Julian Fellowes says a movie for Downton Abbey is still a possibility, despite awaiting the green light from the studio.
Fellowes, who is also readying period drama The Gilded Age for NBC, as well as a musical adaptation of Wind in the Willows told The Guardian, “I keep being asked about the Downton film. I’ve done some work on the script because I don’t want to find there’s a green light and no script ready. But we’re still waiting for that green light from the studio.
“Then the biggest difficulty will be rounding up all the cast as, compared with most series, it has such a large cast. And it needs them to feel Downtonesque. I know the cast are behind it and there’s a big audience out there.
“On most movies, unless it’s Spider-Man 6, you’re taking a punt. But it’s pretty likely the Downton movie will happen. As for The Gilded Age… Having spent six years on Downton, I wanted a bit of time in between that and the next thing.
“I’ve been pretty busy with School of Rock, Half a Sixpence and Wind in the Willows. And I’ve had some fun on television. I’m trying to tidy my desk. As an actor, it’s hard to say no to anything – and that continues as a writer. So I want to tidy my desk of commitments and move on with The Gilded Age – a new world and a new bunch of characters. That’s why I’ve been so slow off the mark with it.”