Downton Abbey film (finally) confirmed

Downton Abbey's cast will return for a feature-length film

Three years after going off the air, Downton Abbey is coming back as a movie.

According to a report in Variety, Focus Features will be teaming up with Carnival Films for the big screen return of the Crawleys, which begins production later this summer.

Created by writer-producer Julian Fellowes, the Emmy-winning costume drama ran for six seasons from 2010-15 on ITV in the United Kingdom and on PBS in the United States.

TV series creator Julian Fellowes penned the film's script and will executive produce the movie alongside Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge and Nigel Marchant. Plot details are being kept under wraps.

They all lived together in an Edwardian English country home at the turn of the 20th Century.

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The world of Downton Abbey can be celebrated right now in the first ever fully immersive experience: Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. It starred Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Brendan Coyle, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech.

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?"

Carnival has received a host of national and global awards over its 40-year history including Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and has been recognized as the UK's best production company at both the Bulldog Awards and Broadcast Awards. Most notably, it gave Dame Maggie Smith a second career wind, as she played the juicy role of the acid-tongued Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley.

Focus chairman Peter Kujawski adds, "Since the series ended, fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter". While I adored the series for a couple seasons, I admittedly never finished it (yes I just spoiled myself on the finale to get you fellow readers up to speed), but why did no one tell me Matthew Goode was on the show?

The long-rumoured film adaptation is likely to be released sometime next year.

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