Downton Abbey is CONFIRMED: Julian Fellowes reveals he is set to start

Downton Abbey 2 is CONFIRMED: Creator Julian Fellowes reveals he is set to start work on the movie’s sequel after wrapping up other projects

  • The writer, 70, confirmed work will start on the movie when he finishes writing his upcoming HBO drama The Gilded Age 

The second Downton Abbey movie is in the works, according to the show’s creator Julian Fellowes who revealed the exciting news this week. 

There has been much talk about the widely-discussed sequel following the roaring success of the first movie, which was a follow-up to the ITV series. 

While chatting during the Winter TCA press tour session to promote his new ITV drama Belgravia, he confirmed work will start on the movie when he finishes writing his upcoming HBO drama The Gilded Age.

Happy days: The second Downton Abbey movie is in the works, according to the show’s creator Julian Fellowes who revealed the exciting news this week

When he was asked about the sequel, Julian all but confirmed the news when he said: ‘Give us a break, guv. Not until I’ve finished the scripts for The Gilded Age’.  

The first Downton movie was a record-breaking success that earned £136million and fans will now get another chance to see the Crawley family.

Back in December, movie producer Gareth Neame echoed Julian in revealing a return is coming as he too confirmed that a sequel is in the works.

Gareth told The Hollywood Reporter that after the first film’s huge success there have been early talks about making a follow-up, after they were left ‘holding their breath’ regarding the reaction to the film.

Happy days: There has been much talk about the widely-discussed sequel following the roaring success of the first movie, which was a take on the ITV series

He said: ‘We started vaguely thinking about it [a sequel] before the release of the movie. But we were kind of holding our breath. 

‘The reaction to the film, the press tour in the US and the build-up to release were so strong that we’d been thinking about it. And then it was clear from the first weekend that this was worth taking very seriously.’

When asked whether there had been any talks regarding a sequel, Gareth said that they were in the midst of early discussions, but it would be a challenge to get the entire cast together for another instalment.

He said: ‘We’re having those conversations. We’re working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it.’

 

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