Recent rumors and reports that Nightmare Before Christmas creator Tim Burton was to recreate his own version of Mary Poppins spread through the internet like crazy, but it seems that the alleged title is a fake. Viral Global News was among one of the first in the media to enlighten the internet that the film was indeed a false project.
The original reports on the matter stated that Burton was to helm the project with Blue Jasmine star Cate Blanchett taking the on the titular role of the famous nanny. Sam Riley, who played Diaval the raven in Maleficent earlier this year was credited as playing the zany chimney sweep, Bert. Unfortunately the stars will not be combining to bring Mary Poppins to life.
The originators of this internet falsification made the announcement of the film seem incredibly convincing. Someone even went as far as to create a poster that had a strong resemblance to the Burton style of film. The poster features Blanchett dressed as Mary Poppins, standing in the middle of Cherry Tree Lane with numerous umbrellas flying about in the background.
The image was proven to be a photoshopped fake as the dress Blanchett seems to be wearing is actually from a still image that was taken from the popular TV show Doctor Who. The poster features Blanchett’s face only with the body being that of actress Jenna Coleman whilst playing the role of Clara Oswald, Doctor Who’s most recent assistant.
Earlier this year, a similar stunt was reportedly pulled. A fan-made poster featuring the likes of a decrepit, wiry and Burton-esque umbrella and a title of simply Poppins began cycling through the web. This particular image gave top-billing credit to the Burton usuals, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Known for almost always playing the lead characters in the director’s movies, Depp would have most likely taken on Bert with Carter as Mary. The reports of this photo were quickly reported as false. It was originally reported that the new film’s announcement was made via Burton’s Facebook page. News that the post is non-existent has now begun to surface.
Although all discussion may be for naught now, reports stated that the director’s vision of Mary Poppins was to reflect that of P.L. Travers’ original series of children’s books and not the Disney musical version. Audiences got an insight on the production of the original film with 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks starring Emma Thompson as the author, Travers. Those that saw Thompson in the movie know that Travers was not fond of adapting her Mary Poppins text into a film at all. Although she detested musicals, Travers may not have seen much appeal in the potential version Burton would have concocted either.
With the announcement of Tim Burton’s Mary Poppins being a fake, there will undoubtably be an uprising of both excitement and disappointment. Many were hoping for a false report on the matter, stating that Burton had ruined remakes like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice In Wonderland. Others seemed ecstatic by the idea of seeing the director’s twisted vision take hold of Mary Poppins. Either way, audiences must not obsess over the matter as Burton has many upcoming projects including the already Oscar-buzzing biopic Big Eyes, opening in theaters on Christmas Day.
Opinion by Cody Collier