Disney has continued to make themselves into the biggest media company on Planet Earth, partially by strip-mining their vault for any of their animated classics they can make into a live-action movie. (Yet we still don't have a Blu-ray of The Brave Little Toaster.) Cinderella was one of the 10 biggest movies of 2015. The Jungle Book was one of the five biggest movies of 2016. And Beauty and the Beast was the second-biggest movie of 2017. They've also achieved smaller-scale success with the Pete's Dragon remake, and the adjacent movies Christopher Robin and Maleficent.
And next year sees the release of three of their remakes – Dumbo, Aladdin and The Lion King – in a span of four months, though I wouldn't be surprised if one of those titles moves to the fall. But they're still hard at work on even more, including Mulan, which just began production.
The film will shoot in New Zealand and China, and thankfully features an all Asian and Asian-American cast, including Liu Yifei (The Forbidden Kingdom), Donnie Yen (Rogue One) and Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story). Disney has had its share of controversies in the last year, but white-washing Mulan won't be one of them.
The original 1998 film grossed $120 million domestically, and was overshadowed by Pixar's second effort A Bug's Life. But it's endured a better reputation than some of Disney's other '90s efforts, mainly because it served as inspiration for many Asian-American girls, and because of its semi-progressive gender politics. (And no, the vice president was not a fan.)
Mulan will be released on March 27, 2020.