Here's some news that's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Disney are planning a sequel to their timeless family classic Mary Poppins. 'Cor blimey, as Dick van Dyke might say.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Chicago and Into the Woods filmmaker Rob Marshall is set to steer a follow-up to the beloved 1964 musical, one that shaped generations of moviegoers thanks to its effervescent central performance from Julie Andrews and unforgettable numbers like 'Chim-Chimney' and 'Feed the Birds'. It also inflicted one of the worst accents of all time upon us in the form of Van Dyke's Cockney one-man band but we'll let that slide.
According to reports, the new movie will be set 20 years after the original and will derive inspiration from author P.L. Travers' source stories (her life was the subject of 2013 movie Saving Mr. Banks). Acclaimed composer of stage and screen Marc Shaiman (responsible for the likes of The American President and Hairspray) will collaborate with Scott Wittman to compose several new songs.
Combine their influence with the presence of musical veteran Marshall and fingers crossed the Mary Poppins sequel will be a spoonful of sugar that goes down easily. Excited about the movie? Tweet us @Cineworld with your thoughts.