'Blind Side' Director Gets 'Mary Poppins' Centric 'Saving Mr. Banks'
Last night, we witnessed some defining moments in the careers of those nominated for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Their names will always have an asterisk next to them indicating their nomination in the industry's most prestigious ceremony, and today we have an update regarding a director whose film was up for Best Picture just a couple of years ago. The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock is in talks to join a Disney project called Saving Mr. Banks, which chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of how Walt Disney himself snagged the rights to the book on which the classic Mary Poppins is based. More below!
Deadline has the story which also says heavy hitters Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are being considered for the roles of Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, respectively. It's still far too early on in the process to confirm any casting, but big names like Hanks and Streep would certainly help sell a story that, while it does sound interesting, also sounds to be a little too inside-the-industry for the general public. A movie about a guy getting the rights to make a movie? Not exactly thrilling, but who would've thought that a story about a guy creating a website called Facebook would be so good?
Apparently Disney courted Travers for 14 years before she finally allowed him the movie rights, so it's conceivable that this movie could be the equivalent of a feature-length version of one of Don Draper's pitch sessions from "Mad Men." Since I've always found the concept of selling someone the most entertaining part of that show, maybe Saving Mr. Banks could tap into that magic for the big screen. Plus, the script, written by Kelly Marcel, was on the Black List, so that's a good sign. Thoughts?