54 years after the release of the original film, Rob Marshall's sequel to the Disney classic, 'Mary Poppins Returns', has been a phenomenal box office success worldwide. While Julie Andrews' shoes seemed impossible to fill, Emily Blunt's flawless portrayal of the beloved Nanny has adults and children alike glued to the screens with delight. Now, after such an incredible reception, Marshall has confirmed that they are in the "early stages" of working on another sequel.
Although he gave no details about the project, he confirmed that they would continue to follow the line of P. L. Travers' novels, which provided the basis for the first sequel. "There were eight books, so there's a lot of great material still to mine," the director stated. "That's what we worked from, those incredible eight books."In an exclusive Movie'n'Co. interview with Emily Mortimer (the actress in the role of Jane), she explained, "Mary Poppins was always part of a series of adventures, rather than a story with a beginning and a middle and an end. She was always coming and going from their lives." If Marshall's plan is to bring the entire literary collection to the big screen then perhaps we can be expecting the Nanny to be sticking around for quite some time. He even suggested that 'Mary Poppins' could become the next big Hollywood saga: "Listen, how many 'Star Wars' films have there been, you know what I mean? Or 'James Bond' films. If there's a great character and story to tell, why not?" What do you think of Mary Poppins replacing James Bond as the next British cinema icon?
Emily Blunt Returns
While very little else was said with regards to potential sequels, the film's producer, John deLuca, confirmed the continued participation of Emily Blunt in any future projects, saying, "Emily does light up when she speaks to me about it. And if the people want it, I think it will happen."
'Mary Poppins Returns' has already made over 260 million dollars worldwide and remains at number one on the UK Box Office Charts for the second week running. It certainly seems that people can't get enough of the wonderful world on Cherry Tree Lane, but could a part three be as supercalifragilistic as the first two?