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Disney is going to re-live-action another Mary Poppins

09.14.2015

We already know that Disney is on this massive kick of turning their classic animated films into live-action movies. It's a genius way for them to keep mining these well-known properties for fresh box office dollars, and I wish I was the one who thought of it, because instead of writing this, I'd be laughing all the way to the bank. However, I don't know that I ever saw the moment approaching where they'd take a live-action classic of theirs and re-live-action it for modern audiences.

But that's what is happening with The Mouse announcing plans to make a new MARY POPPINS. You didn't see that one coming either, huh?

Rob Marshall will direct the new film, which will tell a story that takes place 20 years after the Julie Andrews-Dick van Dyke 1964 movie and will also be musical in nature. It'll also use ideas from the P.L. Travers series that continued all the way to 1988 when the last book was released.

David Magee, who penned LIFE WITH PI, is on board to get cracking on a script with the duo of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who did both HAIRSPRAY and NBC's SMASH, handling songwriting and scoring duties.

In the past, Travers had a chilly relationship with Walt Disney Pictures after the film they released did not really meet her vision for what a MARY POPPINS movie should be. However, it appears things may have thawed out there a bit with her estate working with Disney on whatever this new film will be.

I never thought we would need another MARY POPPINS movie, but what the hell do I know? The Mouse prints money daily, so I'll defer to them. Clearly their business model works.

Source: EW

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5:48PM on 09/15/2015

I'm sensing a CAST THIS! column coming

Who would you cast as Mary Poppins? I can think of 3 candidates, off-hand:
- Anne Hathaway
- Anna Kendrick
- Emma Stone

I'd be down with Anna Kendrick, followed closely by Emma Stone. Anne Hathaway could pull it off, but she gets too mannered in period movies.
Who would you cast as Mary Poppins? I can think of 3 candidates, off-hand:
- Anne Hathaway
- Anna Kendrick
- Emma Stone

I'd be down with Anna Kendrick, followed closely by Emma Stone. Anne Hathaway could pull it off, but she gets too mannered in period movies.
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1:48PM on 09/16/2015
Yeah, I can definitely see Anna Kendrick doing a great Mary Poppins. She's got that playful vibe and some major singing chops as well.
Yeah, I can definitely see Anna Kendrick doing a great Mary Poppins. She's got that playful vibe and some major singing chops as well.
12:06PM on 09/15/2015

The Absent Minded Professor

Was a classic to 9 year old me. I'm sure there is more.
Go for it. Nothing is sacred.
(except religious stuff)
Was a classic to 9 year old me. I'm sure there is more.
Go for it. Nothing is sacred.
(except religious stuff)
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10:25PM on 09/14/2015
Really.......
Really.......
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6:44PM on 09/14/2015
This will be one of those "sequels" people forget about a few years after it's out. Like to various Wizard of Oz "sequels" that never lived up to classic. I guess I can hope for the best, but I'd prefer getting Tron 3.
This will be one of those "sequels" people forget about a few years after it's out. Like to various Wizard of Oz "sequels" that never lived up to classic. I guess I can hope for the best, but I'd prefer getting Tron 3.
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5:41PM on 09/14/2015

Careful with the headlines!

You made it sound like a remake.

A sequel could work, considering that there was a series of books. I'm not a huge fan of Marshall, but I am one of Shaiman & Wittman.
You made it sound like a remake.

A sequel could work, considering that there was a series of books. I'm not a huge fan of Marshall, but I am one of Shaiman & Wittman.
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4:52PM on 09/14/2015

I almost feel sorry for whoever gets the Mary Poppins role

Julie Andrews left some gargantuan shoes to fill.

Given that Marc Shaiman also worked on SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT, I suddenly had a mental image of Julie Andrews singing, "Shut Your F*****g Face, Unclefucka." :P
Julie Andrews left some gargantuan shoes to fill.

Given that Marc Shaiman also worked on SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT, I suddenly had a mental image of Julie Andrews singing, "Shut Your F*****g Face, Unclefucka." :P
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5:39PM on 09/14/2015
Shaiman wrote some of the songs, but not UNCLE FUCKA. Still, thanks for the mental image.
Shaiman wrote some of the songs, but not UNCLE FUCKA. Still, thanks for the mental image.
11:46PM on 09/14/2015
What can I say? I'm a giver ... ;)
What can I say? I'm a giver ... ;)
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