I laid out a couple of ideas for places to take the high toned soap opera in my review of “Downton Abbey: The Movie.” Now the production team is saying they hope they get another shot at this story, these characters, that Abbey.
I could totally see that happening, and the current film certainly hints at a changing of the guard.
A $31-33 million opening weekend certainly makes that much more likely.
The two ideas from my review? The Great Depression, or move the story forward to World War II.
As Simon Jones, who plays George V in “The Movie,” was in “Brideshead Revisited,” the template British soap opera on which “Downton” is based, and “Brideshead Revisited” is framed within a great estate serving new purposes in World War II, that would make this a nice, neat circle of posh TV soaps with great casts and vast audiences.