‘Downton Abbey’: Is There A Movie In The Works?
If you’re a Downton Abbey fan and have been going crazy since the final episode in March, I have some great news for you. No, none of the streaming services. You have probably already checked Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon for Downton Abbey episodes and know they are nowhere to be found. There hasn’t been any news that changes that so far. But, there is some talk about a movie in the works!
People is reporting that 34-year-old Michelle Dockery, who played Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley, said she believes a movie is a possibility.
“I think there is potential for a film. That is something I would wholeheartedly consider, so we will see. It may not be over yet.”
She added that what she misses most about Downton Abbey is the other cast members, adding that they have remained close even after the final show.
Dockery is not the only Downton Abbey star to express the possibility of a movie. Not long ago, Joanne Froggatt, who played Anna Bates, said she also thinks a film may lay in the future. Anna and John Bates were a beautiful couple. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see them on screen again? With their baby?
CNN reports that at the recent Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet, Froggatt expressed that she thinks a script may have even begun being developed.
“We don’t know for sure yet. But there’s definitely lots of talk about it… No one’s seen it yet, but I think there is some sort of script from what I can tell — or ideas or something.”
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes did say at the close of the PBS series that a movie was likely back in April. He told the New York Daily News that he was even working on a storyline already, with the show off the air for only a month at that time. Downton Abbey fans are passionate about their show and fell so in love with the characters, a film would certainly draw an audience. In that April interview, Fellowes said he was still just “kicking around ideas” but that there was “no script or pre-production.”
Both Downton Abbey actresses, Dockery and Froggatt, have stayed busy since the series wrapped five months ago. Michelle will star in a TNT series titled Good Behavior, and Froggatt has been working on five independent films and a PBS series about Mary Cotton in which she will play the lead role.
If Downton Abbey creators need any further encouragement to continue the Crawley saga, Deadline reports that the show has received 10 Emmy nominations for the final season of the television show. That brings its Emmy nomination total to 69 for its six seasons. Downton Abbey‘s nominations this year include Outstanding Drama, a writing nomination for Julian Fellowes, Maggie Smith for Supporting Actress, Michael Engler for directing the Downton Abbey finale, and nominations for behind-the-scenes work including hairstyling, casting, costumes, art direction, sound mixing, and, of course, cinematography. A show that’s as visually beautiful as Downton Abbey certainly deserves recognition for all that went into its look.
Even Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame expressed the desire to create a film when the television series came to an end.
“We’ve said we want to do the movie. But it’s a complicated thing to put together because the cast are all off doing other things. It’s not a straightforward leap from one thing to the next… Julian and I are enthusiastic to do it. And so are the cast, I believe, so hopefully it will happen. There are just no guarantees at the moment.”
Hopefully, Gareth? Yes, definitely hopefully.
Check out what Anna, I mean Froggatt, told CNN about the possibility.
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