Downton Abbey, the TV series, came to an end in 2015, but that doesn’t mean we have seen the last of it. The show holds the record as the most-nominated international production at the Emmy Awards, with 69 nominations and 15 wins, while the recently released film stands a good chance to nab an Oscar.
The film centres around the King and Queen visiting Downton, and brings the entire cast and producers back together, including creator Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame.
Jim Carter, who plays Downton’s butler Mr Carson, said at Lincoln Centre’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City that fans started asking about a possible movie as soon as the series ended. “Every interview we did afterward about other projects always ended up with the microphone turned off: ‘Will there be a film?’ Every fan we met in the street: ‘Is there going to be a film?’ So here we are. It’s a logical conclusion.”
Downton Abbey has only been out a week and already producers are thinking about a sequel – assuming the first film is successful.
“We’ve got some ideas of things we would explore, if we were in the lucky position that that comes about, but it all depends on the next few days,” Neame told The Hollywood Reporter, adding “We like to think we live in democratic times and it’s all about the fans and the audience, if they love this and watch it, well then, we’re out to do more.”
Fellowes has said he is open to a second film.
Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary said she is not surprised “Downton” made it to the movies.
“I think Downton was always quite cinematic in its cinematography,” she said. “So, I think it really works for the big screen.”
The film currently holds an 81% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
While it has a high rating and praise for the film has been substantial, it is also been described as a two-hour episode. The question then remains, can they not just bring back the series rather than making more movies? After all, we do live in the age of re-boots, reworkings, and sequels.