The “Downton Abbey” movie is a go, with the president of NBCUniversal International Studios confirming that production is expected to begin next year, the AP reports.
Studio chief Michael Edelstein said the producers hope to have 20 cast members from the TV series on board. Edelstein discussed plans while he was in Singapore to help open “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition,” featuring costumes, locations and never-before-seen footage from the series.
“There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time,” Edelstein said, adding: “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 report notes that cast members attending the exhibition were unaware of the movie.
Sophie McShera, who played Daisy Mason on the show, said when told about the movie plans: “Oh, well, you’ve got confirmation before us. 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.”
The “Downton Abbey” exhibition will later head to the U.S. and Australia, the report notes.