A live-action retelling of the hit animated film Mulan is in the works at Disney. Based on the Chinese legend about a female warrior, the script for the new adaptation was written by newcomers Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek.
The studio’s 1998 feature told the story of a young woman who secretly dresses as a man and runs away from home so she can save her sickly father from death by taking his place in the army and going to war against the Hun invasion. Assisted by her guardian dragon, Mushu, Mulan develops her skills as a warrior and goes on to become one of the nation’s greatest heroines. Not only was the film a huge commercial success, but it received considerable critical acclaim. The original movie also spawned a 2005 direct-to-DVD sequel.
Producing the new film are Chris Bender and J.C. Spink, best known for the hit 2013 comedy We’re The Millers.
Disney has been busy producing a number of live-action retellings based on their most famous and best loved properties, including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. However, this project will likely appeal to a more diverse audience, given the action-themed subject matter.