Downton Abbey movie to shoot this summer

Focus Features said Friday that it will this summer begin production on a Downton film that will reunite the Crawley family on the big screen. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote thescreenplay and will produce.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce

Focus Features said Friday that production will begin this summer on a movie adaptation of the hit series Downton Abbey, reunited the original cast, including Allen Leech as Tom Branson, left, and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary. (Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2014 for Masterpiece)

Three years after going off the air, Downton Abbey is coming back as a movie.

Focus Features said Friday that it will this summer begin production on a Downton film that will reunite the Crawley family on the big screen. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce.

The long-rumoured film adaptation is likely to be released sometime next year. The primary cast members are all set to return.

This undated publicity photo provided by PBS shows, from left, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, Allen Leech as Tom Branson, Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, and Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes. ( Nick Briggs/Associated Press)

Over six seasons, Downton Abbey became a global hit, airing in at least 150 countries, and setting a record for non-U.S. television shows with 69 Emmy nominations.

Brian Percival, who directed the series' pilot, will direct the film.