architecture remain today. (Like “Highclere Castle!”) Plus, Dame Maggie’s “Violet” wouldn’t survive the times at her age…and perish the thought she not be included in this film!!! (However, I often thought that if Julian Fellowes did go this route, that if she were game she could play an aged “Lady Mary,” since they seemed to share some of their best personality traits!) I know at one point, it was suggested a “prequel” could be introduced, given it would involve younger versions of some of the original main characters and thus, would necessitate an entirely new cast, which would be a far easier—and probably less expensive—task rather than rounding up the current crop of stars. Having said that, I will happily accept any new project that resurrects this fabulous family for even a brief, glorious moment, because we already know it will be done with class, good taste and a great deal of tender, loving care by its creator!

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  5. su0000 says:

    I tried to watch it but I couldn’t understand what they were saying, it sounded like they had marbles in their mouth.
    I had need to use the CC and was less than fun to read it so I just didn’t watch.

    It seems it was a good soap.
    hope the fans get the movie.

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  6. Mo says:

    How old is Violet now? LOL

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  7. rebecca1 says:

    I would absolutely revel in a Downton film…just hope that it’s as good as the television production so as not to ruin this perfect show. I don’t expect to see Maggie Smith, though. She was quite negative and couldn’t wait for her “freedom.” I believe she said she’d do it if it opened with her funeral!

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    rose replied

    And if I remember right…no corset. But wouldn’t like to see her funeral. I think that’s a bit of her sense of humor speaking.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Not sure, Rose! I’ve read a few interviews with her and it seemed she couldn’t wait for the series to be over! In subsequent interviews she seems negative about reprising her role in a film…others…she gave rather dry wit responses so who knows… I guess we’ll see what she “fancies” when the time comes!

  8. Shay says:

    For anyone here who is an Anna Bates, aka, Joanne Froggatt, fan, you should do yourself a favor and check out one of her earlier performances in a British miniseries called “Island At War,” in which she portrayed a local lass who fell in love with a dishy German soldier (played by Lewis’ Laurence Fox!!!) during the WWII occupation of The Channel Islands. The scenery is absolutely lovely and the storylines very human and compelling! Also, for those unaware, Downton creator, Julian Fellowes, himself once appeared on the other side of the camera…he was quite the actor back in the day, having been a regular in the series “Monarch of the Glen” and additionally popping up as the father of the famous Lennox sisters of Britain’s Georgian era in “Aristocrats,” amongst other things.

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  9. Shay says:

    Wonder if that old sourpuss, O’Brien, will return to the Abbey after her stint in India??? Sort of hope so…she was an absolute hoot, especially when she mixed it up with Thomas! That being said, Siobahn Finneran certainly doesn’t need the work….she’s been busy as can be since she opted to leave Downton…first as an alcoholic divorcee’ in Happy Valley, and at present in the Scottish series, The Loch….(No “Nessie” involved!) She’s playing a tough-as-nails police detective, and doing a fine job of it, although it is admittedly a bit disconcerting to hear the once-prim O’Brien dropping f-bombs in this modern-day mystery yarn!

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