Mulan’s live-action is now streaming on Disney+; after a pile of controversies and outrage, the fans are finally loving the movie, and the film has been labeled as better than the original Disney movie. But can that magic be reproduced again?
The Disney classic’s remake is not, as everyone involved was clear from the start, really a remake at all, but rather a reproduction of Hua Mulan’s original ballad. Although the 1998 animated version is loved by many, the remake plays in another league.
But Disney is more than a sequel fan, both for its originals and its most recent remakes. So the news that a Mulan 2 is rumored to be in the works should come as no surprise.
Spoilers for ‘Mulan’ Below:
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We emphasize the word “rumored” because, as of yet, there is no Officially confirmation from Disney on such a possibility. But, the makers seem quite positive in terms of preparing a sequel.
By the end of the movie, everyone has forgiven their transgressions, you know, pretending to be a man and getting into the military before saving everyone’s life, basically single-handed. The Emperor invites her to join his guard, but she refuses and returns home to apologize to her family.
They also forgive her, and the Emperor’s commander and men arrive at her village to present her with a new sword, before asking her again if she would reconsider the Emperor’s offer to join his imperial guard. The final shot is of her gazing up at the sky as a phoenix flies overhead.
So all clearly, there is material for a sequel: Mulan’s adventures in the imperial guard. We hope that this will reunite her with Chen Honghui, played by Yoson An, whom she promised she would see again and whose romance is very slightly hinted at.
Disney sequel ‘Mulan 2’ starts with Mylan accepting the marriage proposal from General Shang. As a result, Mushu starts fearing that she will lose her place when adapted in the Shang family. All this time, the Emperor commends Mulan to be with three princesses.
Mushu, while on his journey through China, tries to break the young couple apart. It was an immediate release to VHS and very poorly received. Since we left the first movie with Mulan still very single and without Shang or Mushu as characters, a super exciting live-action sequel would have to invent a whole new story. We don’t doubt it’s possible, but we don’t want it to tarnish the things we love the first time.
Nothing has been officially confirmed, and while rumors say the producers are returning to work, there is no word from the director, Niki Caro, or any of the film’s stars, Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, or Yoson An, of his return.
We will report to you as soon as we get any new information.
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