Disney Developing Live-Action Mulan. Disney is planning on adapting their 1998 animated film Mulan into a live-action movie. The studio has bought a Mulan script from the writing tandem of Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek which focuses on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female character that Disney’s animated film is based on. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are set to produce the feature. After the recent success of Disney’s animated to live-action film adaptation of Cinderella, the only surprise is that the studio didn’t green light a handful of princess movies much sooner.
In yet another case of recycled Hollywood group think, the suits over at Disney have officially decided that their library of animated princess movies should be made into live-action films until the public grows tired of them. Disney started the live action princess movie train off last year with their evil princess film Maleficent (starring Angelina Jolie), which brought in $758.4 million at the global box office. Disney currently has a live action version of Beauty and the Beast (starring Emma Watson and Luke Evans) set for release in 2017.
Considering Hollywood’s penchant for draining every last dollar out of marketable property’s with the single-mindedness of a thirsty band of dehydrated Vampires, I can’t figure out why they haven’t fully capitalized off of the success of Frozen. Disney and princess movies go back like Toejam and Earl, but it wasn’t until they released a two princess movie (the double rainbow of princess movies) that they absolutely obliterated the global box office ($1.274 billion). Given their track record, shouldn’t every studio under the sun be developing two or dare I say it, three princess movies?
Fearful that her ailing father (Miguel Ferrer) will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot — though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain (BD Wong) along the way.
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