Friday, June 21, 2024

I Told You in 2016: Downton Abbey Movie is On, Officially Announced with All Cast Members Returning


I did tell you this in 2016

The “Downton Abbey” movie is a go, announced officially by Focus Features. All the cast members are coming back except for Dan Stevens and the girl who played Isabelle. They got themselves killed off in the series when they decided to leave after three seasons. Otherwise, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Jo Froggatt, et al will return. Tis hoped this is a one off and not the beginning of a series. (Please God.) Just wrap it up, once and for all, before Downton is bought by foreigners and the town becomes a suburb with a Wimpy’s.

The show’s creator Julian Fellowes has written the script, of course. He’ll be co-producing with Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. Brian Percival, who directed the show’s pilot, will direct the film.

Gareth Neame, Carnival’s Executive Chairman and the film’s producer 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. 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.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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