There’s no doubt that Walt Disney’s live-action film adaptations are a hit with moviegoers, the studio has found overwhelming success with ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Cinderella’ just over the past five years. The studio is currently putting the final touches on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ before production begins later this year, and it seems that Disney is already lining up another film for the future.
The next film in the series that may get the live-action treatment is one that put Disney in hot water with China back in 1998, the story of ‘Mulan’. The latest report from THR indicates that Disney has recently bought a script for a live-action Mulan, which follows a female soldier that hid her identity to fight in the Chinese army in lieu of her ailing father. The most recent film, ‘Cinderella,’ dominated the box-office in its opening week at theaters, the film has earned roughly $335 million since its global release in early March.
We reported earlier this month that Disney is also planning a live-action ‘Dumbo’ for release. That film is expected to be helmed by Tim Burton if everything goes according to plan. The live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ film has already secured an impressive cast including Emma Watson as Belle, Luke Evans as Gaston, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Josh Gad as Le Fou and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will be directed by Bill Condon, working from a screenplay from Stephen Chbosky. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is expected to release in theaters in 2017.
As for Mulan, no official details have been released about the project. If the film moves along in production, it’s safe to assume that it will also be given an all-star cast. Disney’s latest darling, ‘Cinderella,’ managed to secure Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter for starring roles. It will be exciting to see a more diverse cast make it to the big-screen in the new Mulan, if the project continues to move forward.