Mary Poppins to return to silver screens in new musical

Mary Poppins is to return to the silver screen in a new musical 50 years after the hit Disney film was released.

The 1964 classic, starring Dame Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, captured audiences around the world with its catchy songs and loveable characters.

But the new flick is rumoured to be set 20 years after the original and be based on the books by Poppins creator P.L. Travers.

Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews were the stars of the original 1964 film. Credit: Reuters

It will be a musical but feature new songs rather than old favourites such as A Spoonful Of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

There has been no mention of who will step into Andrews' shoes to play the umbrella-flying nanny.

But it was revealed Rob Marshall, who directed Into The Woods, will lead the project.

Disney is also said to be working on a number of other remakes including The Jungle Book and an Aladdin prequel.