It was a record-breaking success that earned £ 136 million at the global cash register.
And it seems that fans of Downton Abbey still have a chance to see the Crawley family, as film producer Gareth Neame has confirmed that a sequel is underway.
Gareth told The Hollywood Reporter that after the huge success of the first film, a follow-up was talked about early after they had & # 39; held their breath & # 39; about the reaction to the film.
Exciting: Downton Abbey film producer Gareth Neame has confirmed that a sequel to the hugely successful first film is in the making
Gareth said: & # 39; We started vaguely thinking about it (a sequel) before the release of the film. But we held our breath.
& # 39; The response to the film, the press trip in the US and the run-up to the release were so strong that we had thought about it. And then it was clear from the first weekend that it was worth taking very seriously. & # 39;
When asked if there were discussions about a sequel, Gareth said they were in the middle of early discussions, but it would be a challenge to bring the whole cast together for a new episode.
He said: & # 39; We have those conversations. We are working on what the story is and when we might be able to make it. & # 39;
Amazing: Gareth said early on the possibility of a sequel, but it would be a challenge to get all the cast back together
TV man: Gary (photo) said: & # 39; We have those conversations. We are working on what the story is and when we might be able to make it & # 39;
The revelation came when some of Downton's stars came together on Monday evening to work as waiters for The Ivy's One Night Only in London.
Joining Jim Carter (Charles Carson) were his real wife Imelda Staunton (Lady Maud Bagshaw), Laura Carmichael (Edith Crawley) and Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) while they exchanged their role for charity.
The first Downton Abbey turned out to be an amazing blockbuster and was highly praised by fans for having the feeling that they were returning with the major budget adjustment.
Charity: The revelation came when some of Downton's stars came together on Monday evening to work as waiters for The Ivy's One Night Only in London
Stars: along with Jim Carter (R) (Charles Carson) were his Imelda Staunton (center) (Lady Maud Bagshaw), Laura Carmichael (L) (Edith Crawley) and Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) (front)
Earlier this month, star Jim Carter – who plays main butler Charles Carson – confirmed that a sequel could be in the making.
He said this morning: & I think (the money it earned) is a very good reason, it was very popular all over the world. Why wouldn't we make another one?
& # 39; Producers love it, it was a great success. If we could correlate the rest of the cast, it would be wonderful. What a treat! & # 39;
Huge hit: the first Downton Abbey film was a huge success at the box office and raised £ 136 million worldwide
This news supports claims from The sun that executives at distributor Focus Features have approached writer Julian Fellowes to work on a Downton Abbey 2 to exploit the success of the film.
An insider said: & The popularity of Downton as a movie is phenomenal. In America alone it cost £ 60 million and has been a huge success.
& # 39; Julian and the team are overjoyed with how it happened. Nobody expected it to be that big.
& # 39; The commercial viability of a second movie is now a failure, so Julian has been told to put the sequel on paper. & # 39;
Coming soon? This news supports the claims of The Sun that executives at distributor Focus Features have approached writer Julian Fellowes to start working on a Downton Abbey 2
The film Downton Abbey came on TV four years after the last episode and follows a royal visit to the vast mansion. It is set in the fall of 1927.
Many of the show's cast reproduced their roles for the film, including Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech, and Maggie Smith.
King George V and Queen Mary, portrayed by cast newcomers Simon Jones and Geraldine James, worship the abbey with their company, along with the new character Lady Maud Bagshaw, played by Imelda Staunton, who also joins the franchise.
The news about a sequel comes after Hugh, who plays Robert Crawley, has told The mirror he was open to the idea of a second film.
He said: & # 39; When we started filming, I thought this would be a nice stop, but there is so much appetite, I see it continue. I would never say never! & # 39;
They're back! The Downton Abbey movie was broadcast on TV four years after the last episode in 2015 and follows a royal visit to the vast mansion
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