Downton Abbey may be set to end after six series, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be seeing the last of the Crawley household.
The hit ITV period drama will bid farewell during a Christmas special this December, but executive producer Gareth Neame has suggested that our favourite characters could make their debut on the silver screen once the TV series comes to an end.
When asked whether Downton Abbey could ever work as a movie, he replied, “We’d be interested in that. It’s definitely something we’re contemplating. It would be great fun to do – a great extension of what everyone loves about the show.
“It would take a lot of planning. We shall see… We haven’t made any plans for the show, but it is something Julian and I would be very interested to do if we can get all of our ducks in a row.
Although, he did add: “No plans means no one’s contracted. Nothing is firmly in place.”
The prospect of the Crawleys in cinemas will certainly be one to excite the show’s fans, and perhaps the cast who have increasingly made forays into film in recent years. Since his explosive exit on Christmas Day 2012, Dan Stevens has appeared in a string of movies, while Michelle Dockery starred in thriller Non-Stop last year, and Lily James and Sophie McShera are set to dazzle UK audiences in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, released this Friday.
Any plans for a feature film would have to fit around the show’s creator Julian Fellowes who is set to head for US network NBC where he’ll create a new 19th century period drama, The Gilded Age – a show first commissioned in 2012 and expected to arrive on American screens later this year.
Could he ever be tempted back for a Downton-shaped offshoot this side of the pond? “We don’t have any firm plans for any spin-offs,” says Neame. “There are so many different routes you could go down, but we don’t have any plans at the moment, I’m afraid.”