In an interview this week with The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Edelstein, president of NBCUniversal International Studios, said a “Downton Abbey” film was in the works. The show, which ended in 2015, was a smash hit in the United Kingdom and the US and was the most nominated foreign TV show in Primetime Emmy history. “Downton Abbey” won 50 Primetime Emmys during its 6 season run.
The interview took place on the red carpet for the “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” in Singapore. The touring exhibit features costumes and unseen footage from the hit show. During his interview, THR international business editor Georg Szalai asked about the rumored “Downton Abbey” film. Edelstein replied:
We are all very interested in doing a Downton movie. Julian is working on a script. The other piece is trying to line up 20 actors. Getting everybody back together is never easy. But the goal is to make a film.
As Edelstein points out, some of the many difficulties in making a “Downton Abbey” film lie in bringing the large cast back together. Many of the actors from “Downton Abbey” have moved on to new projects they might not want to leave. And, as always, contract negotiations are a nightmare in itself. Time will tell if “Downton Abbey” will be continued on the silver screen.
In the meantime, fans of the historical hit can visit “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” as it travels around the world. It is expected to come to the United States sometime next year, and is described by Edelstein as a “proper museum show.” The exhibit even includes a gift shop and tea shop for hardcore “Downton Abbey” fans.