Mulan director opens up about decision to drop musical numbers from live-action remake

Director Niki Caro has explained why there will be no musical numbers in the upcoming live-action Mulan remake.The movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei alongside Jason Scott Lee and Jet Li, follows the story of a young Chinese woman who disguises hers…

Director Niki Caro has explained why there will be no musical numbers in the upcoming live-action Mulan remake.

The movie, which stars newcomer Liu Yifei alongside Jason Scott Lee and Jet Li, follows the story of a young Chinese woman who disguises herself as a male warrior and joins the army in order to save her ailing father.

While the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to the 1998 animated Disney classic featured such songs as Reflection, I’ll Make a Man Out of You, and A Girl Worth Fighting For, Caro has now explained why her version doesn’t include any musical numbers.

“I mean, back to the realism question – we don’t tend to break into song when we go to war. Not that I’m saying anything against the animation,” the director said at a press presentation, according to Digital Spy. “The songs are brilliant, and if I could squeeze them in there, I would have. But we do honour the music from the animation in a very significant way.”

Caro also upset fans when she revealed that Mushu, who served as Mulan’s dragon guardian and was voiced by Eddie Murphy in the original, would not be making an appearance in the new film.

“I think we can all appreciate that Mushu is irreplaceable,” she stated, before adding that there will be a creature that serves as the spiritual representation of Mulan’s ancestors, but it will not be an animated dragon.

Mulan, also featuring Donnie Yen, Yoson An, and Gong Li, hits cinemas from 25 March.

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Fans share excitement over live-action Mulan teaser trailer

Film fans have taken to social media to share their excitement over the first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action Mulan.Directed by Niki Caro, the upcoming movie is a remake of the 1998 animated classic of the same name and stars Chinese actress Li…

Film fans have taken to social media to share their excitement over the first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action Mulan.

Directed by Niki Caro, the upcoming movie is a remake of the 1998 animated classic of the same name and stars Chinese actress Liu Yifei as the gender-bending titular character, who impersonates a man to honour her warrior father and fight against invaders.

Released on YouTube on Sunday, the 90-second trailer follows Mulan as she gets to work on preparing for battle while simultaneously appearing to abide by the traditions of her family, and accordingly, fans took to social media to praise the fresh take on the narrative.

“Can’t believe Disney are finally giving us a live-action remake that might actually add something new to the source material!” journalist David Opie wrote on Twitter, while film critic Rendy Jones commented, “I give it this, the film looks like it will focus more on Mulan and her being a warrior who comes to her own without a dragon and bug helping her way which seems to be the right forward step. The tone feels rightfully mature as well. I just hope it’s a re-imagining than a remake.”

Another Twitter user added: “#Mulan was the hero of my childhood. An Asian woman was seen by many kids as the ultimate hero better than Superman, Hercules and Spider-Man. A woman could do greater than men. An Asian woman against the white male supremacy and didn’t need a man to succeed in life.”

But while many fans expressed delight over the trailer, a number of people pointed out that it appeared the new film won’t have the same musical numbers, or an appearance from cheeky dragon Mushu, as voiced by Eddie Murphy in the original.

“Mulan definitely looks like a bada*s… even if I’m sad that the movie won’t have any songs or Mushu, this movie looks like it’s going to be a hit!!” another Twitter user insisted.

The live-action Mulan, also starring Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, and Jet Li, is set to hit cinemas in March 2020.

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Lindsay Lohan keen to make live-action Little Mermaid with Meryl Streep

Lindsay Lohan has publicly declared to Disney that Ariel from The Little Mermaid would be her dream role.In recent years the Mean Girls star has taken a break from acting and has focused on building a nightclub empire in Greece, though she’ll be back o…

Lindsay Lohan has publicly declared to Disney that Ariel from The Little Mermaid would be her dream role.

In recent years the Mean Girls star has taken a break from acting and has focused on building a nightclub empire in Greece, though she’ll be back on the big screen in upcoming horror The Shadow Within.

And while she’s busy filming a new MTV reality series based on her Greek ventures, it seems as though Lindsay is ready to go back to acting full time.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday (14Aug18), Lindsay tagged Walt Disney Studios’ bosses in an image from 1989 animated classic The Little Mermaid, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, showing Ariel, the mermaid who dreams of being a human, and sea witch Ursula, and Lindsay declared that she wanted the part.

“My dream role with #MerylStreep,” she wrote over the picture.

This isn’t the first time Lindsay has shared her desire to play the flame-haired Disney princess; in 2017 she told her Instagram followers: “I will sing again, as #ariel #thelittlemermaid @disney approve that #billcondon directs it along with my sister @alianamusic singing the theme song for the soundtrack.”

It’s not yet known if her public pleas have been listened to, as Disney executives have yet to announce the cast for the live-action remake of the story, which Rob Marshall is directing and Lin-Manuel Miranda is producing.

A separate Little Mermaid movie is about to be released in America and Britain, starring Shirley MacLaine and Poppy Drayton.

Live-action remakes of Disney animated classics Dumbo, Mulan and The Lion King will also be hitting theatres over the next two years.

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