Mary Poppins

More than half a century after the original musical film was released, Disney is releasing a remake of Mary Poppins next year. The titular magical nanny, first portrayed by Julie Andrews, will be played this time round by Emily Blunt, with Hamilton‘s own Lin Manuel-Miranda starring opposite her as a street lamp lighter named Jack, a character who did not appear in the original but could be a reinvention of Dick van Dyke‘s chimney sweep, Bert. Though hardly contemporary, the new movie will nonetheless be a slight modernisation of the story, set in the Depression era of British history, around twenty to thirty years later than the Edwardian setting of the original production, though truer to the novel by P L Travers on which it was based. (more…)


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. (more…)

Oh please, oh please let this rumor be true.

The opening ceremonies of the Olympics are always a stunning and theatrical display of celebration for the host country, and when your host country is the United Kingdom you’ve got a very long, very colorful history to celebrate. So what will our former overlords be wowing us with at the 2012 Summer Olympics?

An epic showdown between Mary Poppins, the magical, singing, umbrella flying nanny, and Voldemort, the dark lord of the Harry Potter series so fearsome most never utter his name.

At least this is according to Sunday Times who broke the story. It’s clearly still a rumor, but what a fantastic rumor it is. Honestly, what they’re reporting sounds pretty freakin’ awesome and I sure hope they’re right. Apparently there will be a sequence featuring a whole bunch of famous literary characters from Alice in Wonderland to Peter Pan to 101 Dalmatians. But the finale is what sounds truly spectacular as a 40 ft Voldemort will rise and chase all these beloved characters away only to thwarted by an army of Mary Poppins.

About 30 actors each depicting Mary Poppins, the magical English nanny played by Julie Andrews in the 1964 Disney film, will descend from the roof of the stadium on wires and “float” to the ground with their opened umbrellas. The nightmare will be banished and happiness restored. “It’s a jaw-dropping sequence,” said one source.

I don’t care how silly this sounds, it would be infinitely cooler than any past country’s opening ceremonies. Really, Beijing, ribbon dancers? I think London’s got ya beat. At least they will, if this rumor holds true.

What d’ya think? Would a sequence featuring all the most famous literary creations of the U.K. be a good addition to the opening ceremonies? Admit it, how badly do you want to see a giant Voldemort beaten back by a bunch of British nannies?

Source: The Mary Sue