Disney's live-action 'Mulan' gets winter 2018 release date

Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Gets Winter 2018 Release Date

Disney’s live-action retelling of the classic animated hit "Mulan" is a go. The movie, which is being fast-tracked, will hit theaters on Nov. 2, 2018, and be released in 3D, the studio announced Tuesday. Disney is launching a global casting search for a Chinese actress to play Mulan. The news that the studio is turning its 1998 classic animated hit into a live-action title comes after such successes as "Maleficent," "The Jungle Book" and "Cinderella," among other titles. And Disney is currently gearing up for the release of "Beauty and the Beast," which opens March 17 and is expected to be one of the top-grossing titles of 2017. Like the 1998 animated film, "Mulan" is based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, about the daughter of an aged warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the army and go to war. Aided by her trusted dragon, Mushu, she becomes a skilled warrior and one of the country’s greatest heroines.

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Disney promises all-Asian cast for new 'Mulan'

"The spec script was a jumping-off point for a new take on the story that draws from both the literary ballad of Mulan and Disney’s 1998 animated film," the source says. "Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese."

Mulan (1998 film)

Mulan is a 1998 American animated musical action-comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. Disney's 36th animated feature, it was directed by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook, with story by Robert D. San Souci and screenplay by Rita Hsiao, Philip LaZebnik, Chris Sanders, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, and Raymond Singer.