Disney has been busy transforming its catalog of beloved animated classics into live-action spectacles. The studio’s latest effort, Beauty and the Beast, cashed in big at the box office over the weekend.
Disney deserves credit for giving each live-action remake its own distinctive spin. While the new Beauty and the Beast, for example, faithfully re-created many favorite moments from the original, it also added new songs as well as comic and dramatic material in an effort to update and refresh the movie.
What will the studio do with the upcoming live-action remake of Mulan? It’s now in the preparation stages, with Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife, McFarland USA) set to direct. Caro shared surprising news with Moviefone: “From what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children.”
Released in 1998, the original was based on a Chinese legend and followed the daughter of a famed warrior who impersonated a man in order to lead her people into battle. Though perhaps primarily remembered for its action sequences, the movie included five songs composed by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel.
Lea Salonga provided the singing voice for Mulan, with Donny Osmond and Marni Nixon also contributing their singing voices. Young Christina Aguilera scored big with her rendition of “Reflection.”
Caro described the live-action version as “a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.” That’s certainly good to hear and suggests that the new Mulan will not only be different but also more in tune with the times. Perhaps a song will be included during the opening or closing credits?
Mulan is scheduled for theatrical release on November 2, 2018.