Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Mulan’

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Disney is developing a live-action version of its 1998 animated movie “Mulan.”

The project is based on a script by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek focused on the Chinese warrior character Hua Mulan. The project has been set up with Chris Bender and J.C. Spink.

The original “Mulan,” directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, centered on the title character disguising herself as a man to take her father’s place in the army with her dragon friend Mushu. “Mulan” grossed over $300 million worldwide.

Disney’s seen an impressive run with its live-action versions of animated films starting in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” followed by last year’s “Maleficent” and this year’s “Cinderella,” which has topped $336 million worldwide in three weeks. It’s developing a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson with a release already set for March 17, 2017.

Disney is also releasing a live-action version of 1967’s “The Jungle Book” next year along with the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland.”

Bender and Spink have specialized in producing comedies for New Line such as “We’re the Millers” and “Horrible Bosses 2.”

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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  1. John says:

    Let me guess. They are going to whitewash this and use a Caucasian male lead instead of an Asian male lead. Bet on it.

  2. Dumbo the elephant says:

    I hope Mulan live action movie would be interested. I was a huge fan of Mulan growing up.

  3. John says:

    Tian Jing my choice for Mulan

  4. Chelsea says:

    Yay, finally we get a Mulan live action movie really hope this also opening the door for more Disney animated movies from the 90″s like a Nightmare before Christmas, Hunchback of Notre dome, Aladdin and The Lion King live action movie.

    • Richard says:

      Hunchback surely of all their animated features would work beautifully as a live action film despite the necessary nods to keeping the young ones attention and the happy ending, the themes and the music was fairly sophisticated as these things go. Bring back Tom Hulce as the lead and Rumor Willis could fill in for her mom …we know now that she can dance.

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