Live-action Mulan

Sarah Ruggles, Photojournalist

Recently, Disney has been coming out with new live-action movies including The Jungle Book and Cinderella. Last Tuesday, Disney announced that the live-action retelling of the classic musical Mulan is a go. The new movie, which is being fast tracked, is set to hit theaters on November 2, 2018, just in time for its 20th anniversary. The film is also going to be released in 3D.

The news of the movie Mulan being made into a live-action movie comes after the success of other movies such as Maleficent, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella. Currently, Disney is getting ready for the release of their most recent live-action movie, Beauty and the Beast, which opens March 17th and is expected to be one of the top-grossing titles of 2017. The studio also announced that Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Jurassic World) had been brought aboard to rewrite a spec script for Mulan from 2015. The Disney team saw the spec, by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, as a jumping off point for a more refined and elaborate adaptation, combining the legendary Chinese ballad and the 1998 animated film. Jason Reed is attached to produce along with Chris bender and Jake Weiner.

A director for Mulan has yet to be announced and Disney is currently launching a global casting search for a Chinese actress to play Mulan, yet many fans are afraid of this new Mulan being “whitewashed” as previous characters had. Like the 1998 animated film, Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the daughter of an aged warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the army and go to war. Aided by her trusted dragon, Mushu, she becomes a skilled warrior and one of the country’s greatest heroines. Unlike the 1998 classic, it looks like this version of the film will most likely not be a musical, as most of Disney’s movies are. Also, Disney is reportedly fast-tracking the film in an attempt to keep it in line with the other live-action adaptations coming out. The goal is to get the film in theaters for November 2, 2018, throwing it in competition with the sequel to Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them. Lots of fans are excited about this new remake and Jaclyn Hilton (10) said “I am a huge fan of Disney movies and am excited for the Mulan film…and I hope that Disney doesn’t whitewash another character.”