Have you been holding out hope for more Downton Abbey ever since the show went off the air in 2015?
If so, then we have some news that will be sure to be right up your street.
A follow-up movie has been given the green light and is slated to enter production this summer. It's one thing to know that the project has been given the green light, but it's the icing on the cake to know its entering production so soon.
The movie was written by series creator Julian Fellows, and it will reunite the show's original cast, as well as the creative forces behind the original series including Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant.
“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,” Neame said in a statement.
“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.”
Adds Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski, “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.”
There has been conflicting reports about whether a movie will come to light ever since the 2015 Season 6 finale. Fans have held out hope because of the thrilling storytelling and solid acting.
The period drama was a hit in both the U.S. and the U.K. so it makes sense that the show would return in some form. In this revival obsessed world, we're surprised a full series was not commissioned.
Then again, it's comforting to know that the story will continue for a few hours as opposed to a full season. It's always difficult to get the wheel turning after so long away.
Either way, we can't wait to get up to speed with all of the characters.
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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.