Monday, July 15, 2013 |
Movie adaptations of beloved books are big business, but they don't always (or even often) live up to the expectations of book fans. But what must it be like for an author to see years of their work in the hands of someone else?
The new film Saving Mr. Banks offers a fascinating (albeit dramatized) look at this. Due out this December, it's a star-studded biographical drama based on the true story of Walt Disney Studios trying to adapt P.L. Travers' iconic series of books featuring Mary Poppins in the 1960s. The Australian-born Travers, played by Emma Thompson, flies to California to meet with Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, to negotiate the making of Mary Poppins the musical film. During this trip, in which it becomes apparent that the studio and the author have differing views on whether a big-screen adaptation will work, Travers reflects back on her difficult childhood, which inspired aspects of her book.
Disney, which is producing Saving Mr. Banks, released a trailer for it this week. Fans of the legendary American studio should find a lot of nostalgic fun in this film, as it re-creates a vintage Disneyland and offers insight into the germination of classic Poppins songs like Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.