Walt Disney Pictures has enjoyed a streak of not only commercial success, but also critical success with its recent live-action remakes/re-imaginings of such beloved Mouse House animated films as Cinderella and The Jungle Book, as well as a 21st century version of the live-action/animated hybrid, Pete’s Dragon. Next in line to get the live-action treatment is Beauty and the Beast (which opens in March of next year) and Disney most recently announced that The Lion King is getting re-imagined for the big screen in the same cutting-edge technological manner as The Jungle Book (complete with Jon Favreau calling the shots as director).
Reports of Disney working on a live-action version of Mulan – the studio’s 1998 animated take on the world-famous Chinese legend – first emerged back in 2010, though the project was seemingly put on hold for some years before re-entering active development in 2015. However, it’s safe to say the film is now moving full speed ahead, with Disney having even claimed an official theatrical release date for the movie.
Variety is reporting that Disney has scheduled the live-action Mulan to hit theaters on November 2nd, 2018. The initial spec script for the film (written by lesser-known screenwriter Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin) is now being rewritten by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver: the husband/wife writing duo who penned Rise of the Planet of the Apes and wrote early script drafts for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World. The project currently does not have a director, but the search is underway for a Chinese actress to portray the film’s namesake.
Mulan opens in U.S. theaters on November 2nd, 2018.