Walt Disney Pictures and Rob Marshall are bringing back everyone’s favorite nanny, developing a sequel to of one of the greatest children’s films of all time. The house of mouse is crafting a new original live-action musical feature reviving the beloved P.L. Travers creation. The new film will take place twenty years after the events of the original, drawing from Travers’ children’s book series which ran between 1934-1988.
Marshall, who last worked with Disney on last year’s hit musical Into the Woods, is also helming the adaptation. The songwriting duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are composing the original tunes and score, with Life of Pi and Finding Neverland scribe David Magee scripting the family adventure. John DeLuca and Marc Platt will serve as executive producers, along with Marshall.
The news is sure to be a source of contention, as the 1964 Mary Poppins adaptation is considered an adored classic, featuring uniquely iconic imagery and performances by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The film’s iconography and catchy songs have become ingrained in our culture, referenced in nearly every form of media since.
However, the film is being made in full cooperation with the Travers estate, and even the original’s co-composer Richard Sherman, known for penning famed songs “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” has lent his support to the project.
Marshall of course is all too familiar with the musical genre, having helmed the 2002 Best Picture-winning Chicago and produced Broadway’s mega-hit Wicked. Marshall is next producing Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land, which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and Fox’s Grease live show.
Marshall is repped by CAA
Clark Allen | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.