Before the film adaptation even graced cinemas across the globe, producer Julian Fellowes hinted that he would consider a second movie if viewers relished the silver screen treatment.
"I just feel I have to wait for the public's response to the movie and see, did they really like it? Has it gone well?" he said at the time. "It's a combination of the [box office, audience buzz] all of it, to be honest, and then you get a picture of whether this movie landed. I think you can get a sense of whether it worked or not. And if we do get that sense, then we will have that conversation."
After a plethora of rave reviews, it seems that conversation is now taking place.
"We started vaguely thinking about it before the release of the movie," Naeme added.
"But we were kind of holding our breath. The reaction to the film, the press tour in the US and the build-up to release were so strong that we'd been thinking about it. And then it was clear from the first weekend that this was worth taking very seriously."
There's good news for The Crown fans too, as Naeme also teased the idea of a crossover between the shows - crediting Downton Abbey for the Netflix drama's rise to cult status.
"It's not conceivable that Netflix would have spent the kind of money they spend on The Crown without seeing the legs that Downton Abbey had around the world and the appetite for this kind of very British content," he said.
"So I think Downton opened the door for shows like The Crown, but also raised the bar for the value of high-end British content around the world."
A few leading members of the cast have already expressed their desire to return for the franchise.
This article originally appeared on marie claire Australia.