Of Course Disney is Cooking Up a Live-Action 'Mulan' Remake

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:46 Written by  iamrogue
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Of Course Disney is Cooking Up a Live-Action 'Mulan' Remake

With its big-budget live-action remakes of beloved animated classics, Disney is riding a gravy train on biscuit wheels.  So long as each one keeps making huge sums of money, the studio is going to keep he train chugging along.

In news that's absolutely not surprising, the Disney remake train is going to stop at Mulan station down the line.

The 1998 animated original is a musical retelling of the ancient fable of Hua Mulan, the Chinese warrior woman who surreptitiously took her father's place in battle, proving herself as a great soldier and one of the greatest heroes in Chinese folklore. 

While Mulan wasn't a massive success like Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King, it grossed over $300 million worldwide and spawned 2005 direct-to-DVD sequel Mulan II.  It has only gained more fans over the years, too, and the story's progressive gender ideas make it even more viable for a remake in a post-Frozen landscape.

So that's what's happening.  Disney has purchased a screenplay for a live-action Mulan by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, a pair who recently rewrote a script for Amazon Studios.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new version will be produced by Chris Bender and JC Spink, who are best known as producers on The Hangover series and We're the Millers.  With Mulan, they'll tackle their first historical epic, one that will no doubt be awash in splashy CGI.

That's been the style of each other high-profile rejiggering.  The popular and profitable practice of mining the Disney vault with 2010's hugely successful and truly terrible Alice in Wonderland, which the studio followed up with last year's Sleeping Beauty riff Maleficent.  More recently, Kenneth Branagh earned acclaim for Cinderella, which has grossed $335.7 million worldwide so far.

The train keeps chugging along with next year's The Jungle Book directed by Jon favreau and even Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.  Then, in 2017, we're due for Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast remake that's in pre-production with Emma Stone as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.  Oh, and Alice in Wonderland helmer Tim Burton is going back to the animated well with a Dumbo live-action remake, too.

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