Disney's 'Mulan' is Next Animated Film to Get Live-Action Treatment

March 30, 2015
Source: THR


Hot on the heels of the success of Cinderella, it's time for the House of Mouse to turn another one of their animated hits into a live-action film. THR reports Disney is now developing a live-action retelling of Mulan, the Chinese legend about a female warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to go to war in place of her father. Writing duo Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek (in their first feature film deal) have been hired to script the first pass at the project, but there will likely be a rewrite by another more established scribe before it goes in front of cameras. It's great that they brought female writers on to start.

Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (of Benderspink) are producing the new adaptation, and it's a smart project for them to jump on board. Considering all the live-action adaptations so far have brought all the predominantly white heroines and princesses to life, it's nice to see Disney showing some diversity when it comes to their female led projects. The studio also has a live-action remake of Dumbo on the way with director Tim Burton attached, and Jon Favreau is currently in production on a new version of The Jungle Book. Disney won't run out of library titles to adapt anytime soon, but will audiences get fatigued?

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  • TV_Seat
    How are they going to get a white guy as her love interest and cast a Japanese/Korean actress to play Mulan.
    • I heard it's going to be ChloĆ« Moretz
      • Jaren Davis
        noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! that would be horrible just horrible!!!
        • I was making a hollywood joke, hopefully they won't go that racist. :-)
    It is a real shame that Zhang Ziyi will not be able to play this part. It would have been literally perfect casting. Sigh...
    • Diego Rodriguess
      I think the same. There's been a time Disney has planned this live action movie and I thought Ziyi Zhang would be that project!
  • Chris Groves
    I'm not surprised at all, Disney has Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm delivering action/blockbusters, Disney Animation and Pixar delivering family animated films....meanwhile, they've been hitting home runs with their live action 'female hero/princess' films. Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, etc
  • Tuomas Lassila
    I approve this :)
    • Mark Brackney
      I HIGHLY disapprove this. That opening title-sequence is just something you just can't replicate in CGI. Kung Fu Panda was even Committed to rendering Chinese art in 2D. Some-things you can't just Make in a Computer.......
      • Tuomas Lassila
        How do you know the live-action version will use the same opening title-sequence in the first place? It'll not be an exact 100% copy/replica of the original anyway.
        • Mark Brackney
          The original film had several examples of traditional Chinese art-motifs scattered throughout the entire picture. If you study Chinese art very closely, you realize that replicating that certain "style" in a computer would be very, very tricky. However, it could work if you did Hand-Drawn animation on CGI characters, something a la "Paperman", or "Feast." However, adding that Technique to a "Live-Action" picture would look weird, and jarring. Like a 21st-Century "Pete's Dragon", if you will.......... which is why Chinese art is just Perfect for 2D Animation because, well, it's Flat.
  • OfficialJab
    Guessing the 'Be A Man' sequence won't be making an appearance in this version.
    • Mark Brackney
      "Dark side of the Moon" my Ass.
  • Mark Brackney
    You know, Keisha Castle-Hughes (on Twitter) said that her "GoT" sister Jessica Henwick would be perfect. Meanwhile, I'm over here thinking, "No. HELL no." Besides, I'm sure there's a Goofy-Lovable Chinese/Chinese-descent actress (can't think of EXACTLY one) that'll be just Perfect for the role.




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