New Mary Poppins movie in development by Disney

Disney is specifically saying this isn’t a sequel, but with the same characters and source material, it’s hard to see it as anything but Mary Poppins 2. The new story, which will use P. L. Travers’ original Mary Poppins novels for inspiration, is reportedly going to be set years after the original film.

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Get ready for more spoonfuls of sugar. Disney and Marshall are collaborating with the Travers estate and working with the support of Richard Sherman, who co-composed iconic songs like “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” alongside his late brother, Robert.

While it’s a big guessing game as to who will fill the very big shoes left by Andrews, the star of the 1964 screen classic, some things are known about the new film.

Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and Pinocchio are just some of the animated classics getting a live action make over.

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins.

Producers Marc Platt, John DeLuca and Into the Woods director Rob Marshall are back to hopefully turn another Broadway musical into a success.

The new movie will take inspiration from all of the books in PL Travers’ eight-part series, while the original film was primarily based on the first installment. Mary Poppins was a smash hit when it opened in 1964, out-earning The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady.

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Since everyone has lost their minds about the remake, we’ve learned that actress Anne Hathaway is the favorite to take on the role of Mary Poppins. Storylines from author P.L. Travers’ original children’s books, written between 1944 and 1988, will be used for the script, which will be penned by writer David Magee (“Finding Neverland”).

Kevin Winter