It looks like plans are already afoot for a second Downton Abbey film.

Comfortably one of the box office hits of the autumn has been the Downton Abbey movie, that’s already notched up $140m of business worldwide.

There had been questions around the time of the film’s press junket of a possible further instalment, but it now looks as though the box office appeal of the movie has sealed it. Focus Features  reportedly approached Downton creator and writer Julian Fellowes about a new film around the time of the movie’s initial release.

Now we learn that production company Carnival Films is being a bit more open about sequel plans. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, its chairman – Gareth Neame – has confirmed that sequel conversations are taking place. “We’re working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it. 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”, he admitted.

The conversations began prior to the first film’s release, but began in earnest once the box office numbers were in. “It was clear from the first weekend that this was worth taking very seriously”, he added.

No word yet on when it’ll come altogether. The logistics of uniting such a sizeable cast were a spanner in the works for the original film too, and that’s obviously a similar challenge this time around.

More as we hear it.

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