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‘Mulan’ Live-Action Director: Why Director Ang Lee Rejects Disney

With the movie adaptation fast-tracked, Disney is on a search for Mulan live-action director. However, the first name that came up to the list rejects the offer.

The adaptation of the 1998 Disney film remains controversial. Up until now in choosing for a Mulan live-action director, the road to the creation of the movie look as challenging as Mulan’s journey herself.

Ever since the studio announced a live-action reboot will be made, fans have created uproar not to whitewash the story that is based on a Chinese legend of a girl named Mulan. The efforts did not go to waste since Disney was quick to let fans know they are doing a global casting for a Chinese actress to play the titular heroine.

But recently news broke out that Mulan’s love interest will be replaced by a “30-something European trader” who fell in love with Mulan and help her save China. This angered fans not only because of whitewashing the character but also changing Mulan’s narrative from being a revolutionary heroine who saved her country to being a damsel in distress who needs to be saved by someone else.

The studio has cleared the speculations by saying it was only a jumping off point for the adaptation that will be both based on the animated film and the literary ballad but the said script will not be used for the final draft.

Having a script rewritten by Jurassic World’s (2015) Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver from Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin’s script, a search for an Asian Mulan live-action director has been a priority with the movie being fast-track targeting a Nov. 2, 2018 release date.

However, the first director the studio has tapped rejects the offer. Ang Lee, the acclaimed director of Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Life of Pi (2012), declines directing the adaptation. The reason is unknown.

Speculations include Lee’s busy schedule. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, a movie helmed by the Taiwanese director, is to be released this November.

Notably, Sony is also in the works on creating their own Mulan live-action movie adaptation with primarily Asian actors to cast. Sony is also producing and distributing Lee’s movie through the studio’s TriStar division. Thus, there are speculations that Sony might have already tapped on Lee first to create the live-action movie.

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