Mulan is a American action drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action adaptation of Disney's animated film of the same name , itself based on the Chinese folklore story, " The Ballad of Mulan ". Plans for a live-action remake began in but the project stalled in " development hell " for most of the decade.
Musical numbers didn't fit the Mulan remake's new tone
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Directed by Niki Caro, the remake has the same story as the musical. Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, it follows the story of a girl impersonating a man in order to fight in the Chinese military, and ward off a Hun invasion. The movie was set to hit cinemas in March, but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Disney decided to bypass the cinema release altogether and premiere Mulan on their streaming service instead. From 4 December , Mulan will be available to all subscribers at no extra cost. But back in March , the Internet went into a frenzy after director Niki Caro told Moviefone the remake would feature no songs. The songs are brilliant, and if I could squeeze them in there, I would have.
Mulan is the latest in a long line of Disney live-action remakes but is probably the one that most radically changes the original source material. This is not the only difference between Mulan 's animated and live-action incantations. The movie will also be without Mushu, the dragon spirit voiced by Eddie Murphy in the animated version. According to director Niki Caro, both have been excised from the live-action version to try and tell a more realistic version of the legend than the primary-colored Disney version — a version created by a white, non-Asian team. She told People : "Mushu, beloved as that character is in the animation, was Mulan's confidante, and part of bringing it into the live-action is to commit to the realism of her journey, and she had to make those relationships with her fellow soldiers. As for the songs, she said something similar to Collider : "It gets a little easier in animation to keep the tension and the reality in place and still have people break into song and sing to camera. We made the decision that we wanted to keep the world—even though it's a fantasy—more grounded, more realistic so those emotions really played and the threat is very real. However, in that same interview, she teased that songs like "Reflection" and "Honor to Us All" would exist in some form in the movie.
Every Disney live-action update comes with a litany of questions. Why does that lion look like that? Wait, there are two Jon Favreaus? The arrival of the new Mulan trailer is no exception. Ahead of its release, some people were expecting the film to be a musical, like the U.