‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Officially In The Works; Original Cast To Be Retained
The Downton Abbey movie is finally happening! The silver screen adaptation of the massively popular British period drama television series has just been given an official nod. The original television series was created by Julian Fellowes, who returns to write the screenplay for its screen adaptation. Besides penning down the screenplay, he will also co-produce the project alongside Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge. As far as the helmer for the movie is concerned, Brian Percival will take the charge. Interestingly Percival also directed the PSB series’ pilot almost a decade ago.
Focus Features will bankroll the project with Carnival Films. The movie is expected to begin production this summer. Talking about the venture, Gareth Neame, Carnival’s Executive Chairman and the co-producer of the film, 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 Abbey comes to the big screen.”
Coming to the star cast for the big screen adaptation, we hear the makers are retaining the original cast with Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and more agreeing to come onboard. But if you loved the character of Lady Rose MacClare too much in the television series, you are going to miss her sorely in its movie adaptation as actress Lily James, who played the much-loved character, has confirmed she is not making a return.
“I spoke to Laura (Carmichael) not long ago and was texting Michelle (Dockery) about Love Island and it’s going to be really exciting. And the whole gang is coming back,” Lily told People. The actress went on to add that it’s not her tight schedule that’s keeping her away from appearing in the movie. “My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back,” she continued. “I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie, it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline. There was no space for Rose,” she explained.
Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the movie. The makers are yet to lock a date for the theatrical release of the venture.