Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Disney Announces Production of Saving Mr. Banks; First On-Screen Portrayal of Walt Disney

This afternoon Disney announced the start of filming/production on Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney's twenty-year ordeal to acquire the rights to Mary Poppins from its difficult author, P. L. Travers.

The film will mark the first time that Walt will be portrayed on screen, and by none other than Tom Hanks, arguably the greatest actor of our time. It's hard to imagine that a better casting choice being possible.

Among other big names appearing in the picture are Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak (Ryan from NBC's The Office), who'll be playing Richard and Robert Sherman, the fraternal songwriting team behind some of Disney's catchiest tunes.

Although Walt's broader accomplishments as an animation and entertainment pioneer aren't the movie's main focus, as a Disney fan, I'm rabidly looking forwarding to seeing this.

Saving Mr. Banks is aiming for release sometime next year. Around awards season, maybe? Hollywood does love stories about Hollywood.

3 comments:

Robby said...

Really looking forward to this! Hoping it's done really well.

Michele Dakho said...

Tom Hanks was at the Walt Disney Family Museum "researching" about a week after I was there. Just missed him, darn!

Mike Bastoli said...

Cool. Who told you?