The Live-Action Mulan Is Not Going To Be A Musical


With Beauty and the Beast raking in all of the money in the box office right now and being packed full with as many songs as you’ve had hot dinners, it was sort of looking like the 2018 live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan would be the same.

We were more or less expecting songs left, right and centre including ‘Reflection’ and ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You’ with a bit of sword fighting thrown in the mix but it’s looking like we were wrong. If director Niki Caro gets her way, Mulan will be more like Jungle Book than Beauty and the Beast (both remakes, I mean), in the sense that there won’t be any songs, really…


Apparently we’re too expect a very girly martial arts adventure. Her words, not mine. Caro has some pretty big ideas for the film and has already made it clear that the cast will be all Asian (although amidst all of the white-washing controversy, you have to admit that Disney would have to be unbelievably stupid to cast Jennifer Lawrence or someone as Mulan regardless of Niki Caro’s input) and that is will essentially be a kid-friendly version of Kill Bill… which should be interesting.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she said:

I haven’t started yet so I can’t give you any real detail. But the budget and the location and the story [are] offering such scope to me for [an] incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China. And I can’t wait.”

She went on to say that she was also insistent on learning martial arts herself, for some reason:

I’ve got my little girl, she’s 9. We’re going to start learning mixed martial arts in preparation.”


She also had a little say on the musical side of the film. It sounds like it’s going to have even less music in it that the live-action Jungle Book, which had one or two songs chucked in there.

From what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children.”

If you’re unaware, Mulan follows the story of a girl who takes her father’s place in the Chinese military but, since she’s a woman and patriarchy prevails, she has to pretend to be a man.

It should be interesting to see what Disney come up with here. It seems like they’ve not put a foot wrong since John Carter…

Images via Disney

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