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Downton Abbey movie sequel is possible, hints Gareth Neame

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

A SEQUEL to the Downton Abbey movie is possible, according to Gareth Neame, chairman of Carnival  Films.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Neame said “we’re having those conversations”.

Downton Abbey was one of the surprise smash hits of the summer at the global box office, topping the US in its opening weekend with an unexpected $31 million debut and knocking out both Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra and Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood in the process.

It also held onto the box office top spot in the UK for three successive weeks before finally being dethroned by Joker.

The film also was warmly received by critics, prompting talk of a possible sequel to being in earnest.

“We’re working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it, “ explained Neame. “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!”

Neame did, however, further hint at the possibility that viewers hadn’t seen the last of series stalwart Dame Maggie Smith, who had appeared to take herself out of any future plans by announcing at the close of the first film that she had been diagnosed with a possibly terminal condition.

“All I would say is that one of the things that’s been commented on over the years about Downton is that we’ve had plenty of medical misdiagnoses!”

In the meantime, Neame is reteaming with Downton creator and writer Julian Fellowes for new period TV drama The Gilded Age.