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New Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins is one of my all-time favorite films and as a child, it was my absolute favorite. I could have watched it on repeat forever and never gotten board. I love the stage musical adaptation and I'm a huge fan of Saving Mr. Banks. BUT...

A new Mary Poppins? A sequel? With no involvement from Julie Andrews or Dick Van Dyke or Richard Sherman? I'm not encouraged.

But what bothers me even more is that by all historical accounts, P.L. Travers was vehemently against ever having another film produced that was based on her books. I feel sad that her heirs would choose to green light this project knowing just how much she despised the idea. I'm going to give it some consideration, but I'm not sure if I can support this project.

How do you all feel about it?

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I'm not sure about this, either.

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I am about 190% against this. One they are having the people who made Into the Woods make it, which I personally have not seen yet but I have heard it was terrible.
There are saying its a sequel and is taking place 20 years from the original. But not including Julie Andrews or Dick Van Dyke at all?
Then I heard that they are seriously considering Emily Blunt for the role as Mary. I am disappointed in that choice, I don't feel like she is "perfectly perfect in every way."

I am just so.... disappointed and totally against this film. Leave the classics alone! lol

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FutureMrsHurst wrote:
One they are having the people who made Into the Woods make it, which I personally have not seen yet but I have heard it was terrible.

We just finally saw Into the Woods a few weeks ago and I'll vouch for the fact that it was, indeed, terrible. I fell asleep about 3/4 of the way through and then I fell asleep again the next night when I tried to watch the end.

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I don't mind about Bert not being in it as he is not in the book they are basing it on. I heard Anne Hathaway was tipped as Mary.

I think it's a bit wrong to do after PL Travers had said not, but if they do it well and make sure they adhere to the families wishes I will still watch it.

As for 20 years - I enjoyed Star Wars and looking forward to the next one....

Not seen into the woods but Inside out was dire, they need to redeem themselves are that.

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Can't say I'm surprised about this. Hollywood doesn't seem to be able to come up with any original ideas for movies these days and just continues to re-make them.

I enjoyed the original and feel it still stands up to current movies of today. Anyone know the whys behind this (besides being lazy and trying to make some money)?

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JanJ wrote:
Can't say I'm surprised about this. Hollywood doesn't seem to be able to come up with any original ideas for movies these days and just continues to re-make them.

I so agree.

I'm not sure how I feel about this either.

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While I don't have a strong emotional attachment to Mary Poppins, I just don't know what I think about this film.

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Well I understand the notion that there are too many sequels, remakes, reboots, etc and the whole lack of creativity and being unoriginal. But when you consider Disney has had box office flops in recent years with their live-action films like John Carter, Lone Ranger and now Tomorrowland, it almost feels like these live-action remakes of animated features we've been hearing about as well as more sequels to already successful franchises seem...well...justifiable in a way.

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Meh, I just can't get myself on board with this one... waiting

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jw24 wrote:
Well I understand the notion that there are too many sequels, remakes, reboots, etc and the whole lack of creativity and being unoriginal. But when you consider Disney has had box office flops in recent years with their live-action films like John Carter, Lone Ranger and now Tomorrowland, it almost feels like these live-action remakes of animated features we've been hearing about as well as more sequels to already successful franchises seem...well...justifiable in a way.

Disney shouldn't need to be remaking their animated back catalogue. They have a whole team of story writers who should be able to come up with something original.

The failures of John Carter, The Lone Ranger and Tomorrowland are more marketing driven failures than movie failures. All three movies are actually good - maybe not so The Lone Ranger. John Carter, especially, has been plagerised so much over the past 100 years that no one wants to admit to doing so, so we have the likes of Star Wars, Avatar and almost every other sci-fi movie out there taking a bit of this movie, so to today's society it looks like John Carter is the stealer of ideas and not vice versa. The Lone Ranger probably took the Tonto track too much and it seemed more in line with The Green Hornet failure than anything. Too much comedy, not enough Lone Ranger tbh...As for Tomorrowland - a great concept, an amiable cast and some good special effects. The only thing that really let it down was a strong story but there's the hook of inspiration for the younger generation - you don't have to let things go the way they are now, there could be a 'great big beautiful tomorrow' out there for all.

Now, Mary Poppins - arguably the greatest Disney-monitored movie of them all. Certainly one of my favourites. Is this a sequel? I'd hope so. Setting it 20 years later is a good move, but is it Jane or Michael who are in trouble now? Is it a different family? How will Disney get people on board with a movie that has no internet, no mobile phones...? Is the story going to be as whimsical as the original? How much of PL Travers later stories will they use? Who are they really aiming this at - is it the kids or the adults? I think this is where they're struggling at the moment...they have no idea who to market their live action movies at. The Mouse holds a powerful grip on the animation market but where they struggle to find traction is with the audience who has grown up and might have kids of their own.

They need to find this generation's Mary Poppins. Is it Emily Blunt or Ann Hathaway? Could it be someone else? It needs to be someone who the children, and adults, will warm to (eventually in the case of the adults). Someone who would inspire children to see the best of everything and eventually change the outlook of their parents in how they see their children...Emily Blunt is too cold for my liking - I'd prefer Ann Hathaway...and I'd imagine they'd be able to get her to sing better too!

Overall, I'm not on board...yet

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Put me in the against column. I think its a huge mistake. Mary Poppins is one of a kind and should not be messed with in any way!

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