Mulan is one of those Disney properties that goes under the radar for many of the older crowds, but those who were alive with VHS’s knew all about Mulan. Disney is making their live-action while there will be another version of the film later to hit theaters, but right now it’s all about the outrage of recent news that Disney’s live-action retelling may not feature many, if any, of the songs from the original through a musical format.
In an exclusive interview with MovieFone – READ HERE – Caro gets asked about what the film will shape up to be if it’s not a musical as well as the current state of the songs even showing up the film, her response; “Yes, from what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children.”
The horror goes well beyond just her own children I cam promise you that, but at the same time, she gives us some really strong quotes about what the film is choosing to be while still representing a strong, female protagonist in response to a question that needed confirmed by the director herself;
“Well I’m not going to contradict Sean. His sensibility and mine for the material is right in sync. It’s a big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.”
The interview also reveals to us that it could very much have a Ridley Scott tone with the action set pieces, though I don’t expect it to be that extreme, at least we can get an idea of what they are trying to go for now. The story of Mulan is a powerful, wonderful, feminist tale that is ripe for a live-action martial arts slash war type film.
The other live-action re-tellings of classic Disney properties have been musicals be technicality, but they don’t go all out like their animated counterparts so it shouldn’t be as surprising that they are trying to at least deviate from what was already made with the animated pictures. It may be difficult to handle if you’re a fan of the original musicals, but at least they are veering away from just putting real people in the roles of films that already carry loads of nostalgia for a generation. My optimistic lenses show me that at least they are trying to make genre films beyond what we’ve already been given.
The film hasn’t even started production nor revealed it’s possible star(s) so things could very well change if Disney feels like listening to the fans reactions to the live-action films. Of course, they didn’t listen to me after I said that those Alice In Wonderland movies were butt cheeks, but it turns out money speaks louder than me…