New Mary Poppins movie is NOT a remake

Rob Marshall has been talking about his upcoming Mary Poppins project, and has revealed that the new film will not be a remake of the 1964 classic. Instead, it will draw on another of the books from author P.L. Travers, which chronicle the ongoing adventures of everyone’s favourite singing nanny.

“It is not a new Mary Poppins,” P.L. Travers wrote eight books all together. They worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins. This is an extension. I’m a huge fan of the original, and I’m a very good friend of Julie Andrews, and I hold it in such awe…There is all this new material — it was the Harry Potter of its time — and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure.”

Anyone expecting some sort of Poppins Begins style reboot will be disappointed then, although in all honesty, it’s refreshing to see a filmmaker moving away from the well worn route of updating a familiar story. No release date has been confirmed at this point, so in the meantime, we’ll be out flying a kite…

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