Downton Abbey 2 will happen, but it’s in a queue for Julian Fellowes’ time.

After the success at the box office of the first Downton Abbey movie last autumn, not unexpectedly questions have been asked about when we might see another. Roman numerals and colons are clearly in demand where the Downton movie universe is concerned.

The logistics of the first film were tricky, though, finding a suitable slot to bring the extensive ensemble together. That’s likely to cause someone out there a few headaches next time as well.

However, the initial stumbling block with the movie is Downton creator and writer Julian Fellowes, who has a small matter of a screenplay to put together. And he ain’t getting to it just yet. He’s been working on an HBO drama called The Gilded Age instead, which is going into production later this year, and that’s where his priorities lie. Only once he’s done all the scripts for that, and they’re not done yet, will he turn his attention to Downton Abbey 2: Dawn Of Justice, or whatever it ends up being called.

More news on the project as we hear it, of course. But don’t expect that news anytime soon.

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