DOWNTON MOVIE POSSIBLE
WITH Downton Abbey coming to an end, its executive producer has offered hope a follow-up movie is at least a possibility.
By ending the TV drama several years shy of the 1929 stock market crash, producer Gareth Neame says rich territory is left to be mined if a film is made. There is no script or a firm plan but such a project could be made as a big-screen theatrical release.
He reaffirms it is speculative at this point.
“I think a Downton Abbey movie could be a wonderful thing,” he says.
But it’s time for the series itself to end while it’s still popular and acclaimed, Neame says. A sixth and final season launches in the UK next month and on PBS in the US in January.
Channel 7, which airs the series in Australia, is yet to confirm when the final series will air here. Neame says the last season will bring back some faces from the past but the focus of the final season is to wrap up storylines for the main cast. The high-toned soap opera about the upstairs and downstairs occupants of a stately English mansion dealing with early 20th-century social change will end production on August 15. Studio scenes remain to be shot but production at Highclere, the estate that stood in for Downton Abbey, wrapped recently.
“That was a sort of interesting day,” Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham, says of the final taping at Highclere.
The cast and crew marked the occasion by taking a team photo in the dining room, where the longest scenes were filmed.
Saying goodbye to their fictional Crawley family home was difficult.
“Laura (Carmichael) and I wandered around for the last time,” says Michelle Dockery, who plays Mary Crawley.
“Suddenly we didn’t want to go home. It was really funny.”
Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery.