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  • Please, please, please let there be, like, a two or three hour movie, taking place in the years of 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1929! I hope it shows the new life Edith has with Bertie and how young Marigold (age 6 or 7 then) will enjoy her childhood in the home of her stepfather!

    And young George will be 5 to 8 years old, Sybbie will be 6 to 9 yrs old, and Marigold six or seven yrs old.  And I want to hear Marigold actually start talking more!

    Plus I want to see Anna and John's young son, like, 3 or 4 years old and what his name is. And hearing Anna called "Mummy" and Bates called "Daddy" would bo so adorably sweet!  And Rose and Atticus' little daughter Victoria Rachel Cora.

    And find more mysteriouss secrets being kept by the Crawley family and others!!

    ANYONE AGREE WITH ME ON THIS AS STRONGLY AS I!!?

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    • I definitely would love to see a Downton abbe film. Four years though might be stretching it far for a single film. They could always do a couple films focusing on a couple years, but if just one then perhaps 1-2 years.

      It would be nice to hear Marigold talk more and to see more of Sybbie, George, Victoria, and John and Anna's son. In addition, we know from the season 6 holiday episode that Mary was going to have a child with Henry. Personally I would like their child to be a girl. I would also like to see Edith have a son and heir with Bertie. Here are my votes for their names: Edward "Ned" Bates, Katherine "Kate" Talbot, and Arthur "Artie" Pelham.

      Someting else I would be willing to watch if it were done would be a Downton Abbey Next Generation film showing the children growing up and participating in World War II. Downton could perhaps be a convalescent home again, and we could see the return of Ethel Parks's son Charlie and Lord Sinderby's illegitimate son, Daniel Clark.

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    • 71.121.179.246 wrote:
      I definitely would love to see a Downton abbe film. Four years though might be stretching it far for a single film. They could always do a couple films focusing on a couple years, but if just one then perhaps 1-2 years.

      It would be nice to hear Marigold talk more and to see more of Sybbie, George, Victoria, and John and Anna's son. In addition, we know from the season 6 holiday episode that Mary was going to have a child with Henry. Personally I would like their child to be a girl. I would also like to see Edith have a son and heir with Bertie. Here are my votes for their names: Edward "Ned" Bates, Katherine "Kate" Talbot, and Arthur "Artie" Pelham.

      Someting else I would be willing to watch if it were done would be a Downton Abbey Next Generation film showing the children growing up and participating in World War II. Downton could perhaps be a convalescent home again, and we could see the return of Ethel Parks's son Charlie and Lord Sinderby's illegitimate son, Daniel Clark.

      I imagine Edward Bates's middle name would be Robert. The Depression in the 30's might be a good period also for a film, as it actually did have an effect in Britain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression_in_the_United_Kingdom

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    • I've seen in many forums predictions for the next generation's future, many of which I like and agree with, so I'll try to summon up what I've read with a few extra ideas (focusing mainly on the children we have seen or heard of in the show).

      It's been predicted Sybbie would follow in her mother's foosteps as a nurse, perhaps during World War II. There's been fanfiction pairing her with Charlie Bryant. In one I think he may have even been called a doctor. Well, based on that, I imagine he would return to visit his birthplace while still a gifted young medical student whose goal, like Sybbie's, is to help others and make his mother proud. They could bond over this, and there may be troubles due to his mother's past and perhaps Sybbie's Catholic faith, but in the end they get together.

      Mary would imbed her dedication to preserving Downton into George, who would perhaps study business and/or economics in school, or perhaps he might be interested in politics. He could be an athlete - say a runner, and obviously with World War II would serve perhaps either in the army or the Air Force. He might be injured like his father was, but endure. No one's discussed his romantic prospects. Perhaps he could meet a young French girl named Sophie while serving in Europe and they meet up again after the war.

      Marigold, some have said, would follow her mother into the magazine business and help report on the war. Others have suggested pairing her with Daniel Clark like Charlie with Sybbie. This would be an interesting dynamic if they both find out they are secret love children. Daniel Clark could be attracted to publishing and writing as well.

      Anna and Bates's son, perhaps becasue of what his parents went through with Vera and then Green, might be inspired to enter the field of criminal justice and/or study the law. Robert I expect would help fund his education. Or perhaps the boy could grow up to become the family lawyer for the next generation like Murray.

      Victoria Aldridge could be a wild child like Rose used to be, and Rose would have to deal with trying to cope with that (unless Rose and Atticus have more children and one of them is the wild child instead).

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    • So, I will probably start an article Downton Abbey (film) since there have been what appear to be legitimate reports that there are various efforts to get something going. I probably won't start the article until there are something better than rumours of a script.

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    • I hope by "movie" you mean something like the TV Christmas specials, but longer, and not a feature film. I'm afraid that a feature film would flop--most intimate, intricate character dramas do--while a successful TV film would lead to other TV films.

      And I think a TV film would be a huge success.

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    • I think Julian Fellowes suggested a feature film, but I don't think it would be a flop. It just might not meet the extremely high expectations it might have to live up to.

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    • It sounds pretty likely that there's going to be a film: Downton Abbey movie 'could be filmed this year'

      "Carnival Films, which produces the drama, has already confirmed that a script for a potential movie is in development.
      It told the BBC on Monday: "There are still no firm plans about when a film might go into production. When the future plans are certain we will of course make an announcement at the relevant time.""

      But often even when you get news that makes it seem like there's definitely going to be a film it never happens. So I'll believe it when they announce it! :)

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    • That article is intriguing. The BBC usually does their homework, but the account by Jeremy Swift is strange! However, self-destructing PDFs are not unheard of, so maybe that's how the script was distributed.

      Is this article worth starting Downton Abbey (film) over?

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    • I'm tempted to say wait, I'm pretty sure it'll happen, but I've thought that about a few films that sound like they're certain to happen and then never do.

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    • I hear you. Crossing fingers.

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    • I have to admit, I am more than impressed with some of the scenarios that the guest came up with, in respects to Sybbie, George and the others. I love the idea of Sybbie being a nurse, like her mother, a possible romance with Charlie Bryant and the possible hurdles with Charlie's mother's past and Sybbie being a Catholic. George's predictions are also impressive, especially with the idea of him possibly being injured like his father and also his romantic prospects.  And I can CLEARLY see Marigold going into the magazine business, learning from her mother, and her becoming a reporter. I would also love to see something about what might have happened with Laura Edmunds, Edith's editor.

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    • Indications are the plan was not to move too far into the future (if they did at all). Otherwise the efforts to get most of the cast back wouldn't be mentioned by so many of the rumors.

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    • I'd like it to be about 20 years in the future for a teenage/twenties George and Sybbie, etc.

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    • I am not sure Julian Fellowes has what it takes to write a good features film. He is very good at writing scenes for his actors, but he doesn't really do tight plot-lines, and a movie really does depend on its plot. He will have to come up with one large enough complication that can then be resolved with a certain amount of effort, not just dissolving in a puff of air when the author gets bored with it (but please, please, please not another false accusation aimed at the Bateses!!!)

      The present cast have been a major part of the series' success, so I can't see the idea of putting it 20 years in the future taking off: who would bother to go and see a DA movie with none of the old gang in it?

      Possible plot lines? Well, Thomas seems a likely subject: he hasn't had any love life to speak of (and don't try telling me that queer history didn't happen- we know that it did!) Or perhaps something affecting Mary's baby (Special Needs?) The dowager dies, we assume. The Molesleys can get married, but that is hardly likely to form more than a sub-plot. Daisy and Andy are too light-weight to form a movie plot of their own.

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    • In all honesty, I'd much prefer to see the Dowager die at the end of the movie; no-one believes she's ill except Isobel, and her final words (which are written on her grave) are "I'm always right".

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    • So Julian Fellowes has quite a bit of experience writing screenplays or scripts for feature films and at least a few were considered "good". Now, your standard is likely to be very high, but unless you explain what "good" means, I have to disagree with you. Now he may not have the proof that he can write a "great" screenplay or script, but I think it is definitely within his reach.

      He learned alot about what makes an impact writing Downton Abbey, so hopefully he can improve on movies like Gosford Park (kind of boring), Vanity Fair (unoriginal), and The Young Victoria (overdone). If he can put a Pamuk moment in the movie, that might be all it needs.

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    • I mean the clunky plot devices: things that happen not because they are either inherently plausible or emotionally right but because the plot needs to dig itself out of a hole.

      Matthew's recovery from his paralysis, Lavinia's death at exactly the right moment, Michael Gregson leaving his business to Edith just at the moment when she needs to become independent.

      That and the building up of big emotional scenes which then are resolved in the next episode without any trouble at all, leaving the spectator to wonder why we ever bothered getting engaged in the first place.

      Building up Tom's departure for America into a big emotional farewell- and then have him back almost by return of boat.

      The Edith situation: for a long time she is absolutely desperate about Marigold, running away to London and you think there's going to be a major life change- and then suddenly there is no problem at all with having her at Downton and of course nobody is going to ask any awkward questions. (Like they don't ask any awkward questions about a married man leaving his business to a young girl who is no relation of his and as far as anyone knows has no claim on him.)

      Don't get me wrong, I love the series. But the reason it works imo is because it's a series: we have the time to follow the characters and get involved in their lives. Also, some great dialogue and some very fine acting.  

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    • The irony is, because it is a series these problems are more prevalent. You don't need to tighten up the plot in a series and some plot devices are exactly there because you need to set up too many cliffhangers.

      I don't disagree that making a good movie will be difficult... it always is, but personally I don't care if it doesn't please the critics as long as it pleases the fans. Most critics are biased, pretentious a-holes anyway.

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    • Exactly, i serious doubt that it will be a future movie, it there was one, be sure that JF would have to share with a teams of writters and historic experts. For example, JF always said that he consulted with experts, maybe in terms of fashion or how the serve the table, but there was a lot scenarios when he completed forgotted that the characters were in the 20´s.

      For example with Edith, i hardly see the family opossing a marriage betwen her middle and unmarried daughter with somebody like a Strallan, it wasnt uncomon old aristocratic men marrying more younger girls, in fact, the real scandal is why one of their daughters married with a irish, catholic chauffeur and the other is still a spinter. Then by having Marigold it would have been very more dramatic and maby rich for the plot, show us Edith living permantly in London with her daugher, ovbiously beeing raised as her ward, again, after the ww1 many war widows became independtet and went to all sort of jobs, also it wasnt strange that rich people llike the Edith or Rosamound "adopted" kids from poor areas (those kids in a country without the welfare estate were the very very lucky ones). 

      Another thing, i think that the fact that Lady Mary became so, so perfect and could do anything in the end damaged the series, also they way that all the characters were more worried for her than for them also damaged. A too Mary centric movie would be a dissaster, and JF was in love with that character, but the problem is that he keep writing her heroine like and antiheroine, and in the end many people wre simply feed up with the ever perfect Lady Mary. 

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    • Sources are getting better:

      It may not sound like a good source, but Deadline is actually quite credible and they have lots of insiders feeding them info.

      But on the negative side...

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    • AlbiePGray689 wrote:
      I have to admit, I am more than impressed with some of the scenarios that the guest came up with, in respects to Sybbie, George and the others. I love the idea of Sybbie being a nurse, like her mother, a possible romance with Charlie Bryant and the possible hurdles with Charlie's mother's past and Sybbie being a Catholic. George's predictions are also impressive, especially with the idea of him possibly being injured like his father and also his romantic prospects.  And I can CLEARLY see Marigold going into the magazine business, learning from her mother, and her becoming a reporter. I would also love to see something about what might have happened with Laura Edmunds, Edith's editor.

      Certainly some have thought a romance between Laura Edmunds and Tom Branson might develop from those scenes in the finale. With Charlie Bryant I would only hope - if he was paired with Sybbie - that he turned out to be more like his mother and grandmother as opposed to his father and grandmother (it would be great if he defends his mother in the full knowledge of what she went through to keep him alive). Perhaps Charlie and Daniel Clark could be comrades of George's in the war, and Jane Moorsum's son Freddie could be introduced as an intelligence officer (I recall he was good at math).

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    • 75.145.84.109 wrote:
      I've seen in many forums predictions for the next generation's future, many of which I like and agree with, so I'll try to summon up what I've read with a few extra ideas (focusing mainly on the children we have seen or heard of in the show).

      It's been predicted Sybbie would follow in her mother's foosteps as a nurse, perhaps during World War II. There's been fanfiction pairing her with Charlie Bryant. In one I think he may have even been called a doctor. Well, based on that, I imagine he would return to visit his birthplace while still a gifted young medical student whose goal, like Sybbie's, is to help others and make his mother proud. They could bond over this, and there may be troubles due to his mother's past and perhaps Sybbie's Catholic faith, but in the end they get together.

      Mary would imbed her dedication to preserving Downton into George, who would perhaps study business and/or economics in school, or perhaps he might be interested in politics. He could be an athlete - say a runner, and obviously with World War II would serve perhaps either in the army or the Air Force. He might be injured like his father was, but endure. No one's discussed his romantic prospects. Perhaps he could meet a young French girl named Sophie while serving in Europe and they meet up again after the war.

      Marigold, some have said, would follow her mother into the magazine business and help report on the war. Others have suggested pairing her with Daniel Clark like Charlie with Sybbie. This would be an interesting dynamic if they both find out they are secret love children. Daniel Clark could be attracted to publishing and writing as well.

      Anna and Bates's son, perhaps becasue of what his parents went through with Vera and then Green, might be inspired to enter the field of criminal justice and/or study the law. Robert I expect would help fund his education. Or perhaps the boy could grow up to become the family lawyer for the next generation like Murray.

      Victoria Aldridge could be a wild child like Rose used to be, and Rose would have to deal with trying to cope with that (unless Rose and Atticus have more children and one of them is the wild child instead).

      I recall in at least one other forum someone suggesting giving Rose and Atticus twin boys named David and Joseph. Certainly having more than one child maybe could present them as being divided over whether or not to convert to their father's faith.

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    • Had there been another season (I say this as this idea would probably be better suited for a season than a feature film) I would've loved to see Edith host the Bloomsbury Group either at Brancaster or at Downton while she and Bertie were visiting there (because I was disappointed that author Virginia Woolf only got a mention and a non-speaking appearance).

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