Ever since 2014’s ‘Maleficent’, Disney has been making its ways through their animated classics and giving them a live-action remake. While many have become an almost direct adaptation, director Niki Caro has revealed that the live-action release of ‘Mulan’ will feature no musical numbers.
Currently slated for release in 2018, the film has already come under scrutiny due to fears of white-washing, a concern that currently appears unfounded. With the film now in the final stages of pre-production, many have speculated at what type of adaptation Caro will deliver, and fans may be disappointed to learn that the songs from the original animated film will not be making an appearance.
Speaking to Moviefone, Caro stated that her version of the 1998 animated classic would be “a big, girly martial arts epic” just like the animated movie, and also confirmed that the ‘Mulan’ remake is not a musical:
“Yes, from what I understand, no songs right now, much to the horror of my children.”
For fans of the original, this may come as disappointing news. ‘Mulan’ has oofered some of the most popular songs in the Disney library inlcuding ‘I’ll Make a Man Out of You’ and ‘A Girl Worth Fighting For’. However, the decision to step away from its musical roots may hint at a more darker and action-packed remake to revitalize the classic tale.
It is also possible that both Disney and Caro will change their mind in the coming months and decide to include the musical numbers. With the film believed to begin shooting in China this spring, and still no word as to who will star in the epic, it is hoped more information will be released in the near future.