Hanks, Thompson Up For Poppins Film

Tom Hanks is in talks to play Walt Disney in the making-of-“Mary Poppins” pic “Saving Mr. Banks” reports Variety.

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. Disney finally persuaded her to let him make the film, though she was prickly all the way to the end.

Emma Thompson is negotiating to play Travers. John Lee Hancock directs while Alison Owen will produce.