Fans of Victoriana, spoons full of sugar, terrible fake Cockney accents, and leaving their children with strangers who literally drop in from the sky are in for a treat (or a nightmare, depending on how sacrosanct you hold the original) as Disney is going ahead with plans for a sequel to Mary Poppins. Julie Andrews is passing the umbrella to Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. The story is set many years after the original. Michael Banks is now a grown man with a family of his own. After a tragedy, he turns to his old nanny for help.
The film, based in part on another of the Mary Poppins books by PL Travers, will be directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha). Marshall tells Vulture that Mary Poppins Returns will not be a direct sequel. “This is an extension. I’m a huge fan of the original, and I’m a very good friend of Julie Andrews, and I hold it in such awe. There is all this new material – it was the Harry Potter of its time – and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure.” What do you think of the idea of Mary Poppins Returns? Supercalififragilisti