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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “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 comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. 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.”

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Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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Jimh
Jimh

Hope they keep it classy like the series…every time they move something to the big screen they add more violence, foul words and nudity…and if Miss America drops the swimsuit for the Me2 movement lets stop exploiting women in movies(even if they agree to do the scenes) and drop the nudity…maybe that makes me an old prude well i dont care…a lot of stuff in pictures is not needed-tell a good story is what is needed!!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Jimh, thanks for your insight and common sense, two things sorely lacking today. The adage ‘less is more’ certainly applies to most movies, especially DOWNTON. They didn’t need profanity or explicit sex before and they won’t need it for the big screen. I’m not a prude and I agree with you. In fact, the more “older” movies I see, the more I see how much we’ve lost in the simple act of storytelling. The movies of the 1970s, my favorite era, pushed some boundaries but not at the expense of the movie. I guess we have to place some blame on the supporters of this recent drivel we’re being offered but, honestly, how many comic book movies or TV remakes can they regurgitate? I trust the filmmakers will honor the DOWNTON legacy, maybe even resurrect Sybil. One can always dream!

Jimh
Jimh

Well said…

k/kay
k/kay

The me too move me too moment is a joke get off watching the media it is not news anymore it’s just garbage to stir you up ! Live your life and ignore these ignorant people

Shay
Shay

I very much doubt there will be a reason for concern on that matter, Jimh! Julian Fellowes wrote the script for this film, just like all the series episodes, and he has a true love and respect for his characters….he won’t exploit them simply for the sake of the big screen! I have every expectation that they will be just as classy and unforgettable as we remember them, only a bit older and wiser(?) Best of all, Dame Maggie Smith is returning, so it will definitely be a quality project…

rose
rose

Shay…So our favorite dowager is back! Yea! I’m going to be optimistic the movie will not disappoint.

Shay
Shay

I’m sure it won’t, Rose! I have great faith in Julian Fellowes’ ability to recreate the magic of the original Downton….Instead of hastily cashing in with a second-rate version of the iconic series in order to placate an audience clearly hungry for more, he lovingly took the time and care necessary to assemble all of the wonderful elements found in the previous seasons of the show. Additionally, you have to know that there is no way our beloved Dame Maggie would be attached to this film unless the quality remained….The Countess Dowager simply wouldn’t have it! I’ve been watching the reruns on PBS this summer, and no matter how many times I view an episode, it still resonates for me….how special and rare is that in this day and age???

Jimh
Jimh

I dont go to movies anymore but i will for this one…

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I was thinking that Joss was recognizing the cologne as being Morgan’s, but guess not. Is she acting out by taking things? She also had what looked like a swim suit the other day in her bag with the security things still on them, so made me wonder what’s going on with her. I wanted to slap her after the wedding, when talking about her mother to Michael, she said” she doesn’t look insane, talking, making sense,etc” Well, she’s not insane, you little boob, you don’t know your own mother, who’s , God forbid, been right about Nelle all this time She’d better get herself some kneepads, because she’s going to have a lot of apologizing to do, when this is over.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I feel terrible saying this, but I am even getting tired of poor old Dina. I think she’s outworn her welcome. Also sick of Jack trying to force memories out of her, its tiresome and boring, when I am betting, and others too, that he will turn out to be John’s son anyway, with Traci being odd woman out.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Just re-reading this D.A stuff and wonder how the heck two of my posts from GH and Y&R got put here. Weird!

Michael
Michael

I watched one episode and I found it to be a snory instead of a story. Very boring show!

su000
su000

Hi Michael,,I see Brit media as either slapsticky or snooty, so yah boring.
But! I like Sherlock Holmes !

I go The Handsmadian’s Tail a 100 times more than Downton Abbey .

Michael
Michael

The Handmaid’s Tale is dark and depressing, but it’s still fascinating to watch and brilliantly acted with the exception of that actress who played Eden.

rose
rose

Michael…Agree with you about dark and depressing, which has bothered me on some of our soaps storylines…even though they don’t come close th Handmaids. But I am riveted to it, and from what I have seen from tonight’s promo…wow.

rose
rose

su000… On the good side, still, three quality programs worth watching. At least for me who doesn’t have/or won’t spend money to subscribe to Netflix, Hula, etc. And hopefully the few others starting in the fall won’t disappoint.

Donna
Donna

Delighted

su000
su000

The Brits talk like they have marbles in their mouth lol
I need to use CC to know what they’re saying..
I can’t go there ..

davlestev1
davlestev1

The tower of Babel in the Old Testament stopped men from speaking one language,one dialect,and sent them off across the globe speaking in differences. The marbles made the world what it is now. SMH.

k/kay
k/kay

I am sure they think the same about us

Rodd
Rodd

SO THRILLED to know that this is coming out!!! I LOVED Downton Abbey and watched it faithfully. Just knowing that they were working on getting things together for a movie kept me happy. Now that it’s a reality, I am in seventh heaven!

k/kay
k/kay

This makes me sad because my sis who loved this Erie’s she had Alzheimer’s and she will now never be able to see this movie. I had never seen the series until I would go over and wstch it over and over with her . I hope it turns our grestvshe would have lived it but now really can’t watch anything. Horrible disease that is why I get upset at Gh and y&r they had a chance to be a teachable moment they both blew it

rose
rose

k/Kay…sorry about your sister and the ripple affect it must have on your fairly. I don’t want to dredge up any bad memories, but what would have made both soaps more of a teachable moment. I’m asking as one who may see this horrible disease creeping into a family I know. Thanks.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!! I have missed all the wonderful Downton Abbey characters so very much. Can’t wait to see the movie.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Not interested in any more stories about rich people and their happy indentured servants.

Shay
Shay

Indentured??? As an avid Downton fan, I have never seen any servants portrayed who fit that description! The term was mainly used in the “New World” for those poor Europeans who lacked ships’ passage funds, so their prospective employers in the colonies (later United States of America…) paid their way in return for a certain time of guaranteed work in service to them from each individual who agreed to such an arrangement! Nobody was indebted to Lord Grantham on such a contractual basis. In fact, there were a number of servants who left his employ during the series…Gwen, O’Brien, Alfred, just to name a few, who went on to other endeavors. And the many who stayed or returned after an enforced absence didn’t want to leave despite other opportunities presenting themselves…including Carson, Mrs. Hughes, Anna, Bates, and even Thomas in the end!!! Hence whilst you may not appreciate the show for what it is, at least give Mr. Fellowes credit for accurately depicting history during the Victorian/Edwardian eras and beyond….he painstakingly does his research and uses an expert on all aspects of life during these periods in order to provide the most realistic presentations of these times, and that is but one reason that Downton Abbey is so beloved by the masses.

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His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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Then, share your condolences and remembrances on the passing of Forrest Compton in the comment section.

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According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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