Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has revealed that along with planning a Downton Abbey movie adaptation, he may also be starting work on Downton Abbey: The Musical.
“There are various people interested in doing it, but it would mean a different cast”
The scriptwriter let the secret slip during a recent interview, noting that after he successfully turned much loved Jack Black film School of Rock into a West End stage show, musical creators are now discussing the idea of doing the same with Downton Abbey.
The period drama, which aired its final episode on ITV last Christmas, has become a huge success over in America too, prompting the show’s producers to explore how they might be able to give us all even more Downton action.
Rumours of a Downton Abbey film have been circulating for some time now, with Julian Fellowes himself confirming that he’s keen, along with the majority of the cast being up for reprising their roles on the big screen too.
Fellowes has even suggested that he’d like to begin filming the Downton movie as early as next year, implying that a script is very much in the works - if not close to being ready.
“As far as I am concerned, I am completely up for it,” he told reporters at a BAFTA event in Los Angeles last month. “Most of the cast are up for it. I think it will be fun to get everyone together and move it to a larger scale, because you have got more money to spend.”
So with the Downton Abbey movie almost certain to happen, can a musical version work too? According to Fellowes, it can, although it’s unlikely that the original cast would be a part of the stage production.
Talking to the Daily Mail about the idea, he said: “There are various people interested in doing it, but it would mean a different cast as I don’t remember any of them as particularly gifted singers.”
Despite Lord Fellowe’s comment however, Michelle Dockery, who played Lady Mary, is known to be a talented jazz singer with plans to further explore her singing career in the future, while Elizabeth McGovern, who played Cora, the Countess of Grantham, is the lead singer of rock band Sadie And The Hotheads.
Do we see a musical in the offing with Lady Mary and Cora taking the lead? Here’s hoping!
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