Here’s the first official look at Disney’s forthcoming Mary Poppins sequel, featuring Emily Blunt, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer and a 92 year-old Dick Van Dyke dancing on a table.
Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall, (Chicago, Into The Woods), and is a direct sequel to the 1964 original with Blunt taking over the title role from Julie Andrews. The main plot of the movie rattles along like so:
Set in 1935 London, Jane and Michael Banks are now grown-up, with Michael still living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. He lives there with his three children, Annabel, John and Georgie and their housekeeper, Ellen. After Michael’s wife’s death, Mary Poppins comes back to the Banks family with street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep)
The story, which picks up 20 years later, is based upon the Mary Poppins books and as the trailer demonstrates is full of nostalgia, specifically with the return of Dick Van Dyke who plays the son of Mr Dawes Snr, the old bank owner, a character played by Dyke in the original movie. Marshall has kept true to the elements which made Poppins such a classic, opting to use hand drawn animated sequences rather than CGI.
Mary Poppins Returns is scheduled for release on 19th December.
Here’s the second trailer for Disney’s new spectacular looking film Tomorrowland.
It stars George Clooney and Britt Robertson and is directed by Brad Bird, (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol), with a screenplay from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof.
The official plot of Tomorrowland rattles along like so:
From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure Tomorrowland, starring Academy Award winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Tomorrowland is scheduled for release on May 22nd.
Here’s the second UK trailer for Disney’s latest animated offering Big Hero 6.
Apparently this film, directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, is a direct adaptation of the Marvel comic book series of the same name, which Disney can do now since they acquired Marvel Entertainment back in 2009. The plot for Big Hero 6 rattles along like so:
Set in a fictional metropolis called San Fransokyo (a portmanteau of San Francisco and Tokyo), a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his self-created robot Baymaxuncover a criminal plot and pull together a team of inexperienced crime-fighters, including Wasabi, Honey Lemon, GoGo Tomago, and Fred to solve the mystery surrounding the crime.
Big Hero 6 is scheduled for release on November 7th.
Initial details are somewhat sketchy but it’s being reported that Disney are extremely serious about remaking the 1977 animated/live action family movie Pete’s Dragon.
The original starred Mickey Rooney, Jim Dale, Jeff Conaway, Red Buttons and Shelley Winters and was about a young orphan boy called Pete who escapes his abusive adoptive parents and flees to the town of Passamaquoddy, with his only friend Elliott, a large animated dragon which is only visible to Pete.
I remember watching this flick as a kid and being thoroughly entertained. A remake using the advanced technology Disney has nowadays seems like a pretty logical move. Of course the obligatory 3D will no doubt be lumped in.
A script is currently in development although there’s no word on a director yet. Personally speaking I think Kenneth Branagh would be a shoe-in for Jim Dale’s devious and dastardly character Dr Terminus. I can see him twirling that waxed moustache right now.
Here’s yet another trailer for Disney’s behemoth movie Tron Legacy but this time with music from Daft Punk who scored the soundtrack for the film. The money that has been spent making this movie is bordering on the obscene, but after watching the video above everyone here at HMS Friday simultaneously soiled our smalls. Hurry up December 17th.