‘Downton’ director: Movie is like ‘a cross between the TV series and Gosford Park’

The director of the upcoming Downton Abbey movie has provided some new hints.

Based on ITV’s hit period drama series, the film will see almost the entire cast return when it arrives in cinemas next month.

The plot finds the Crawley family and their staff thrown into disarray by the impending arrival of King George V and Queen Mary.

Downton writer Julian Fellowes recently revealed that the storyline is in fact based on real life events!

Michael Engler, who directed the movie, has been chatting to Vanity Fair about how Fellowes has incorporated all the characters into the Royal visit story.

He explained: “Small stories, individual stories – what’s interesting about the visit is that it stirs up a bunch of things within Downton.”

He added: “It’s very satisfying, almost like a cross between Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, the series.”

Hugh Bonneville, who returns as Lord Grantham, also teased: “It’s got the highs and lows, zingers and pathos, and skullduggery and big laughs – all the flavours that made the show so enjoyable.”

The Downton Abbey film will be released in the UK on Friday 13th September and in the USA on Friday 20th September.

It was announced this week that an official tie-in book, taking a look behind the scenes at the making of the movie, is being published.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.