Disney is on a roll. With the major successes of live-action film versions of your favorite animated Disney classics including Maleficent, Alice In Wonderland, and the just-released Cinderella, the studio is on fire. Production for an updated version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, will begin soon and The Jungle Book and an Alice sequel will arrive in 2016. But it doesn't stop there. So what's the next animated flick to get the live-action treatment? Mulan!
According to People, Disney has already acquired a script by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek. It tells the story of the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior the 1998 original animated film was based on.
Mulan made $304.3 million worldwide and received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Actress Ming-Na Wen served as the speaking voice of Mulan while Broadway star Lea Solanga provided the singing voice. Eddie Murphy, a few years before he would play Donkey to Shrek, voiced Mulan's cute dragon sidekick Mushu. A fresh faced Christina Aguilera also recorded a version of the song "Reflection" from the film that would go on to become her debut single.
Mulan is still in the early stages of development, but Beauty and the Beast sounds like it is in good shape for its expected March 2017 release date. It was just announced that Tony Award winner Audra McDonald joined the cast.