'Mulan' is the Next Movie to Get a Live-Action Remake at Disney

'Mulan' is the Next Movie to Get a Live-Action Remake at Disney

Mar 31, 2015

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The Disney live-action remake machine continues to stomp forward, and for a very understandable reason. Cinderella has only been out for two weeks and already it's grossed over one-third of a billion dollars. They're going to keep at this formula for quite some time. But even with Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast already in the works, it's their most recently announced remake that may end up being one of the biggest deals.

Disney is remaking Mulan.

At first blush that may not seem like such a big deal. Mulan certainly has its fans, but it's not one of the most beloved Disney movies of all time. Its a fairly standard retelling of a classic Chinese story about a young woman who hides her identity, enrolls in the army and becomes an unlikely warrior, icon and hero. But it's that last part that could easily make this a huge movie for Disney.

International box office matters more and more in this day and age, and one of the most important markets in the world is China. So a big budget Disney movie about a Chinese legend already has a big, big advantage.  Of course, just because the movie could hypothetically make a bunch of money doesn't mean it's going to be good, but its prospects are actually a bit of a safety net that Disney isn't going to churn this movie out just to get it done. There's potentially a lot on the line here, and we'd wager that this is one property where they're going to hire the best director and stars they can find.

We'll have to wait a while to learn who those talents are, though. As of right now, all we know about this new Mulan is that relative newcomers Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek have written the first draft of the screenplay that got Disney interested. We don't even know where it fits in with this timeline, but if we're just basing things on order of announcement, it should be the last in the list.

Alice in Wonderland - 2010
Maleficent - 2014
Cinderella - 2015
The Jungle Book - 2016
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass - 2016
Beauty and the Beast - 2017
Dumbo - 2018
Mulan - 2019

And that's just what's been announced. But if there's a classic Disney animated movie that has human characters, you can probably expect it to head to the big screen before too long. With that in mind, here's looking at you, The Little Mermaid.

 

 

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