The live-action remake is going to cost Disney 100 million dollars and Caro is the second helmer at Disney, after Ava Duvernay being a first with A Wrinkle in Time. Salonga voiced her support for the film's approach today via her personal Twitter account. This is a story about war against an invading army, and the live-action violence will be inherently scarier and higher-stakes than cartoon. That is perfectly fine by me.
Disney's upcoming remake of Mulan will not feature any songs, unlike the original. Variety reported in February that she was in talks to direct "Mulan". She was constantly ridiculed for not being as strong as her fellow soldiers.
Each one of Disney's live action remakes carries with it a potential to bring something to an old and beloved tale. Forcing a film to be a musical would hurt the quality of the film. The musical numbers in the animated version of Mulan, added another complex sensory stimulant, that allowed viewers to immerse themselves and their emotions in the film. A Dreamworks film we kid, we kid.
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Moreover, Niki Caro is being paired with martial arts producing guru Bill Kong, who previously worked on Oscar-winning martial arts epic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, so it's unlikely he'd get involved with it if it were a musical. She says this in a new interview with ScreenCrush courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
But from what I understand, no songs? Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's ugly exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. Listen, I get that the original Mulan has its fans and can riff off all the songs from the soundtrack. The film is rumoured to be going before the cameras later this year.
Caro's Children aren't the only ones horrified over the prospect of a song-less Mulan.