Disney to make live-action version of Mulan

By Erik Crouch, March 31, 2015

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If we had to guess, then about two years ago, some Disney executive declared: "Hey! Let's put people in our older movies!" Everyone  clapped. The high-fived. And now, they're doing it.

A live-action version of "Cinderella" is in theaters this month, to mild reviews and millions in box office revenue. "Beauty and the Beast" is in the works, as is "Dumbo." "Maleficent" happened. And, we have now learned, Disney is working to remake their China epic, "Mulan."

Details are still few and far between, but this much seems certain: 1) It will be written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek and 2) This movie - assuming it's allowed to play - will dominate the Chinese box office when it hits.

If there were ever a chance for a glitzy international co-production, this would be it. Take a massive, established studio that is rebooting an already-popular brand, couple that with the 2016 planned opening of Shanghai Disney, and you've got yourselves a hit. Minor details (plots, actors, etc.) can be worked out later - Disney has already got this one all figured out.

Hollywood Reporter broke the story earlier today, and time will tell how this re-re-reproduction of the legend of Hua Mulan will play out. As long as it has a version of I'll Make a Man Out of You in there somewhere, we'll be happy.

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