I suppose it was only a matter of time.
Apart from being on the road to universal domination by earning more money than every national government combined, Disney has been following a current trend of turning some of their classic animated films into live-action retellings over the past few years. After successes like Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, and this year’s Cinderella, the studio has found profit in giving some of their more iconic outings a fresh take – even if the critics don’t always agree with their choices.
With a number of new projects along the same lines already in development as well, including Jon Favreau’s live-action version of The Jungle Book and the Emma Watson-led Beauty and the Beast, it doesn’t look like the studio plans on stopping this trend any time soon. It looks like they may be trying their hand at a follow-up to one of the most classic Disney movies of all time now too.
According to a new report by EW, Disney is working with the Into the Woods director Rob Marshall on a new Mary Poppins film. The report states that the film will take place in a Depression era London, set twenty years after the 1964 classic film, and will follow the Poppins character throughout her continued adventures with the Banks family. No word on if any of the original cast members will return, but songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash) will be composing the new original songs and score for the film. David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) is attached to pen the screenplay.
The original film is an adaptation of the beloved novels by P.L. Travers and starred Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke, and was incredibly well-received upon its initial release, going on to win five Academy Awards. While the story of how the film was made, was recently told in the 2013 film, Saving Mr. Banks, Disney hasn’t tried to revisit the property since. It’ll be interesting to see how they plan on not only continuing the story twenty years after it ended in 1964, but how they even plan on making a faithful continuation over fifty years since its original release.
Out of all of the adaptations that Disney has been planning over the past few years, this might just be the riskiest and is likely to receive more than just its fair share of backlash from fans. The reports have stated that the film is “not a sequel”, but considering its going to be following the same characters in the same world, just twenty years after the original film, I don’t necessarily know what else to call it.
There’s just a lot about this project that doesn’t make much sense honestly, and while I understand that there are a number of more novels by Travers continuing on with the Poppins and Banks characters, I don’t think it’s a smart move for Disney or Rob Marshall to try and tackle a sequel to Mary Poppins, over fifty years since its release. That’s my two cents at least.
The Mary Poppins continuation is currently in development.
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