Focus Features and Carnival Films today announced the new title of the highly-anticipated Downton Abbey film sequel: Downton Abbey: A New Era.
Formerly titled Downton Abbey 2, the film will be released in the United States on Friday, March 18, 2022. Universal Pictures International will release internationally on the same date.
The screenplay is written by Downton creator and Academy-Award winner Julian Fellowes, with Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning Gareth Neame and Emmy Award-winning Liz Trubridge producing with Fellowes. BAFTA and Emmy nominated Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) is directing.
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.
Downton Abbey: A New Era 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.
Following the series, the first movie (buy at Amazon) was released in September 2019 and grossed $237.9 million worldwide, with $96.9 million coming from North American theaters and $96.9 million from international markets. The movie cost just $13 million to make.
Focus is part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG), which produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms.
Carnival Films is part of NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group. Led by executive chairman and producer Gareth Neame, the company is one of the UK’s leading drama producers, having produced hundreds of hours of compelling content viewed around the world.
Carnival Films produced all six seasons of the much honored and beloved series Downton Abbey, which aired in over 250 territories worldwide and set a Guinness World Record for being the most critically well-received show in the world.
Recent Carnival Films productions include The Last Kingdom for Netflix, Belgravia for ITV and EPIX and Jamestown for Sky One.
Having received more than 200 international awards and honours including Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, Carnival has produced landmark series including Poirot, Hotel Babylon, Whitechapel and Dracula.
The company’s projects have also included award-winning mini-series such as Traffik, Any Human Heart, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies and The Hollow Crown anthology.
Carnival Films has also been recognized as the UK’s best production company at both the Bulldog and Broadcast Awards.