“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” is on the way back into our vocabulary as Mary Poppins has been greenlit to make her way into theaters again, but not everyone is happy about it.
“Yes, Hollywood is a business. It’s still painful for movie fans to have to endure an endless stream of big budget remakes that lack the skill, the acting and the verve of the originals," said Dan Gainor, VP of business and culture for the Media Research Center. "Hollywood should find some new ideas and stop destroying old ones.”
The new Poppins movie will take place 20 years after the classic 1964 “Mary Poppins” and be based off of the Poppins tales from P.L. Travers’ children book series.
Of course living up to the classic film -- which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, grossed over $100 million, and earned five Oscars -- will be a daunting task.
“I think it is a beloved film that people watch over and over again so they are going to have to be really careful to get someone as charismatic as Julie Andrews was playing Mary Poppins,” Variety deputy editor Pat Saperstein told FOX411. "And to get songs that were as good as the original movie, it’s going to take a lot of work."
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who worked on “Hairspray” and “Smash”, will compose new songs and a score for the film. Rob Marshall ho has directed musicals like “Into the Woods” and “Chicago” -- is set to direct, but so far few details of the production have emerged.
“I think at the time it was pretty groundbreaking because it incorporated animation into the film, and so it was probably a little progressive for its time the way it switched back and forth between some animation and some live action,” Saperstein explained. “And then just the quality of the type of songs that they were able to write back in the 60’s really hasn’t been seen since, anything like that.”
But Gainor for one is not expecting much.
“Now remakes are often PC versions of the originals – like Ghostbusters, the Fantastic Four or Mad Max,” he said. “Even if the technology is better, the propaganda makes them almost unwatchable.”
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