When Will the ‘Downton Abbey’ Sequel Start Filming?

The world learned this week that there will, indeed, be a sequel of the Downton Abbey movie. Practically on the heels of this news that made fans (politely) squeal globally, we now hear there is a timetable of sorts for when filming will actually begin.

The cast of 'Downton Abbey'
The cast of ‘Downton Abbey’ | Gary Gershoff/WireImage

Here’s what we know so far.

How did the movie do in the box office?

Downton Abbey the movie enjoyed greater success than any of the cast or crew imagined it would. No one was sure if the same fans who faithfully watched each week during the show’s six-year run and who binge-watched the series would bother coming out to see a feature film in theaters.

The premise of the movie was that the aristocratic Crawley family hears that they are to be visited by royalty. Everyone, aristocrat or not, jumps into action to prepare Downton for the visit by the king and queen of England.

The movie was a huge hit and, according to Box Office Mojo, took in a total box office sum of $173.1 million as of October 24.

‘Downton Abbey’ beats up ‘Rambo’

It seemed no one was more surprised at how well the movie did, even against the formidable Rambo: Last Blood, than the cast of Downton Abbey.

Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore in the series and movie, expressed the cast’s disbelief.

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“We had no idea it would be such a hit,” she told The Daily Mail TV this week. “I don’t think any of us projected anyway, because there’s no point in doing that. It really is safer just to wait and see. But we were very anxious because there was such a build-up, as you know.

“The bottom line would have been if the fans were disappointed, we would have been mortified, because that’s what this movie is about. It was demanded by them, it had to be enjoyed by them and thank God it has been, so we are all genuinely blown away.”

“We did not see it coming that we would beat Brad Pitt and Rambo. That’s just out of this world, really.”

When ‘Downton Abbey 2’ will start filming

Gareth Neame, executive producer of Downton Abbey the series and movie, spoke last week with Forbes about the movie sequel.

“I think if you look at the box office, take where we are today, (a few) weeks into the release, I think that decision to go on the big screen has obviously paid off.”

“[Regarding the sequel], we’re still early stages, but we are definitely moving forward with our thinking about what the next story would be, and when we may be able to do it,” Neame said. “It’s not greenlit, it’s not confirmed, but the movie’s done so well. And I think we and the actors enjoy doing it a lot.”

The producer seems to think it could happen over the next couple of years.

“So we certainly are going to try to move ahead and hopefully within the next year to two years, we will be making another one.”

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