With Downton Abbey airing its series finale last night on PBS in the States, exec producers Julien Fellowes and Gareth Neame have provided an update the possibility of the period drama continuing via a spinoff series or movie, per Variety:
There’s been talk of a “Downton” movie. Where does that stand?
Fellowes: I’m completely up for a movie. There are various considerations, which of the cast would be available. That would be a big thing. If we couldn’t get enough of them to do it, it wouldn’t really work. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m completely up for it.
Neame: There may be but still there’s nothing to confirm at the moment. These are all conversations we are having. Julian and I haven’t shied away from saying we would like to do it. The cast would be up for doing it. But it’s a whole new thing to put together. It’s a whole new beast. It’s a whole way off were it to happen.
If you were to do a spinoff, who would you focus on?
Fellowes: I think Carson and Mrs. Hughes running a B&B hotel, I could see that. I think you could do Branson and Henry running the car business and building it up and having all the saga of cars in the ’20s.
Neame: I would come back in the 1960s and Master George would now be the Earl of Grantham. He’d have no staff, maybe two, and he’d be trying to run the estate. He might have turned it into a theme park type thing. Or I would do a half-hour show with Carson and Mrs. Hughes, when they’ve gotten their own property and he’s making her cook him dinner every night. I loved those scenes!
Stay tuned for updates on a potential Downton Abbey spinoff series or movie…