Tuesday, June 25, 2024

UPDATE “Downton Abbey” Series Coming Back? British Press is WRONG, Third Movie is Being Developed, Says Insiders


Stop the presses — the British presses. I’m told the UK papers like the Daily Mail are WRONG!!!!!

Is Downton Abbey returning? Maybe, as a movie, but not as a TV series.

No no no says my insiders. “A third movie is being developed.” No series. Go that?

That’s my EXCLUSIVE. A movie makes more sense anyway.

When the second movie ended, Branson got married to a Crawley cousin and is now in position to run the dynasty. Lady Mary was trying to find her wayward second husband (Matthew Goode), and Maggie Smith bowed out as the grouchy, fun Dowager Countess.

A few years have passed. When the movie ended it was 1925. “Downton” moves so slowly they could certainly plod on to 1929 when the stock market crashes and the Crawley’s fortunes will change. But four years in “Downton” time could be seven seasons!

Will all the actors return? Well, not Smith. But everyone else is available and no doubt ready. Only Imelda Staunton, who played Lady Bagshaw, might be tricky since she’s going to star in “Hello, Dolly!” in the West End. But considering that she’s married in real life to Carson (Jim Carter) she could be persuaded to succeed Smith as a nosy mother-in-law. Penelope Wilton’s Isobel needs someone to trade barbs with.

“Downton” is also full of second generation Crawleys just waiting to get in trouble. So Julian Fellowes has a lot to work with.

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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