Director John Lee Hancock is in early negotiations with Disney to direct Saving Mr. Banks for Disney.
The project tells the story of how Walt Disney waged a 14-year courtship to persuade Australian author P.L. Travers to sell him rights to make a film out of Mary Poppins. The script surrounds how close the author felt to her story of a nanny with magical powers. Mary Poppins reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father, who past on when she was 7. Disney finally convinced her to let him make the film, but she was reluctant to sell the story.
Disney owns the rights to the 1964 classic so it seems natural that they would take on this project.
This project is still in development.