Mulan Live-Action Movie Planned at Disney
Following the success of Disney's live-action takes on Maleficent and Cinderella, the studio is developing a remake of their 1998 animated hit Mulan. The studio picked up the screenplay by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, which centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was at the center of Disney's animated adventure. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are on board to produce the Mulan live-action remake.
The original Mulan centered on the title character, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place on the battlefield. With the help of her beloved dragon sidekick Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy), Mulan becomes a brave warrior who becomes one of her country's most honored heroines. The original Mulan voice cast also included Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, June Foray, James Hong, Pat Morita, B.D. Wong and George Takei. Mulan earned over $304 million worldwide during its theatrical release, and spawned the 2004 sequel Mulan II.
Disney has been developing several live action versions of their animated classics ever since their 2010 hit Alice in Wonderland took in over $1 billion worldwide. Last year's Maleficent took in over $750 million worldwide, and the studio's current hit Cinderella has pulled in over $336 million globally since its release in theaters March 13. Next year, Disney will release a live action/CGI hybrid adaptation of The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. The studio is also developing live action versions of Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast.