Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ May Not Feature Songs, Director Says


Mulan will have no time to sing about her reflection in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake, according to the film’s director, Niki Caro.

“From what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children,” Caro said in a recent interview published by Moviefone.



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The director’s statement comes during another Disney live-action remake’s opening weekend in theaters. “Beauty and the Beast” is conquering the box office, and features songs from the animated original as well as new tracks penned for the update.

Caro also shared her vision for the film. “It’s a big, girly martial arts epic,” she said. “It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.”


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Caro is best known for directing the critically acclaimed “Whale Rider,” which earned then-newcomer Keisha Castle-Hughes an Oscar nomination. She also more recently directed “The Zookeeper’s Wife” with Jessica Chastain. Variety reported in February that she was in talks to direct “Mulan.”

Disney’s plans to re-work the 1998 animated movie were first announced in 2015. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver came on board in 2015 to rewrite the spec by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin. “Mulan” is expected to hit theaters Nov. 2, 2018.

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  1. Merio says:

    Maybe not making it a musical movie as Beauty and the Beast, but a couple of songs,and of course Reflection HAS TO BE there.

  2. I’ve seen several films of Mulan. Only one had songs, the Disney animation. The film will be just fine as long as it is well made and well told. It’s a classic tale, with martial arts and (I guess) magic. It will do just fine.

  3. Mark says:

    No songs, no point in making the movie. Seriously, it will flop it there’s no songs in it

    • Marc says:

      The cartoon was mildly successful–and it had BAD songs.

      • Abby says:

        I think that the movie will need songs because what the point of making it! Kids will not want to watch it and the movie won’t last long

      • yoon says:

        Did you watch the film? If you think it had bad songs, you’re probably one of the few people who will not watch this movie in theaters anyways. For some fan service, one of the songs should be included… All the songs are not fillers, but act as important transitions into the plot. Like Mulan making a self reflection or her conquest in earning the respect of her solders.

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