Much like Aladdin, Disney's forthcoming live-action adaption of Mulan has faced its fair share of backlash after various rumors of changes were reported. And should the latest rumors be true, it would appear unlikely that this would change anytime soon.
According to The DisInsider, Mushu, a character that was voiced by actor Eddie Murphy in the original Disney animated film, will be replaced by a Phoenix in the live-action remake. That isn't the only change the site is reporting, however, as it goes on to say the movie will only use the original music as instrumentals, instead of having the characters sing the songs.
Mulan has already faced backlash over the decision to cast a new love interest and villain, opting to forgo some of the more fan-favorite characters from the animated film. If these new rumors prove to be true, the movie may set the internet ablaze again. While the removal of Mushu would more than likely upset many fans -- especially given the character's absence was questioned early on -- the decision to remove the musical aspect of the film may prove more troublesome for the feature, especially given how iconic some of the music has proven to be overtime.
Of course, DisInsider states none of this is set in stone. Test screenings can be used by a studio to decide what changes need to be made to a film -- whether it be reshoots or rewrites. Disney still has time to make minor adjustments to Mulan before it premieres next year. Then again, it's entirely possible that Mulan will surprise at the box office next March, much like Disney's live-action take on Aladdin, and prove successful despite the online backlash.
Mulan, directed by Niki Caro, stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Yoson An, Gong Li and Jet Lee. The film is scheduled to open on March 27, 2020.