There's a Mary Poppins sequel in the works.
For some people, they probably stopped reading right there as Disney's 1964 film is practically perfect in every way, and certainly doesn't seem to be in need of any kind of follow up. But as its already happening, let's find a silver lining.
The most obvious one is the fact that Brit Emily Blunt has been cast as Poppins. We can't think of anyone who could better fill Julie Andrews shoes in looks and sheer classiness, plus a fine line both dramatic work and comedy. And she's also proven herself a capable singer in the recent Into the Woods.
Alongside Blunt will be Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, so you know the musical stuff will be top notch. Here's the official word from Disney:
"Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives."
Again, not something we needed to see but after more than 50 years there's no harm in bringing a little more of P.L. Travers' world to the big screen. We've also heard that Mary Poppins Returns has been set for release in December 2018, so it probably won't be long before we get to see a shot of Blunt in costume. She'll next be on screen in an adapation of the blockbusting book The Girl on the Train in October, 2016.