Steven Spielberg's rep now debunks rumors that the director is developing a film version of Mary Poppins
. Reported on spielbergfilms.com
"Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment says its not going to happen, at least not with Spielberg as ContactMusic reports. "I think a spoonful of sugar went down the wrong way," Spielberg's public relations rep Marvin Levy told SpielbergFilms.com "I never heard of this and couldn't imagine Steven ever doing a remake of a classic - and a [Walt Disney] classic at that. There's a Broadway show from Disney but nothing involving us in any way.""MARY
POPPINS, based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney
film will begin performance on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre
(Broadway at West 42nd Street) Saturday, October 14, 2006 for a
Thursday, November 16, 2006 opening. MARY POPPINS will continue its
record-breaking run at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End.
Spielberg has directed, produced, or executive produced seven of the
thirty top-grossing films of all time, including Jurassic Park and E.T.
The Extra-Terrestrial. Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time
Academy Award® winner, earning two Oscars® for Best Director and Best
Picture for Schindler's List, and a third Oscar® for Best Director for
Saving Private Ryan. He has also received Academy Award® nominations
for Best Director for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost
Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
MARY POPPINS features many of the original songs from the film, with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman,
who won two Oscarsâ for the film Mary Poppins. The new stage production
features new songs and additional music and lyrics by Olivierâ
Award-winners George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The production has been
created in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh.
Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team assembled for MARY
POPPINS with co-direction and choreography by Olivier Award winner
Matthew Bourne. MARY POPPINS features a book by Oscarâ-winner Julian
Fellowes, set and costume design is by Tony Awardâ winner Bob Crowley,
co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design
by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce, orchestrations by
William David Brohn, and musical supervision by David Caddick.
It took Walt Disney twenty years to make the film of MARY POPPINS, from
the time he first tried to secure the film rights to its triumphant
premiere in 1964. The film was an immediate and phenomenal success,
earning universal acclaim. The film played to an estimated 200 million
people when it was released, engendering extraordinary affection in its
audiences, and has remained one of Disney's most enduring and
MARY POPPINS creator Pamela Lyndon (P.L.) Travers was born Helen Lyndon
Goff in Australia on August 9, 1899. While touring as a theatre
actress, Pamela began publishing poems, articles, and stories; which
led to a career in journalism. It was in 1934, while living in England,
that she wrote the first of six books featuring Mary Poppins. When
publishing, Pamela used only her initials, hiding her gender to avoid
being dismissed as an archetypal female author of children's books.
Travers wrote a number of other adult books, including The Fox at the
Manger, Friend Monkey, and About the Sleeping Beauty. Pamela Travers
passed away on April 23, 1996.