According to an exclusive report from Variety, Emily Blunt is entering talks to play the titular magical nanny, Mary Poppins, in a long-awaited reboot to the beloved 1964 musical.
Academy Award nominated Rob Marshall is set to direct. It seems to be a fitting match given the two previously worked with one another on the Disney adaptation of Into the Woods. The idea for a sequel had been talked about amongst Marshall, Blunt, and producers John DeLuca and Mark Platt since working together on Into the Woods.
It will be fascinating to see how a sequel to a film so beloved in pop culture will gel into today's mainstream film industry. The original was both a critical and commercial success, garnering five Oscars and grossing over $100 million at the box office (that's $680 million after adjusting for inflation).
Rumor is that the sequel will take place twenty years after the events of the first film and will take story lines from P.L. Travers’ (the original author of the Mary Poppins books) sequels to the original novel. Travers infamously displeased with Disney's adaptation of her material, which was most recently dramatized in Saving Mr Banks. Her displeasure resulted in no sequels ever being made after the original film.
Disney has recently garnered much success in their live-action remakes of older beloved animated works, such as Cinderella and Maleficent. Jon Favreau's adaptation of The Jungle Book is set to be the next addition to this new class of remakes that have brought in big bucks for the House of Mouse.
Whether or not this will come off more as a desperate cash-grab than a genuine sequel remains to be seen. While Emily Blunt will be perfect casting as Poppins, will they also be recasting the remaining original characters as well, such as Dick Van Dyke's Bert or David Tomlinson's fantastic performance as Mr. Banks?
For the movie's songs, it can be assumed that they will be bringing in the best people possible, perhaps famed song-writer Richard Sherman (who previously wrote some of Disney's most beloved songs with his brother Robert) will be brought in for some input.
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