Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter has hinted that the big-screen adaptation of the hit period TV series will return for a sequel.
Having scooped a mammoth £136m at the worldwide box office this autumn, fans are crying out for the story to continue.
And appearing on Monday’s This Morning, Jim – who plays head butler Charles Carson in the franchise – suggested that this is highly possible.
‘Why wouldn’t we make another?’ Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter has hinted that there WILL be a sequel to the hit movie after it scooped £136m at the box office this autumn
‘I think [the money it made] is a very good reason, it was very popular all over the world. Why wouldn’t we make another?
‘Producers love it, it was a great success. If we could corral the rest of the cast, it would be lovely. What a treat!’
He went on: ‘I think at this time which is so fractured and frazzled, people can switch off and go and watch Downton Abbey and think “I know where I am!”‘
This news backs up claims from The Sun that executives at distributor Focus Features have approached writer Julian Fellowes to begin work on a Downton Abbey 2 in order to make the most out of the film’s success.
They’ll be back? Having scooped a mammoth amount at the worldwide box office, fans are crying out for the story of Downton to continue
There is hope! Appearing on Monday’s This Morning, Jim – who plays head butler Charles Carson in the franchise – suggested that a Downton Abbey 2 is highly possible
An insider said: ‘Downton’s popularity as a film has been phenomenal. It took £60million in America alone and has been a roaring success.
‘Julian and the team are over the moon with how it played out. No one expected it would be this big.
‘The commercial viability of a second film is now a dead cert, so Julian has been told to start putting pen to paper on the follow-up.’
The Downton Abbey movie came four years after the final episode aired on TV and follows a royal visit to the sprawling manor. It is set in the autumn of 1927.
Jim said: ‘I think [the money it made] is a very good reason, it was very popular all over the world. Why wouldn’t we make another?’
Much of the show’s cast reprised 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, grace the Abbey with their company, along with new character Lady Maud Bagshaw, played by Imelda Staunton, who also joins the franchise.
News of a sequel comes after Hugh, who plays Robert Crawley, told The Mirror he was open to the idea of a second film.
Hit: Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville both reprised their roles for the film
Success: The film, based on the hit TV series of the same name, had already earned £110million at the global box office in under a month of its release
He said: ‘When we started filming, I thought this is going to be a nice full stop, but there is such an appetite for it, I can see it carrying on. I’d never say never!’
Hugh, 55, added that stepping out on the film set wasn’t that different to making the beloved British TV show, as it just felt like ‘a bigger table.’
And of returning to the characters in a feature-length setting, he said: ‘Here we all were eight years later. As we looked around the room there were grins of “can you believe we’re here again?”‘
Earlier this year, Michelle, 37, couldn’t hide her delight at being able to return to her iconic role as she discussed the film.
Follow-up: According to The Sun, executives at distributor Focus Features have approached writer Julian Fellowes to begin work on a sequel to make the most out of the film’s success
An insider said: ‘Downton’s popularity as a film has been phenomenal. It took £60million in America alone and has been a roaring success’
Speaking to InStyle magazine, she said: ‘Three years, but it felt like no time had passed at all.
‘[I realised] I’d taken some things for granted. Like driving up to that house [the setting for Downton Abbey], it honestly took my breath away.’
The Daily Mail’s Brian Viner gave the adaptation three out of a five stars. He wrote: ‘Could Downton’s creator Julian Fellowes and US director Michael Engler, a TV veteran without much feature-film experience, really make their story properly cinematic?
‘The answer is yes, up to a point. The lavish production values and meticulous period detail transfer splendidly to the big screen.
‘But in essence, this film is nothing more than an entire series in miniature, full of compacted plots and sub-plots, some compelling, some preposterous, some purring with early promise then fizzling out, just like on the telly.’
They added: ‘The commercial viability of a second film is now a dead cert, so Julian has been told to start putting pen to paper on the follow-up’
MailOnline’s Joanna Crawley described the film as being like an ‘extended Christmas episode’ and described Maggie Smith as ‘scene stealing’.
She wrote: ‘The cinematography has been amped up for the cinema audience, with sweeping shots of the grand house coming thick and fast while the the dazzling ariel views of the ballroom dancing really do lend themselves to this new home on the big screen.
‘Other TV to movie transitions aren’t quite as successful. Downton tries its best to live up to its big scene billing with some action-led set pieces, but these hurried plot points are hugely overshone by the cosy familiarity of the script…
‘The finale belongs to Smith and the excellent Michelle Dockery though, who share the film’s, and perhaps the entire Downton story’s, most tender moment.’