“Downton Abbey” isn't over yet. Though the series will end with the upcoming sixth season, creator Julian Fellowes confirmed that he still wants to do a movie to wrap up the Crawley family's story. In fact, he is even writing a screenplay.
“So much of this depends on the script. For me, it’s the real key here,” he told Vulture. “This holds a great deal of interest for me, because I still have more to say with ‘Downton.’ I see this transitioning to film quite well, and I certainly am the person to tell this story.”
This isn’t the first time the “Downton Abbey” writers have discussed a movie. “Our position on that is that we would be very interested in that,” executive producer Gareth Neame told Variety in March. “It is definitely something that we’re contemplating. It would be great fun to do. I think it would be a wonderful extension.”
The film still hasn’t been given the green light, so there will be a wait before fans find out if the movie will even happen. However, the actors have already been commenting on if they’d ever return to “Downton Abbey” for a movie, and it seems Fellowes might not be able to secure the whole cast.
Maggie Smith recently said that she wouldn’t reprise her role as Violet, the sassy Dowager Countess. When asked about being in a “Downton” film on “The Graham Norton Show,” Smith dispelled any rumors. “I can’t. What age would she be?” she said (via the Telegraph). She had earlier said that her character was too old.
Fans will have to hope that her last scenes on the show wrap up her storyline. “Downton Abbey” Season 6 will end in the U.K. on Christmas, but will premiere in the U.S. on Jan. 3, 2016 on PBS.