Fans of the show, get ready to hit the theaters.
When the drama aired its series finale two years ago, devoted Downton Abbey watchers were feeling…well…down. Perhaps the show's creators caught on and came to realize there was more Abbey to be aired, but why settle for the small screen when the cast could be movie stars?
If you don't know much about the show but want to hit the theaters with the lowdown on Downton, "The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy."
According to Today, "On Friday morning, Focus Features confirmed that the long buzzed-about movie version of Downton Abbey is officially in the works." Production is set to start this summer or early fall, meaning the flick could potentially come out next year. We'll be waiting with bated breath at the box office.
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— Downton Abbey Live (@DowntonLive) July 13, 2018
As reported by People magazine, "A movie version of the acclaimed series was first teased in 2016 when (Michelle) Dockery (one of the show's cast members) admitted that a big-screen extension was 'something I would wholeheartedly consider,' during an interview with the U.K.'s The Telegraph."
And the cherry on top? The upcoming film will feature the original cast! Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, and the rest of the stellar group will have to get ready to don those elaborate costumes, ready themselves to go back to the early 1900s, and prep for big screen success. Surely fans of the television version cannot wait to catch up with the Crawley family.
Variety reports, "The movie will be a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing." "The show's Oscar-winning creator Julian Fellowes wrote the film's screenplay and is set to produce the picture alongside Carnival Films' Gareth Naeme, Liz Trubridge, and executive producer Nigel Marchant. The Book Thief filmmaker Brian Percival, who helmed the show's pilot episode, will direct," adds Entertainment Weekly.
As per the New York Times, "No release date has been set for the production, from Carnival Films, and producers declined to comment on the plot. Only certain characters will reappear, but the creative team behind the movie will include many of the people who worked on the show."
With three Golden Globes awards, 15 Emmy awards, a BAFTA award and an impressive total of 69 nominations for Emmys, Downton Abbey, "was the most nominated non-U.S. television show in the history of the Emmys," as noted by Variety. It's only a matter of time 'till the Oscar countdown begins! Popcorn? Check!
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