Walt Disney Pictures has dated its live-action “Mulan” retelling for Nov. 2, 2018.
The film has been fast-tracked into production with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Jurassic World,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and the upcoming “Avatar” sequel) penning the script. The two came on board in 2015 to rewrite the spec by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin.
A director has yet to be announced. A global casting search will soon be underway to find a Chinese actress for the role of Mulan.
I know not everyone is on board with so many live action retelling of Disney animated classics, but I am totally on board with this one…. if they do it right. I have always enjoyed “Mulan” and really appreciated that it introduced such a strong female role model. I feel that Mulan’s relationship with her father would play out very well on screen. Shan Yu was also one of the great Disney villains who was totally brutal and deadly and I am hoping they portray this properly on screen. I have no idea how they are going to handle Mushu and Cri-Kee in this one, but hope they tone down the comic relief aspect a bit. I can just imagine the battle scenes, especially the avalanche scene against Shan Yu and the Hun warriors.
Let’s hope they get this right, and if they do, it could be epic.