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Acclaimed "Downton Abbey" TV series to be turned into a movie

LONDON (Reuters) – A movie is to be made of “Downton Abbey”, the award-winning television period drama about a British household in the early 20th century, and the original stars will reunite for the project.

FILE PHOTO: “Downton Abbey” cast members (L-R) Penelope Wilton, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Joanne Froggatt attend a photo call in Beverly Hills, California August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/File Photo

Julian Fellowes, who created the show, has written the screenplay and will also produce the movie, production and distribution company Focus Features said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Downton Abbey cast member Maggie Smith poses for the media at a hotel in central London, Britain August 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo

Brian Percival, who directed the first and several other episodes, will reprise the role for the film, and production will start later this summer.

“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,” producer Gareth Neame said in a statement.

“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”.

FILE PHOTO: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes poses with actress Elizabeth McGovern and British television producer Gareth Neame after winning the International Emmy Founders Award backstage at the 43rd International Emmy Awards Gala in Manhattan, New York November 23, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

The show, which first aired in 2011 and went on for six seasons gaining a huge following in Britain and the United States, followed the Crawley family in their huge country home as well as the lives of their servants.

It went on to win several Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy awards and there has long been speculation that it would be turned into a film.

Fans as well as cast members took to Twitter to express their delight at the news.

“Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together!” actress Joanne Froggatt wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of her with fellow cast members Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith.

Reporting By Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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