Grand news today for those who've been missing dinner with the Crawleys since Downton Abbey concluded in 2015: according to Deadline, creator Julian Fellowes and Focus Features will begin production on a movie this summer with the original cast members reprising their roles!
For six seasons, the historical period drama depicted the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, the family melodrama unfolded during prominent events throughout history, including the sinking of the Titanic and World War I. Audiences fell in love with this brilliant cast of characters; it'll be a real treat to reunite with the likes of Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville on the big-screen.
Gareth Neame, Carnival’s Executive Chairman said:
“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.”
Focus chairman Peter Kujawski adds:
“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. 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 film will be a Carnival Films production, with Brian Percival (The Book Thief) directing. No details yet about where the story will pick up with the Crawley family. Good news is, with no release date set, there’s plenty of time to revisit - or catch up! - on all six seasons of the show.
Stay tuned for more news as we await the return to Grantham House.