As creeped out as I now am by Julian Fellowes, I can still enjoy his TV shows, so long as he doesn’t start casting himself. I was excited when I heard about him doing a version of the Titanic story, because it’s the same time period as Downton Abbey, and he obviously does that well. Also, I am interested in the Titanic, partially because it sunk on my birthday, but also just because it’s an interesting story, and god knows nothing in the entire world can be worse than the James Cameron version, if only because of the Celine Dion associations. His miniseries will air in April to mark the 100th anniversary of the disaster, and it will be on ABC here in the States (yay).
In watching the trailer, I can’t help but notice all the similar visuals to the James Cameron movie, which I suppose is inevitable. It is at least comforting to hear Fellowes explain that there will be big differences between his version and Cameron’s. He explains that the movie was “a love story set against the [background of] the sinking of the Titanic”, and that he plans to tell the story of all the classes on board. It’s already being called, only slightly ironically, Downton at Sea. Fellowes is sticking with the multi-story arc that works so well in Downton, and I can’t blame him for that. I’m hoping it turns out well, and I can watch it without getting My Heart Will Go On stuck in my head.
Here’s the trailer, for those who are interested.