Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ to Hit Theaters in November 2018; Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver Rewriting

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Walt Disney Pictures has dated its live-action “Mulan” retelling for Nov. 2, 2018. In addition to dating the pic, “Jurassic World” and “Avatar” sequel scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have come on to rewrite script.

The two came on board in 2015 to rewrite the spec by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin.

The film has been fast-tracked into production with Jason Reed attached to produce along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner.

A director has yet to be announced. A global casting search will soon be underway to find a Chinese actress for the role of Mulan.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action comes after the success of “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” and next year’s “Beauty and the Beast” is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. The first “Beauty and the Beast” teaser trailer in May was viewed a record 91.8 million times in its first 24 hours, besting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The movie, starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens, will be released on March 17.

The original 1998 film featured the voices of Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, Miguel Ferrer, and BD Wong in the English version, with Jackie Chan providing his voice for Chinese dubs of the movie. It grossed $304 million worldwide.

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  1. Mulan says:

    I’m Mulan.im chinese. I Wanna act this film. Please!!! U can check my pics on Wechat

  2. Rex says:

    Better yet, instead of inevitably kissing Mainland China’s ass and casting a standard-issue doe-eyed, agrarian-faced, English-mangling ingenue from the Fan Bingbing / Zhou Xun / Zhao Wei / Sun Li clone factory in order to appease their new masters in the CCP in exchange for coveted theater bookings, how about a more localized NATIONWIDE search for a Chinese-AMERICAN (born or raised, it doesn’t matter) actress to play the role? And most of the other roles, for that matter?

    It’s a remake of an AMERICAN-made cartoon wherein the characters spoke fluent English, voiced (for the most part) by multi-talented pan-Asian-AMERICAN performers, and hey, it actually made money here and abroad with virtually NO mainland input other than allowing the animators to spend some time there for inspiration! While that cast may be getting a bit long in the tooth, there’s a whole generation coming up behind them that I fear will be overlooked for this distinctly AMERICANIZED interpretation of the Chinese fable, simply because Disney execs won’t want Mainlander audiences to think lesser of them, oh goodness no. Seriously, it’s time to stop the pathetic pandering to a culture that didn’t/couldn’t fullly appreciate the original cartoon and hire LOCAL for this live-action remake. Who cares what mainland audiences will think, frankly? They got their own Mulan movie years ago, a predictably stone-faced, humourless and leaden costume affair.

    So come on, Disney, take a stand and prove that Asian-AMERICANS are worthy of something more than being UNSEEN VOICES for cartoons like Moana and supporting roles on your TV shows.

    • larnimartin says:

      Well I hope you know that there isn’t just the english version of Mulan ….. There is a Chinese dub as well as a dub for probably most languages in the world >_> also it is an American made animation ABOUT ANCIENT CHINA ….. I’m so happy that they are casting fully Asian actors …. I’m sure you only know about the English dub because you are uncultured Get your head it if Americas arse

    • mark says:

      No need for Disney to kiss t-Rex’s ass by listening to his ‘advice’ fueled by sino-phobia. There are solid up and coming mainland Chinese actresses to pick for this role.

    • sydney says:

      you’re dumb. hua mulan is a legend Chinese female warrior so it makes sense to have a REAL CHINESE WOMAN to play the part of someone so important in Chinese culture

  3. Dman says:

    Disney 2018 is RIDICULOUSLY packed. They have two Disney Animation movies (Wreck-it Ralph 2 and Gigantic), a big Pixar sequel (Toy Story 4), three Marvel movies (Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War), a Star Wars movie (Han Solo spin-off), a Mary Poppins sequel and now live action Mulan?? This is crazy…

    • Dave C says:

      This year was so irritating with wall-to-wall “blockbuster” movies, almost nonstop from Star Wars to Suicide Squad. The output is too much, as it only gives big movies a couple weeks to “breathe” in theaters before the next big movie comes along

  4. EricJ says:

    Okay, no Linda Woolverton on the heroine-led Disney-remake script, that’s one good sign so far…

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