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Disney Eyes Mulan as Next Live-Action Remake; Will Tony Winner David Zippel's Songs Be Included?

Disney Eyes Mulan as Next Live-Action Remake; Will Tony Winner David Zippel's Songs Be Included?
Mushu & Mulan in 'Mulan'
No timeline for the film has yet been announced.

Hot off the heels of Cinderella, Disney has its eyes on another animated film to retell in a live-action blockbuster. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has added Mulan to its list of live-action projects, having bought a script penned by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek.

The 1998 animated film featured a score by Matthew Wilder and Tony winner David Zippel. Tony winner Lea Salonga, who will return to Broadway later this year in Allegiance, provided the singing voice of the titular warrior. Additional cast members included Harvey Fierstein and BD Wong. No word yet whether the live remake will showcase the songs from the original, which included “True to Your Heart,” “Reflection” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.”

Mulan explores the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. In the animated film, Mulan disguises herself as man and takes her father’s place in the army to fight the invading Huns. The spirit of her ancestors summon Mushu, a tiny dragon, to try to stop her, but when he cannot, he stays by her side as a sidekick and guardian.

In addition to Cinderella, the new Mulan would trail behind previous live remakes Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, as well as the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, which will feature Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald and more. New takes on The Jungle Book and Dumbo are reportedly in the works as well.

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