As staunch Downton Abbey fans will already know, a movie adaptation of the ITV drama has already been all but confirmed, but it seems Julian Fellowes and the gang have another trick up their sleeves.
Are you ready for Downton Abbey: The Musical?
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Hinting at a West End production during a recent interview, Fellowes let slip: “They’ve talked about a Downton musical.”
We already know that Fellowes is a dab hand at transforming screen projects into musicals, as he did just that with School of Rock. However the author and screenwriter told reporters from the Daily Mail that an all-singing, all-dancing version of the Crawley family household would require more than a few changes.
For example, the entire cast would have to be replaced.
"There are various people interested in doing it, but it would mean a different cast as I don’t remember any of them as particularly gifted singers,” he said.
We imagine his comments won’t have gone down too well with Elizabeth McGovern, who portrayed Cora, the Countess of Grantham in the show, given she is the lead singer for rock band Sadie and the Hotheads.
Meanwhile Michelle Dockery – aka our beloved Lady Mary – is also a talented jazz singer.
So much so that she told The Sunday People that she’s even considered pursuing a musical career in the not-so-distant future.
“I haven’t been able to do any singing at the moment but it’s still something I want to pursue,” Dockery said. “I just need to take some time out and dedicate some time to it. It’s not something that you can do in your spare time.
“But sometimes when I have had a drink at a party I bring out my guitar and am encouraged to sing a song.”
And, of course, it goes without saying that Dame Maggie Smith can do almost anything; she’d probably relish the chance to belt out some show tunes on a West End stage.
Regardless as to whether or not they’re set to reunite on stage, Fellowes has said that almost all of the cast are all on board for the big-screen adaptation, which is expected to begin filming in 2017.
“As far as I am concerned, I am completely up for it,” he continued, adding: “Most of the cast are up for it.”
He added that he was looking forward to having a bigger budget to lavish on Downton’s always-extravagant sets and costumes.
“I think it will be fun to get everyone together and move it to a larger scale, because you have got more money to spend,” he said.