Also returning from the series is its creator Academy-Award victor Julian Fellowes who wrote the film's screenplay and will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.
The movie will be produced by Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.
Focus Features announced Friday it has set an official production timeline for a cinematic continuation of the beloved British television series, one that will release in theaters with key members of the show's principal cast returning for the project.
Gareth Neame, the film's producer, said, "Now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production".
"Since the series ended, fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter".
The world of Downton Abbey can be celebrated right now in the first ever fully immersive experience: Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. The Book Thief filmmaker Brian Percival, who helmed the show's pilot episode, will direct. Plot details are still under wraps.
The gamechanging Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them for six seasons on the UK's ITV and PBS' Masterpiece in the USA, garnering a massive worldwide following and helping to kick-off the so-called new golden age of television while making period drama chic again - we also learned terms like "entail" and, famously, mused "what is a weekend?" The show was showered with awards, from Emmys to BAFTAs to Golden Globes - some more deserved than others - but it was always a joy to watch, even when it was occasionally ridiculous (the less said about Patrick the mystery man in bandages or Matthew's incredible "I've been paralyzed but I can definitely suddenly stand and catch a falling woman" miracle the better).
The series garnered numerous awards including a trio of Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Special BAFTA award.
Stay tuned for more news as we await the return to Grantham House. "Film production begins this summer", the studio tweeted.
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