Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Downton Abbey creator writing a prequel

Even more Downton Abbey for the legions of fanatics!

Bruce DeMara
Toronto Star Entertainment Reporter

Downton Abbey

Nick Briggs/ITV Julian Fellowes has mused publicly about writing a prequel to Downton Abbey. Shown, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary in the period drama.
Julian Fellowes, co-creator of the wildly popular drama Downton Abbey is musing publicly about writing a prequel after the award-winning series winds down.
Fellowes, speaking during a screenwriting lecture hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, said he has already begun work on the project, which would focus on the early relationship between the Earl of Grantham and his American heiress wife, Cora.
But it’s an idea that would only come into fruition when Downton Abbey, which debuted its third season on the U.K.’s ITV on Sept. 16, comes to a close. Season three episodes are slated to begin airing on PBS in the U.S. on Jan. 6, 2013.
“I don’t think you can continue a narrative in more than one area at once,” Fellowes told the forum.
Fellowes said there’s much drama to be mined from the early years when the couple first met, including the fact the Earl married his heiress wife “entirely for her money.”
The series, set in Yorkshire, chronicles the lives of the Earl and Countess,

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