♫ Who is that live-action human woman I seeeeee, up upon that movie screen? / WHY IS MY REFLECTION SOMEONE I DON’T KNOWWWWWW ♫
Because you’re not an animated Disney princess anymore, Mulan.
You’re being rebooted.
Sony’s jumping on the live-action Disney princess trend running rampant through Hollywood with a new take on the legend of Hua Mulan, the Chinese folk hero that inspired the 1998 animated film.
With the recent deluge of nostalgia-drenched live-action remakes in theatres and on the docket (CINDERELLA, THE JUNGLE BOOK, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LITTLE MERMAID…the list goes on), it was only a matter of time before the crossdressing warrior woman got flesh-and-blood representation on screen. Last year, in fact, Disney announced its own Mulan remake, though we haven’t heard much since. But it wouldn’t be the first time another studio stood against the House of Mouse in a retread of previous princess territory–THE LITTLE MERMAID is being adapted by both Disney and Universal, the latter’s production slated to star Chloe Grace Moretz; meanwhile, THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST remake starring Emma Watson we’re all dying to see was actually preceded by a French version of the fairytale with Léa Seydoux as the titular Belle, which will premiere in the states this month.
But a MULAN reboot actually strikes me as a bit more inspired than the other recent efforts. As AV Club pointed out, Sony will be able to adapt the original legend without directly borrowing from the Disney version. And Variety reports that Sony will eschew any whitewashing in their production: they actually plan to shoot the film in China– partnering with a Chinese studio–with a largely Chinese cast. What a concept! And who doesn’t want to see Mulan kick-ass in 3 dimensions?
Via AV Club