On September 19, Disney began production on “Saving Mr. Banks.” Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks will play the role of the legendary Disney . Oscar®-winner Emma Thompson will play the role of the prickly novelist of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers. Disney had a 20 year pursuit to acquire the rights to this book (a promise he made to his two daughters). Before actually signing away the book’s rights, Travers’ demanded contractual script and character control circumvent (which was not in Disney’s plan).