Saving Mr. Banks tells the tale of when Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) invited Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to his studio in Los Angeles in 1961, to discuss his interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character. While there, Travers, who had been resistant for 20 years, spent two weeks uncompromisingly fighting every idea and suggestion, on the road to bringing this classic to the big screen.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, screenwriter Kelly Marcel talked about what a daunting task this script was, how she never thought about what would happen to the film if Disney didn’t want to make it, what it was like to wait for the studio’s feedback, her incredible collaboration with director John Lee Hancock (which even included pre and post production), getting to shoot at Disneyland, and having such a great cast of actors bring her words to life. She also talked about what a crazy whirlwind the last couple of years have been, leaving Terra Nova after she created the show, her collaboration with author E.L. James on the 50 Shades of Grey movie script, and working on The Little Mermaid (from the Hans Christian Andersen book) for director Joe Wright. Check out what she had to say after the jump.