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|In Movie Theaters:||Friday, December 20, 2013 Nationwide|
|Director:||John Lee Hancock|
|Tom Hanks . . . Walt Disney|
Emma Thompson . . . P.L. Travers
Colin Farrell . . . Goff
Ruth Wilson . . . Margaret
Rachel Griffiths . . . Aunt Ellie
Annie Buckley . . . Young P.L. Travers
|Companies:||Walt Disney Pictures & 5 more|
|Rating:||for thematic elements including some unsettling images.|
An account of Walt Disney's twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers' popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project's pre-production in 1961.Tom Hanks will essay the role of the legendary Walt Disney alongside Emma Thompson in the role of the prickly novelist, P.L. Travers. Before actually signing away the book’s rights, Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars at the 1965 ceremonies.
When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.
None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide). While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film—which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.
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The script made the 2011 Black List. This marks the first time Walt Disney (the person) has ever been depicted in a dramatic film.
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Production Updates (44)
- From Thu., April 11, 2013 to Wed., February 8, 2012
- Filmratings.com Thu., April 11, 2013
- changed the production status to Complete
- set the MPAA rating to PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images
- Movie Insider Wed., November 7, 2012
- added photos to the gallery
- Walt Disney Studios Mon., October 15, 2012
- changed the US film release date from TBA 2013 to December 20, 2013
- added a synopsis
- changed the US film release date from TBA to TBA 2013
- added family as genre
- added BBC Films as a production company