‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Sequel In The Works
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns is gaining momentum at the box office grossing over $260 million worldwide. The house of mouse is liking the slow success, as it looks like a new film is in the works.
Speaking to The Sun, director Rob Marshall said the team behind Mary Poppins Returns were in the “early stages” of working on a follow-up.
“It is early stages but I will say right now that there were eight books, so there’s a lot of great material still to mine. That’s what we worked from, those incredible eight books of P.L. Travers. So, you know…”Marshall said.
The director went on to suggest that the franchise could have long-lasting longevity, in the style of Star Wars or James Bond. “If there’s a great character and story to tell, why not?” Marshall added.
Producer John DeLuca also suggested another film was in the pipeline and that star Emily Blunt would be more than happy to reprise the role.
“Emily does light up when she speaks to me about it,” DeLuca said. “And if the people want it, I think it will happen.”
n Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall. The screenplay is by David Magee and the screen story is by Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers. The producers are John DeLuca, p.g.a., Rob Marshall, p.g.a. and Marc Platt, p.g.a. with Callum McDougall serving as executive producer. The music score is by Marc Shaiman and the film features all new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman. The film also stars Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and introducing Joel Dawson as the Banks’ children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.
Source: The Sun