It was inevitable that Disney would announce another one of its animated properties getting the live-action treatment, but the question was which classic would be chosen. Now we know what’s next up at bat, as THR reports that the Mouse House is working on a live-action retelling of Mulan, based on its 1998 animated film based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a female warrior. The studio recently bought a script for the movie by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek and will be working from that foundation.
This news comes on the heels of the studio’s live-action Cinderella opening a couple of weeks ago to stellar reviews and solid box office, which itself followed 2014’s Angelina Jolie-fronted Maleficent. The trend continues with Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book in 2016, Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in 2017, and the recent news that Tim Burton is directing a live-action Dumbo (seriously). Now we can add Mulan to the list of popular animated Disney films that are getting a live-action redo, presumably in 2019.
Mulan is a great opportunity to highlight not only a female lead, but a Chinese one, adding some welcomed diversity to the blockbuster climate. But it won’t be the first time the character has gotten the live-action treatment, as China produced an adaptation of the legend in 2009 called Mulan: Rise of a Warrior.
And now it’s time to start guessing which animated Disney film will be next. Other studios are working on new versions of The Little Mermaid so that might be well-worn territory by the time Disney gets around to it, but I think The Rock is onto something with his Bambi idea.
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