The iconic film that has been part of many a childhood will once again take flight with its magical umbrella and exclaim “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Disney is developing a live action adaptation of the 1964 classic titled “Mary Poppins.” The story will be set 20 years after the original film featuring the magical nanny and the unhappy Banks family in pre-World War I England. The plot will take inspiration from the source material written by P.L. Travers from 1934 to 1988.
The first installment in the franchise was based on the first book in the series. But the upcoming movie is reportedly not a sequel as they plan to tackle more adventures of the beloved characters that have been narrated in the other seven books.
The feature will also be a musical with “Into the Woods” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Rob Marshall taking the helm. Joining him as songwriters to compose new scores and original sounds are Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman who previously worked in the pop culture hits “Hairspray” and “Smash.” While David Magee will pen the screenplay, and John DeLuca and Marc Platt will become producers.
The production team is said to be in talks with the Travers estate and has got the support of the co-composer Richard Sherman who created the popular songs “Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Entertainment Weekly reports.
The report notes that the latest visitation in the world of Mary Poppins was in 2013’s “Saving Mr. Banks” wherein the story shows how Travers did not like how Walt Disney interpreted her work and initially refused to let the company turn her book into a movie.
Julie Andrews gave life to the first Mary Poppins which earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. No announcement regarding the cast has been made by Disney yet.