Reports: Emily Blunt in talks with Disney to star in ‘Mary Poppins’ sequel
Emily Blunt is currently in talks to star in a sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic “Mary Poppins,” Variety reports.
Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”) is set to direct the yet untitled movie.
It will be set 20 years after the tale that was based on the book series written by P.L. Travers.
Here’s a brief story outline from The Hollywood Reporter:
The story is set in Depression-era London and revolves around a now-grown Michael Banks, who has children of his own. In tough times, big sister Jane returns and soon after, their beloved Mary Poppins comes back to help.
The original movie starred Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. It earned five Oscars, including a Best Actress win for Andrews.
Marshall is joined by John DeLuca and Marc Platt who will serve as producers. David Magee (“Life of Pi,” “Finding Neverland”) is attached to write the screenplay.
Variety says the deal is not yet set in stone because of scheduling conflicts.
In the last few years, Disney has found success turning classic animated films like “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland” in to live-action hits. The studio is now turning its attention to it vast collection of live-action films.
Blunt next appears in Universal’s “The Huntsman: The Winter’s War” which opens in theaters April 22.