‘Downton Abbey’ Movie With Original Cast Finally Gets Greenlight

From left Laura Carmichael Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey.”

Courtesy of Nick Briggs Carnival Film & Television From left Laura Carmichael Elizabeth McGovern and Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey.”

Yes, it's happening - the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie was given a green light on July 13, according to Variety.

Soon, though, you'll have another option - at the movies. There has been talk of a "Downton" theatrical release for a while now, but as of Friday, the production is officially on. As such, the likes of Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville will feature.The producers are keeping plot details tightly under wraps. Most important of all, perhaps: Highclere Castle will return as the family's base. Julian " s [Fellowes, who created the show] 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".

And return, it seems, we shall, as Focus Features announced today that they are putting a Downton Abbey movie into production with the original cast.

The show's creator Julian Fellowes has written the film's screenplay, and he is also going to co-produce as well.

"Downton Abbey", the most nominated non-U.S. television show in the history of the Emmys, ran from September 2010 to December 2015, winning three Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmys and a special BAFTA award.

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.

Her words were posted alongside a photo of her and Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith Crawley.

"Since the series ended, fans of "Downton" have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter", said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski in a statement. "Delighted to announce we're getting the band back together!" she tweeted, while Michelle Dockery also shared her joy online, saying that she was "thrilled to announce that #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen".

The official Twitter account for the series broke the news over social media to "cordially invite" fans to see the film, which will be screened in cinemas.

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