Walt Disney is developing a new Mary Poppins music film.
Into the Woods director Rob Marshall and producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt will handle the project for the Studio.
The film will take place 20 years after the original Mary Poppins, in Depression-era London. Where the Julie Andrews original was largely based on the first book in the Mary Poppins series, the new film will draw from the remaining seven installments of P.L. Travers’ children’s books. While the film will not be a proper sequel, it will continue Mary’s adventures with the Banks family.
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash) will pen new songs for the film. David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) will write the screenplay.
Disney has most recently touched on the Marry Poppins mythos with Saving Mr. Banks, a film about Travers’ meetings with Walt Disney, during which he convinced her to allow them to film her work.