Total Film|July 2020
When news first broke that Disney had greenlit a live-action remake of the 1998 animation Mulan, which featured captivating songs and a wise-cracking dragon sidekick voiced by Eddie Murphy, many may have expected a slavishly faithful recreation of the beloved original. After all, neither Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin nor Jon Favreau’s The Lion King did much to deviate, and both went on to earn more than $1 billion at the global box office. However, a musical was never on the cards for Mulan.
“Honestly, that was never a discussion I had with Disney,” director Niki Caro confirms to Teasers. Instead, Caro turned to the source. “Both I and the studio were really committed to honoring the DNA of the 1998 animation and the centuries-old Ballad Of Mulan on which the story is based – but we always knew we wanted to make something completely new. This was never going to be a frame-by-frame retelling of the story.”
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