A new live action Mulan film is in the works
Sony Pictures has confirmed it is working on a live action reboot of Mulan.
Mulan is the latest in a line of classic Disney films getting big budget live action reboots. The Jungle Book was a commercial success when it opened in cinemas in April, while Tarzan received mixed reviews from critics when it was released earlier this year. Also upcoming is the long-awaited reboot of Beauty and the Beast and a film about the fur-loving Cruella of 101 Dalmatians fame, starring Emma Stone.
A new live action adaptation of The Little Mermaid was also announced last month.
However, Sony will not work with Disney on the project. They will instead partner with a Chinese studio and produce the film with a mainly Chinese cast, suggesting it could more closely follow the legend of Hua Mulan than the 1998 animated Disney film. Mulan will shoot on location in China.
Hua Mulan was a legendary female warrior from a 6th century Chinese ballad, who took her father’s place in the national army. She was a skilled martial artist and swordsman, who refused to accept awards for her many achievements at war. She retired to her homeland after twelve years in the army.
Disney’s animated version of the tale was badly received by China in 1998, attracting complaints that the heroine was too western in her appearance and actions. The film took only $30,000 in the province of Hunan.