“Let’s get down to business, to defeat the Huns!”
The time has come, Disney fans. Another Disney princess is about to show up in the real world through an upcoming live-action film soon. Following the success of Disney’s live-action adaptations of “Maleficent” and “Cinderella“, the studio is bringing yet another Disney classic titled “Mulan” to the big screen.
Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Disney’s “Mulan” is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook. It was directed based on a story by Robert D. San Souci and screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, and Raymond Singer.
The story centres on Fa Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to take her father’s place in the army during a war against the Huns.
In the English version of the film, Ming-Na, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and BD Wong were cast to voice act. “Dragon Blades” actor Jackie Chan provided his voice for the Chinese dubs of the film. The film was a commercial success as it earned $304.3 million worldwide and various Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
A direct-to-DVD sequel titled “Mulan II” was then released in 2005.
Disney announced that the live-action adaptation of “Mulan” will be produced by the people behind “We’re the Millers”, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink. They will produce the film based on a script written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek.
The details of the upcoming live-action Disney films are as follows:
1. The Jungle Book
- Director: Jon Favreau
- Writer: Justin Marks
- Release date: 15th April 2016
- Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken.
2. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
- Director: James Bobin
- Writer: Linda Woolverton
- Release date: 26th May 2016
- Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans
3. Beauty and the Beast
- Director: Bill Condon
- Writer: Stephen Chbosky
- Release date: 17th March 2017
- Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Audra McDonald, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline
- Director: Tim Burton
- Writer: Ehren Kruger
- Release date: –
- Cast: –
No further details about the live-action version of “Mulan” were announced yet, but we are beyond happy that Disney finally decided to produce the feature film.
Are you excited for the live-action version of “Mulan”? Who’s your favourite character in the animated feature film? Don’t forget to share you dream casting in the comment box below :)