The Disney sequel will be set 20 years later than the original film in the depression era London.
It was recently discovered that Emily Blunt is in talks to play Mary Poppins. Blunt will portray Poppins in a forthcoming sequel to the original Oscar-winning children’s film.
The sequel by Disney will be set 20 years into the future than the original film. The original Mary Poppins film was about a magical nanny in Edwardian London. Variety reports the Disney sequel will be set in the Depression-era London.
Rob Marshall wills serve as director of the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel. Marshall has previously worked with Blunt while directing the film ‘Into the Woods’.
According to Marshall the sequel will be based on the un-adapted books about Poppins by PL Travers. Travers is the creator and author of the character Mary Poppins and its books respectively.
Travers wrote a total of eight Mary Poppins books. Although Blunt is currently the producers’ top choice for the role, nothing is set in stone. It may all come down to scheduling since Blunt is expecting her second child.
The original Mary Poppins film was a resounding success. The film earned $100 million worldwide and won five Oscars. The main lead Julie Andrews who portrayed Mary Poppins won the Oscar for best actress.
The film boasted a pioneering mixture of live action and animation at the time. The songs from the film are still considered children’s classic. Most notably the songs A Spoonful of Sugar and Chim Chim Cher-ee.
It has been reported by Variety that the songs for the sequel will be written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The duo previously won a Tony award for Hairspray. According to Marshall the upcoming film will be an “extension” of the original, rather than a remake.