[UPDATE]: via @brett_lemons comes the news that Disney will make it available for download for thirty bucks, which is a much better deal (if one I still wouldn’t take, because if I don’t have the physical item then I haven’t really bought it, and that should be worth a discount). Whether or not this was originally reported incorrectly is a conclusion I shall leave up to my readers.
Otherwise known as ‘ten bucks more than I’d seriously consider:’ “In a move surprising everyone except those of us who’ve been telling you it was coming for months, Disney announced today that their 2020 live action adaptation of Mulan will hit Disney+ on September 4th in a new category of content described as “premium service,” through which subscribers can view Mulan through the streaming site’s new VOD option. This will be simultaneous with limited international theatrical distribution.”
The live-action MULAN lies on the knife-edge with me. The appeal of the character to me is not if she can fight as a man does; it is that Mulan is smart. She’s easily the smartest Disney princess, with an instinctive tactical awareness of her surroundings and a commendable ability to effectively improvise under difficult conditions.
I won’t get all of that, because I don’t own Disney. Whether I get a version that I’ll like remains to be seen. They’re leaving a lot of stuff out of these trailers, I know that much.
Interesting: “Niki Caro, who broke through with the 2002 Maori family drama Whale Rider, will direct Disney’s live-action Mulan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.” …Not that I find it interesting for the same reasons that anybody else will, I’m guessing. It’s interesting because I more or less had to be made to watch Whale Rider, over some protest (I don’t watch many non-genre flicks). After it was over, I turned to my house-mate who had insisted that I sit through it and said (admittedly a bit peevishly and petulantly*), “You could have just told me that she had a telepathic link with the damn whales.”
Which is possibly irrelevant, but still: she did do a good job with Whale Rider. So it might not suck. It had better not suck; Mulan deserves a good adaptation.
*Because it was a good movie, and I am not yet a Buddha.
…Well: “Another live-action take on a Walt Disney Pictures animated feature is on the way today as The Hollywood Reporter reveals that plans are underway for a new big screen take on Mulan!”
Well. That should be… interesting to see. I mean, it’d work pretty well, with the right actress. Just… it’s a movie set in more or less ancient China, OK? Cast it with people of Chinese ancestry. Let’s not have another The Last Airbender situation, here.