Disney is reportedly planning to make a new version of Mary Poppins.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Monday the studio is working on a follow-up to the classic 1964 film which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The new movie will be set 20 years after the original took place, during the United Kingdom’s Great Depression era.
The live action production takes its cue from the book series that P.L. Travers wrote. It will keep its musical roots much like the original, with songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman creating a new score and fresh songs. Their previous efforts include Hairspray and Smash.
Helming it all is Into the Woods director Rob Marshall, according to the outlet, while Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee is on board to write the screenplay.
Travers famously had a strained relationship with Walt Disney over the adaptation of the original, and it was the focal point of the film Saving Mr. Banks, which starred Tom Hanks as the Mickey Mouse creator and Emma Thompson as the author.
While no casting announcements have yet been made, the studio will no doubt be hoping to land big names to rival the original cast and to compete with the other live action movies it has in the works.
As well as Beauty and the Beast, which will star Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Emma Watson, the studio also plans to make a prequel to hit 1992 classic Aladdin.
Entitled Genies, the comedy adventure will focus on the Genie of the Lamp, which was famously voiced by the late Robin Williams in the animated version.
Disney’s recent live action movies have included Cinderella and Maleficent.
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