It sounds like a spoonful of sugar helps the sequel go down as early reports suggest Disney is already working on a sequel to Mary Poppins Returns.
Rob Marshall recaptured the magic of 1964’s Mary Poppins as he took the Banks family into a new era of history. Featuring the same whimsy and musical numbers that made the first movie a jewel in Disney’s crown, Mary Poppins Returns is a toe-tapping tale of fantasy and frolics.
While Mary Poppins Returns is still in cinemas, its worldwide box office haul of over $260 million meant it was already a likely contender to give us another “jolly holiday with Mary”.
Speaking to The Sun, Marshall revealed that his team is in the “early stages” of bringing a sequel to life. He told the outlet, “It is early stages but I will say right now that there were eight books, so there’s a lot of great material still to mine. That’s what we worked from, those incredible eight books of P.L. Travers. So, you know…”
Instead of stopping at just three, Marshall also unveiled his hopes that the story of Mary Poppins could follow in the footsteps of Travers’ books and keep going. “Listen, how many Star Wars films have there been, you know what I mean? Or James Bond films,” he said. “If there’s a great character and story to tell, why not?”
It turns out that Emily Blunt’s performance as the no-nonsense nanny was practically perfect in every way, meaning the House of Mouse is already looking at another sequel. This means the Sicario actor will return to the titular role and presumably star alongside others like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, and Emily Mortimer.
With news of another Mary Poppins movie, could Disney manage to nab Julie Andrews for the threequel? After flying into our hearts with an umbrella all those years ago, Andrews sat out from Mary Poppins Returns.
Although the movie brought back Dick Van Dyke back and included a memorable cameo from Disney favourite Angela Lansbury, some argue that there was an Andrews-shaped hole in Returns.
Considering there were 54 years between Mary Poppins and Returns, we’re hoping the gap won’t be as big this time around. Our only advice is look to the skies and keep your eyes open for that carefree childminder and her bottomless handbag.
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