Why Making A Downton Abbey Sequel Should Be ‘Smoother,’ According To The Producer

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Now that Downton Abbey totally rocked the box office earlier this year, a sequel is allegedly in its early stages. While nothing official about Downton Abbey 2 has come down the pipeline yet, producer Gareth Neame does believe a sequel would be “smoother.”

The knowledge that the concept works probably felt great a few months ago when the flick was pulling in major moolah at the box office. It also has meant the creative team has been more open about the possibility of a sequel in the (hopefully near) future. Still, the word “challenge” is used here, and it’s the same “challenge” the first Downton Abbey movie faced.

The cast is busy. In fact, Hugh Bonneville has a slew of movies coming up, including Jingle Jangle and An Unquiet Life. Michelle Dockery is filming Defending Jacob, a new TV series. Other actors, including Brendan Coyle, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech and more all have upcoming projects in the works as well.

Many of them could make time in their schedules, but the trick is everyone in the massive ensemble cast having time to film at the same time. It’s tricky, tricky (Tricky) tricky.

Yet Gareth Neame admits in the interview with THR that the Downton Abbey movie was not guaranteed to be a success ahead of its release. Would fans who liked watching from the comfort of their couches make it all the way into the theater to see their little movie? The answer was yes, but the creative team had to wait on the response before they felt comfortable pitching more ideas.

So, there will always be room for more storytelling in that world. And we’ve even put together a whole list of possible spinoffs, should fans want to engage with the Crawleys in a different timeline.

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