In addition, Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame confirmed today that Season 6 will indeed be the show’s last, but he also revealed to E! Online that there could be life after the series wraps up, saying a Downton Abbey movie is possible, but will it happen? we shall see...
“Our position on that is we would be very interested in [a Downton Abbey movie]. It is definitely something we’re contemplating. It would be great fun to do. I think it would be a wonderful extension of everything that people loved about the TV show, but I can’t confirm that it’s definitely going to happen,” Neame said, citing the planning and thinking that would be involved in mounting the effort. “We shall see.”More info. via Deadline...
In an international phone call with press this morning, Carnival chief Gareth Neame said he was confident PBS and ITV had hoped for more seasons beyond Season 6. “It’s been tremendously important for both broadcasters,” he said.
Neame said he and creator Fellowes made the decision to quit while they were ahead, in conjunction with the cast, and insisted The Gilded Age did not kill Downton Abbey. “It isn’t the case that Julian said, ‘I want out’ and others were forced” to go along with his wishes, he told reporters on the call. But, Neame also said he never would have considered continuing the show without Fellowes, who has written every episode of the series.Read full article from Deadline here.
“It’s been about integrity,” not “How do we mechanize the production of Downton” with other writers, Neame said, describing Downton as a “bespoke, well-crafted piece of television.”
“With this show we always try to get our timing right. Our feeling is that it’s good to quit while you’re ahead. We feel the show is in really strong shape…The show is so popular globally but the danger with this sort of thing is to let it go on forever. It’s very addictive to want to do that.”
Neame seemed to dodge queries about a Downton Abbey spinoff, but said both he and Fellowes like the idea of a Downton movie, as has been speculated, but maintained nothing had been done on that front.
He reminded reporters six seasons is a long run by UK television standards.
“Let’s not forget… we thought we would have hopefully a good success in the UK and the traditional outlets for British content globally would be there.” Instead, he noted, it’s now distributed in 250 territories and is “one of the biggest shows on American television. When we started we would have been very happy with three seasons.”