The new, live-action adaptation of Cinderella is a success at the box office, we have Beauty and the Beast coming next year, and it looks like Disney is going to prep another live-action version of one of its beloved animated films: this time, it’s Mulan.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Disney Pictures has bought a script from the writing team of Elizabeth Martin and Laura Hynek that follows the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a story told in a poem called The Ballad of Mulan believed to originate from the 11th or 12th century. The original legend tells of the warrior taking her aging father’s place in the army, fighting in battle for 12 years while refusing any reward, eventually choosing to retire to her hometown instead of desiring any outward recognition for her legacy.
In 1998, Disney released the animated film Mulan, based on the same legend directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, and was made as a musical with elements of action, drama, and comedy. It’s considered today to be the 36th release in the “Walt Disney Animated Classics” series of films, was well-received upon its release, and grossed over $300 million at the box office.
While it’s not exactly known if this new version will be explicitly based on the animated film or more rigidly on the Chinese legend isn’t currently known, but the former seems more likely given the studio’s recent trend toward making adaptations of animated classics in live-action. It’s expected that, like Maleficent, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast before it, that Mulan will be released with the same kind of reverence for the animated films that spawned those previous works given the success that Disney is enjoying.
No release information has been made available as of yet, but it likely won’t be too far in the future. For more on this film as it continues to develop, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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