Good news for all those mourning the end of Downton Abbey —it’s possible that a feature film of the ITV series will be made before the decade is out.
Fans of the show would be glad, nay, ecstatic, to see their beloved television series become a movie and it’s looking increasingly likely that this will become a reality, with several reasons to believe our favourite Downton characters will be back in action after the last season’s Christmas special.
Perhaps most interestingly, Ladbrokes is reported to have offered odds of 1/2 that a Downton movie would be released by 2020, according to Bettingpro. Maybe they know something we don’t?
The show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, appears to have given a Downton Abbey movie a bit of thought, as he previously explained to The Telegraph that he was “open to the idea of a movie” but “not anxious to do it.”
Lord Fellowes also said, “I think it’s very possible and it would be fun for us to do. I certainly have no objections because the film would be another adventure,” the Daily Mail reports.
But it’s not just Fellowes who is talking about the possibility of a movie. Executive producer Gareth Neame revealed during an interview with Radio Times that they were talking about it — “It’s still a possibility — I can’t confirm any definite plans, but it is still something we’re talking about, and we would be interested to do.”
If there was to be a Downton Abbey movie would all of our favourites characters be present? When would it be set?
Depending on who’s being interviewed, Neame or Fellowes, the movie version of Downton Abbey could either include much of the current cast, and be quite similar to the series, or it could be set several decades into the future, perhaps as far along as the 1970s.
“I’m interested in the fact that George, Marigold and Sybbie could just about still be alive today if you think about it, which is a really good way to show how we’re connected to this era. It’s just about within living memory,” Neames told Radio Times. “I am interested to know what happens when George is running the estate, in the… whenever it is, 1950s, Sixties or something.”
For now we can but guess as to what the story will entail and which characters will feature — but we really hope Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham, will be one of them (and are trying to ignore rumours she may be killed off during the Christmas special).