Disney Pictures is close to acquiring Kelly Marcel’s script “Saving Mr. Banks” which 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” says Deadline.
Travers’ book was highly personal, and reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father who died when she was seven. Disney finally persuaded her to let him make the film, though she was prickly all the way to the end.
Though acclaim for the film was immediate, Travers hated the animated sequences in the film so much that she refused to sell any of her other works to Disney.
Alison Owen will produce while Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are rumoured to be considering the project.