“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Extra Spoonful of Sugar…

Posted on May 31, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Walt Disney Studios announced that Into the Woods star Emily Blunt would be taking over the part of Mary Poppins in a sequel to the 1964 classic film. She was said to be the producers’ first choice. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will also star as a new character, Jack, the street lamplighter. The film, titled Mary Poppins Returns, will center on a now-grown Michael Banks and his three children in the aftermath of a tragedy, and the help they receive from Poppins and Jack in 1930s London.

   Rob Marshall, who worked with Blunt on the film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, will direct, while the script will be written by Finding Neverland writer David Magee. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who won a Tony Award for Hairspray, have been enlisted to write the songs.

poppins 2   When the remake was first announced last year, Marshall said the film would not be based on the 1964 musical, which famously starred Julie Andrews. Instead, it will take its story from the seven previously unadapted books Mary Poppins’ creator P.L. Travers wrote about the magical nanny. Travers disliked the famous film, which took some liberties with her original book, for instance turning the character of Mrs Banks into a suffragette. Nevertheless, it grossed $100m, won five Oscars, and became a children’s classic.

   The new film is scheduled to hit theaters on Christmas, 2018.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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