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Two studios are looking to make some Mulan moolah. Both Disney and Sony are developing live-action adaptations of the ancient Chinese ballad about a young woman who disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in the army. After the success of its live-action Cinderella ($543.5 million worldwide), Disney (which made 1998's animated version) began developing a live-action take on Mulan in early 2015. The studio bought a spec script by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, then hired Jurassic World's Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to rewrite. Insiders say the studio liked the rewrite
- Rebecca Ford
When they made the announcement of a live-action Mulan, Disney revealed they were conducting a world-wide search for an Asian actor to play the lead role. However a post on Angry Asian Male yesterday sparked some controversy that the studio were looking to white-wash the role of Shang. The claim comes from the original spec-script which describes the love-interest as a, “30-something European trader who initially cares only for the pleasure of women and money” and adds, “our white savior has come to the aid of Ancient China due to a classic case of Yellow Fever.”
Ming-Na Wen, who voiced Mulan in the animated movie and was upset about the white-wash casting of Ghost in the Shell, shared her own dismay on Twitter yesterday. “So many outraged fans have tweeted me about this,” she said on Twitter. “It’s upsetting & wrong. Hoping it’s Not true.”
However sources close to »
- Luke Owen
Last week, we reported that Disney has given a fall 2018 release date for their live-action remake of Mulan, with the studio putting it on the fast track to production. Earlier today, a report surfaced that the original spec script Disney purchased, written by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, centers on a "30-something European trader who initially cares only for the pleasure of women and money," who becomes Mulan's love interest. Just hours after that report surfaced, Disney shot down those rumors, confirming that all of the primary roles in this remake will be Chinese characters. Here's what a Disney rep had to say.
"The spec script was a jumping-off point for a new take on the story that draws from both the literary ballad of Mulan and Disney's 1998 animated film. Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all primary roles, including the love interest, »
Luke Owen looks to the future of Disney’s live-action output…
Following the announcement of a live-action version of The Lion King [read my thoughts on that here], I thought we should collate together all the information we have on Disney’s other upcoming live-action adaptations. To date, there are a whopping seventeen of these in development, but all are at very different stages.
We’ll try and keep this page as updated as possible.
Beauty and the Beast (release date: March 2017)
Based on the Award-winning 1991 classic, Beauty and the Beast features an impressive all-star cast and is directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2). Emma Watson will play Belle against Dan Stevens as The Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston with Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor Ian McKellen, Josh Gad Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald and Gugu Mbatha-Raw providing supporting roles. A teaser trailer was released a few months ago [watch it here] and we got our first »
- Luke Owen
“War has begun,” Caesar warns, in the first teaser for “War for the Planet of the Apes.”
The teaser trailer — a digital billboard in Times Square — was released by 20th Century Fox on Thursday, ahead of the movie’s New York Comic Con event this weekend, when the first footage from the film will debut.
The 46-second video features Caesar seemingly formed out of snow or ash, while his voice (Andy Serkis) warns of impending doom.
Caesar and Woody Harrelson‘s Colonel are pitted against each other in the third film, leading to a deadly battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet.
- Arya Roshanian
Simon Brew Oct 5, 2016
Following last week's The Lion King announcement, Disney now sets its live action take on Mulan for November 2018...
Last week, we got the news that Disney was pressing ahead with a live action take on The Lion King, that Jon Favreau is set to oversee for the studio (he's also working on The Jungle Book 2). Now comes the confirmation that a live action take on its 1998 animated hit Mulan is jumping the queue as well.
The film is set for release on November 2nd 2018, the studio has confirmed, and we’re promised a “more nuanced and elaborate” take on the source story, that will also weave in elements – and presumably songs – from the animated movie. The core story will remain that of a Chinese girl who disguises herself as a man and goes into battle, in lieu of her father. She does so with her dragon, Mushu, »
Mulan is getting the remake treatment over at Disney and the Mouse House have already set a release date for it. The film will hit cinemas sometime in 2018 following next year’s Beauty and the Beast, which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens.
Mulan will, of course, be based on Disney’s 1998 movie of the same name. Here’s the plot.
Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot — though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.
The Hollywood Reporter reports:
The studio is launching a global casting search for a Chinese »
- Paul Heath
If you’ve ever wanted to see a textbook example of the ripple effect, simply cast an eye toward the House of Mouse. Swapping Mowgli for Simba and Co., we brought you the news last week that Favreau and Disney had struck another deal that involves a reboot of The Lion King – whether the end product will incorporate live-action elements, given there are zero human characters in the 1994 classic, is still up for question – and now, The Hollywood Reporter can confirm that a live-action spin on Mulan is being fast-tracked into development.
It has a release date, too – November 2, 2018, with THR noting that the Mouse House has already fired up an international casting search to fill the primary roles. Locating an actress to play Hua Mulan, the Chinese legend at the heart of the story, will naturally take top billing. Frustrated by the passing of her father, our heroine enlists »
- Michael Briers
Disney is fast-tracking its update on Mulan. The movie now has a November 2, 2018 release date. Also announced today: The Mulan script will get a rewrite from husband-wife duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, whose credits include Jurassic World and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Variety and THR reports of the Disney announcement made a point of mentioning that a Chinese actress will be cast in the role, and a global casting search is underway to find the actress for the part. This follows a preemptive petition recently launched called Tell Disney You Don’t Want a Whitewashed Mulan! that has over 100,000 signatures. Ming-Na Wen voiced Mulan in the 1998 movie. She’s now starring on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has a voice role in new Disney Xd series Milo Murphy’s Law. No word on whether they’ll attempt a live-action version of Mushu that’ll have to live »
- Emily Rome
Between the announcement of a remake of the The Lion King and our first look at Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in Beauty and the Beast, it’s been a busy couple of weeks for news on Disney’s remakes of their animated back catalogue, and now comes word on a release date for another.
Walt Disney Pictures has officially set a November 2nd 2018 release for its live-action version of Mulan, EW is reporting. The movie is based on a script by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, with rewriters from Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, and is described as a combination of the animated film and the classic Chinese tale about the skilled female warrior. The studio will soon launch a global casting search to find a Chinese actress for the lead role.
As it happens, Sony also has its own live-action Mulan movie in development, which will be shot »
- Gary Collinson
Last March, Disney started developing a live-action remake of their 1998 animated hit Mulan, following in the footsteps of recent live-action remakes such as Maleficent, Cinderella and The Jungle Book, which have all been big hits at the box office. Today we have word that the project will be a 3D live-action remake, with the studio setting a November 2, 2018 release date. As of now, no other movies are set for release on that date, but it will come a week before Universal's Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas on November 9, 2018 and two weeks before Warner Bros.' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 on November 16, 2018.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that there is no director attached to the project yet, but Jason Reed will produce along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. The studio has also brought on screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
Just last week we reported that Walt Disney Studios was moving forward with a new reimagining of The Lion King and hired Jon Favreau to direct it. Well, now their are adding another classic animated lineup into live-action adventures on the big screen.
THR is reporting that Disney will be retelling the classic animated hit Mulan, with a November 2, 2018 release date. Studio is is launching a global casting search for a Chinese actress to play Mulan.
Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, who is Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, instead she takes his spot, though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Disney is looking to readapt another of their animated classics with a remake of their 1998 film, Mulan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a casting search is officially underway for a Chinese actress to portray the heroine. The studio announced today that the movie, which is being fast-tracked, has been given a release date of Nov. 2, 2018. It will also be released in 3D. No director has been decided upon for the project, but Jason Reed is attached to produce along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. The studio announced that Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Jurassic World) would be rewriting a spec script for Mulan that Disney bought in 2015. Disney's Mulan is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the daughter of an warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father's place in the army and go to war. The announcement comes on the heels »
Walt Disney Pictures has dated its live-action “Mulan” retelling for Nov. 2, 2018. In addition to dating the pic, “Jurassic World” and “Avatar” sequel scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have come on to rewrite script.
The two came on board in 2015 to rewrite the spec by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin.
A director has yet to be announced. A global casting search will soon be underway to find a Chinese actress for the role of Mulan.
The studio’s emphasis on live-action comes after the success of “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” and next year’s “Beauty and the Beast” is already one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. The first “Beauty and the Beast” teaser trailer in May was viewed a record 91.8 million times in its first 24 hours, besting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens. »
- Justin Kroll
Walt Disney is fast-tracking production on its live-action, 3D take on the female-warrior tale “Mulan.” The movie will hit theaters on November 2, 2018, the studio announced Tuesday. The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Jurassic World”), who came on to rewrite the spec script after Disney purchased it in 2015. Jason Reed is attached to produce alongside Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. The studio released an animated version of the “Mulan” story in 1998. “Mulan” tells the story of a young woman who disguises herself as. »
- Matt Donnelly
Curtis Hanson was my first interview with a fellow film buff and film journalist. He was nice enough to sit down with me twice, first at the Rose Cafe in Venice, then at a lunch spot in the Marina, the name of which has been lost to time. He was then kind enough to invite me to the world premiere of "L.A. Confidential" at the Chinese Theater as his guest, my first time on the red carpet at a real-life Hollywood premiere, and called me after this piece ran to thank me personally. A nice man. Hanson, and co-writer Brian Helgeland, would go on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for "L.A. Confidential."
Years later, I ran into Hanson at a book signing party for Pat York that was held in Westwood. I approached him and reminded him of our interview a decade or so earlier. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Way back in 2013, director James Cameron made the surprising revelation that Avatar star Stephen Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Quaritch, despite seemingly dying in the original blockbuster. Since then, the filmmaker has expanded his massive franchise from three sequels to four, with Avatar 2's release pushed one full year to Christmas 2018. While these sequels appear to be constantly evolving, Stephen Lang revealed that James Cameron is still planning on bringing this character back for all four sequels.
During his interview from 2013, James Cameron wouldn't exactly say how Quaritch would be back, only teasing that this sequel is "a sci-fi story," hinting there are any number of ways he could be resurrected. The filmmaker also teased that his characters will "evolve into unexpected places" over the course of this franchise, but those statements were over three years ago. During an interview with Mashable, Stephen Lang made it clear »
Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.
Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...
Early ideas stage
The long and winding »
In the Heart of the Sea, 2015.
Directed by Ron Howard.
Massachusetts, 1850. Young novelist Herman Melville visits ageing Thomas Nickerson, the only survivor of the Essex, a whaling ship sunk decades earlier by a great white whale. Nickerson recounts the remarkable true story of the Essex, her crew, and what they endured…
Everybody knows the story of Moby Dick. Even if you’ve never read Herman Melville’s novel published in 1850, you’ve probably heard of the great whale and Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest to defeat it. The less familiar tale is the one that inspired Melville to write his great American novel, a tale published by Nathaniel Philbrick in his 2000 book ‘In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex‘. You see Melville based the Moby Dick plot on a real life incident, »
- Tony Black
James Cameron just won’t let this go, will he? Having spent the last decade almost in development and finally pre-production on a sequel to Avatar, his 2009 3D science-fiction epic which remains the most lucrative film ever made (only second even to Gone With the Wind, adjusted for inflation) what then expanded to three sequels making up a trilogy has now expanded to four, a quadrilogy, all of which presumably will shoot simultaneously and leave Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and co. effectively locked up for surely a couple of years reacting to green screen (to which Twitter reacted wonderfully, incidentally). Who’s to say Cameron will stop at four? Before now and the start of filming, this could spawn the Avatar Extended Universe the way the self-professed ‘King of the World’ is going. The strange thing about the Avatar sequels is »
- Tony Black
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