Disney just can't get enough of turning its animated classics into live-action films. After all, the number one rule of Hollywood is that successes must be repeated.
First, there was Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Then came Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. Kenneth Brannagh's Cinderella opened in theaters just this month and is doing very well at the box office.
Up next is a remake of The Jungle Book starring Bill Murray as Baloo, due April 2016, as is a second helping of Alice. March of 2017 brings Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, and sometime after that, we have the odd pairing of Tim Burton and Dumbo to look forward to.
Today, we can add another to Disney's busy slate. The Hollywood Reporter says that Disney has just bought a script for a live-action adaptation of Mulan. The script comes from newcomers Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, and nothing is known about how it might change or flesh out (so to speak) the animated film.
Originally released in 1998, Mulan retold the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a woman who pretends to be a man so she can join the army in her father's stead. She eventually gains impressive skills as one of the army's foremost warriors and fended off an invasion to save her people. She was voiced by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ming-Na Wen.
There's no word yet on when Disney hopes to have its live-action Mulan in theaters, but given the timeline above, it seems likely to be sometime in 2018 or 2019.