Disney 'to make Mary Poppins sequel'

  • 16 September 2015
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Image caption Mary Poppins won five Oscars

Disney is making a sequel to its 1964 classic Mary Poppins.

The live-action film will be based on author PL Travers' series of books about the no-nonsense but magical nanny.

The US magazine Entertainment Weekly reports that it will be directed by Rob Marshall, who made 2014 musical film Into The Woods, and will see Mary return to the Banks family in London.

Anne Hathaway is favourite to land the lead role.

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Image caption Hathaway made her big acting debut in another Disney film, The Princess Diaries

The action will take place about 20 years after the original, which was set in Edwardian London. The new story will be set in the Depression era.

The original film, starring Julie Andrews, was based mainly on the first volume of PL Travers' Poppins series.

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Image caption Dame Julie Andrews played Mary Poppins in the original 1964 film

The new film will take inspiration from all eight volumes written by Travers, including Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins in the Park and Mary Poppins in the Kitchen.

The 1964 film won five Oscars, including best actress for Andrews, best song - Chim Chim Cher-ee - and best visual effects.

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