It’s been almost three years since we first heard Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials would get new life on TV, and the wait was worth it. New reports suggest Lin-Manuel Miranda is in talks for a key role, along with Logan star Dafne Keen.
It’s been more than 50 years since we last saw Mary Poppins, flying off on the wind with her magic umbrella. But now she is back in the appropriately titled Mary Poppins Returns, with Emily Blunt assuming the title role from Julie Andrews, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in place of Dick Van Dyke (he’s not playing the same character, but we’re guessing he’s gonna sweep a chimney or two)...
And in today’s least shocking news item, Disney wants a white dude to direct an upcoming live-action remake of a classic animated movie. The studio has reportedly made Rob Marshall their top pick to helm The Little Mermaid, based on their 1989 animated adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale. Marshall, who previously directed Into the Woods and the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns for the studio, is said to be taking the holidays to mull it over.
It’s been almost a year since we first heard that national treasure Lin-Manuel Miranda would bring Patrick Rothfuss’ best-selling Kingkiller Chronicle to both movies and TV, and it’s finally Showtime for the latter. The premium network has officially snatched up a Kingkiller adaptation, setting Miranda to executive produce and – what else – write music.
Buckle up, the next generation of The Magic School Bus has arrived. The iconic kids’ show Rides Again with a first trailer for the revamped series, featuring SNL favorite Kate McKinnon as a new spin on the famous Ms. Frizzle, with a special guest role for Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.