Rumors continue to circulate about Disney’s upcoming live-action “Mulan” film. After buying a spec script from Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, the studio hired “Jurassic World” writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver for a re-write. Apparently, this re-write was so impressive, it was decided that the movie be fast tracked.
Perhaps because of sensitivity to issues of white-washing in major Hollywood movies, Disney has been looking to cast Chinese actors in starring roles. Additionally, it seems they are looking for a Chinese director as well. Ang Lee, director of such films as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and Marvel’s first attempt at a “Hulk” movie was approached, but turned the job down. He has been attached to an upcoming movie about the boxer Mohammed Ali.
The story and characters of “Mulan” are public domain, meaning Disney does not have exclusive rights to them. Warner Brothers is also putting together a live-action “Mulan” film, based on the original fable. Disney has had better luck with these sorts of projects recently. Their take on “The Jungle Book” was a major box office hit; Warner Brothers “Jungle Book” movie has been tentatively delayed until 2018. It would seem that the two Hollywood powerhouses are attempting to compete at more than just superhero movies.
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“Mulan” is expected to hit theaters on November 2, 2018.
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