The DOWNTON ABBEY Movie Gets The Greenlight and The Full Cast Will Return
It's hard to explain, but for some reason, I got sucked into that Downton Abbey series. It started with me grudgingly watching it with my wife, but I quickly got hooked on it, which I didn't see coming. It was just such a well-written series with interesting characters to fill it. For those of you who also got hooked on the series, even if you're not willing to admit it, you will be happy to hear that the movie has been given the official greenlight by Focus Features and the full cast is set to return.
The creator of the series, Julian Fellowes, wrote the script for the film and he will also be a producer on it. Brian Percival (The Book Thief, About a Girl), who directed the series’ pilot, will direct the film and it's set to go into production later this summer.
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 had this to say in a statement:
"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 added:
"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.”
I'm curious to see how the story will continue as a feature film. Are you a fan of this series and are you happy to hear that it will be getting a movie?