The much-speculated Downton Abbey movie is officially proceeding.
The original cast including Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville are returning, Julian Fellowes has written the screenplay and shooting starts in September.
The official Downton Abbey Twitter account confirmed the news with a card reading: “We cordially invite you to return to Downton Abbey — Only in Cinemas.”
Gareth Neame, Carnival Film’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.”
“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” said 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.”