Downton Abbey Movie A Serious Discussion
It seems that for the past couple of months Julian Fellowes has been playing quite the game with his Downton Abbey fans. Months back, it surfaced that by the end of the series a possible movie could spring to life. Some of this information might have been forged from ink thirsty writers. Whatever it may have been, it seemed that Julian Fellowes liked it and even hinted to a similar J.K. Rowling type deal.
A week or two ago, the flip started to occur. Articles started coming out that Julian Fellowes just wasn’t sure it would be a success and there were too many logistical obstacles in the way. He has built a cast so ornate and so recognizable that anything remotely diminished could absolutely ruin the integrity of what he built. His reputation was on the line to produce. I believe this really played a big factor. As Fellowes has allowed the thoughts to sit and marinate for some time, it seems a too good of an opportunity to let slide.
With so much anticipation, with so much talk, with so much publicity, it seems like a movie post Downton Abbey Season 6 finale is becoming much more a reality. Producer Naeme explained that the idea of a movie was on the table. It hadn’t been a firm decision but is highly being dialogued. Naeme and others are hesitant because of the appeal of the show itself. Naeme explains that,
“Remember, this is a show I was originally told no one in the U.S. would understand,”
And for the most part, he was correct. But the fact of the matter is, it has caught on in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, and many other countries. The real question becomes, is there enough money in the production of the movie to come away with profit by creating, marketing, and advertising for this movie. This is something that will be thought about in the oncoming months as the show is set to air in September for UK. What might help solidify the movie details will be the viewer count post season 6. Naeme states it pretty clearly when he says,
“I think we could have legitimately kept it going a bit longer,” he said. “But you do want to leave people wanting more, not less.”
So if the appeal is still there and not diminishing, there is a real possibility that a movie could come to fruition.