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Disney Plans New ‘Mary Poppins’ Movie

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Disney Plans New ‘Mary Poppins’ Movie

Even after a slate of remakes that includes “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cinderella,” “Maleficent,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Dumbo,” Disney still isn’t finished exploring its vaults.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio is now setting its sights on the 1964 musical-fantasy “Mary Poppins,” with Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods”) set to direct. The new film will reportedly be set 20 years after the original, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke.

David Magee (“Life of Pi”) will write the screenplay, expected to rely more heavily on author P.L. Travers’ series of “Mary Poppins” children’s books. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray,” “Smash”) will compose new songs and a new original score.

The contentious relationship between Travers and Walt Disney during the making of the original was detailed in the 2013 Warner Bros. movie “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Disney is working with Travers’ estate on the new film.

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