A “Downton Abbey” Film Is Coming

“Downton Abbey” series creator Julian Fellowes has confirmed that he’s kicked off work on the film version of the British period drama series that dominated ITV and PBS’ ratings for the early part of this decade.

The Telegraph reports that in a new interview with the Evening Standard, Fellowes says he’s begun work in case the studios give the project a green light and want to proceed quickly:

“I’ve done some work on it because I don’t want to be caught out if [the producers] suddenly say yes and then it’s all go. Can we round up all the cast? Can we get them? Also we just need the green light at the beginning. So I don’t know anymore than that at the moment to be honest.”

A film version of the series has been rumored for over a year, but speculation increased recently due to former cast members being asked to keep their schedules clear later in the year. All six seasons are available to stream with Amazon Prime.