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The Games the Producer of Downton Abbey Plays – Movie Details

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.

A Movie on the Horizon Lord Julian Fellowes Hints for Downton Abbey Fans?

It seems that upon the loss of UK’s highest watched drama television series after season 6, Julian Fellowes makes a surprising little hint. In a recent interview with Variety, Fellowes apparently stated, “It may be reborn as a movie or a play or a musical or a ballet. Who knows if we’ve seen the last of it? But we do know we’ve seen the last of the television series. This will be the ending.”
This leads many to believe, including myself, that Fellowes could be trying to build an empire like Harry Potter with deals of expanding the life of Downton Abbey. It would be very difficult as fans are very particular, but… What seems to be upsetting to viewers though, or at least to this viewer, is that Fellowes is very willing to explain how the show will end. Although it isn’t written in detail, he explains the overall scope of the ending. While I will not share it with you guys, you can very well find it online. But seeing this is the last season, I would make a serious effort to go into this season blind and just enjoy the remaining series and be content with where the cards fall.
While the creation of a motion picture or film would make a lot of fans happy (giving them there daily dose of drama), without the same plot lines and characters, the movie would not even come close to what it is now. Nor would viewers even buy a movie ticket. The series is what it is because of the plot and the cast. So anything deviating from this norm really leaves something left to be desired. And Lord Julian Fellowes definitely understands this. He definitely has “mixed feelings” about it.
So while viewers and fans are still reeling from the pain of the news heard months ago, there is still something to keep your heads looking up at. Downton Abbey Season 6 finale is set to air sometime in September for the United Kingdom. No real timeline has been set yet, but if we follow the past 5 seasons, we can come to that conclusion. This means the Christmas Special will air in December with the United States air date sometime in January unless some deal is made to air it at the same time.