'Downton Abbey' is Coming to the Big Screen and We Don't Know What to Do With Ourselves

Get reacquainted with Lady Mary, Matthew Crawley and the rest of their aristocratic posse.
Sunday 15 July 2018
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It’s official – the world’s favourite series about British lords and ladies is back, and this time, on the big screen.

“We’re thrilled to announce that ‘Downton Abbey’ is coming to the big screen,” the television series tweeted Friday. Film production begins this summer.

In the United States, it won three Golden Globes, 15 primetime Emmy Awards and commanded a rave following, becoming the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the Emmys.

It followed the lives of the Crawley family, headed by the Earl of Grantham, and their servants as they navigate changing times from the Edwardian heyday of the British aristocracy, to World War I and the roaring 1920s.

The original principal cast, including Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville, are set to reprise their roles in the big-screen production, Hollywood entertainment news website Deadline reported.

Creator Julian Fellowes has written the screenplay and will co-produce, it added. Highclere Castle in England is expected to return as the family seat. It wouldn’t be Downton Abbey without it!

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Photo: Highclere Castle Facebook

Downton Abbey became one of Britain’s biggest ever drama exports with an international audience of around 120 million.

New York-based company Focus Features has set production for the cinema release with British-based Carnival Films.

“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,” said Gareth Neame, Carnival’s executive chairman.

“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,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski.

No release date yet announced, but we can’t wait to see the results.

Source: AFP Relaxnews

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