In 2017, Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, confirmed that a film had been "in the works for some time" at the opening of the "Downton Abbey: The Exhibition" event in Singapore.
Soon, though, you'll have another option - at the movies.
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. There has been talk of a "Downton" theatrical release for a while now, but as of Friday, the production is officially on.
The series, which had an ensemble cast led by Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith, followed the many ups and downs of the Crawley family and their servants. "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".
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According to a report in Variety, Focus Features will be teaming up with Carnival Films for the big screen return of the Crawleys, which begins production later this summer. The movie will be directed by Brian Percival, who previously directed the series' pilot.
The film will be a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing.
"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.
During the course of six series, it became the most nominated non-American TV show in the history of the Emmy Awards. However, principal photography will take place somewhere very familiar: Highclere Castle, the Jacobethan-style country house used as the main filming location on the series.