Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hanks All Set for Saving Mr. Banks - Disney does Disney!

UPDATE APRIL 10'2012
Tom Hanks who was in talks to star as Walt Disney is a go, and instead of the rumured Meryl Streep, it's going to be Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. Hollywood.com also confirms that
John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie) is set to direct, "despite the fact that this doesn't appear to be a sports movie that will make you cry a little."
Nice snark, there!
This is not about a movie based on a book. It's about a movie ABOUT a movie based on a book!
More precisely about Walt Disney convincing P.L. Travers  to sell him the screen rights to Mary Poppins based on her book. Apparently it took him fourteen years and in the end she was furious that he used animation - the film was supposed to be completely live action.





Disney flanked by Andrews
and P.L. Travers
Here's what Nikki Finke says
The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock is in early talks with Disney to direct Saving Mr. Banks, the Kelly Marcel-scripted saga of how Walt Disney waged a 14-year courtship to persuade Australian author P.L. Travers to sell him rights to make a film out of Mary Poppins. Disney is near a deal to acquire the Black List script, which is set up with producer Alison Owen of Ruby Films. Disney seems a natural place for the script, considering the studio owns many rights from making the 1964 classic film that starred Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson, the latter of whom played Mr. Banks in the film. This is a hot project — names like Tom Hanks to play Disney and Meryl Streep to play Travers have been in the wind — and Disney’s intention is to put it into production this year.
The heart of this script comes from how close Travers felt to her story of a nanny with magical powers. Mary Poppins was highly personal, and reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father, who died when she was 7. Disney finally persuaded her to let him make the film, but she was prickly all the way to the end. While Mary Poppins was lauded immediately, she hated the animated sequences in the film so much that she refused to sell any of her other works to Disney.
Hancock recently attached himself to write and direct The Partner at New Regency, based on the John Grisham bestselling novel. He is repped by CAA.

One of the comments I read said No one wants to see Tom Hanks anymore. He suggested Nick Cage for Mr. Banks. Someone else thought Jean Dujardin would be a good idea. What do you think? Do you still enjoy seeing Tom Hanks in films?

2 comments:

  1. Should be an interesting movie. Would this count as meta-film?

    BTW, do you have comments disabled on your previous Austenland post? I didn't see where I could leave one, but I was surprised to learn that it was going to be a movie. I kinda hated the book, and this is a rare case where I might think the movie superior to the book form (I thought that with Nicholas Sparks's The Notebook, too).

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    1. Yes, this absolutely counts as a meta-film. I wasn't familiar with the term but looking it up would have to say it'a a perfect example. I confess I'm a fan of art that's about other art, whether it's a serious examination of it or a send up. I especially love getting a look at the chaos behind a perfectly polished finished product.
      As far as Austenland goes, I'm not sure what happened. I didn't intentionally disable comments. I'm sorry you hated it; I thought it was great fun... a very light trifle. The whole beginning and her grandmother bequeathing her the trip was forced and contrived and the characterizations were pretty obvious but I enjoyed it anyway. A guilty pleasure, I suppose.

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