In 2015, Disney announced their live-action remake of the classic 90s animated films Aladdin and Mulan. Now, with Beauty and the Beast hitting theatres, some new information about the two films has been released courtesy of the President of Walt Disney Studios’ Motion Picture Production, Sean Bailey.
In an interview with Vulture, Bailey released key information about the live-action return of the classic films. To make life easier for you, we have compiled a list of everything we know so far about Disney’s upcoming features.
1. The live-action Mulan will focus on strength and female empowerment.
“Mulan is clearly an empowered female story but we can also do something new in this re-imagining, make it a little more muscular, stronger, with a touch of Ridley Scott,” said Bailey.
2. According to Vulture, sources close to the feature say that Mulan is not expected to prominently feature songs.
3. The film will be Directed by Niki Caro, a New Zealand-born Director and Writer best-known for her work on the 2002 film Whale Rider and 2005 film North Country.
4. Respecting China’s legend of Hua Mulan, the story of a warrior woman from the Southern and Northern Dynasties period of Chinese history, Disney has promised an all-Chinese cast.
“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. Mulan is and will always be the lead character in the story, and all primary roles, including the love interest, are Chinese,” said a Disney representative.
5. Lauren Hynek and Rick Jaffa, best known for Jurassic World and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will pen the script.
6. Disney might be working with collaborators in china.
“Obviously the idea of working with collaborators in China is an interesting opportunity too,” Bailey said.
7. The budget and location will offer scope for a ‘girly martial arts extravaganza’.
“I haven’t started yet so I can’t give you any real detail. But the budget and the location and the story is offering such scope to me for [an] incredible, muscular piece of girly martial arts extravaganza in China. And I can’t wait,” said Director Niki Caro to Screen Crush.
6. Disney’s Mulan remake is scheduled for release on November 2, 2018, 20 years after its first release.
1. Aladdin will be Directed by Guy Ritchie who is known for his work on Sherlock Holmes, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and the upcoming film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
“Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all,” Bailey said.
“We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.”
2. Disney will be casting middle eastern actors, ensuring the film is diverse.
“Look at me. (Laughs) I mean I’m not a typical guy. Listen I’m very fortunate working in Hollywood; I am diverse. So when I came in to make the movie, I wanted to make a diverse version of the movie. Luckily for me Guy Ritchie has the same vision and Disney has the same vision, so we’re not here to make Prince of Persia. We want to make a movie that’s authentic to that world,” said Producer Dan Lin (The Lego Movie).
3. The new Aladdin will stay true to the 90s film and will be a musical.
Disney’s live-action Aladdin will be penned by writer John August who is known for his work on Big Fish, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
4. According to sources, Disney is planning an Aladdin prequel that will focus on Genies.
5. The due date has yet to be revealed.