The new trailer for “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Oscar winners Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, has just been released. The movie is due out in theaters Dec. 13, 2013 which means Disney thinks it has real Oscar potential.
It seems Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” which he promised he would do even though it took him 20 years to keep that promise.
According to the release, Walt “comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.”
“For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.”
“Mary Poppins,” which starred Julie Andrews, became a big hit and one of Disney’s most enduring and endearing films.
Directed by John Lee Hancock, the cast also includes Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker.