Spielberg Quashes Mary Poppins Rumours

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LATEST: Steven Spielberg has played down rumours he is planning to remake Mary Poppins.

The Saving Private Ryan director was linked to the project by SIR RICHARD EYRE, the director of the London stage show of Mary Poppins.

He said, "Spielberg wants to make a new film of Mary Poppins and we've talked about it a lot.

"It will be hard to outdo the original but kids love the story and I'm sure that the remake will be a real success."

But Spielberg's representative Marvin Levy counters, "I never heard of this and couldn't imagine Steven ever doing a remake of a classic - and a (Walt) Disney classic at that.

"There's a Broadway show from Disney but nothing involving us in any way."


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Spielberg is smart enough to realize his strengths and weaknesses. ET and American Tail are simply too far away from today's director/producer for him to do Mary Poppins. After trying to watch that pathetic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory remake, I hope that a certain cinematic Steven King-wannabe doesn't try it instead of Spielberg, however. Spielberg's failure at Mary Poppins would be better than anything Burton would do. This is one story that is best left to its original.
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