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'Downton Abbey' Movie Update: Screenwriter Reveals Reason Behind Filming Delays

by Diane Samson / Oct 10, 2017 07:25 AM EDT
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It has been two years since "Downton Abbey" aired its final episode and, since then, there have been talks about a movie. The cast and crew have given updates on the big screen special but, until now, the project has not taken a significant moved forward. 

In a new interview, Julian Fellowes, a screenwriter for the award-winning drama, talked about the movie and revealed why filming has not started yet. Apparently, everyone's post-"Downton Abbey" success has been quite a problem. 

"Hugh [Bonneville] goes from job to job and is in big demand, which I'm delighted about but it just makes it difficult," he told the Evening Standard. To recall, Bonneville played the role of Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham in "Downton Abbey." After the drama wrapped up, the actor jumped on to other projects including "W1A" and "Paddington 2."

The rest of the cast have been equally busy with their own career and, despite everyone's excitement over the movie, finding a schedule that everyone can agree with has been a problem. Fellowes said that his part, the script, has been completed.  "My job is to write the script and whether or not we can get three months that correspond in everyone's career," he added. "I hope it happens."

Meanwhile, the social media accounts of the Emmy-winning series has promised a major announcement soon. As reported by Digital Spy, the official Facebook page of the ITV drama teased a "big news" ahead. (Although, the Twitter page has posted the same announcement, but was later deleted.)

"Big news is on its way," the post read. "Check back soon for a special announcement."

Will the anticipated "Downton Abbey" movie finally get a filming schedule and release date? Fans have to wait and see; there has not been any update as of this writing. 

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