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Live-Action Mulan Movie in the Works

Hollywood and China are teaming up to bring the Mulan story to the big screen again — this time with real, live people. The movie is said to take "a Hollywood approach to a classic Chinese story." The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop:

[Christopher Brough, head of MoviePlus Canada] said Disney's animated version of the sixth-century Chinese legend missed much of the nuance of the story of a girl who goes to war in her injured father's stead.

"The Disney toon version takes a 4-foot-high viewpoint, from a child's perspective," Brough said. "We will introduce Mulan at an older age and blend her story with a romance. Mulan is China's Joan of Arc story."

I'm pretty thrilled by this news because for one thing, it's a great, action-y story with a strong female lead, and for another thing, it's a good opportunity to bring an Asian story with Asian actors to mainstream Hollywood. There aren't nearly enough projects like this.

It makes me think of other Disney-fied stories that could have a live-action makeover. Thoughts?


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Mindbolt Mindbolt 8 years
Yep, Ziyi Zhang and Chow Yun Fat's agents just got a call...
Bksuga Bksuga 8 years
oh boy, would like to see how it comes out but still more excited about the princess and the frog.
Susanna Susanna 8 years
I love Ziyi, but there are a lot of very talented Chinese actresses. It would be nice for some of them to get some exposure in the West. I wonder if this version will be closer to the original Chinese legend. The animated version totally mauled the original story. Still, cool news!
Emma412 Emma412 8 years
yaay I love this movie Ziyi Zhang would be great as Mulan
ohkate ohkate 8 years
sleeping beauty ftw!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 8 years
omg i loveeeee mulan.. i hope they don't ruin it.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I want to see a live version of Beauty and the Beast - one that isn't creepy (i don't mean creepy as in "scary," i'm referring to the guy who played the Beast in the Faerie Tale Theatre version who looked like a pedophile and had a girly voice). I would like to see movie that does this story justice and wasn't made decades ago (I think the Beast would be difficult to convey in live action though, unless they used CGI or something).
scissorz scissorz 8 years
i would like to see a darker live action cinderella. not like ever after (which i loved) but more brothers grimm style with cut off toes and what not -- burton would do a great job i think
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i think that this is following suit with how other movies are becoming live action versions of animated things. i like how alice in wonderland is becoming a live action movie and how a lot of video games are as well. i hope that they are able to pull this off well since there are a LOT of people who are so into the original version.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
Ooh, this could be very good. I'm a little excited now. :)
cibele cibele 8 years
awww, mulan is a cute movie. i'm happy about it.
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
The bulk of Disney movies I think would just come across as lame if they were remade... Can't forget Tim Burton's new AiW though!!! If I had to choose though, I'd say Aladdin needs to be remade... that would be pretty sweet.
mariellynelly mariellynelly 8 years
AAAH Mulan was always my favorite Disney movie. Me and my friends just break out in song randomly. This will be very interesting, but I know nothing can top the cartoon! Let's get down to business to defeat the HUNSSS
amofoz amofoz 8 years
Ziyi Zang(sp) anyone?
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