It was simply a matter of time, wasn’t it, but Disney has officially announced that they’re in the process of bringing the beloved Mary Poppins back to the big screen.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news that Disney is developing a live-action musical film that will feature the iconic character from the 1964 classic.
‘Into the Woods’ director Rob Marshall, along with producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt, are on board for this new project that will take place two decades after the original movie. It’ll be based on one of author P.L. Travers’ other Poppins stories and will take place in London during the time of the Depression.
‘Hairspray’s’ Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are the duo on song writing duties, so will compose new songs and the film’s score. ‘Finding Neverland’ and ‘Life of Pi’ writer David Magee is said to be writing the screenplay, so there’s already a wealth of talent attached to the intriguing project so far.
Both Disney and its director Marshall are in cahoots with the Travers estate over using the late writer’s material, and appears to be moving forward smoothly. Hopefully the outcome will be more amicable than the original film, whereby Travers’ outspoken, public fall out with Walt Disney over how ‘Mary Poppins’ turned out caused huge friction. Suffice to say it’s unlikely she’d have been on board if she was still with us.
2013′s ‘Saving Mr Banks’ was the last time we saw the ‘Mary Poppins’ focused on in film world, with Tom Hanks portraying the renowned Walt Disney, and Emma Thompson as the talented P.L. Travers.
Currently, there’s no title or any further details on Disney’s new Poppins project, but you can bet we’ll have more details as and when.
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