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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Another “Mary Poppins” — with a difference

Enough Oscars; OK? Something else caught my eye this morning: “Saving Mr. Banks,” a movie about the making of my favorite childhood film, “Mary Poppins.” John Lee Hancock (“The Blind Side”) is in talks to direct the film, which tells the strue story of how Walt Disney spent 14 years trying to persuade author P.L. Travers to sell him the rights to “Mary Poppins.” (She ultimately hated the finished film.) Deadline.com reports that names like Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep have been floated to play Disney and Travers. The screenplay, by Kelly Marcel, turned up on 2011’s Black LIst — an annual compendium, made by surveying Hollywood insiders, of the best screenplays that aren’t yet getting made. Travers, also an actress and a journalist, was a fascinating character; I’m going to keep an eye out for this film.

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