MARY POPPINS RETURNS Why Director Had to Do It

Mary Poppins Returns brings back the magic of the classic 1964 film for a new generation.  Award winning actress Emily Blunt stars as Mary Poppins and leads an all-star cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, and Ben Wishaw.  The extravagant musical is directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall with music by Tony Award winner Marc Shaiman.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS: PROTECTING MARY

At a press conference for Mary Poppins Returns, Rob Marshall talked about why they brought Mary Poppins back after 50 years.  You know what I thought to myself when this came our way, my way? If anybody is going to do it, I would like to do it. Because it was incredibly daunting at first of course, but at the same time I really felt like I have that film as many of us on this panel do in our blood.  And I wanted to be able to, in an odd way ,protect the first film and treat this film with great care and love.”

MARY POPPINS RETURNS: THE MUSICAL

“And, you know, musicals are very difficult to do. An original musical, there are so many layers to it. But with this one, creating an original musical from scratch was actually for me a dream. And I’ve never done it before and to be able to create it with this beautiful company was exactly what I was hoping for.”

MARY POPPINS RETURNS MESSAGE

“I have to say the guiding message of this film about finding light in the darkness is honestly what drew me to it. And kept guiding me throughout the whole process, including until this very moment, you know, when people are actually now seeing the film because it feels so current to me.  I’m just speaking for myself, but I feel people need this film now.  And I certainly knew that I wanted to live in that world and be part of that. Sending that message out into the world now of looking for hope and light in a dark time.  That’s why we set our film in the Depression Era in London, the time of the books. It was really so it could feel accessible and feel like it’s a story that needs to be told now.”

Mary Poppins Return (2018)

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