Downton Abbey returned to the big screen, leaving fans swooning over their beloved show. The movie exceeded expectations at the box office, much to the filmmakers’ delight. As a result, fans are champing at the bit to know if there will be a second movie, and it looks as though their wish may come true.
Is there going to be a Downton Abbey 2?
Reports have offered varying ideas on whether there will be a second Downton Abbey film, however producer Gareth Neame has no confirmed they are in “talks” to get one started.
Jim Carter, who plays Carson, has spoken out about the idea of a sequel, and it has been reported that the Dowager herself, Dame Maggie Smith, would not want to be involved in a second film.
However, with the money rolling in, other reports have suggested the franchise may not be over just yet.
A source told The Sun: “Downton’s popularity as a film has been phenomenal.
“It took £60million in America alone and has been a roaring success. Julian [Fellowes, the show’s creator] and the team are over the moon with how it played out.
“No one expected it would be this big.
“The commercial viability of a second film is now a dead cert, so Julian has been told to start putting pen to paper on the follow-up.”
Fellowes has already said he was inspired with new ideas after writing the film, meaning there is clearly scope for more movies in the future.
Gareth Neame, however, has really set tongues wagging by confirming “talks” are currently underway.
He said to The Hollywood Reporter: ““We started vaguely thinking about it [a sequel] before the release of the movie. But we were kind of holding our breath.
“The reaction to the film, the press tour in the U.S. and the buildup to release were so strong that we’d been thinking about it.
And then it was clear from the first weekend that this was worth taking very seriously.”
“We’re working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it.
“But it’s the same as the first time around: We have to try to get everyone back together again. And that was very challenging.”
But with that, there will also be fans asking whether there will be another series – or maybe a spin-off series launched?
Jim Carter spoke to Express.co.uk on this issue, and made clear that it was “one step at a time.”
He said: “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.”
And 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.”
Director Michael Engler made clear the film sequel would depend on the box office, which has certainly been healthy for the Downton makers.
Downton Abbey made $29 million (£23 million) on its opening weekend, and $185 million (£143 million) worldwide, which is staggering for a TV spin-off.
This means the film has smashed through its estimated budget of $20million (£16.3million) and will make a tidy profit.
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