– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Call it a lack of creativity or call it pure greed on behalf on the studios, but pretty much any property that you’ve ever cared about growing up has had — or will have at some point — a sequel, remake, prequel, spinoff, or reboot of some sort. It happened with Rocky, Star Wars, Independence Day, Psycho, and even The Jungle Book. Some films have been more successful than others, and the hit-to-miss ratio is at least favorable enough that they continue making them.

Some time ago, perhaps the most unlikely of films was revealed to be getting a sequel: Mary Poppins. That’s right, everyone’s favorite nanny is set to have a sequel in the form of Mary Poppins Returns, and what’s more, the flick will star the likes of Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and now, Dick Van Dyke.

Speaking with THR in a feature entitled “Creative Until You Die,” Van Dyke talked up how special the original film was:

“There was a spirit about that thing from the very beginning. Walt [Disney] had me in, and I heard the score and saw the scenes storyboarded on a wall, and I just knew.”

Van Dyke then spoke about his involvement in the upcoming sequel”

“This one supposedly takes place 20 years later and the kids are all grown up. It’s a great cast — Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and that guy [Lin-Manuel Miranda] from Hamilton.”

The feature highlighted the fact that Van Dyke is very selective with the roles he takes, and with in mind, we can certainly hope that his involvement in this film tells us he has faith in the direction we’re going, but we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, it’s a real get for Disney that will help audiences indulge in their nostalgia just a little bit more.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.