Fire up the kettle and serve yourself some English tea because ‘Downton Abbey’ sequel movie is in productions. The failure of ‘Belgravia’ has accelerated the process.
Back in November 2019, Downton Abbey sequel movie producer Gareth Neame told “The Hollywood Reporter” that the crew, led by Julian Fellowes, is “working on” another instalment. Fans have been clamouring for a sequel movie and showed their undying passion for the franchise by making the film a blockbuster on the box office, making $185 million worldwide.
- Rewinding the last outing of ‘Downton Abbey’
- ‘Downton Abbey’ secretly in the works after ‘Belgravia’s’ failure
- Release date updates for the sequel movie
Rewinding the last outing of ‘Downton Abbey’
Essentially, ‘Downton Abbey’, the movie, is two hours of delight. The series left off, after six seasons, with everybody happy. The movie lived up to the expectations and left with the same impact.
Picturesque twaddle, here and there, involves a royal visit to Downton — yes, that’s it, that’s the plot — with a few little sidebars involving Edith pouting about something (because it is Downton and Edith is required to look aristocratically pained), Daisy (Sophie McShera) up in arms about something (ditto, non-aristocratically), Tom (Allen Leech) trying to find his place in Downton’s world, etc. etc.
Meanwhile, the upstairs people complain about how exhausted they are and the downstairs people blather on about Downton’s Glory. Julian Fellowes ran out of ideas somewhere around season 3, and the movie illustrates that, at a larger scale, nothing’s changed. Even Downton fans have fun poking holes in the plot.
But Julian’s greatest strength is the joy he creates. He creates characters that people care about and feel joy after spending time with them.
‘Downton Abbey’ secretly in the works after ‘Belgravia’s’ failure
Just before Downton’s big-screen bow, “The Hollywood Reporter” asked Neame about the possibility of a sequel. His response at the time was so modest.
“All we have to achieve here is to get the fans out of their homes and buy tickets to go and see it because people are used to watching at home …And if it does really well, then we’d do another one”, he told THR.
And, later, the movie turned out to be a blockbuster. Fans did go out and buy the tickets. Since then, the sequel movie is on everyone’s mind.
And then happened ‘Belgravia’. Julian thought that ‘Belgravia’ will carry the legacy of ‘Downton Abbey’ and he won’t need to revisit the show. But then, nothing happened according to the plan. The audience rejected the very first season of ‘Belgravia’.
Fans started shouting louder for ‘Downton Abbey’, especially when the servants of ‘Belgravia’ were not up to the mark as compared to Downton’s. In the wake of ‘Belgravia’s’ failure, Julian decided to work on a ‘Downton Abbey’ sequel movie so that the fans forget ‘Belgravia’. A Downton movie would erase the taint caused by ‘Belgravia’.
The rumours of a ‘Downton Abbey’ sequel movie started just after the first movie was released. Now, after ‘Belgravia’s’ shocking disaster, the sequel movie is not far behind.
Release date updates for the sequel movie
Although it was mentioned that reuniting the upstairs-downstairs casts for a sequel would be the obstacle, a few cast members have already confirmed that they are in. Allen Leech (who plays Tom Branson), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), and Sophie McShera (Daisy) have confirmed that they are returning.
Julian remains tight-lipped about the release date of ‘Downton Abbey’ sequel movie. But if the team is secretly working, then we can expect a late 2020 release. Only ‘Downton Abbey’ can make the Christmas of 2020 special, especially with the year being tainted with a pandemic.
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