No, not the Disney one.
Disney recently announced a live-action remake of Mulan, following the outrageous success of their Jungle Book remake (and what I’m assuming will be a successful Beauty and the Beast remake). Considering Disney’s track record with live-action re-imaginings of animated classics, this seems like a pretty sure bet.
Well, turns out other studios want in on that live-action pie. In similar fashion to Warner Brothers producing their own live-action Jungle Book, Sony has committed to their own dueling Mulan film alternatively titled The Latest in a Long Series of Mistakes by Sony.
Here are the details, courtesy of THR:
Game of Thrones director Alex Graves is in early talks to helm Sony’s live-action film Mulan.
With a script by Mirror Mirror‘s Jason Keller, the project is being co-financed by Doug Belgrad via his new banner 2.0 Entertainment. Sony is planning the pic as an international/Chinese co-production.
According to THR, Sony’s Mulan will not be based on the classic animated film due to Disney obviously in possession of the rights. Instead, Sony’s version will be based on “the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the daughter of an aged warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the army and go to war.” You know what that sounds like?
Kudos to Sony for beating Disney in the directorial race, as Disney’s version has yet to find its director. With that being said, I’m still pretty confident Disney will remain the winner in this. Either Disney releases their Mulan first, with Sony’s then viewed as a pointless imitator, or Sony will rush their film out the gate in typical Sony fashion and resulting in a mess of a film, made all the more embarrassing whenever Disney releases their version.
I really don’t understand Sony’s thought process behind this, but then again this is Sony we’re talking about. They’re defined by their bad decisions. I just don’t see how Sony walks away a winner here. Graves is a solid director, but I’m left wondering if it would’ve been better to have a woman or person of Asian descent (or both!) helm this film. Diversity is cool yo.
Of course,this is but a lowly internet blogger’s opinion, which matters little. What do you guys think of Sony making their own live-action Mulan? Sound off in the comments below.