Disney’s live adaptation remakes of its beloved animated films is just beginning. And, with Beauty and the Beast expecting to reach $ 165-170M this weekend, Disney’s re-imagining investment is one lucrative business.
Next in line of the remake slate is a non-musical version of Mulan. Director Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife, North Country) said in an interview with Moviefone that the remake won’t showcase Mulan’s “Reflection” nor it will feature the catchy “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” training tune or any of the songs for that matter. Caro also said that Mulan will be a “big, girly martial arts epic. It will be extremely muscular and thrilling and entertaining and moving.”
From a girl joining the Chinese Imperial Army let’s head on to a street hustler in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah. The Aladdin remake is also in the works with Guy Ritchie on helming duties.
“Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it. When we talked about Aladdin, he said, ‘My stories are really about street hustlers. That’s what I know how to do. And Aladdin is a classic street hustler who makes good.’ Guy’s got his own version of that story in his life. But he wanted to honor and respect the Disney of it all,” Bailey said. “We never want to feel like we have a playbook to these things because we worry it’ll make us creatively complacent. The idea of a highly energized Guy Ritchie Disney musical felt like, Oh, we haven’t done that before.”
Mulan is set to hit theaters November 2018 while Aladdin is yet to be announced.