Downton Abbey movie to shoot this summer

From left Laura Carmichael Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey.”

Courtesy of Nick Briggs Carnival Film & Television From left Laura Carmichael Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey.”

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. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

"Downton Abbey" became a global hit over its six-season run. The series finale - a Christmas special - brought the story to a seeming close on New Year's Eve 1925.

The television series followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country home.

The film will be a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing.

We're all cordially invited to return to Downton Abbey - this time, in theaters.

Joanne Froggatt, who played lady's maid Anna Bates, tweeted a photograph of herself alongside fellow cast members Michelle Dockery (who played Lady Mary Crawley) and Dame Maggie Smith (who played Lady Crawley), writing: "Delighted to announce we're getting the band back together!"

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Television's most beloved period drama will be returning to the big screen, with Deadline confirming a "Downton Abbey" movie has been given the green light. It won three Golden Globes and 15 Emmys from 69 nominations, according to The Guardian. "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".

Adds Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski, "Since the series ended, fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter".

Not surprisingly, Downton is the most nominated non-US show in the history of the Emmy Awards and was shown in more than 250 territories worldwide.

Many fans of the show took to Twitter to welcome the news.

It was first reported that a movie adaptation was in the works previous year.

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