Disney to Develop New ‘Mary Poppins’ Musical Film

Breaking news on Monday, Entertainment Weekly reports that a live action Mary Poppins film is currently in development. This new film will not be a remake, but will follow along with the original books of P.L. Travers.

The article goes on to say that Rob Marshall will direct the musical film. Marshall is also known for directing Disney’s Into the Woods. Also joining along to produce are that of John DeLuca and Marc Platt. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are set as songwriters.

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.

Also to add, the film already has support from songwriter and Disney legend, Richard Sherman.

No current word on a timeline or a plotline has been released. What are your thoughts on the film announcement?