Ever since the surprise box office hit that was 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Disney has taken full advantage of the benefits that come with the concept of remaking their classic animated films as live-action retellings. Maleficent came next with Angelina Jolie as the star and this, too, was a rousing success. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella was less so, but after back-to-back smash hits with Jon Favreau’s epic adventure film, The Jungle Book, in 2016 and the Emma Watson-led Beauty and the Beast from 2017 (currently the highest-grossing movie of the year so far), Disney is all in on this sub-genre of films.
While fans are most eagerly awaiting the results of what Favreau will be able to do in his follow-up to The Jungle Book, a remake of the 1994 classic, The Lion King, another film is slated to begin filming soon as it aims for a release date earlier than the one that will boast the return of James Earl Jones as Mufasa. That’s right, Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan is scheduled to begin the filming process in January of 2016, in such locations as Australia, New Zealand, and, of course, China. Directing the film will be Niki Caro of McFarland, USA fame.
Mulan is the classic film that tells the story of a Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man so she will be allowed to take her father’s place in a fierce war. Eventually, Mulan’s secret comes back to haunt her and she has to put aside her troubles with authority so she can save her beloved nation and her family from the terrors that threaten to destroy them both. The film was also made majorly successful because of hit songs like “Be a Man” and “Reflection,” but you cannot go wrong with Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of the sidekick, Mushu.