Disney is currently in the process of developing a new Marry Poppins film.
As initially reported by EW, the new “original live-action musical” will see Into the Woods director Rob Marshall working from a screenplay by David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi).
Based on the tales penned by P.L. Travers, the film will be taking place around 20 years after the events depicted in Disney’s classic film. The story will be taking place in Depression-era London and will continue to explore Poppins’ adventures with the Banks family.
Although the classic film was mostly based on the first book in Travers’ eight-book series, this new chapter is not being developed as a direct sequel.
The 1964 Mary Poppins saw Julie Andrews star as a magic nanny who comes to work for a cold banker’s unhappy family. The film was a roaring success, earning five Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”, and Best Original Score.
The new musical is to have Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, known for Hairspray and Smash, on board composing the film’s original songs and score.
Marshall is no stranger to musicals, directing 2002’s Chicago to a Best Picture win and directing the Daniel Day-Lewis starring Nine.
Here’s an original trailer for the classic film: