'Downton Abbey' Officially Revived For Movie With Original Cast

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

Gareth Neame, Carnival's executive chairman, will also produce.

"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. "Film production begins this summer".

Across six seasons of its original run, Downton Abbey - set in the wealthy Crawley family's country estate as it followed their intricate lives as well as those of the servants they employed at the turn of the 20th century - garnered a steady worldwide following and sustained critical acclaim. Brian Percival, who directed the British upstairs/downstairs show's pilot, will direct the film. Distributors Focus Features and Universal Pictures International haven't announced a release date, but original cast members Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Smith and more are expected to return.

Creator Julian Fellowes has written the film's screenplay and will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.

The long-rumored movie has been greenlit and is heading into production.

Fans of Downton Abbey can breathe a sign of relief - a film of the hugely successful TV series has finally been confirmed after much speculation. Based on the globally beloved TV phenomenon, visitors are transported on an incredible journey through the grand home of the Crawleys; from Lady Mary's bedroom and the sumptuous dining room, to Mrs. Patmore's hectic kitchen.

Carnival Films is a division of NBCUniversal International Studios and one of the UK's leading drama producers.

The series garnered numerous awards including a trio of Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Special BAFTA award.

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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