'Downton Abbey' Finale: Why the Movie Could Be Next

Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery
Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery

Suffering Monday morning withdrawal from “Downton Abbey?”

The good news is that the creative forces behind the PBS series, which ended Sunday night after six seasons, also want the saga of the Crawleys and their domestics to continue on the big screen.

“I’m completely up for a movie,” creator Julian Fellows, who wrote every episode, tells Variety. ” “There are various considerations, which of the cast would be available. That would be a big thing. If we couldn’t get enough of them to do it, it wouldn’t really work. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m completely up for it.”

Executive producer Gareth Neame agrees. “I can’t confirm it, but, it would be something we’d be interested to do if we can get all of the things we need to sort out,” he tells the Wall Street Journal. “That might well happen.”

If they can solve the casting problem, the next big issue for the producers is where to take the story. The finale ended with the start of 1926 with many storylines resolved and long-suffering characters getting happy endings.

“If you jump 20 years and you have the children as adults, the fans are going to watch new actors and Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) is going to have to wear a gray wig,” Neame tells the Associated Press. “That’s too far removed from what people love. So we have to give them the same characters but in a new scenario, a fresh kind of story.”

 

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