I know the idea would be difficult to imagine with the usual length of story arcs, but are there any ways to have a movie that could tie up some loose ends while having a good story line for a movie length feature?
I'd be willing to see a Downton Abbey movie, but for me the tricky thing would be to find a way (or multiple ways) to distinguish it from Julian's earlier film, Gosford Park, especially if the film takes place during World War II with a focus on the younger generation as they grow up.
Now that I think about it, perhaps it could instead take place during the Depression with war looming, with plots focusing on keeping respective businesses such as the estate and magazine together while the younger generation grow up, experience young love, and attend school.
The early series were great but the show's later series were poor. Too many recycled plots and sillinesses (eg Green and all Mary's cardboard suitors). The only way a movie would work is for Julian Fellowes to give up or share the writing. He would never agree to that. So better to let Downton go. Some of the cast were also fed up by the end and not enbough of them may be keen to sign on for a Downton film.
It seems to me they could do one of two things. If they keep predominantly the same cast, they could jump forward to the depression, any farther would be tough to do with the existing cast. One problem with the show since the end of WWI has been the portrayal of the 20s. Granted we mainly see it through the eyes of the aristocracy, but it has been given more the feel of the American roaring 20s than the post war recession that dominated the 20s in England. The depression, unlike in America, was therefore not that much of a difference. In Upstairs Downstairs, it took James heavily investing his and Rose's money in the American stock market to result in large losses.
The second option would be to go back to when Robert and Cora met, to show that part of the story. I would find this quite intersting, but would require a whole new cast, excepting Maggie Smith of course. :)
Tbh, I hadn't thought about them skipping back in time or forward in time and, from the interview with Julian Fellowes, he didn't seem to mention that either. In his interview he was actually saying a movie would explore more of the world around Downton, so I guess it would be more about the political and society changes?
I, for one, don't think a movie of that sort he was talking about would interest me. Series 6 ep 8 was already 1hr30, feature length, and the Christmas Special will be another 1hr30-2hrs. They are the same length as a movie and I can't see how a movie, or offer much more would differ very much from episodes of the same length.
What do you think?