Somewhere between The Lion King and Chicken Little, Disney Animation decided it was going to get more multicultural. There was Pocahontas which featured Native Americans, The Hunchback of Notre Dame where the love interest was Romani, and there was Mulan which was an adaptation of a Chinese legend. Which one of these things is about to get a live-action remake? Well, if you read the headline for this article, then you know it’s Mulan, and Disney is putting it on the fast track to join its ever growing menagerie of live-action remakes of classic Disney films.
According to Variety, Disney has hired Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to quickly turn a spec script into a production ready big budget shooting script in short order. On top of that, although no cast and director has been announced yet, Disney has called dibs on November 2, 2018 as a release date for Mulan. If you’ve been keeping score with Disney release dates, that’s a month before the release of the Mary Poppins sequel/reboot starring Emily Blunt.
Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of a woman that disguises herself as a man in order to take her elderly father’s place in the army when every family is called on to submit one male member of the family to help defend the country. In the Disney version, Mulan was voiced by Ming-Na Wen, and she was assisted in her mission by a magical dragon voiced by Eddie Murphy who serves as her protector. Variety added that Disney will be looking to shoot Mulan in China with a Chinese cast. Sony also reportedly has a film based on the legend of Mulan in development, which is contributing to Disney’s urgency.
In the meantime, Disney has the live-action Beauty and the Beast coming out next year, and last week it was announced that Jungle Book director Jon Favreau was remaking The Lion King. We’ll have more news as it becomes available.
Source: Cinema Blend