Disney Developing ‘Mary Poppins’ Remake – But Not Really

Julie Andrews

Mary Poppins was the first movie I ever watched in a movie theater. Now I’ve heard Disney hopes to recapture the imagination of the original 1964 musical. I’m not so sure about that, but who am I to judge. Money talks.

The news is that Disney is definitely developing a new live-action Poppins movie with Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) set to direct. So it reportedly won’t be a direct sequel to the original movie, but an adaptation of later books as it’s said to focus on some of P.L. Travers’ later Poppins novels, which are about some further adventures Mary goes on with the Banks family. Meh. Despite the fact that Travers’ attitude was, “never again,” she’s apparently dead, and her estate wants money.

The real-life story behind Disney’s Mary Poppins – which isn’t all flying nannies and cartoon magic, or even a happy ending – was itself the focus of John Lee Hancock’s 2013 feature, Saving Mr. Banks.

The original film starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and earned five Oscars including Best Actress for Andrews. The preeminent question is simple: who the hell could fill her enormous shoes? Below is the original 1964 trailer. Check it out if you haven’t seen it.

Elsewhere David Magee (Life of Pi) will write the screenplay, while Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) are set to compose original songs and a new score. (The original Mary Poppins film also won Best Music – Original Song (Chim Chim Cher-ee) and Original Score – for the Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman.)

The new “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” movie joins a number of Disney’s hit films getting a remake, including Cinderella and The Jungle Book, which will premiere next April.

Source: Entertainment Weekly