The movie made $100 million at the box office and won five Oscars, including one for Andrews as best actress.
The film was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. Reports said that Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” movie would be directed by “In the Woods” Rob Marshall himself. The film was a bit darker than many Disney fans expected, but seeing into the world beyond Mary Poppins was quite a treat (there are still theories that the whole thing was fabricated, but it’s fascinating nonetheless). He would be joined by producers Marc Platt and John DeLuca who had “successfully shepherded Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway” to the big screen, last year.
Anne Hathaway, who starred with Andrews in The Princess Diaries series, is the bookmakers’ favourite to play the lead role, with Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep also named.
Of course, at this point, the interest is purely from Disney’s side; Den of Geek cautions that Blunt has not yet been approached.
Yesterday, news broke that nothing is sacred Disney is dusting off its Mary Poppins property, planning what is very decidedly not a sequel (but it’s totally a sequel) of the 1964 classic, based on original Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers’ later works.
In 2013, Saving Mr Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, was released, with the plot centred on the development of the Mary Poppins film.
“With Marshall helming, songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash) are on board to compose original songs and a new score; David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) is attached to write the screenplay”.