Gareth Neame, the executive producer of the series Downton Abbey, said that he and the cast are interested in a movie, but it will be a difficult thing to put together at this moment. But after the final season scored 2016 Emmy nominations, talks on a Downton Abbey movie were revived.
“We’ve said we want to do the movie,” the Cartermatt quoted Neame as saying. “But it’s a complicated thing to put together because the cast are all off doing other things. It’s not a straightforward leap from one thing to the next. [Creator] Julian [Fellowes] and I are enthusiastic to do it, and so are the cast, I believe, so hopefully it will happen. There are just no guarantees at the moment.”
While Downton Abbey received its due recognition as a whole, there were very few nominations in the acting section. The list has not, however, left out Dame Maggie Smith, whose nomination is not a surprise given all the awards she has won for her role as Violet in the series. It will be interesting to see whether Smith will finally turn up for this event, since she is not often seen in most of these award shows.
The season managed to secure nominations in total 10 categories, including Outstanding Drama category, cinematography and casting. Julian Fellowes also received a nomination for the award as a writer besides Michael Engler, who directed the final season, the Deadline reported.
“We are really pleased,” People quoted Neame as saying after the announcements were made on Thursday. “We’ve been well represented for all six seasons of the show now, but, in fact, our number of nominations has gone up for the final season. We’re very happy about that indeed.”
He added that the Television Academy have recognized the show right since the start. “They were aware of it before many members of the audience were,” he said. “I mean, the Emmys was a very big part of spreading the word about the show and raising its profile. It’s been recognized every single year.”