Are you looking for that Downton Abbey fix? Well, maybe your British history-loving neighbor?
The television show itself might be long gone, but not the story. Especially now the television show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, confirmed to the Evening Standard (courtesy of the Daily Telegraph) he is indeed working to bring both the rich and the poor of the Grantham estate to the big screen.
“I’ve done some work on it because I don’t want to be caught out if (the producers) suddenly say yes, and then it’s all a go.”
The news comes not long after Jim Carter, who played the head butler Carson in the series, revealed to reporters that he and other members of the cast were told to keep a period of time open in case filming were to begin on a Downton movie.
Apparently bringing back together such an ensemble cast could be tricky. And it might be one of the things holding back a film.
“Can we round up all the cast? Can we get them?
“Also we just need the green light at the beginning. So I don’t know anymore than that at the moment, to be honest.”
The series premiered on ITV in 2010, and later came to America through PBS. It took place between the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 to 1925 at the home of a fictional aristocratic family on the cusp of seeing such aristocracy in England change forever.
The ensemble cast included not only Carter, but Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Samantha Bond and Laura Carmichael. It was nominated for a whopping 68 Emmys during its 52-episode run, winning 15 times, including three times for actress Maggie Smith.
The show also won outstanding miniseries or movie in 2011, while Fellowes picked up an Emmy for writing, and Brian Percival for directing.
It’s not yet clear who would produce and distribute the film. ITV Studios is primarily a television company, and Carnival Films hasn’t done a feature movie since the late 1990s.
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