We have some book-to-movie news, and it’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Disney is creating a sequel to its 1964 film Mary Poppins, an adaptation of the P.L. Travers’s classic book by the same name.
According to Variety:
Insiders confirm the new film will take place in Depression-era London 20 years after the first film and will take story lines from P.L. Travers’s children books focusing on Poppins’s continued adventures with the Banks family.
The original movie was largely based on Travers’s first book in the Poppins series. Published between 1934 and 1988, the series includes eight books. Books two and three — Mary Poppins Comes Back and Mary Poppins Opens the Door — each feature the nanny returning to help the Banks family once again, while books four through eight fill in the adventures from her previous three visits.
The latest film installment will be directed by Rob Marshall, who told Vulture that his version will draw largely from the book series.
It is not a new Mary Poppins… P.L. Travers wrote eight books all together. They worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins. This is an extension. I’m a huge fan of the original, and I’m a very good friend of Julie Andrews, and I hold it in such awe… There is all this new material — it was the Harry Potter of its time — and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure.
So who could possibly fill the shoes of screen legend Julie Andrews as Poppins? Reports say that actress Emily Blunt is in talks to take on the magical role. If she does, we’re sure she’ll be practically perfect in every way.
What do you think about the adaptation? Who else would you like to see in the cast?