Colin Farrell is in negotiations to join Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in John Lee Hancock’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at Disney Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.
Kelly Marcel’s script deals with Walt Disney’s 14 year courtship to persuade Australian author P.L. Travers to sell him the film rights to her book “Mary Poppins”.
Travers’ book was highly personal, and reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father who died when she was seven and living in rural Queensland. Disney finally persuaded her to let him make the film, though she was prickly all the way to the end.
Farrell will play Travers’ father, a banker who slowly slides into alcoholism as the family falls into financial hardship. Shooting kicks off this Fall in Los Angeles.