Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep Rumored For Making-Of Mary Poppins Feature

By Sean O'Connell 2012-02-08 13:50:50discussion comments
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Sorry for the obviousness of it all, but this idea sounds supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep reportedly are considering a project that is being acquired by The Walt Disney Company called Saving Mr. Banks. The “black list” script details the arduous journey to make Mary Poppins, Deadline reports.

Scripted by Kelly Marcel, Banks explains how Walt Disney negotiated with Aussie author P.L. Travers for the better part of 14 years for the rights to make a movie out of Poppins. Needless to say, the musical film version of the story – with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in the lead roles of a magical nanny and a comical chimney sweep – would become a beloved cinematic classic, and it's safe to assume modern audiences who grew up on "A Spoonful of Sugar" would want to learn how it came together.

Travers, however, didn’t care for the finished Poppins (the animated sequences, in particular, turned her stomach), and she refused to sell any more of her properties to the Disney corporation. So there’s drama and conflict at the heart of Banks that a suitable storyteller could explore.

The obvious concern on the casting side is age. Streep and Hanks allegedly are considering the roles of Travers and Disney, respectively. The production would have to recruit two phenomenal young leads to play Mary Poppins and Burt. There's PLENTY of dancing talent out there, and the casting search would be cutthroat. Still, this year’s Oscar race is heavy on films that look back into Hollywood’s past and celebrate accomplishments for a contemporary movie-going audience, so if Disney can figure out how best to approach Mr. Banks, we could have an awards contender on our hands.
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