A few days ago is was revealed that Disney was busy tying up the rights to the script Saving Mr. Banks, with Tom Hanks rumored to play Walt Disney and Meryl Streep as P.L. Travers. Now Deadline reports that Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock is in early negotiations to direct.
The project tells the story 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. The author felt incredibly protective over her story of a nanny with magical powers, which reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father, who died when she was seven. Disney finally convinced her to let him make the film, but she was apparently less than pleased with the animated portions of the finished film.
It’s not known when the movie will shoot, but it seems Disney is moving fast to put all the pieces in place.