And the returns will extend behind the scenes: Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the movie and is bringing back Downton Abbey series pilot director Brian Percival to helm the film. He also penned the screenplay, from which Brian Percival (The Book Thief) will direct.
Gareth Neame, the film's producer, said, "Now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production".More news: Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to make ‘law enforcement announcement’
Focus chairman Peter Kujawski added: "Since the series ended, fans of "Downton" have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter". "Delighted to announce we're getting the band back together!" she tweeted, while Michelle Dockery also shared her joy online, saying that she was "thrilled to announce that #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen".
Talk of a possible "Downton" movie has been ongoing since the sixth and final series of the drama aired in 2015 and on Friday afternoon, it was finally confirmed that the project is happening. We do not yet know much about the film's plot, other than that it will again center on the Crawley family and their impressive estate.More news: Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7bn damages in talc cancer case
Downton Abbey started out as a TV series which followed the wealthy Crawley family and those who served them at their country house in early 20th century England. Based on the globally beloved TV phenomenon, visitors are transported on an incredible journey through the grand home of the Crawleys; from Lady Mary's bedroom and the sumptuous dining room, to Mrs. Patmore's hectic kitchen. The Exhibition is based in NY atে W 57th Street until 3rd September. In addition to producing Downton Abbey, the company is responsible for current primetime series such as The Last Kingdom for Netflix and Jamestown and Stan Lee's Lucky Man for Sky One.
The official Twitter account for the series broke the news over social media to "cordially invite" fans to see the film, which will be screened in cinemas. It won three Golden Globes and 15 Emmys on top of 69 total nominations over the years.More news: U.S. professor of biology believes hunted whale to be a blue whale