Be a man! Mulan will be the next film given the Disney live-action treatment

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With several animated live-action retellings in the works over at Disney, the Mouse House has its eyes set on another live-action retelling. The next animated film to get a retelling is the 1998 classic: Mulan.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Disney has bought a script by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek that focuses on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink have been brought onboard as producers for the project.

The original 1998 film followed a young 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. It’s unclear whether or not the film will follow closely with the source material (ala Cinderella) or whether the film will be a brand new reimagining (ala Alice in Wonderland).

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Disney looking to its animated library to find a film to give the live-action treatment isn’t surprising. Their recent effort Cinderella is killing it at the worldwide box office (currently at $336.2 million) and last year’s Maleficent earned itself a lofty $758.4 million dollars worldwide.

Next up for Disney is Jon Favreau’s retelling of The Jungle Book with Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters the following year. Also on the live-action retelling front is the sequel to Alice in Wonderland and Tim Burton’s Dumbo.

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