Is it or isn’t it?
For years now there has been talk of a movie version of Downton Abbey.
But for one reason or another it never seems to have got off the ground.
Until now, that is.
According to reports TV’s plushest drama is set for the big screen treatment later this year.
Writer and director Julian Fellowes is hooking up with producers Carnival Films to make the movie and it looks like shooting will start as early as September!
A source told the Sun: “Film bosses have requested the services of crew members and accountants to work on the picture.
“A budget has been set and now it’s a case of getting everything in place to start shooting.
“It would take something big to stop the project from happening now.”
But while the background team are in place, it’s still unclear which of the show’s megastars will be available for filming.
Since the show began, the careers of its regular stars have gone skyward, with many having moved to Hollywood.
Because of that Julian Fellowes has expressed a concern that he might not be able to get the entire cast in the same place at one time.
“I don’t want to be caught out if the producers suddenly say yes and then it’s all go,” he said recently.
And there’s also a question mark over Dame Maggie Smith making a return.
During an interview at the British Film Institute the actress who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham, said: “They talk about there being a film but who knows. I hope you might tell me if you do know.
“I just think it’s squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean? I don’t know what it could possibly be. It’s too meandering.”
Downton Abbey was a huge success for ITV and pulled in over 12 million viewers during its six series.
It also made film stars of the cast such as Dan Stevens, who was the recent lead in the live action version of Beauty And The Beast and Michelle Dockery who has shot several Hollywood films.