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What We Know About Downton Abbey Movie Sequel

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Hey there, Downton Abbey fans! After giving Focus features it’s best-ever opening in September, there’s more to be looked forward to. The first Downton Abbey movie was released this year in September. The domestic turnover was amazing. The beloved cast, including, Matthew Goode, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Foggart and Imelda Staunton all got together to be in the movie. The show itself ended in 2015 so, it was surprising to see the cast get together. Now though, we may have hopes to see them together, again! In a talk with The Hollywood Reporter, the carnival films chairman, Gareth Neame, says talks about a sequel are in the process.


So why are we taking Neame on his word? Despite the known fact that the seasons and the movies were written entirely by Julian Fellowes, the entire concept is by Neame’s. So, we are basing our knowledge on the latter’s interview.

Here are a few things you need to know about the Downton Abbey Sequel.

1. Although the talks are going on, they will have one major challenge.

We’re working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it. But it’s the same as the first time around: We have to try to get everyone back together again. And that was very challenging.

This means that the creation and production of the movie is going to take a while. The first movie came out almost 4 years after the show ended. Who’s to say it wouldn’t take another 4 years?

2. The character of Maggie Smith may still have hope! (Spoiler ahead.)

one of the things that’s been commented on over the years about Downton is that we’ve had plenty of medical misdiagnoses.

Isn’t that comforting? Violet Crawley has been a beloved member of the Crawley Family. It would be a shame to see her go. But alas! Naeme gives us hope that we may see more of her.

3. Julian Fellowes shall remain the sole writer for the upcoming sequel.

We managed to make Downton work with a very clearly defined set of rules about how we’re going to work, keeping it close and not having too many cooks. And doing projects in sequence.

That’s relieving. Although he did add that for projects like The Gilded age, there might be more writers added into the mix.

4. The time taken to create depends on cast availability.

It’s not one of those shows that came from TV and then flopped in the cinema. So I think that will give everyone comfort that, yes, we know it works. But the challenge will be, is everyone available at the same time? Can we make deals with them? That will be the challenge.

Let’s just hope it does not take another 4 years, hopefully.


Can’t wait to see the cast back on screens!

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