Mary Poppins sequel on its way

Mary PoppinsA sequel to the Disney classic film Mary Poppins is in the works, and is due to be released in 2018.

According to a report on The Guardian, the film, entitled Mary Poppins Returns, will focus on “the grown-up Michael Banks and his three children in the aftermath of a tragedy, and the help they get from Poppins and Jack in 1930s London.”

Based on the novels by P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins chronicles the adventures of a magical nanny who changes the lives of the Banks family. Travers famously disliked the film adaptation, a problem tackled by the recent Saving Mr. Banks, where Emma Thompson starred as the author and Tom Hanks starred as Walt Disney.

Emily Blunt (Into the Woods, Edge of Tomorrow) will star in the iconic role that Julie Andrews played, while Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will be starring as a street lamplighter named Jack, a new character.

Rob Marshall, who worked with Blunt in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, is set to direct while the script will be penned by David Magee (Finding Neverland). The songs will be written by the Tony-award winning team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray.)

Speaking about the film in a previous interview, Marshall clarified that it would not be a remake:

“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.”

Marshall added, according to a BBC report:

“I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation.”

Mary Poppins Returns is scheduled to be released on Christmas 2018.