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After Aladdin and The Lion King, Mulan was the next Disney classic to undergo a live-action remake. The film was set to come out early next year, but news has dropped that may mean the potential delay of the film.
According to The DisInsider, Mulan is set to undergo ‘extensive reshoots’ and they could go on for months, possibly lasting as late as February 2020. No details have been released for the nature of the reshoots, but it’s said it has to do something with significant battle sequences; it’s also said that early test screenings for the film have not ended well too.
The first release of the trailer was actually met with a very positive reception, but a lot of fans are kind of upset that the movie won’t be featuring any of the classic songs from the original. Not to mention the character Mushu has been replaced with a non-talking Phoenix.
I think it’s also worth mentioning that actress Yifei Liu had fallen under scrutiny after she shared her sentiments that she supports the police in Hong Kong. For now, the country is in the midst of civil unrest, and Liu showing her non-support for the protesters have gotten her somewhat “cancelled” online, what with the hashtag #BoycottMulan going around.
We don’t know if Disney is planning to address those issues, but for now all we can really do is speculate. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how the film turns out next year.
Here’s the official synopsis of the original movie:
Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan (Ming-Na Wen) takes his spot — though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu (Eddie Murphy), she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.
Should the film not be delayed, Mulan is aiming for a release on March 27, 2020.