It really does seem now that Disney are bereft of original ideas and are – to use an unprofessional expression- – taking the piss. I had a feeling that, after the huge success of their new version of The Jungle Book which did admittedly turn out rather well, they may decide to re-do The Lion King. So therefore it wasn’t much of a surprise when they did announce a remake, though of course I was hoping that I would be wrong. However, many websites have reported that the studio is also now going to reboot Mulan, their 1998 adventure set in medieval China based on the folktale about a young woman who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns, and who decides to disguise herself and join in his place. It’s not quite top-grade Disney, though it’s still pretty good.
The studio has announced that the new iteration of Mulan will open in cinemas on November 2, 2018, marking the original film’s 20th anniversary. A script was written by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin a while back ,but it’s been overhauled by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver [Jurassic World, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes] their screenplay apparently “a more nuanced and elaborate adaptation” and the search is on right now to find a Chinese actress for the lead role, plus of course a director.
Even if this turns out well as some of these remakes are bound to do so [i.e.Cinderella], I can’t help but feeling that Disney are tarnishing their legacy with all this. Will future kids even want to see the animated versions when the newer live action versions are the ones they see first and will no doubt be wowed by?