Julian Fellowes, who created the acclaimed period drama, will serve as a producer on the upcoming film.
Not much else is known about the Downton Abbey movie, but it's assumed that the story will pick up sometime after the 2015 series finale, which featured a flurry of happy endings: Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) got married, Isobel (Penelope Wilton) and Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) looked happier together than ever, and Daisy Mason (Sophie McShera) and Andy (Michael Fox) carried on their romance. In a statement, series producer Gareth Neame said "When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production". The movie will begin production later this summer.
Creator Julian Fellowes has written the film's screenplay and will produce alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.
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"Since the series ended", Peter Kujawksi, chairman of Focus Features, who will distribute the film with Universal Pictures, "fans of Downton have always been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter".
"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. The Book Thief filmmaker Brian Percival, who helmed the show's pilot episode, will direct. Plot details are still under wraps.
Not every recurring character we've seen over the years will feature in the film, although Highclere Castle will return as the family's hub.
Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and their servants and ran for six hugely successful seasons. It won three Golden Globes and 15 Emmys from 69 nominations, according to The Guardian. 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 unbelievable "I've been paralyzed but I can definitely suddenly stand and catch a falling woman" miracle the better).