When you say “Disney Princess”, it’s almost guaranteed that people would immediately think of Snow White, Jasmine, Ariel, Belle, or Cinderella first. Actually, these days people would probably say Princess Anna and Queen Elsa from ‘Frozen’ first, but here’s a fun fact: They’re not officially included in the Disney Princess media franchise line up because they haven’t been “coronated” yet. But you know who is among eleven members of the group? Mulan is listed as one of the original princesses because she “fit into the princess mythology” of Disney alongside Tiana, Rapunzel, Aurora, Merida, Pocahontas, and the others. And now, like a few princesses before her, Mulan will be getting the live-action treatment on the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Walt Disney Pictures has acquired a script from writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the warrior woman who took her father’s place in the army to fight a war that was also the source material for the main character from the 1998 animated classic starring ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ star Ming-Na Wen. BD Wong, and Eddie Murphy. ‘We’re The Millers’ producers Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are lined up to produce the new project, but so far no director has been named. As for casting, that’s not even part of the conversation, but ‘Big Hero 6’ star Jamie Chung played Mulan on ABC’s fairytale mash-up series ‘Once Upon A Time’. Could she reprise the role? At this point, anyone’s guess is as good as mine.
The upcoming retelling of ‘Mulan’ will follow in the footsteps of films like ‘Alice In Wonderland’, ‘Maleficent’, and ‘Cinderella’, but it is far from the final live-action re-imagining from the House of Mouse. In 2016, Disney has plans to release the sequel to Tim Burton’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and a new version of ‘The Jungle Book’ featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken. Then in 2017, the new ‘Beauty and the Beast’ starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will premiere. Finally, Burton is moving on from Wonderland to develop a live-action adaptation of ‘Dumbo’. At this rate, we’ll be seeing a live-action version of ‘A Goofy Movie’ by 2020. Oh wait… That already happened.
At any rate, ‘Mulan’ is a great story and a live-action adaptation is nothing but good for Disney and Hollywood as a whole. The audience is currently clamoring for a more diverse slate of movies and stars, so a film starring a badass Asian woman based on an ancient Chinese legend would totally be a step in the right direction. But while we wait for more developments on this project, what do you think about it? Are you excited for a live-action re-imagining of Disney’s ‘Mulan’? Do you have some early picks for the cast or for a director? Let us know in the comments below.