Recently Disney has been taking their beloved classics and bringing them back to screen through live action performances. So far, Cinderella, Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast have been adapted. Beauty and the Beast has been breaking records since its debut last weekend, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, had the seventh-biggest domestic box-office launch of all time, surpassing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. After this type of success it doesnâ€™t come as a shock that Disney has several more live-action films ready for the future. One including Mulan.
Disney released the cartoon in 1998 that told the story of a young girl who takes her fatherâ€™s place in the army to save his life, dresses as a man, and saves China. Now twenty years later, the story will be retold on screen, except there will be several differences. Unlike Beauty and the Beast, which not only extended previous songs, but also crafted new songs for the film, according to Mulanâ€™s film director, Niki Caro, Mulan will not be a musical. While the cartoon does not have as many songs as Beauty and the Beast, it still has great ones like â€œHonor Us All,â€ â€œReflection,â€ and no one can forget the powerful â€œIâ€™ll Make a Man out of You.â€ (I still listen to that song when I need a pick me up.) Also news just in, it was released that Li Shang, Mulanâ€™s love interest, will not be a part of the film.
Fans have taken to social media complaining about all of these changes to the classic Disney film, claiming that it will not be the same and I agree with them. How can Li Shang not be a part of a live action version? After the current success of Beauty and the Beast, I really hope Niki Caro changes her mind.