‘Downton Abbey’ Spinoff? Crawleys And Their Future
Downton Abbey is long over, but its creator Julian Fellowes dished on the Crawleys, making fans wish there can be a spinoff. Though the popular PBS series took a bow earlier this year, the Crawley estate will still be there like Highclere Castle, where the period drama was filmed.Advertisement
The Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on Sept.18, and it was just the right time for Fellowes to talk about the popular British period drama that was loved by the Americans, Deadline reports. “Downton Abbey” bagged a whopping 69 Emmy nominations across its six seasons and 52 episodes.
The show creator was also awarded two golden statuettes in 2011. Fellowes in fact wrote all the episodes of the series himself. Talking about Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), Julian Fellowes said that since the finale showed her to be pregnant, she will have a second baby.
“My own belief is that Mary, whether you like her or dislike her, is a hard worker, and she’s practical. I think she will employ the kind of advice that she needs,” he said.
Fellowes added that Mary would most probably open Downton Abbey to the public in the 1960s, and maybe only occupy the whole house during the winters. Meanwhile, Violet Crawley or the Dowager Countess played by Maggie Smith is based on a family member of Fellowes—his grandfather’s older sister, People reports.
The show creator talked how he brought to life “an iconic figure of British families.” He loved the strong matriarch who depicted the women of the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
These women were the ones that kept the home running even when the men went off to war. They are the ones that “everyone was half terrified of and half loved.”
Meanwhile, Britain’s greatest screenwriter hoped that George Crawley would be alive and have children of his own. Fellowes is currently busy will the much-deferred NBC series, “The Gilded Age.”
Besides, other projects lined up include an adaptation of a recently-released novel “Belgravia.” A Downton Abbey film will only be possible if his ensemble case is ready, though Fellowes’ creative team are all on board for the project.