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'Downton Abbey' Movie a 'Great Idea,' Says Show Runner

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 10:03 AM

Though a "Downton Abbey" movie is not officially in the works yet (at least not to the public's knowledge), show creator Julian Fellowes called it a "great idea" over the weekend and said that he already has a general plot in mind.

Fellowes discussed the possibility of a big-screen version of the beloved show Saturday while at the BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party ahead of the Emmys, where his show was up for several awards following its series finale last year.

"I don't have much to say about [a movie] except that I think that it would be a great idea," Followes told Elle magazine. "I'm just waiting to hear the powers that be give their permission."

The Daily Mail, though, sounded much more certain about a "Downton Abbey" film Sunday when it proclaimed that the show's biggest star, two-time Academy Award winner Maggie Smith, had officially signed on to recreate her role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, on the big screen.

Citing Fellowes, the U.K. news site reported that the movie would begin filming next year.

"[Executive producer] Gareth [Neame] knows more than I do," Fellowes told the Daily Mail. "I am just the humble pen usher."

Smith picked up an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series on Sunday, according to USA Today.

The 81-year-old initially appeared to throw cold water on rumors of her participation in a "Downton Abbey" movie last year in an interview with Graham Norton, according to The Guardian.

"I can't — what age would she be?" Smith reportedly said at the time. "By the time we finished, she must have been about 110. It couldn't go on and on, it just didn't make sense."

Joanne Froggatt, who played lady's maid Anna Smith, told Elle that she believes the rest of the cast would be eager to do a film if their schedules can be worked out.

"I'd love to do it," she said. "I think everybody would. We're all willing to do it, and willing it to happen . . . As long as we can get everyone together, it would be delightful. We've talked about it and we're hopeful that there will be a chance to do it again."

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Though a "Downton Abbey" movie is not officially in the works yet (at least not to the public's knowledge), show creator Julian Fellowes called it a "great idea" over the weekend and said that he already has a general plot in mind.
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