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Mulan will get down to business as Disney's next live action adaptation

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Disney's next foray into adapting its own classic animated properties for big budget live action films will likely be a new version of Mulan, the 1998 animated film based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project is based on a script by newcomers Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek (who helped bring the Afghan Women's Writing Project to the American stage), with the odd choice of Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (Kyle XY, The Hangover, We're the Millers) as producers.

With the success of Alice in Wonderland reinforced by Maleficent and Cinderella, Disney seems to be moving full steam ahead with lavishly produced, even special-effects-heavy live action remakes of their most successful classic films. Cinderella, for example, topped the box office in its opening weekend — the biggest opening weekend of Kenneth Branagh's directorial career — and has grossed more than $335 million in its first two weeks. It will be followed by a sequel to Alice in Wonderland and live action versions of Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and Dumbo. But Mulan will be the first film in the series that, unlike Wonderland or Maleficent, doesn't need a retelling or a refocusing to be what it is: an action blockbuster with a female lead.

Of course, there's no information on casting yet for the film. 1998's Mulan saw Ming Na, Lea Salonga, BD Wong, Pat Morita, George Takei and others form a majority Asian cast to craft the film's voicework. One would hope that Disney would continue such a trend of appropriate casting for a film based on (or based on something that was based on) traditional Chinese legend. It's even possible that Ming Na, Mulan's speaking voice, could return for a role. After all, the actress is still around and already working in a Disney production: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.

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