It's official! The Downton Abbey movie is happening!

Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey (AP)
Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey (AP)

New York — Three years after going off the air, Downton Abbey is coming back as a movie.

Focus Features said Friday that it will this summer begin production on a Downton film that will reunite the Crawley family on the big screen. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce.

The long-rumoured film adaptation is likely to be released sometime next year. The primary cast members are all set to return.


Over six seasons, Downton Abbey became a global hit, airing in at least 150 countries, and setting a record for non-U.S. television shows with 69 Emmy nominations.

Brian Percival, who directed the series' pilot, will direct the film.

Joanne Froggatt who plays Anna Bates responded to the news on Instagram. Alongside a photo she wrote: "Are you as excited as us about the Downton movie?! #itsofficial #downtonabbey".