Dust off those vintage china tea sets gathering dust in your attic and work on your extended posh English vocabulary because the movie version of Downton Abbey is definitely happening. The drama’s big-screen debut comes more than two years since the final TV episode of the ITV series.
Sips tea excitedly…
While unsophisticated and unknowing common folk up and down the country scratch their heads in bewildered confusion as to what Downton Abbey actually is, fans of the ITV and PBS drama series will no doubt celebrate in sheer joy for the big screen debut of the fictional Yorkshire country estate and its servants and aristocratic owners.
There is so much British patriotism all over this, it’s like the Queens Diamond Jubilee all over again.
Writer Julian Fellowes, 67, is once again teaming up with producers Carnival Films to make the eagerly anticipated film, with shooting scheduled for September.
This British drama series which follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family’s classic Georgian country house was regularly watched by 10 million in the UK and US.
A source said: “Film bosses have requested the services of crew members and accountants to work on the picture. A budget has been set and now it’s a case of getting everything in place to start shooting. It would take something big to stop the project from happening now.”
Fellowes has reportedly already written a script, though there’s no word yet on what plot twists await or which stars will return for the film. However, much like the TV series, let’s hope we can expect the usual scandal, cover-ups and of course tons of tea drinking.
Downton stars like Michelle Dockery who played fan favourite Lady Mary Crawley have occasionally hinted to being open to a movie, saying that “I think there is potential for a film. That is something I would wholeheartedly consider”.
However, Dame Maggie Smith seemed rather less enthusiastic about the prospect of once again slipping into her post-Edwardian evening gown for a luncheon. Smith, who played Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, revealed in an interview at the British Film Institute, “I just think it’s squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean? I don’t know what it could possibly be.”
Why stop at a movie? How about Downton Abbey action figures? Theme park? West end musical? Hey, if J.K Rowling can milk the Harry Potter high and dry, we don’t see why the Crawley family can’t either?
We don’t know about you but we here at Brainstain encourage the absolute squeezing of this much-loved period piece until every last inch of high tea is run dry.
No word on when we can expect the movie to hit theatres, so until then the world will have plenty of time to pick out matching gloves and handbags to wear to the premier.
We just sincerely hope that Kim Jong-Un does not annihilate us all before then, so that we can all experience the film with a cuppa tea in peace.
Story by Michael Lee
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