WTF...Is nothing sacred anymore?
Spielberg May Remake "Mary Poppins" Film
By Andrew Gans
29 Dec 2005
Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg is currently in talks with stage director Sir Richard Eyre for a film remake of "Mary Poppins."
London's The Independent reports that Eyre, who directed the acclaimed London stage version of Mary Poppins, has chatted with Spielberg, who is currently represented on screens with the controversial film "Munich." Eyre told the London paper, "We've talked about it a lot. It will be hard to outdo the original, but kids love the story and I'm sure that the remake will be a real success."
The stage version of Mary Poppins, which will open at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre in October, features Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman's original songs from the film as well as new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Julian Fellowes wrote the show's book.
Laura Michelle Kelly played the beloved nanny in the original London cast; Broadway casting has yet to be announced. About possible casting for a film remake, director Eyre told the Independent, "The studio will use the success of the Broadway show to decide whether to use the British cast for the film. But I would hope to use as much of the West End cast as possible and keep Mary English rather than have a big American star name."
The beloved 1964 Disney film "Mary Poppins" starred Julie Andrews in the title role opposite the Bert of Dick Van Dyke. Directed by Robert Stevenson, the movie boasted a score by the Sherman brothers and featured such tunes as "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Jolly Holiday," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," "Feed the Birds," "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and "Let's Go Fly a Kite." Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture, the film garnered Oscars for Julie Andrews as well as those for Best Special Visual Effects; Best Film Editing; Best Score; and Best Song ("Chim Chim Cher-ee").
But I, being poor, have only my dreams
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams