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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Daniel Bruhl to make directorial debut

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner. According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also a…

Daniel Bruhl is gearing up to make his directorial debut.

The Captain America: Civil War actor will lead German-language comedy Next Door and serve as a producer under his Amusement Park Films banner.

According to editors at Deadline, Bruhl will also appear in the film, which will begin shooting next year. Daniel Kehlmann is writing the script.

Producer Malte Grunert announced the project at the Zurich Film Festival and described it as a “dark comedy dealing with social inequalities and gentrification,” according to Variety.

No other casting details have been announced.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Bruhl added in the caption, “It’s happening, a new challenge ahead. Thankful and thrilled!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of the 41-year-old’s followers, including actress Jessica Chastain, who joked: “Congrats! Guess I missed your casting call…,” alongside a smiley face emoji.

Bruhl and Chastain previously appeared together in The Zookeeper’s Wife, Niki Caro’s 2017 war drama, which was based on Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction book of the same name.

In recent years, the German-Spanish star has become known for his performances in films such as Rush, Woman in Gold, and The Cloverfield Paradox. He played Laszlo Kreizler in 2018 TV series The Alienist, a part he is set to reprise in forthcoming show, The Angel of Darkness, and is currently in the post-production stages of The King’s Man, a prequel to Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman film series. The flick, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou, is to be released in the U.S. on 14 February 2020.

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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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