September 14, 2015


Disney Is Making a New 'Mary Poppins'


Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Disney is turning its remake-happy, reboot-obsessed, redo-adoring sights on Mary Poppins. The story will be set in the 1930s, two decades after the original. EW has some definitive details:

"The practically perfect 1964 screen adaptation starring Julie Andrews pulled its story primarily from the first installment in Travers’ eight-book series; 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."

The new Mary Poppins will also be a musical, meaning we'll find out whether one spoonful of sugar is still a high enough dose to help the medicine go down. Rob Marshall, who recently adapted Broadway's Into the Woods for Disney, is attached to direct. His former work includes Chicago, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Nine, in which Daniel Day-Lewis sings.

Songwriters Mac Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Smash, Hairspray) are also onboard, as is screenwriter David Magee (Life of Pi, Finding Neverland). "Disney and Marshall are collaborating with the Travers estate," EW writes, "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."

The Diz has been revisiting its past like crazy in the 2010s, with the already-released Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Maleficent, plus the upcoming live-action versions of Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book. Also, the Aladdin prequel, Genies. Kind of funny they're heading back to Mary Poppins so soon after 2013's Saving Mr. Banks, which centered around P.L. Travers' experience with Walt Disney adapting her book.