Disney working on new Mary Poppins film
Get ready for another Disney reboot, the studio that is currently converting all of your favorite animated films to live-action is also working on a new “Mary Poppins” project.
The new film will be a live-action musical, once again focusing on the wonderfully talented flying nanny. Directing the film will be Rob Marshall, who recently worked with Walt Disney Studios when he directed the popular musical “Into the Woods”. Producers for the film include John DeLuca and Marc Platt.
This new Mary Poppins film won’t be a direct remake but the film will still take place in London. As for a timeline, the story is expected to take place close to twenty-years after the events of the original. If you are a traditional Mary Poppins fans, you probably know that many of P.L. Travers’ original Mary Poppins stories took place in this era of London.
As you may also recall, the original Disney film was released back in 1964 and starred the practically perfect Julie Andrews. Disney chose to pull the material from the first film mostly from the first book in the series, but there were eight books written in total for Disney to work with for a follow-up film.
This new film isn’t expected to be a direct sequel, so don’t expect the children to have children of their own in the film (though that may happen if Disney wishes it).
Disney added Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to the project to compose original songs for the film. A new score will also be written for the second film in the growing franchise. David Magee of “Finding Neverland” and “Life of Pi” fame will write the screenplay.
The Travers estate still owns the rights to the material and Disney will have to workout a deal with them to put the movie forward, but it seems everything is in order and production and casting should pick-up over the next few years.
Disney only recently released “Saving Mr. Banks” in 2013. That film told the story of how Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) met with the original author in the 1960s to persuaded her into allowing Disney to make the original hit.
We do wish whoever has to step-in for Julie Andrews the absolute best, considering that she was (after all) practically perfect in every way.