Adds Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski, "Since the series ended, fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter".
The movie will go into production later this summer at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, the main filming location for the show.
Across six seasons of its original run, Downton Abbey - set in the wealthy Crawley family's country estate as it followed their intricate lives as well as those of the servants they employed at the turn of the 20th century - garnered a steady global following and sustained critical acclaim.
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While details of the "Downton" movie are being kept under wraps, reports say the film will feature a script written by the series' creator, Julian Fellowes, and will be directed by Brian Percival ("The Book Thief").
And return, it seems, we shall, as Focus Features announced today that they are putting a Downton Abbey movie into production with the original cast.
Yes, it's happening - the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie was given a green light on July 13, according to Variety. 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.
It received a special Bafta tribute in 2015 and won three Golden Globes, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards and 69 Emmy nominations. While I adored the series for a couple seasons, I admittedly never finished it (yes I just spoiled myself on the finale to get you fellow readers up to speed), but why did no one tell me Matthew Goode was on the show?