Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of their 1998 animated hit “Mulan” is set to undergo some serious changes according to a new report at The DisInsider (via CBM). The Niki Caro-helmed project is currently in post-production.
The adventure story follows a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet.
When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.
A few months back came word that the film will feature some of the music from the animated classic and that the titular character’s pet red dragon Mushu, voiced by Eddie Murphy in the original, would appear in the film.
Today’s report, however, indicates the studio has made some changes, indicating Mushu will be a phoenix in this version. In addition, while music from the animated film will be included in the remake it will be instrumental versions only – no songs will be sung.
The site ads Disney will very likely use test screenings to gauge what changes, if any, need to be made via reshoots and post-production. The film has already faced backlash for changing both the love interest and villain.
Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei-Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, and Gong Li star in the film which opens March 27th 2020.