Disney Adds 'Mary Poppins' To Their Bottomless Carpet Bag of Remakes

September 14, 2015


Well, someone go get Anne Hathaway a stupid hat, because now we're getting a Mary Poppins reboot. Entertainment Weekly brings the news that Disney's latest in their long string of live-action re-dos will see Into the Woods director Rob Marshall bringing Magic Nanny back to screens. Hathaway isn't actually attached and nor is any other actor, but we do know that Hairspray songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will pen new songs and score for the film, and Finding Neverland writer David Magee will handle the screenplay.

It's seems that, like an increasing number of these types of things (Vacation, Jurassic World), the film will lightly skirt the line between all-out reboot and sequel. Though it's "decidedly not being developed as a sequel," it does take place 20 years after the original, and while the original film drew primarily from the first Mary Poppins book, this will instead draw new material from P.L. Travers' later novels. I guess that's the gentle sprinkling of sugar to help us choke this latest ucky medicine down.

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