The executive producer of the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie says the script “charms, thrills and entertains.”
It was announced earlier this month that the film will finally begin production this summer.
Written by Downton creator Julian Fellowes, who wrote all 52 episodes of the TV series, the movie will be directed by Brian Percival (The Book Thief, North & South), who helmed the very first episode in 2010.
Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame commented: “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.
“Julian’s 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.”
Focus chairman Peter Kujawski added: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter.
“We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”
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The Downton Abbey movie is expected to be released in cinemas in early 2019, but an official date has yet been confirmed.