It’s been more than two years since Downton Abbey said it’s farewells and ended our love affair with the Crawley family. As sad as it’s been without the fam around, we’ve held out hope that it wouldn’t be final, as rumors swirled around that we’d get to see the fam once more, this time on the big screen. Fans can now rest easy, because confirmation has just come from the show’s creator himself, Julian Fellowes. In fact, according to reports, the story has already been written.
The Sun has gotten intel that the cast and crew have been told to prepare for their return to the Abbey (actually Highclere Castle) this fall, and Fellowes has already penned a script, as he was worried that he’d be caught off guard if the film got financed. “I don’t want to be caught out if the producers suddenly say yes and then it’s all go,” he said. Luckily, they did, and filming is set to begin in September, though there’s no official word yet if any of the series regulars have signed on.
Dame Maggie Smith, in particular, has said that she’s wary of if the show could even translate into a film. “They talk about there being a film but who knows… I just think it’s squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean? I don’t know what it could possibly be. It’s too meandering.”
Fingers crossed she’ll have a change of heart by the time filming begins!
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