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'Downton Abbey' film confirmed by Focus Features, original cast to return

Production to begin this summer.

The long-rumoured film version of Downton Abbey has been confirmed by Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski today (July 13).

The original principal cast from the ITV series will return for the project, which will begin production later this summer.

The Downton Abbey movie is a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures handling international distribution.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce alongside Carnival’s executive chairman Gareth Neame and Liz Trubridge.

Brian Percival, who directed the series’ pilot, will direct the new film. Nigel Marchant returns to executive produce.

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Downton Abbey Movie Gets Green Light, Production Begins This Summer

Downton Abbey Movie Gets Green Light, Production Begins This Summer
That noise you hear is the Dowager Countess scowling, “It’s about bloody time.” The long-rumored feature-film revival of Downton Abbey has received a formal green light, with production slated to begin later this summer.

The original cast is set to return for the movie, which was written by series creator Julian Fellowes. He will executive-produce alongside fellow returnees Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival, who helmed the series’ pilot, is on board to direct.

“When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now,
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Michael Edelstein To Depart As President of NBCUniversal International Studios

Exclusive: Michael Edelstein will be stepping down from his post as President of NBCUniversal International Studios after more than seven years. He just made the announcement internally (You can read his note to his colleagues under the post) The departure is said to be amicable, and Edelstein will stay on until the end of the year, when his contract ends, while the company searches for a successor. Edelstein, an American executive and producer, moved from Los Angeles to…
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Downton Abbey the Movie Is Coming: 20 Cast Members May Return

A ‘Downton Abbey’ movie will likely begin filming in 2018. (Image: PBS)

At long last! Downton Abbey the movie is happening, and 20 cast members will likely return.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, said production will likely start in early 2018.

“There’s a movie in the works,” Edelstein told the AP at ...Read More
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Downton Abbey: Follow-Up Movie Officially Happening

It's official. A follow up movie to the Downton Abbey TV show is happening! NBCUniversal International Studios President Michael Edelstein told the Associated Press, “There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time," at a red carpet event in Singapore, for “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.” The display showcases costumes, locations and previously unreleased footage. According to the report, Edelstein said they're hoping to gather 20 cast members from the original Downton Abbey TV series. “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.” Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth
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The Downton Abbey movie will reportedly start filming in 2018

NBC have said that the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie is set to go before the cameras in 2018.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, has been quoted in saying that the production hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the popular TV series. This via the Associated Press:

“There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time,” Edelstein said in Singapore at a red-carpet event for “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition,” which features costumes, locations and never-before-seen footage from the TV show.

“We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year,” Edelstein added.

The TV show on which the movie will be based concluded on December 25th 2015. The series aired on ITV in the UK. More on the Downton Abbey movie as we get it.

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'Downton Abbey' feature film could shoot in 2018

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'Downton Abbey' feature film could shoot in 2018
NBCUniversal International president Michael Edelstein confirmed the news.

A Downton Abbey film spin-off is being developed ahead of a potential 2018 shoot.

The news was revealed by NBCUniversal International Studios president Michael Edelstein at an event in Singapore on Wednesday (June 21).

As reported by the Associated Press, Edelstein said, “There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time…We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re
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'Downton Abbey' Movie on the Way

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2017-06-22T07:17:51-07:00'Downton Abbey' Movie on the Way

A Downton Abbey movie remains in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018, an NBCUniversal executive said Wednesday.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, said it hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the popular TV series.

“There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time,” Edelstein said in Singapore at a red-carpet event for “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition,” which features costumes, locations and never-before-seen footage from the TV show. The exhibition opened in the city-state last week and ends July 31.

“We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the [cast] together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year,” Edelstein said.

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Downton Abbey stars Sophie McShera and Laura Carmichael.
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Downton Abbey movie to go into production in 2018

Back in January of this year, Julian Fellowes revealed that he’s been working on a script for a Downton Abbey movie, and that while it was yet to receive the green light, he expected that it could move forward.

Well, it seems that is now looking very likely, as NBCUniversal International Studios president Michael Edelstein has told the Apr that a Downton movie has been in the works for some time, and is slated to begin production in 2018.

“We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the [cast] together,” said Edelstein during the opening of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in Singapore. “Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

According to EW, Edelstein went on to add that he hopes to have around 20 returning cast members for the movie, although as yet there’s been no official talks with the stars.

Downton Abbey aired on ITV in the UK and PBS in the States, running for six season before coming to an end in 2015.
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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie To Start Production In 2018

The wheels are moving on the Downton Abbey movie as NBCUniversal International Studios confirmed on Wednesday that production for a big screen adaptation of the hit series is set to begin next year. NBCU Int’l Studios President Michael Edelstein told the Associated Press that the company hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the Carnival Films/Masterpiece series, which ran on ITV in the UK and PBS in the U.S., for a production start date in 2018. "We are working on…
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Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Happening

Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Happening
The Downton Abbey movie is officially happening. The show creator, Julian Fellowes hinted that a movie was likely to happen last week, but didn't offer any other information regarding the subject of the widely successful television series. Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on ITV in the U.K. and on PBS in the United States, collecting Emmy Awards and becoming one of the U.K.'s biggest programs of all time. Fellowes admitted that a script had been worked on, but was waiting on the green light from the studio to make sure it was really going to happen.

The green light has officially turned on for the Downton Abbey movie as the Associated Press reports. NBCUniversal International president, Michael Edelstein had this to say.

"There's a movie in the works. It's been in the works for some time. We are working on getting the script right and then we've got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we're hopeful to make a movie sometime next year."

Edelstein is in Singapore at a red-carpet event for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which features costumes, locations and never-before-seen footage from the television series. Apparently cast members learned of the news after it had been announced. Sophie McShera who plays Daisy Mason said, "Oh, well, you've got the information before us. We have no idea if it's happening." She went on to say that the cast would love to do it, if it happens for sure. Laura Carmichael who plays Lady Edith Crawley was just as surprised and said "Well, tell my agent, because we're still waiting to know, we're hoping it happens soon." Though it came as a surprise, the cast all seems excited at the prospect of a Downton Abbey movie.

The hit historical period drama series ended in 2015 after six seasons and showed the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family in England. The show takes place in between 1912 and 1926 in the fictional Yorkshire estate. Real news from history is depicted in the show, like the sinking of the Titanic, the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal, and more. It was the most watched show on both the U.K.'s ITV and the U.S.'s PBS in addition to becoming a worldwide success.

While rumors of a Downton Abbey movie have been swirling since before the end of the series in 2015, nothing official has been announced until now. But even the official announcement seems to be a little odd since the cast found out about it after it was in the news. It remains to be seen how many actors from the massive ensemble cast that they'll be able to pull for the big screen adaptation, but at least most of the cast has expressed interest and even excitement at the possibility. News is developing, but work is expected to begin next year, so hopefully all of the actors can clear some time for the project.
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A Downton Abbey Movie Is (Probably) Really Happening

A Downton Abbey Movie Is (Probably) Really Happening
It's time to return to Downton Abbey—that didn't take long. A movie reunion of the beloved Masterpiece series is officially in the works. "There's a movie in the works," Michael Edelstein, president of NBCUniversal International Studios, told the Associated Press, via TVLine. "It's been in the works for some time. We are working on getting the script right, and then we've got to figure out how to get the [cast] together...But we're hopeful to make a movie sometime next year." But how concrete is this? When reached for comment, Masterpiece said they are not involved in a movie based on Downton Abbey. Plus, cast members were seemingly unaware of the flick taking...
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‘Downton Abbey’ returns! Movie announced, production will reportedly begin in 2018

‘Downton Abbey’ returns! Movie announced, production will reportedly begin in 2018
Downton Abbey” will be back according to Michael Edelstein, president of NBCUniversal International Studios. He told the Associated Press, “There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time. We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because […]
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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie on Track to Shoot Next Year

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie on Track to Shoot Next Year
A “Downton Abbey” movie is in the works, a NBCUniversal executive said on Wednesday. NBCUniversal International Studios president Michael Edelstein, who was in Singapore at a red-carpet event for “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition,” said that the movie has been in the works for some time and could begin production in 2018, the Associated Press reported. He added that the biggest challenge was getting the cast together, which can include up to around 20 actors from the popular PBS “Masterpiece” show. “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the together.
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NBC Says The ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Could Start Filming In 2018

A “Downton Abbey” movie is in the works, and NBCUniversal said it’s probably going to start production in 2018. So said Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios. “It’s been in the works for some time.” Related: Michelle Dockery Hints At Possible ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: ‘It May Not Be Over Yet’ Edelstein spoke to reporters Wednesday […]
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Downton Abbey Movie 'In the Works'; Filming Tentatively Slated for 2018

Downton Abbey Movie 'In the Works'; Filming Tentatively Slated for 2018
Less than two years after the Crawleys bade farewell to their international audience, a plan is in motion to reopen the doors of Downton Abbey.

RelatedDownton Abbey Series Finale Recap: How Did the Crawleys Say Goodbye?

“There’s a movie in the works,” Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the Associated Press this week at the opening of Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in Singapore. “It’s been in the works for some time. We are working on getting the script right, and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the [cast] together. … But we
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‘Hanna’ TV adaptation ordered straight-to-series by Amazon

‘Hanna’ TV adaptation ordered straight-to-series by Amazon
The TV adaptation is based on the 2011 film starring Saoirse Ronan.

London-based NBCUniversal International Studios has announced that Amazon Studios has greenlit a straight-to-series order of Hanna.

David Farr, who co-wrote the Focus Features 2011 film of the same name, and most recently adapted John Le Carre’s The Night Manager for BBC and AMC, is set to write the adaptation.

Hanna the TV series is described as equal parts a high-concept thriller and coming-of-age drama which follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl as she evades the relentless pursuit of an off-book CIA agent and tries to unearth the truth behind who she is.

Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will serve as executive producers alongside Scott Nemes, and JoAnn Alfano for NBCUniversal International Studios. Scott Herbst and Tom Coan will serve as co-executive producers.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios said: “From the moment JoAnn Alfano and I saw Hanna it was evident that the
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