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