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NBC says 'Downton Abbey' movie production to start in 2018

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/21/2017
Michael Edelstein, President of NBCUniversal International studios, speaks to the media on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about television series Downton Abbey at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair) © The Associated Press Michael Edelstein, President of NBCUniversal International studios, speaks to the media on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about television series Downton Abbey at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

SINGAPORE (AP) — An NBCUniversal executive says a "Downton Abbey" film is in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018.

The cast and producers of Downton Abbey on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair) © The Associated Press The cast and producers of Downton Abbey on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, said the movie has been in process for some time.

British actress Laura Carmichael, second right, and star of Downton Abbey greets fans on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair) © The Associated Press British actress Laura Carmichael, second right, and star of Downton Abbey greets fans on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

"We are working on getting the script right," Edelstein said Wednesday. "And then we've got to figure out how to get the 20 casts together."

British actor Michael Fox and star of Downton Abbey signs autographs on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair) © The Associated Press British actor Michael Fox and star of Downton Abbey signs autographs on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

Edelstein was speaking on the sidelines of "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition," which had its world premiere in Singapore last week. It features costumes, locations and never-before seen footage from the popular TV series.

British actress Laura Carmichael and star of Downton Abbey speaks to media on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair) © The Associated Press British actress Laura Carmichael and star of Downton Abbey speaks to media on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

"Downton Abbey," which concluded in 2015, portrays the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants amid the backdrop of historical events as the sinking of the Titanic and World War I.

British actor Michael Fox and star of Downton Abbey speaks to media on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

British actor Michael Fox and star of Downton Abbey speaks to media on the red carpet at the launch of an exhibition about the television series at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
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