Julian Fellowes to start work on Downton Abbey sequel later this year
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has indicated that a sequel to the Downton Abbey feature film which arrived last year is on his agenda, but with a busy schedule occupying the next few months it's unlikely he'll be able to start work on a follow-up until later this year.
Building on the success of the popular TV series, a feature-length Downton Abbey movie arrived in cinemas in September last year and its success at the box office made the proposition of a sequel a very likely one. However, Fellowes has been busy with other commitments in recent months, with his new ITV series Belgravia due to premiere in April and an upcoming new series for HBO, entitled The Gilded Age, also in the works.
The latter is set in New York City during the boom years of the 1880s and has already begun assembling its cast, which to date includes Cynthia Nixon, Louisa Jacobson, Blake Ritson and Christine Baranski.
Asked about the possibility of a Downton Abbey sequel at a Television Critics Association press tour event, Fellowes replied: “Give us a break, guv. Not until I’ve finished the scripts for The Gilded Age." With the HBO series keeping him occupied at present, Fellowes indicated that it would be later in the year before he is free to turn his attention back to the world of the Crawleys and the Talbots.
Belgravia, meanwhile, is set to be the next of his creations to arrive on our screens and revolves around the wealthy inhabitants of the storied London neighbourhood in the early years of the 19th century, featuring a cast led by Philip Glennister and Tamsin Grieg.
As for Downton Abbey 2, fans will have a little longer to wait until the Crawley family return to the big screen.