Rob Marshall Says Upcoming ‘Mary Poppins’ Movie is No Remake

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“It is not a new Mary Poppins.”

Director Rob Marshall has clarified that his upcoming Mary Poppins film will not simply be a retread of the beloved 1964 musical and will instead be focusing on the other books P.L. Travers penned about the magical nanny.

In an interview with Vulture, the Chicago and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director described the upcoming picture as “an extension” of the story told in the classic film.

“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,” Marshall said.

“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.”

To know that this isn’t a straightforward remake may provide a relief of sorts to the original film’s many fans; now it’s just a matter of keeping those fingers crossed that what does eventuate doesn’t smudge the classic’s legacy.