Disney’s ‘Mulan’ remake eyes 2018 release
The gallant Chinese heroine will make a historic comeback on the big screen.
Disney announced on Tuesday that it is all set to produce a “Mulan” live-action remake slated to screen in global cinemas on Nov. 2, 2018. It will be recalled that last year Disney bought a spec script and divulged plans to re-create the project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment giant is launching a global search for a Chinese actress who can revive the lead role for the film. “Jurassic World” writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver will pen the script. Disney has yet to reveal the film’s director, but Jason Reed, Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are tagged to produce “Mulan.”
“Mulan” is part of the heavenly constellation of live adaptations of treasured Disney musicals including “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and the upcoming remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” which stars Emma Watson and which will be shown in 2017.
The story highlights the transformation of Hua Mulan, a compassionate daughter who disguises herself as a manly soldier to replace her elderly father in the army during the war. This Oriental legend was hailed by many as a critical juncture in Disney’s spectacle of cartoon films, which normally depict princesses being rescued by “stronger” males.
Although “Mulan” was surpassed by “The Lion King” in terms of revenue, it grossed $304 million (P14.6 billion) worldwide back in 1998. Gianna Francesca Catolico
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