Fans of the Downton Abbey TV show on PBS and ITV would love a sequel movie. Creator and writer Julian Fellowes and EP Gareth Neame are inclined to make one and are constantly asked about it by the entertainment press. Since the drama’s sixth and final season has just been nominated for 10 Emmys, the two are back in the hot seat.
Fellowes and Neame talk about a follow-up feature to the drama starring Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGoverny, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, and Maggie Smith.
Executive Producer Gareth Neame and creator/writer Julian Fellowes said a feature film was still on the cards. “We’ve said we want to do the movie,” Neame notes. “But it’s a complicated thing to put together because the cast are all off doing other things. It’s not a straightforward leap from one thing to the next.”
Fellowes, who single-handedly wrote every single episode of the show throughout its run, revealed he had plenty of ideas for where Downton might go on its transition to the big screen. “I don’t want to be caught out if suddenly everyone says, ‘Yes, it’s go!’” he laughs. “I don’t want to be stuck. But more than that I can’t really say.”
“Julian and I are enthusiastic to do it,” adds Neame. “And so are the cast, I believe, so hopefully it will happen. There are just no guarantees at the moment.”
[Fellowes says] “But even if there is a film, I don’t think that really alters [the happy ending of the Downton Abbey TV series finale], because the rhythm of television is very different from a film. The weekly relationship you have with this medium is quite unique to television. And on a whole the endings this year were happy. Not entirely; I don’t think Carson’s was entirely happy. And there were some others with question marks over them. But I think the whole nation would agree it was time to make Edith happy.”
Don’t expect a Downton Abbey film too soon. Fellowes is working on a Trollope adaptation, the Doctor Thorne TV series for Amazon. Per Deadline, he also is adapting HG Wells’ Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul as a musical, entitled Half A Sixpence, as well as a Wind in the Willows stage musical.
The sixth and final season of the Downton Abbey TV series was nominated for Emmys in the following categories:
- Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Period Program (One Hour Or
- Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series
- Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series
- Outstanding Costumes For A Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series Or Movie
- Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series (Michael Engler)
- Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series
- Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series (Maggie Smith)
- Outstanding Drama Series
- Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)
- Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series (Julian Fellowes)
What do you think? Are you itching for a Downton Abbey sequel movie? What would you want to happen in it?