Hinting towards a foreseeable sequel to Downton Abbey, writer and producer Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame have said that a second movie seems likely. Julian and Gareth said this at the Content London Conference’s Drama Summit.
- Excited fans might have to wait for a while
- What makes the franchise so popular?
- About the film and the cast members
Now, even though Fellowes and Neame haven’t completely ruled out on the possibility of a Downton Abbey sequel, they somehow feel it’s too soon.
When asked about a sequel to Downton Abbey movie at the Drama Summit Neame said, “Fortunately, it (Downton Abbey: The Movie) has worked. It is Focus Features’ biggest film ever and Universal’s biggest release in the UK.”
She further added, “We all enjoyed it. The actors enjoyed it, so hopefully, we will find a way to come back for more.” (as quoted by Variety)
The producer certainly seems to be thrilled and excited with the idea of doing a Downton Abbey sequel. Well, why not?
It’s true, Downton Abbey: the Movie has broken the record, previously held by Brokeback Mountain, as Focus Features’ biggest film. In addition, the film has made over a $185 million globally, as of December 2019.
Excited fans might have to wait for a while
Well, yes you guys have to hold back for a while before Downton Abbey sequel is announced. The reason being, Fellowes and Neame have all their fingers caught up in the jar and have more immediate priorities to follow at the moment.
The two are currently involved with HBO’s high-end period drama called ‘The Gilded Age’ and say it is exhausting and time-consuming. The show will undergo the production process next month and Fellowes is presently occupied with casting rewrites.
What makes the franchise so popular?
The British Historic-period drama which ran on television from 2010-2015 has spawned six seasons. The show did exceedingly well in the UK and was well-receipted by the audiences across the world.
Subsequently, the makers decided to transform the show into a movie shortly after the series ended. The movie which continued the storyline from the series saw much of the original cast returning. Four years later, Downton Abbey: The Movie was released in 2019 crashing the box office in the UK.
About the film
Set in the year 1927, the film begins with the visit of the King and the Queen to the Crawley family’s house in the Yorkshire countryside. As the Royal staff descends, an assassin has also turned up in an attempt to execute the monarch.
Members from the original series such as Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Hugh Bonneville were retained as cast members for the film. However, Ed Speleers as Jimmy Kent and Lily James as Lady Rose MacClare did not participate in the Downton Abbey: The Movie.
Nevertheless, let us know in the comment section below as to how you feel about a Downton Abbey movie sequel?