While Downton Abbey is currently airing its final season, this might not be the last time fans get a look at the characters in the hit drama. In fact, series creator Julian Fellowes recently shared how he would love to see the TV show adapted to the big screens.
In an interview with Radio Times, Fellowes revealed that he is optimistic that a movie based on the show will be made in the coming years. Apparently, not only is Fellowes willing to write a movie, but he is “64.5 percent” sure that a film will be made.
“There’s all sorts of things that have to be settled – not least of which is the decision of when we’d make it. I’m up for it!… It would be very good fun.”
Meanwhile, Fellowes is not the only one connected to the show who has expressed a desire to see a movie adaptation. During a recent interview with the Sun, producer Gareth Neame echoed Fellowes’ sentiments and confirmed that a project was in the works.
“There is no script and no firm plan, but it’s certainly something there is talk of,” he stated. “We’re not in denial about anything. We’ll know more next year.”
Downton Abbey is currently wrapping up its sixth and final season. Although Neame admitted that the show could have created more seasons beyond its sixth, he stated that everyone on the show agreed with ending the series now.
“We all feel very blessed,” he explained. “Nobody regrets ending when we did. We have a final season that’s as strong as the first because we quit while we were ahead. We had the ambition that we had a complete show.”
According to Enstarz, one of the main reasons why the show ended was because of Maggie Smith. The actress apparently had no plans to continue on with the series beyond a sixth season, and the creators did not want to keep the series up and running without her.
While a potential movie based on Downton Abbey appears promising, nothing official has been released on the matter. With the final season now complete, perhaps producers will find the time to get the cast together one last time for a movie.
If a movie is eventually made, then there a lot of questions as to which direction Fellowes will choose to take the project. With the show wrapping up its multitude of storylines at the end of this season, it is difficult to image where the series will go next.
At the same time, Liverpool Echo is reporting that Downton Abbey recently won the prize for Best Drama at the National Television Awards in London. Not only does this make the possibility of a movie even more promising, but it also provided a fitting end to the popular period drama.
In speaking about the importance of the award, Hugh Bonneville, who portrayed Robert Crawley in the series, credited Fellowes ability as a writer for the show’s overwhelming success.
“This is a very special night for us it is the last possible night we could have won, I want to say thank you to Julian Fellowes for giving us great lines to say and wonderful characters,” Bonneville stated after the series won the award.
In the end, fans will likely have to wait a while longer before more developments surface regarding a new movie based on Downton Abbey. In the meantime, at least fans have one more season of the hit to drama to watch before it all ends.
The final season of Downton Abbey is currently airing Sunday nights on PBS.
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