Jennifer Saunders on ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ movie: ‘It’ll never happen’

Iconic sitcom last returned for a run of three specials in 2011 and 2012

Jennifer Saunders has ruled out the possibility of bringing Absolutely Fabulous to the big screen.

Saunders has spoken enthusiastically about the idea in the past and in November 2011 it was even reported that an Ab Fab film was in the works. Earlier this year (2013) co-star Joanna Lumley told The Telegraph that Saunders was in the process of writing a script for the film.

However, Saunders has now turned her back on the idea, telling Glamour: “It’ll never happen. We’ve been talking about it for so long and now I’ve just got this feeling that Ab Fab is in such a nice place now – if we made the film there would be such a danger that we could ruin it.”

Created and written by Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous debuted in 1992 and has now followed the glamorously boozy exploits of PR guru Edina Monsoon and magazine editor Patsy Stone for 39 episodes. The show last returned for a series of three specials airing on Christmas Day 2011, New Year’s Day 2012 and July 23, 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics.

Over the years the show has attracted numerous guest stars from the world of music, with Debbie Harry, Elton John, La Roux‘s Elly Jackson, Marianne Faithfull and Rufus Wainwright all popping up for cameo appearances.