The musical action drama film of 1998 Mulan is getting a live-action remake from Disney. The film was announced way back in 2015 and is already under works.
The original film belongs to the era of Disney Renaissance and was a big hit. However, the upcoming movie will not resemble the older one and is going to have different elements of execution. In a recent update, it was revealed that the live action remake will definitely have some music but not the team is yet to explore its role.
Mulan is originally a Chinese ballad featuring the story of a young girl, Fa Mulan, who takes the place of her father in the army. Since her father is very old and the only man in the family, she decides to disguise herself as a man and joins the army which is prepping for the war.
The Hun invasion turns scary and fatal for many but she keeps fighting. Initially, she had poor military skills with almost no training of martial arts. But the young girl focuses on her skills and is finally able to pass to be in Imperial Army.
She is later caught after being treated for an injury, though instead of her execution, she is allowed to go free back to home. But she later finds out that Hun soldiers are planning to capture the Emperor. Mulan later with the army saves the Emperor in a fiery battle.
In the end, despite being offered to stay at the palace as his advisor, she chooses to reunite with her family.
No cast members have been officially announced for the live action remake of Disney until now. The studios did release a casting call for the lead role but nothing has been finalized so far. It was earlier reported that Jennifer Lawrence and Zac Efron are set to play the roles of Mulan and Li Shang. However, Disney never confirmed the news.
It has been said that the main characters of the film will be Chinese and there will be no whitewashing of the characters. It is rumored that ABC’s Once Upon a Time actress Jamie Chung is the frontrunner for the role. Other actresses who are speculated to be in the race for the title role are Pacific Rim actress Rinko Kikuchi, Katrina Law, Malese Jow, and Celina Jade. (Via Mirror)
Mulan is directed by Whale Rider fame director Niki Caro. The script is written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver who have also worked on the super hit blockbuster film Jurassic World. The filmmakers are looking forward to the remake of Chinese ballad along with live action animation techniques. Furthermore, it is produced by Chris Bender, J. C. Spink, and Jason Reed.
Original Film Reception
The film was greeted by largely positive reviews and was commercially hit. It grossed a total of $304.3 million against the production budget of $90 million. The film was praised for the moral message delivered through the film.
Mulan explores the theme of duties for the family and saving the honor of the kingdom. There is a subtle hint of equality for gender and opposition of conventionally biased thinking.
The film features several musical numbers some of which are still popular. The music of Mulan is said to be a timeless creation and is one of the USPs of the film. On the contrary, the upcoming film is likely to have less number of songs and it will focus more on the martial art.
The live action remake of Mulan is slated to be released on Nov. 2, 2018. It is coming almost after 20 years of the original movie.
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