Downton Abbey producer confirms sequel “conversations”

Having made $184 million at the box office, it’s no surprise that talks of a sequel to Downton Abbey started almost as soon as Mr Carter closed the doors to the big house.

Producer Gareth Neame has told the Hollywood Reporter talks have now started on a sequel to the film.

“We’re having those conversations,” he said. “We’re working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it. But it’s the same as the first time around: We have to try to get everyone back together again.

“The challenge will be, is everyone available at the same time? Can we make deals with them? That will be the challenge.”

SPOILER – Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the first film yet.

Neame also discussed the fate of Maggie Smith’s character, the Dowager Countess, who appears to say farewell to the audience in the first film.

“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,” he said.

So maybe we might get to enjoy some more of the Dowager Countess’s acerbic asides after all!

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