‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Officially Heading to the Big Screen

Creator and star Jennifer Saunders confirms movie version of the hit British sitcom will begin filming this fall

It’s time to break out the champagne and cigarettes to celebrate because “Ab Fab” is officially heading to the big screen.

Creator and star of the hit British sitcom, Jennifer Saunders, confirmed that the “Absolutely Fabulous” movie will begin filming later this year.

She broke the news Wednesday on U.K. talk show “Loose Women,” after being asked if there was going to be a movie. “Yes, there is,” Saunders said, adding that she initially rejected the idea. “I didn’t do it for a while because I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be awful if it was awful,’ but now we’re all so old … Joanna [Lumley] says ‘do it before we all die.'”

The cult BBC series first aired from 1992 to 1995, wrapping up with a two-part finale event in 1996. It was then revived from 2001 to 2004, and once again for three TV specials from Christmas 2011 to the London Olympics in Summer 2012.

“There is a plot [for the movie] and that’s the miracle. It involves all the main characters and virtually everyone that’s ever been in the series, all those characters and we’re in London and sometimes we might go to the South of France, I’m hoping,” Saunders told the ITV talk show.

“I’m waiting for the budget. It could be anywhere — if it’s a big budget it will be the Bahamas,” she said. “I’ve got another deadline on May 8th … and then we’ll probably do it in the autumn.”

Starring Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks, “Absolutely Fabulous” followed Edina Monsoon (Saunders), a heavy-drinking, drug-abusing PR agent who spent her time chasing bizarre fads in a desperate attempt to stay young and “hip.”

Along for the ride is best friend and enabler Patsy Stone (Lumley), whose drug abuse, alcohol consumption, and promiscuity far eclipsed even Edina’s. The voice of reason was Edina’s daughter, Saffron (Sawalha), the most grounded of the bunch.

Watch video of Saunders’ interview here.