Disney Announces Release Date for Live Action Version of ‘Mulan’
Walt Disney has officially released their plans to create a live-action version of their classic film Mulan. The production company also revealed that the expect the film to premiere in theaters on November 2nd 2018.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have been commissioned to write the live-action film’s screenplay, which is set to start into fast production after the final script is completed. Jaffa and Silver have previously co-written the script for Jurassic World and are also reportedly rewriting the follow up sequel to Avatar.
The two long-term Disney writers have been on board the Mulan project since it’s early developmental phase in 2015. Previously Lauren Hyek and Elisabeth Martin were set to write the Mulan screenplay, but Disney passed over the script to Jaff and Silver to edit and create the finalized version.
With the fast paced production, Jason Reed is set to produce the film alongside Jake Weiner and Chris Bender. Disney has yet to announce the director for their new film. Although Disney has also reportedly expanded their cast search globally to find a Chinese actress who will play the main character Mulan.
Walt Disney’s production studio’s obsession with their live action re-adaption films spurs off from the success of 2014’s Maleficent and 2015’s Cinderella. Disney’s live adaption of Beauty and the Beast has reportedly been rated as one of the most highly anticipated films premiering in 2017.
Beauty and the Beast’s first teaser trailer that premiered online in May had 91.8 million views in only its first twenty-four hours. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast also beat Star Wars: The Force awakens trailer viewership numbers, with 88 million views in its first twenty-four hours. Beauty and the Beast is set to star Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans.
The original 1998 animated film Mulan featured voices from Ming-Na Wen, Miguel Ferrer, and Eddie Murphy. BD Wong was also featured in the English version of the film, while Jackie Chan was featured to voice Chinese dubs for the film. The animated film earned over 304 million dollars in theaters worldwide.