“There’s a lot of great material still to mine.”

The director of Mary Poppins Returns has confirmed that a sequel is currently in the “early stages” at Disney.

Rob Marshall, the director behind classics such as Chicago and Into the Woods, told The Sun: “It is early stages but I will say right now that there were eight books, so there’s a lot of great material still to mine.

“That’s what we worked from, those incredible eight books of P.L. Travers. So, you know…”

He added: “If there’s a great character and story to tell, why not?”

The film’s producer, John DeLuca, also said Emily Blunt would love to reprise her role.

“Emily does light up when she speaks to me about it,” he said. “And if the people want it, I think it will happen.”

Mary Poppins Returns received highly-positive reviews from fans and critics upon release, and has so far grossed $260 million at the worldwide box office.

Blunt – who assumed the mantle from Julie Andrews – received universal acclaim for her performance as the title character, and was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards.

The film was also nominated for an additional three Golden Globes, eight nominations at the Critics Choice Awards and three nominations at the BAFTAS.

Watch the trailer for Mary Poppins Returns – which is out now in cinemas – below.