New ‘Mary Poppins’ movie in the works

15 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Disney Is Making a New Mary Poppins Movie.

Set in London during the Depression some 20 years after the first movie was set, the new film will also take from P. In today’s reboot-happy Hollywood climate, it seems as though it was only a matter of time before Disney decided to revive one of its most celebrated movie characters, Mary Poppins, for a new film.

More than 50 years after gave fans a spoonful of sugar as the world’s most beloved nanny, Mary Poppins, Disney is reprising the iconic role in a new original live-action musical film, Entertainment Weekly reports. Disney’s original film came out in 1964 and starred Julie Andrews as the titular character, with Dick Van Dyke putting on a chewy, cockney accent as chimney sweep Bert. Thankfully, Disney is restraining itself from a by-the-numbers remake of the 1964 classic, which was recently revisited in 2013’s behind-the-scenes biopic Saving Mr.

Taking charge of the film’s score will be Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who have previously worked on hit musicals including Sixties-themed Hairspray, and the NBC drama series Smash, which explores Broadway musical theatre. Instead, the studio will spin the clock forward on Mary Poppins, the character that earned Julie Andrews her only Oscar, to Depression-era London, two decades after the events in the original film. Sadly Andrews will likely not be reprising her role due to the age discrepancies, but if anyone could time travel via flying umbrella, it’s that woman. Entertainment Weekly, which first broke the news, reports that “the new project (which is decidedly not being developed as a sequel) will explore Mary’s further adventures with the Banks family and beyond as illustrated by Travers’ seven additional novels.” David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) will write the script. E.W. adds that Disney and Marshall “are collaborating with the Travers estate and have already earned support from Poppins’ co-composer Richard Sherman, who penned the original film’s famous songs like ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ and ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ with his late brother, Robert.” There is no word yet on when the movie is expected to reach theaters, or who might succeed Andrews as Mary Poppins 2.0. (Who else can see Anne Hathaway, Andrews’s Princess Diaries co-star, in the role?)

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