It's official! The PBS drama series "Downton Abbey" has been green lighted for a full-length movie.
The show's creator Julian Fellowes has written the film's screenplay, and he is also going to co-produce as well.
Brian Percival, who directed The Book Thief, About a Girl and the Downton Abbey pilot, will direct the film. Plot details are being kept under wraps.More news: Canada To Lead NATO Training Mission In Iraq
The movie will go into production later this summer at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, the main filming location for the show.
We're all cordially invited to return to Downton Abbey - this time, in theaters. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, the family melodrama unfolded during prominent events throughout history, including the sinking of the Titanic and World War I. Audiences fell in love with this brilliant cast of characters; it'll be a real treat to reunite with the likes of Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, and Hugh Bonneville on the big-screen.
The series garnered numerous awards including a trio of Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, a Special BAFTA award. 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. The show was showered with awards, from Emmys to BAFTAs to Golden Globes - some more deserved than others - but it was always a joy to watch, even when it was occasionally ridiculous (the less said about Patrick the mystery man in bandages or Matthew's awesome "I've been paralyzed but I can definitely suddenly stand and catch a falling woman" miracle the better).More news: Trumps kick off United Kingdom visit with black-tie gala
However, since fans have been waiting for a movie since the series ended in 2015, they afford to wait a little bit longer. 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".
Many fans of the show took to Twitter to welcome the news.
The long-rumoured film adaptation is likely to be released sometime next year.More news: Brock Lesnar’s Return Match Known, Confirmed For Next Month’s ‘SummerSlam’
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