It is a good day for fans of Downton Abbey, because we finally have official confirmation about a feature-length Downton Abbey film! The original principal cast is set to return. I can’t wait for the awesomeness that is Violet Crawley. She was portrayed to perfection by Dame Maggie Smith.
The announcement about the upcoming Downton Abbey film was made by Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski. Focus has set production with Carnival Films on the movie. With the original cast returning, the project will begin production later this summer.
Academy-Award winner Julian Fellowes, the creator of the highly-acclaimed series, will also return. He wrote the film’s screenplay and will also produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Nigel Marchant is returning as executive producer. Furthermore, Brian Percival, who also directed the series’ pilot, will serve as the film’s director.
The television series Downton Abbey 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. Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Special BAFTA award and 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys – even earning a Guinness World Record for the highest critically rated TV show along the way.
Gareth Neame, Carnival’s Executive Chairman and the film’s producer 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.”
“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” commented Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “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 upcoming Downton Abbey film is a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing. Story details are being kept under wraps.
Will we get to see gay character Thomas Barrow (Robert James-Collier) find happiness in the relationship department? He has gone through a lot over the course of 52 episodes; living in a time when his sexuality was considered a serious crime in England.
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