Walt Disney Pictures has officially announced a live action remake of 1998 animated feature ‘Mulan’ for release in late 2018.
In a press release Disney also announced the start of a global casting search for a Chinese actress to star in the title role.
Last year Disney purchased Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin’s spec script for the film, which is now being guided towards full production by experienced producers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ('Jurassic World’, 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’).
'Mulan’ will blend elements of the 1998 film which starred Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy and Soon-Tek Oh, and the source material: a legendary Chinese folk tale.
In the tale, Mulan disguises herself as a man so she is able to fight in her father’s place and go to war, aided by dragon sidekick called Mushu.
Clearly a tale ripe with a feminist message, 'Mulan’ is the latest in a succession of live action Disney remakes made possible thanks to advancements in CGI.
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