“Downton Abbey” fever is burning up the box office faster than a typhus epidemic.
The much-anticipated full-length attribute starring Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, and Elizabeth McGovern is already gearing up for a sequel after raking in larger than £110 million (about $134 million) in merely 26 days since its UK launch.
Julian Fellowes, the writer, and creator of the variety of awarding-winning PBS assortment, which ended its six-season TV run in 2015, is already in talks with distributor Focus Features for a sequel following the smashing enormous show display success, the Sun reported.
A “TV insider” suggested the UK outlet, “Julian and the team are over the moon with how it played out. No one expected it would be this big,” and added that the “commercial viability” of a follow-up is for sure.
The “Downton Abbey” film is prepared in the fall of 1927, selecting up the storyline of the fictional Crawley family about 18 months after the finale episode’s ending.
In this installment, the aristocratic manor in the English countryside is busy preparing for a royal go to from King George V and Queen Mary, carried out by Simon Jones and Geraldine James.
Last week, actor Hugh Bonneville, who reprised the place of patriarch Robert Crawley in the film, suggested the Mirror he would take into consideration a sequel.
“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,” Bonneville said. “I’d never say never!”