Saturday, 21 July, 2018

‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Gets Go-Ahead, With Series Cast Returning

Downton Abbey's cast will return for a feature-length film Downton Abbey's cast will return for a feature-length film
Julia Gonzales | 13 July, 2018, 22:10

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus has set production with Carnival Films on the Downton Abbey movie.

According to a report in Variety, Focus Features will be teaming up with Carnival Films for the big screen return of the Crawleys, which begins production later this summer.

The original cast will reunite for the film and series' creator Julian Fellowes has already penned the screenplay. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

For six seasons, the entire world was riveted by the turn of the century aristocratic drama of Downton Abbey.

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It was always in the series' nature to end things on a jaw-dropping note - Anna (Froggatt) getting arrested at the end of season 5 is a standout - so fans getting their theory-making minds churning by greasing them up with the idea that perhaps the Downton Abbey movie will open on a dramatic reveal seems like an a-okay thing to do.

It received a special Bafta tribute in 2015 and won three Golden Globes, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards and 69 Emmy nominations. Julian " s [Fellowes, who created the show] 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".

Her words were posted alongside a photo of her and Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith Crawley.

"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". The show was showered with awards, from Emmys to BAFTAs to Golden Globes - some more deserved than others - but it was always a joy to watch, even when it was occasionally ridiculous (the less said about Patrick the mystery man in bandages or Matthew's fantastic "I've been paralyzed but I can definitely suddenly stand and catch a falling woman" miracle the better). However, principal photography will take place somewhere very familiar: Highclere Castle, the Jacobethan-style country house used as the main filming location on the series.

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