Lord and Lady Grantham request the pleasure of moviegoers’ company at their Yorkshire country estate this Christmas.
Rejoice “Downton Abbey” fans, Focus Features will shoot a sequel to the hit movie, itself a spinoff of the long-running television series. The original principal cast will all once again return for the second film which began production last week and is set to release on December 22, 2021.
Gareth Neame’s Carnival Films will co-produce the picture. In addition to the original cast, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West will join the festivities, providing viewers with a heavily romanticized view of the good old English class system. Downton creator Julian Fellowes will once again write the film’s screenplay, with Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning Gareth Neame and Emmy Award-winning Liz Trubridge back to producing alongside Fellowes. Simon Curtis (“My Week with Marilyn”) will direct the sequel.
The initial film followed a Royal Visit to the Crawley family and Downton staff from the King and Queen of England and ended with a ball fitting for the Royal Family.
Neame, the film’s producer and executive chairman of Carnival Films said, “After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be re-united with the much beloved characters of Downton Abbey.”
Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said, “There’s no place like home for the holidays, and we can’t imagine a better gift than getting to reunite with Julian, Gareth, and the entire Downton family in 2021 to bring the Crawley’s back home for their fans.”
Downton Abbey 2 is a Carnival Films production, with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International distributing. Carnival Films is part of NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.