News has broken that Disney in the process of creating a new live action musical based on the remaining adventures of PL Travers’ popular character Mary Poppins. Disney is bringing Rob Marshall, who directed Disney’s musical last year Into the Woods, as well as John DeLuca and Marc Platt who launched the overly successful Mary popping Broadway musical. With the people attached to project so far, this looks like a promising new adventure for Disney.
Disney seems to have a lot of faith on director Rob Marshal as this will be their third calibration together after directing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Into the Woods. But this seems a good fit as Chicago (2002) was a huge success. Disney seems to have gotten a new spark of interest after the success of Saving Mr. Banks, which told the behind the scene story of how Marry Poppins came to the screen.
The new Poppins film will take place in Depression-era London, some 20 years after Disney’s classic Mary Poppins, and will draw from existing Poppins tales in the rest of author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series. The practically perfect 1964 screen adaptation starring Julie Andrews pulled its story primarily from the first installment in Travers’ eight-book series; the new project (which is decidedly not being developed as a sequel) will explore Mary’s further adventures with the Banks family and beyond as illustrated by Travers’ seven additional novels.