The live action Mulan adaptation is officially in production! Disney just announced that it has begun production on this hotly anticipated adaptation of their animated classic. The live action Mulan adaptation will feature heavy hitters like Liu Yifei (“The Forbidden Kingdom”; “Once Upon a Time”) and Jet Li (“Shaolin Temple”; “Lethal Weapon 4”), bringing the classic tale of the legendary Chinese warrior to life.
About Live Action Mulan
Information is still sparse, with the press release mainly saying that production has begun, but here it is in its entirety:
BURBANK, Calif. (August 13, 2018)—Production on Disney’s “Mulan,” a live-action adaptation of the studio’s 1998 animated feature, has begun. The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.
Liu Yifei (“The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Once Upon a Time”) was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”); Yoson An (“The Meg”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Cheng Pei-Pei (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”); Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Raise the Red Lantern”) and Jet Li (“Shaolin Temple,” “Lethal Weapon 4”).
“Mulan” is the epic adventure of 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.
“Mulan” is directed by Niki Caro (“Whale Rider,” “McFarland USA”) from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Jurassic World,” “In the Heart of the Sea”) and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” The producers are Jason T. Reed (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Chris Bender (“A History of Violence”) and Jake Weiner (“Criminal”) with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King“), Bill Kong (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Monster Hunt”) and Tim Coddington (“Crazy Rich Asians”) serving as executive producers.
The Live Action Mulan Adaptation Hits Theaters in 2020
We don’t have a ton of info yet, and that’s to be expected considering the film is slated to arrive in theaters on March 27, 2020. What we do know is that the live-action Mulan adaptation will follow the same overall theme of the animated classic, although, with the release of the new live-action Little Mermaid trailer, it remains to be seen how closely this adaptation will follow the film. However Disney chooses to do it, I’m confident that they’ll bring us an excellent movie. After all, this is their baby!