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Downton...DON'T! Has Hollywood learned nothing from Sex & The City 2!?!

Millions of people are eagerly tuning in to watch the beginning of the end as Season 7 of Game of Thrones kicks off.

The international juggernaut will end after Season 8 and is set to spawn no less than four spin-off series... but here's hoping they DON'T try to bring it back for a special Season 9 on the big screen.

That's because it's a tried and tested method, which has failed more often than not!

It's the beginning of the end for GoT fans as Season 7 kicks off... here's hoping they don't take it to the big screen for Season 9. Source: IMDB

It's the beginning of the end for GoT fans as Season 7 kicks off... here's hoping they don't take it to the big screen for Season 9. Source: IMDB

Recently, Sarah Jessica Parker admitted to one of Hollywood's worst kept secrets - the Sex & The City movies, especially number two, didn't quite hit the mark.

"I can see where we fell short on that movie, and I’m perfectly happy to say that publicly," she told New York magazine's editor-in-chief Adam Moss, at the Vulture Festival in May.

Yes, Carrie Bradshaw herself admitted they'd stuffed up and as she'd say: I couldn't help but wonder... would this serve as a warning to other TV shows contemplating a movie?

Even Sarah Jessica Parker admitted Sex & The City 2 missed the mark. Source: IMDB

Even Sarah Jessica Parker admitted Sex & The City 2 missed the mark. Source: IMDB

Turns out, no.

Sadly, another TV show which ended all neat and tidy (like SATC did) is being given a big screen reboot.

Downton Abbey's opening music used to signal tea-time with a side of (read: bag of) chocolate on the side at our place on a Sunday night. 

I enjoyed the ritual as much as the show and was upset when Julian Fellowes announced it would be wrapping up at the end of Season 6 in 2015.

But now, as I finally get used to the new normal of a Sunday night, there's talk of a comeback. "Say it ain't so!" I think. But then come the news it'll be a film.

Downton was done-and-dusted so why is it coming back to the big screen? Source: IMDB

Downton was done-and-dusted so why is it coming back to the big screen? Source: IMDB

In an attempt to appease fans across the globe, they've chosen a cinema release. Noble? No. Cash grab? I think so.

In all the years Downton Abbey screened, they've had an annual movie-length Christmas episode, so I have no doubt the team can write something that stretches out the hour-long format... but there's no denying the big bucks to be made from releasing films in cinemas, instead of on TV.

I understand the built in TV audience that comes with these film releases but is Hollywood that out of ideas they need to throw crazy amounts of money at something that's essentially done-and-dusted?

All you have to do is look at the recent "just one more" movie specials of wrapped up TV shows - not all, all bad - including Absolutely Fabulous, Entourage, Inbetweeners, Power Rangers, CHIPS, 21 Jump Street, Veronica Mars... just to name a few. 

Now I'll admit, some of these got it right.

Plus popular TV shows such as Mission Impossible, Charlie's Angels and Star Trek have turned into popular fiIm franchises years later.

Another example of a movie reboot getting it right is the recent Baywatch movie.

Baywatch - same, same but very different! Source: IMDB

Baywatch - same, same but very different! Source: IMDB

Made just long enough after the original TV series wrapped up, in 2001, it doesn't take itself too seriously.

Most importantly, it doesn't try to recreate the show and in fact, makes fun of the series on a number of occasions - giving it a fresh quality, not just a reheated feeling.

But with all these TV shows "doing a John Farnham" and coming out of retirement, often soon after wrapping up, "I can't help but wonder" why they called it quits on the series in the first place. Were they out of ideas? Was it a publicity stunt? Do they now need the money? Did they realise they made a mistake?

Regardless of the reason, if you've gone to all that trouble to wrap up a series and finish something very definitively, I think the door should be left firmly shut - I mean, you don't see Kramer zooming into the room. That's because Jerry Seinfeld refuses to compromise his quality of comedy for a stint on the big screen.

Jerry Seinfeld has turned down loads of money and offers for a Seinfeld movie. Source: IMDB

Jerry Seinfeld has turned down loads of money and offers for a Seinfeld movie. Source: IMDB

"I don’t do movies because I think generally the size of that content does not lend itself to great comedy; it lends itself to people saying, ‘Hey, I made a movie’," Seinfeld wrote during a Reddit AMA.

No matter how much fans "really want to see it back" and how much you could make with a cinematic release, sometimes it's not worth tarnishing the whole brand and all those years of TV success for a few quick bucks.

So Downton creators, if by some stroke of luck you're reading this... please don't! Leave the series in the past, like the time it's set in.