A mere 54 years after the original Mary Poppins, a sequel is currently in development. Set 20 years after Miss Poppins took flight on her umbrella from 17 Cherry Tree Lane, the new tale is set to be helmed by film musical genius Rob Marshall and will be based on the further, unfilmed booked by Poppins creator P.L. Travers with Blunt apparently the first – and only – choice for the title role.
Mary Poppins is, or at least should be, part of everyone’s childhood. The timeless story of a magical nanny employed by a well to-do yet unhappy banker to look after his children, it boasts myriad songs that became instant classics and remain so to this day, made a star of Julie Andrews, was box office gold and earned a clutch of Oscars, including Best Actress for Andrews. Now over fifty years old, and perhaps as fondly remembered for couldn’t-be-more-American Dick Van Dyke’s awful Cockney accent, it’s only now that a sequel is firmly on the cards. The combined success of 2013 hit Saving Mr. Banks, which detailed both the making of Mary Poppins and the early life of creator P.L. Travers, together with Disney’s recent raiding of their own back catalogue for modern audiences to great success means that this long-gestating project is now firmly on the fast track. And reports say that they only have one actress in mind to play the titular nanny.
It’d be hard to argue with their choice of Blunt for the part. English, beautiful and with a certain likeness to Julie Andrews, she would appear to be perfect. So perfect in fact that we understand Disney may well put the entire project on hold and wait for her as she’s currently pregnant. Blunt proved she’s got the right singing pipes in Into The Woods (2014) but she was showcasing her range years before:
The 1964 original was based on the first of P.L. Travers’ books that centred around Poppins. The new film, due to be set in Depression-era London twenty years later, is using material from the other works, something director Marshall is keen to point out:
“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.”
No news yet on a release date. Emily Blunt can be seen next in the sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War (April 22, 2016), and The Girl on the Train (September 22, 2016) .