Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has spoken out about the Downton Abbey movie – and its possible sequel. Fans have flocked to the cinemas to see the movie, which follows the Crawley family back in their country home. But it seems one movie has set the ball rolling for a possible second film to emerge.
Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes has set tongues wagging about a second film, after his comments in an interview sparked fans’ excitement.
So far, cast and crew members have said very disparate things about a potential second film, with Jim Carter (who plays Carson) telling Express.co.uk: “I’m at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to things like this!
“If the film makes a gazillion then people will be wanting to make others but one step at a time.”
However, it seems creator Julian Fellowes is a little more optimistic and has suggested he is already cooking up new ideas for the second film.
Speaking to ET Online, Julian Fellowes said: “To be perfectly honest, having thought the final episode of the sixth series was the end of the whole thing, which I completely did, I then thought the movie was definitely the end of the whole thing.
“I thought we were saying goodbye to Downton, and that was that.
“Now we all have to put our thinking caps on again.”
Not only has Julian Fellowes spoken out, but Gareth Neame, the film’s producer, who said: “The fans have to get out and see it in the theatres.
“If people come out in big numbers and come see us in theatres then there’s no reason we couldn’t do another.”
Director Michael Engler, who also directed some of the final episodes, seems interested in doing another film as well.
He said: “It’s wonderful to have fans wanting it, [but] that can’t be the only reason.”
“Certainly it wouldn’t happen if there wasn’t a success at the box office.”
Well, that should not be a concern for the crew, as Downton Abbey has broken its studio’s box office record for opening weekend, having earned a whopping $31million (£24.9million) in its opening weekend alone.
And that was just in America. Worldwide, the film has bagged a staggering $61.8million (£49.7million) worldwide, meaning its American market is just the tip of the iceberg.
Hopefully this will give fans hope that they may see their favourite Crawleys on the big screen once again.
However, this will unlikely translate to a return for the TV series, which Jim Carter told Express.co.uk was ”unlikely.”
He said: “I think it’s quite tricky to get 20 cast members together for a film which is nine or 10 weeks filming. But to get us all back together for say six months, which it takes to do the TV series, I think that would be tricky.
“I think the series is done. People enjoyed it but to have a one-off film as a treat is what is it – a treat.”
Downton Abbey is in cinemas now
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