‘Downton Abbey’ producer doesn’t shut door on big-screen film

With and”Downton Abbeyand” coming to an end, its executive producer is offering hope that a follow-up movie is at least a possibility. By ending the TV drama several years shy of the 1929 stock market crash, producer Gareth Neame said rich territory is left to be mined if a film is made.
He told TV critics Saturday that itand’s been discussed, but thereand’s no script or a firm plan. Afterward, he told The Associated Press that such a project could be made as a big-screen theatrical release but reaffirmed it was speculative at this point.
and”I think a andlsquoDownton Abbeyand’ movie could be a wonderful thing,and” he said earlier.
But itand’s time for the series itself to end while itand’s still popular and acclaimed, Neame said. The Television Critics Association panel discussion was bittersweet as its stars and producers looked back at the dramaand’s past seasons and ahead to its conclusion.
and”Downton Abbeyand’sand” sixth and final season will begin airing in September in the UK and in January on PBS in the United States. Neame said the last season will bring back some faces from the past, but the focus of the final season is to wrap up story lines for the main cast.
The high-toned soap opera about the upstairs and downstairs occupants of a stately English mansion dealing with early 20th-century social change will end production Aug. 15.