One of the more unexpected reports that popped up yesterday spoke about how Disney’s fast-tracked live-action “Mulan” remake centered around a white male trader who joins up with the Chinese army because he’s in love with the titular character Hua Mulan.
The report at Angry Asian Man essentially suggested the worst kind of ‘White Savior’ stereotypes in the film’s script draft that they read:
“The man is a 30-something European trader who initially cares only for the pleasure of women and money. The only reason why he and his entourage decide to help the Chinese Imperial Army is because he sets eyes on Mulan. That’s right. Our white savior has come to the aid of Ancient China due to a classic case of Yellow Fever. In this script written by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, more than half of its pages are dedicated to this merchant who develops a mutual attraction with Mulan and fights to protect her in the ensuing battles. To top it all off, this man gets the honor of defeating the primary enemy of China, not Mulan. Way to steal a girl’s thunder.”
Now, Vulture has contacted aa few sources in production who claim yes, that was the original spec script that was purchased but the film itself will not feature that role at all: “Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese.”
They indicate that the original script by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin was obtained merely as a jumping-off point. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were then brought onboard to re-tool it as the studio wants to merge elements of the 1998 animated classic and the ancient Chinese ballad itself into the new film in which Mulan’s love interest will indeed be Chinese.
The project is moving forward fast with a November 2nd 2018 release planned.