Director Niki Caro, known for her critically acclaimed films Whale Rider and The Zookeeper’s Wife, is “in talks to direct Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic Mulan.” according to Variety’s sources. Rewritten by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver for live-action, Mulan has been in Disney’s plan for a couple years now, and might even eclipse the anticipation for live-action Beauty in the Beast once a trailer is unveiled.
So far, the film has it’s latter writers, and producers Jason Reed, Chris Bender, and Jake Weiner. Bill Kong is to be the executive producer, so it seems like there is almost a complete set for the movie once Caro joins the team. Mulan will be premiered on November 2nd, 2018, as a far of Disney’s live-action series of the studio’s own “classic” fairytale animated films. The series started with Maleficent in 2014 and continued through to Cinderella, Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast. Though none have been quite so popular as Beauty and the Beast, with 127.6 million views for the trailer in the first 24 hours of its reveal. Likely because the film is truly studded with stars, Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens.
However, Mulan has acquired a kind of cult following in recent years, and I imagine it will outstrip the other live-action Disney films if done well. If you need something for comparison, there is already a live-action version of Mulan, titled Mulan: Rise of a Warrior. The Chinese film was made in 2009 and according to the director, is very much his own imagining of the story, rather than anything to do with the 1998 Disney version.
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