We could be keeping up with the Crawleys again soon! After endless rumors and reports that show creator Julian Fellowes has already written the script, the Associated Press confirmed that a Downton Abbey movie is in the works, with hopes to shoot in 2018.

Actually, Michael Edelstein, president of NBC Universal International Studios, told the AP at the opening of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in Singapore that a movie has been “in the works for some time.”

Edelstein explained, “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.”

The news came as a surprise to some key cast members. “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon,” joked Laura Carmichael, who starred as Lady Edith Crawley.

Sophie McShera, who played assistant cook Daisy Mason, hadn’t heard either. “Oh, well, you’ve got confirmation before us. We have no idea if that’s happening,” she said, before noting, “But we would all love to be part of the film if it was to happen, for sure.”

The show only just ended in 2015 after six seasons, but given its worldwide recognition and fans in at least 150 countries, it could be just what the world needs to rally together. In the meantime, if 2018 feels too far away, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition will be touring the globe, with a US stop expected to be announced.

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