It’s been two and a half years since we last checked in with the upstairs and downstairs of Downton Abbey but they are finally making their way to the big screen. Announced today, the Downton Abbey movie is officially a go. The original principal cast is on board to reprise their roles, including Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville, Variety reports.
While plot details are, of course, tightly guarded, Julian Fellowes, who created the period drama, has written the screenplay. So you know it’s going to be a snarky, witty, and poignant cryfest. Fellowes will also produce the film and the director of the series’ pilot, Brian Percival, will also direct the film.
“When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production. Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as ‘Downton’ comes to the big screen,” said Gareth Neame, Carnival’s executive chairman, who will also produce.
— Downton Abbey (@DowntonAbbey) July 13, 2018
“Since the series ended, fans of ‘Downton’ have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawskim said. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of ‘Downton’ to the big screen.”
The movie is a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and University Pictures International distributing. Shooting begins this September.