Focus Features has set the release date for the upcoming “Downton Abbey” film for September 2019, the studio announced Wednesday.
The big screen debut of the Crawley family will hit international screens on Sept. 13, 2019, with a U.S. release one week later on Sept. 20.
“Since the series ended, fans of ‘Downton’ have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski in a statement. “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 next September.”
“Downton Abbey” became one of the most acclaimed TV shows of this decade, winning 15 Emmys from 69 nominations — more than any non-American show — on top of three Golden Globes. The show ran for 52 episodes over six seasons and ended in December 2015.
Show creator Julian Fellowes — who won an Oscar in 2002 for the screenplay for “Gosford Park” — will write the screenplay for the film, with Michael Engler (“Sex In The City,” “30 Rock”) directing. The show’s entire original cast will return, led by Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith. Production on the film started earlier this month.