The latest is Mulan, and just the 1998 movie, it will focus on a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man so she can take her father’s place in the army and go to war. With the help of her trusty dragon sidekick Mushu, she becomes a skilled warrior and, eventually, one of the country’s greatest heroines.
Disney has bought the script from writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, while Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (We’re the Millers) have been set to produce. The original animated movie grossed over $300 million worldwide when it was released and even scored Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
There’s no word on a release date yet, but Mulan is just one of many live-action adaptations in the works.
Others include Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast (which will star Emma Watson and Dan Stevens), The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland 2, and perhaps most surprisingly, a live-action Dumbo from Tim Burton.