New Mary Poppins movie in development by Disney
More than 50 years after Mary Poppins entered the lives of the Banks family at 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London, Disney is developing a new live action "Poppins" movie.
The new story will be set around 20 years after the tale of the classic 1964 movie that starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
It will take its cues from author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series about the 'practically perfect' nanny with magical powers and the children in her care.
The new project (which is 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.
Rob Marshall, who directed 'Into the Woods' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' for Disney, will helm the new feature, which will also be a musical.
Songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who worked on 'Hairspray' and 'Smash,' will compose new original songs as well a new score and David Magee ('Life of Pi') is rumoured to be writing the screenplay.
The original movie grossed US$100 million and was nominated for a total of 13 Oscars, and won five; including 'best actress' for Julie Andrews. It also won brothers, Robert and Richard Sherman, an Oscar for best original song, for 'Chim Chim Cher-ee.'