Mary Poppins’ world was recently reintroduced to screens everywhere in Saving Mr. Banks, which displayed Travers’ meeting with Walt Disney in the early 1960s as he pushed her to put Poppins on film. And it looks like her world will be reintroduced once more.
Disney is recreating the magic of the beloved nanny Mary Poppins in a new live-action musical film.
The new Poppins story will be set in London’s Depression-era, 20 years after the Disney’s classic Mary Poppins, and will focus more on the other tales in P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series. The first film, starring Julie Andrews, focused on the Travers’ first book of his eight-book series.
The new film will look at Mary’s other adventures with the Banks family and more as discussed in the other seven books. It is not considered a sequel, according to EW.
Producers Marc Platt, John DeLuca and Into the Woods director Rob Marshall are back to hopefully turn another Broadway musical into a success. Songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who worked on Smash and Hairspray, will compose a new score in addition to new original songs, CNN reports. David Magee, who wrote the screenplay for Finding Neverland and Life of Pi, has also signed on.
Both Marshall and Disney are working with the Travers estate and have quickly earned the support of Mary Poppins’ co-composer Richard Sherman. Sherman, along with his late brother Robert, is responsible for songs from the original film such as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Chim Cher-ee.
Marshall, Platt and DeLuca are some of Hollywood’s best when it comes to musicals. Marshall’s Chicago won Best Picture in 2002. And Marshall and DeLuca collaborated on Nine in 2009 before tackling Into the Woods in 2014.
Currently, Platt is producing Fox’s Grease: Live and an original musical La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. He has also been involved in creating a feature film adaptation of Broadway’s Wicked for a long time.
It seems to me like Disney is officially out of original ideas. They are rebooting or attempting to find a new spin on EVERYTHING. There is even a live version of Winnie the Pooh in the works.
But being the Disney fan that I am, it’s hard to feel anything other than joy when the new versions appear on screen. Plus, Poppins is a GREAT musical to build on. And I’m hoping that it leaves viewers feeling like a spoonful of sugar.