A collision between the worlds of children’s literature and Hollywood is the setting for Director John Lee Hancock’s new feature Saving Mr. Banks.
Hancock’s film tells the story of the dynamic between venerable author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and beloved film exec Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) as they clashed over the film adaptation of her novel Mary Poppins.
Hancock spoke about the making of the film in a conversation with Director D.J. Caruso (Standing Up) after the DGA membership screening in Los Angeles on December 7, and Director Robert Benton (Kramer vs. Kramer) following the DGA membership screening in New York on December 11.
Hancock’s other works include the feature films The Rookie, The Alamo, and The Blind Side and episodes of the television series L.A. Doctors and Falcone. He has been a member of the DGA since 1999.