Disney releases Saving Mr. Banks poster

The first poster has been released for the upcoming Disney film, Saving Mr. Banks.
Disney tweeted the poster on their D23 handle on Twitter. Disney has scheduled the movie for a December 20, 2013 release.

The film stars Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as the iconic Walt Disney. Also in the cast are Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford, and B.J. Novak.

Saving Mr. Banks profiles the relationship between Travers and Disney. The film will depict both from Travers growing up in Queensland, Australia, and her two-week stint in California to negotiate the film rights.

Travers wrote Mary Poppins in 1934 and Disney started the process of acquiring the film rights as early as 1937. Ultimately, the film would not be released until 1964 after they reached an agreement in 1961.

Valerie Lawson previously wrote about Travers’ relationship with both her father and Disney in the biography titled Out of the Sky She Came in 1999. Re-releases of the book have since been named Mary Poppins, She Wrote.

Based on a story by Sue Smith and Kelly Marcel, the screenplay was written by Marcel. Marcel co-created the short-lived FOX drama series, Terra Nova, depicting humans living on a prehistoric Earth with dinosaurs.

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