They say, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” but a film remake of the classic “Mary Poppins” is a tough pill for people to swallow. Disney has announced that a new sequel live-action musical film, drawing from P.L. Travers’ children’s book series, “Mary Poppins” is in the works.
The original 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has grown to be a household sensation, and many people think the original film should remain the only one. Disney Studios has enlisted Rob Marshall, who also directed the live action musical “Into The Woods,” to recreate the Disney classic.
According to Entertainment Weekly, it has also been confirmed that Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote songs for “Hairspray” and “Smash,” will compose original tunes for the film with David Magee, from “Finding Neverland” and “Life of Pi.” Magee has agreed to write the film’s screenplay.
The sequel of the movie will take place 20 years after the original film. According to Entertainment Weekly, the film will take place in Depression-era London, following more adventures with Mary Poppins and the Banks family.
There are already a few actresses who are front-runners to play Mary Poppins, including Emily Blunt, Kristen Bell and Anna Kendrick. According to Examiner.com, it seems Anne Hathaway, who is no stranger to musicals, is the favorite to portray Mary Poppins. Hathaway also acted alongside Julie Andrews in “The Princess Diaries” series.
Many critics think the classic film should not be made into a sequel and many John Carroll students and faculty feel the same way.
Keith Nagy, Producing Director of Theatre at John Carroll University, said, “The making of a sequel is up there with the remake of ‘Cinderella.’ I’m tired of these Disney remakes; there needs to be more originality when it comes to movies.”
Originality seems to be the main objection when it comes to the remake of “Mary Poppins.” Rather than revamping an old classic, many want to see new concepts on the silver screen.
Senior Lizy Golias said, “ I think it should remain a classic. The first ‘Mary Poppins’ was so good and it took a lot of effort to make it the critically acclaimed movie it has become; so I don’t think it should be remade.”
Junior Abrial Neely agreed, saying, “I don’t think a remake is a good idea. We should cherish the classic movies we have.”
Although a Mary Poppins remake does not seem to be a fan favorite, others feel that a newer version of the iconic film could be a good idea.
Sophomore Ali Haris said, “I think a remake is a good idea, but no one can replace Julie Andrews.”
“I grew up watching the original ‘Mary Poppins’ film and I am incredibly attached to it,” said junior Molly Hill. “I feel nervous yet excited to see what Disney will do with a remake of this iconic film. I have really enjoyed the recent Disney live-action remakes, like ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Maleficent,’ so I am optimistic.”
One concern about the remaking of such a classic is to ensure the film will not tarnish the “Mary Poppins” name. Some think the remake would bring in a new generation’s perspective and attention for the story, while others believe the original film was done well enough and, no matter how old the original film is, the younger generation can still enjoy and appreciate it.
While nothing has been set in stone as of yet, Disney hopes that the remake will be embraced with open arms.
With the many opinions from fans across the world regarding the decision to remake this Disney classic, many seem to unanimously agree a remake may not be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Editor’s Note: Information from Entertainment Weekly, Examiner.com and The Guardian was used in this report.