Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes would be “completely up” for a movie version of the hit TV show.
Julian was executive producer and writer on the popular British period drama series, and was sad to see the show come to an end after six seasons in 2015. When quizzed on the prospect of bringing Downton to the big screen, he remained very positive about the idea – as long as the stars of the series agree too.
“I’m completely up for a movie,” Julian said in an interview with Variety. “There are various considerations, which of the cast would be available. That would be a big thing. If we couldn’t get enough of them to do it, it wouldn’t really work. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m completely up for it.”
Fellow executive producer Gareth Neame also took part in the Variety chat and confirmed there have been discussions about a possible Downton Abbey film. However, he is reluctant to rush into anything without giving the project a lot of thought first.
“There may be but still there’s nothing to confirm at the moment,” he added. “These are all conversations we are having. Julian and I haven’t shied away from saying we would like to do it. The cast would be up for doing it. But it’s a whole new thing to put together. It’s a whole new beast. It’s a whole way off were it to happen.”
Downton Abbey was set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate and followed the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants from 1912 to 1926. The show boasted an impressive ensemble cast, starring Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt and Dame Maggie Smith.
Julian admits it was difficult writing the last season of the show, as he had become so attached to the characters.
“Obviously you’re sad,” he explained. “You invent these characters and they become quasi-real to you so when you say goodbye there is a bit of a pang. But on the other hand, I don’t think we’ve made a mistake. I haven’t at any point since we made the decision thought, ‘Oh my god, what are we doing?’”
When asked if he hopes Downton Abbey has left a legacy, Julian simply hopes he has helped to entertain people and made them both laugh and cry.
– Cover Media