You may or may not know that MARY POPPINS was written by Australian (oh Hells Yeah!) P.L. Travers and that Walt Disney spent the better part of 14 years to persuade her to sell the rights. Deadline is reporting that John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) is set to direct and names like Tom Hanks are being considered for the role of Walt Disney with Meryl Streep hot favourite for P.L. Travers. (We’ve heard Meryl do the Aussie accent once before!!! Just get Cate Blanchett!)
Here’s a bit of back story from Mike Fleming over at deadline:
The heart of this script comes from how close Travers felt to her story of a nanny with magical powers. Mary Poppins was highly personal, and reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father, who died when she was 7. Disney finally persuaded her to let him make the film, but she was prickly all the way to the end. While Mary Poppins was lauded immediately, she hated the animated sequences in the film so much that she refused to sell any of her other works to Disney.
Production is looking to start later this year. No formal casting has been made. Disney has had great success with these stories before – remember FINDING NEVERLAND?
Also, lest we forget EVIL ANGELS where Meryl murdered our accent.