A Downton Abbey Sequel Is Reportedly in the Works
But first comes The Gilded Age.
The masterminds behind Downton Abbey have confirmed that a sequel is indeed on the horizon, but don’t start toasting your crumpets yet—it’s going to be a while.
“We're having those conversations. We're working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it,” producer Gareth Neame told The Hollywood Reporter in November. “But it's the same as the first time around: We have to try to get everyone back together again. And that was very challenging.”
And it’s not just the actors who have a lot on their plates. Neame and writer Julian Fellowes are both currently busy working on HBO’s upcoming period drama The Gilded Age.
In a December interview with Variety, Neame revealed that despite efforts to get Fellowes to pull some night shifts, a Downton sequel is unlikely to happen anytime soon. Fellowes is currently knee-deep in casting rewrites on the ten-part series ahead of production starting next spring—an endeavor Neame said is consuming all his time and energy.
But all that hard work seems to be paying off. Speaking with Deadline last week, Fellowes said that the script for The Gilded Age is in “reasonably good shape.”
When asked when he would start writing a Downton sequel, however, the writer urged for patience. “Give us a break, gov,” Fellowes joked. “Not until I’ve finished the scripts for The Gilded Age.”
Well, you know what they say: "can't rush perfection."