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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Mulan’ Sets Release Date

Production fast-tracked for fall 2018 debut

Walt Disney is fast-tracking production on its live-action, 3D take on the female-warrior tale “Mulan.”

The movie will hit theaters on November 2, 2018, the studio announced Tuesday.

The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Jurassic World”), who came on to rewrite the spec script after Disney purchased it in 2015. Jason Reed is attached to produce alongside Chris Bender and Jake Weiner.

The studio released an animated version of the “Mulan” story in 1998.

“Mulan” tells the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man so she can join the army and fight in a war. The character first appeared in an ancient Chinese poem, and it’s unknown whether Mulan is based on a real heroine or if the poem was merely an allegory.

Disney’s 1998 animated take on the tale was a solid success, grossing $120.6 million domestically and $304.3 million worldwide.

Live-action updates of the company’s beloved animated fairy tales have been lucrative and sparked renewed fan excitement.

The update of “The Jungle Book” was a smash hit, earning $965.8 million worldwide, after it hit theaters in April. Other Disney live-action films based on iconic properties include “Maleficent,” “Cinderella” and the forthcoming “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Emma Watson as Belle.