A ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Sequel Is Already In The Works
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After not-so-subtle hints from the show's creator Julian Fellowes, the producer of the hit period drama has now revealed there are already plans for a second instalment of the box-office smashing movie.
"We started vaguely thinking about it [a sequel] before the release of the movie. But we were kind of holding our breath," he said.
"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".
When the first Downton Abbey movie was released in September, it made $29 million (£23 million) on its opening weekend, and $185 million (£143 million) worldwide.
"We're working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it," he went on. "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."
The British film exec conceded that he expected things to be "smoother," this time around, because the transition to movie format was already a "proven concept".
"It's not one of those shows that came from TV and then flopped in the cinema, so I think that will give everyone comfort that, yes, we know it works. But the challenge will be, is everyone available at the same time? Can we make deals with them? That will be the challenge," he explained.
Quizzed on whether the cast can expect their salaries to rise this time around, he responded: "Well, I don't expect them to fall."
Despite Neame's reservations, Allen Leech, who plays Branson, seemed positive that his cast-mates would join him for a second movie.
Before the first film hit screens, he said: "I think we would all be up for it. It all comes down to how this one does.
"If people really love it and there really is an appetite, then why wouldn't we do it?"
While Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, agreed: "We love making the show so I hope people enjoy it. It would be really cool to make another."
We'll take that as a resounding yes, then.