Three years after going off the air, Downton Abbey is coming back as a movie. Focus Features said Friday that it will begin production this summer on a Downton film that will reunite the Crawley family on the big screen. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce, per the AP. The long-rumored 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-US television shows with 69 Emmy nominations. Brian Percival, who directed the series' pilot, will direct the film.
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