The new Downton Abbey movie is here, and its creator says misery isn’t mandatory: NPR

Downton Abbey: Trailer for a new age movie.


Try as he can, Julian Fellowes can’t seem to escape the Crowley family and their antics.

This may be because Fellowes is the Executive Producer and Creator Downton Abbey, the popular television series that spanned six seasons and one spin-off film, focused on the lives and legacy of the fading nobility of rural Yorkshire. This, of course, includes a lot of drama, betrayal and lies. Think Kardashians With British accents and a bit of a spray tan.

Despite many plot lines seeing accuracy in the 2019 film of the same name, Fellowes and the Crowley family are back. Downton Abbey: A New Era It is scheduled to be released in theaters this week.

Talk to fellows with All things considered About what lies ahead in this new chapter, the susceptibility of modern-day aristocrats, and the excessive misery of modern media.

Interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Downton Abbey is back, but this time the family is on their way to France.

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Downton Abbey is back, but this time the family is on their way to France.

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About just wanting people to watch his movies and enjoy themselves

Yes – cry a little, laugh a little. Sometimes you hope you’ve sparked some kind of reasonably interesting idea that they’ll take into account later on when they’re, you know, sitting in traffic, waiting for the light to change. I mean, I feel like a strong part of the entertainment industry is entertainment. I am not really trying to provoke the French Revolution. You know, I just like to get people to think about things, and maybe change their attitude.

On telling the story of a distinguished white family to a modern audience

I mean, we’re looking at a certain way of life. It involves some outstanding people. It involves more disadvantaged people. In my head, among the servants, you get the different types. You get those who are upset and unhappy like O’Brien. You get those who adore the family and worship them and see them as TV series like Carson. You get the people who had a job, and I’m pretty sure they were in the vast majority, like Mrs. Hughes. And I think that’s a fairly honest reflection of that community.

I think in the end, you know, when you make any movie or any TV show and write a book, what you’re trying to do is tell a reasonably honest story about a group of people. I mean, this modern thing, presenting the thing that there is nothing right and nothing to do with misery – I don’t agree with that. I think misery is OK to investigate and interpret and all the rest, but I don’t think it’s mandatory.

long life Downton Abbey Franchise

I won’t last forever. So I think it’s going to be really hard to make Downton last forever. Whether it’s over or not, I can’t tell you.

One of the other things is that during Downton’s life, the whole nature of showbiz, how the movies are made, how they’re released, the platforms — it’s all different than it was 15 years ago — I mean, totally different. Now, of course, people complain about it one way. But I also think it’s constantly bringing up new opportunities, new opportunities, and new ways of doing things. And you know, I love it. I think this is interesting. And I’d love to be a part of it. even if Downton is to be reborn in a different shape or size, and then, you know, I hope to be a part of that.

This interview was produced by Mallory Yu and edited by Sarah Handel. Adapted for the web by Manuela Lopez Restrepo.

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