After the internet collectively lost its mind of the fact that the live action adaptation of Mulan would not be a musical, it looks like #Disney are trying to do some damage control. Pulling a 180 on her previous comments, Mulan director Niki Caro is now stating that the movie may have songs after all.
Previously telling Moviefone that Mulan wouldn't have songs, much to her children's "horror", Caro now seems to have forgotten mentioning the movie's musical component — or lack thereof.
Talking to the LA Times, Caro revealed that the movie may yet feature classics like "Let's Get Down To Business", as this is all still being discussed.
"I don’t know where that’s come from. We’ve never talked about songs, and no decision has been made."
As baffling as her comments are, we should draw hope from what Caro says, as it seems likely that — after the intense backlash against the idea of #Mulan not being a musical — Disney may decide to leave the songs in. Considering that the soundtrack for the 1998 animated Mulan is remembered as one of Disney's best, keeping the songs for the live action remake might be a wise move.
However, there's still no confirmation on the other rumored changes — the 2018 film will reportedly have a slightly different storyline and, most concerning of all, will not include the male lead Li Shang. Thankfully though, Disney have at least assured fans that the film will have an entirely Asian cast, after reports that the male lead would be "European" sparked heated criticism online.
It's clear that Disney will have to tread carefully when adapting this beloved animated classic, and with any luck they'll treat it with the same respect and attention to detail as they gave Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.
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