IDEAS for a Downton Abbey sequel are already in the works as long as “there’s appetite for it”.
The big screen version of the hit ITV period drama opened in cinemas across the country last Friday to much acclaim.
While its success at the box office is yet to be confirmed, plans are already in the works for a sequel according to producer Gareth Neame.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: “We’ve got the beginnings of ideas of what we might do next – if that would happen.”
Meanwhile the show’s creator Julian Fellowes admitted he is still stunned a film version has actually happened.
He told the publication: “I didn’t believe the movie would happen.
“Because a lot of my favourite series didn’t have a movie, I didn’t feel it was inevitable in that way.
“But gradually, it seemed to present itself as inevitable and after about a year, I started thinking about what was going to go into it.”
The ITV series originally aired from 2010 until 2015, coming to an end after six series.
The producers now hope fans of the show will be willing to swap their cosy Sunday nights in watching the Crawley family for a cinema seat.
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Gareth continued: “All we have to achieve here is to get the fans out of their homes and buy tickets to go and see it, because people are used to watching at home.
“You’ve got motivate them to come out and see it in theatres. And if it does really well, then we’d do another one.”
Gareth admitted getting the ensemble cast – which includes Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville – signed up for the 10-week shoot was just one of the many hurdles the production had to deal with to make the movie happen.
But with the first film receiving positive reviews and the ending leaving several avenues open for exploration, he said: “We’ve got the beginnings of ideas of what we might do next — if that would happen.”
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