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?