Disney's "Mulan" (1998) ist die Zeichentrick-Verfilmung einer chinesischen Sage...
Die Hunnen bedrohen China. Als das tapfere Mädchen Mulan erfährt, dass auch ihr kranker Vater in den Krieg ziehen muss, fasst sie einen Entschluss. Sie verkleidet sich als Mann und nimmt den Platz ihres Vaters in der kaiserlichen Armee ein...
Die Dreharbeiten zur Realverfilmung "Mulan" mit Ziyi Zhang (u.a. "Tiger & Dragon", "Hero") in der Titelrolle sollen letzten Meldungen zufolge im Herbst 2010 beginnen... Ein Kinostart vor 2012 ist daher unwahrscheinlich...
Hollywood hitmaker Jan de Bont has signed up to direct Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi in an independently-produced, English-language co-production of the classic tale of Hua Mulan, the legendary young heroine soldier who joins an all-male army.
"Mulan" is set to start shooting this fall outside Shanghai, where de Bont, the director of "Speed," "Twister" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" will attempt to bring romance, action and drama to screenwriter John Blickstead’s recreation of the Chinese Joan of Arc story that was first described in a 6th century poem. The story was popularized around the world in the 1998 Walt Disney animated film of the same name.
Zhang is one of China’s biggest actresses, and the new "Mulan" film comes at a time when the country’s movie business is growing by leaps and bounds at home but has scored relatively few hits overseas.
Zhang is a recognizable star in the West for her roles in more than a few of the Chinese films that have crossed over, such as the Academy Award-winning "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the Palme d’Or-nominated "2046," and the Oscar-nominated film "Hero," the largest-grossing Chinese film export of all time.
"Mulan" will be co-produced by Movie Plus Productions of Canada, Global Film Finance of the U.K., Beijing-based Bona International Film Group and SIMF Pictures, with Zhang, Ling Lucas and Beaver Kwei, the producers who brought China Zhang’s 2009 romantic comedy boxoffice hit "Sophie’s Revenge," directed by Eva Jin.
William Morris Endeavor, which represents Zhang, will handle North American rights to "Mulan," while Arclight Films International’s affiliate Easternlight Films will handle sales outside of the North America and Greater China.
"This is the first independent film directed by Jan de Bont, whose worldwide boxoffice track record is huge," Easternlight managing director and "Mulan" producer Ying Ye told The Hollywood Reporter, saying that pairing de Bont, Zhang and the story of Hua Mulan was "a winning combination."
Executive producers are Paul Edwards, Jeffrey Chan of Bona International, Fred Wang of Salon Films, one of China’s largest film production equipment rental companies, and Jeff Kranzdorf.
Individual "Mulan" producers include Mark Phillips, Ron Lynch, Steve Waterman ("Stuart Little") and Movie Plus President Christopher Brough - who last worked in China in 2009 on Walt Disney Pictures’ "Trail of the Panda."
A Disney spokeswoman discounted as false Chinese press reports that said in July that the Hollywood studio would be backing the new "Mulan" to the tune of $100 million.
Bona International’s Beijing-based parent company Polybona, which is run by Yu Dong, the company’s chairman, will distribute the film in China, where boxoffice receipts rose 86% from Jan.-June. Polybona also holds the exclusive rights for "Mulan" for Taiwan and Hong Kong.
"We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to work with Jan and Ziyi to turn the Chinese legend of Mulan into a top-notch live-action movie for a worldwide audience," Chan of Bona International said.
As global interest in China rises now that the country’s economy is the world’s second-largest, domestic Chinese interest in old tales -- and the actors who play in them - isn’t what it used to be. While John Woo’s 3rd century war epic "Red Cliff" films both were hits here, "Confucius," about the 6th century B.C. Chinese sage, tanked in theaters earlier this year and Zhang, who also starred in the 2005 Oscar-winning Hollywood period piece "Memoirs of a Geisha," was widely criticized in China for taking the role of a Japanese courtesan.
Zhang’s rise to fame has also subjected her in recent months to sometimes vitriolic public criticism over charitable contributions she allegedly failed to deliver to a fund she set up to aid the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
She is also now set to play a victim of China’s AIDS crisis in an upcoming film by director Gu Changwei, a role more cynical bloggers say is a part of an effort to rehabilitate her image with the Chinese public.
Producers on de Bont’s "Mulan" would not disclose financial details, but Brough said in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter that the film was "the perfect opportunity to bring to the screen the ideal synthesis of western and Chinese movie making skills with both a top actress and director, each of whom is globally recognized for their commercial and artistic success in equal measure."
De Bont will shoot the live-action theatrical feature at the gargantuan lots of the Hengdian World Studios, three hours drive from Shanghai in Zhejiang province. "Mulan" is expected to wrap in January.
Casting director PoPing AuYeung ("The Karate Kid," "Forbidden Kingdom") is currently looking for fluent English-speaking Asian actors for the film.
The production, now in preparation in Beijing, is set to move to Shanghai Sept. 15, according to a copy of the film’s casting call obtained by THR.
Supporting roles in the film include Hua Yong, Mulan's 15-year old brother, described in the casting call "playful" and "plucky," and as someone for whom "sword fighting and gymnastic skills" are a "definite bonus."
Other roles advertised are Mulan’s mother and father, a female mystic who plays alongside the story’s villain, and a handmaiden with one speaking line.
According to sources close to the project, the film’s line producer is Shan Tam ("Rumble in the Bronx") and the first assistant director is Sylvia Liu ("The Karate Kid").
Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre meldet...
Chinese media reported that a Hollywood production company recently had discussions in Shanghai with Huaying Film Co. regarding the production of Hua Mulan. Reports said that filming is aiming to start in fall of 2008, with Zhang Ziyi starring as Hua Mulan. Michelle will play an important and complicated role in the film as a Chinese princess who was sent to marry in Xiongnu, the nation that Mulan and the army were fighting against.
The script is penned by Crouching Tiger's Wang Hui-Ling, who has been developing this project for Michelle for at least the past five years. The director is going to be chosen between Hong Kong directors Johnny To (The Heroic Trio) and Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues), according to the reports. A decision is expected to be made in a month.
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi is expected to star in a live-action version of Mulan, which will be jointly produced by Harvey Weinstein and Beijing-based City Glory Picture Company. [...]
The deal between Harvey Weinstein and the Beijing-based City Glory Picture, calls on the partners to split the US$20 million cost of Mulan.
Staff with City Glory said that is the first time Weinstein has invested in a Chinese production.
Hua Mulan, a legendary Chinese heroine, is the protagonist of a folk tale that has been told for centuries in China. She was a young woman who disguised herself as a man to take her father's place in battle 1,500 years ago.
The story was first put on the screen in a 1956 Chinese production, 50 years before it was adapted into a cartoon film by Walt Disney Inc.
"Mulan enabled Walt Disney Inc to rake in US$300 million, which no doubt left an indelible impression on Weinstein," said a City Glory staff member who asked to remain anonymous.
A famous Taiwan scriptwriter wrote the script four years ago with encouragement from Malaysian-Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh, who starred in the Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
"We got the script with the help of Michelle Yeoh," the City Glory staff said, adding that the script "was hot property among overseas film makers."
Both Yeoh and Chinese mega-star Zhang have been courted by other producers who have for several years attempted to put together a live-action Mulan production.
"We will select the right cast and crew for Mulan from among the most popular stars and directors," the City Glory staff said, stressing that the original Mulan story will be preserved.
Shooting is expected to begin next February. [...]
Im Zuge ihrer verstärkten Hinwendung zum asiatischen Kino stehen die Weinstein-Brüder kurz vor einer Vertragsunterzeichnung über drei Filme mit Top-Star Zhang Ziyi. Das erste Projekt soll eine Live-Action-Verfilmung von "Mulan" sein. Der Stoff, der auf eine chinesische Sage zurückgeht, wurde 1998 von Disney als Zeichentrickfilm umgesetzt. Partner bei "Mulan", der ab Februar produziert werden soll, ist die neu gegründete Meridian Pictures des chinesischen Multimilionärs David Dong. Des Weiteren planen die Weinsteins mit Zhang Ziyi ein Remake des Akira Kurosawa-Klassikers "Die sieben Samurai", der auch als Vorlage für den Western "Die glorreichen Sieben" diente. Über das dritte Projekt ist noch nichts bekannt.
Die Weinsteins hatten in Cannes die Gründung des DVD-Labels Dragon Dynasty, das sich auf Martial Arts- und Actionfilme aus Asien konzentrieren will, bekannt gegeben.
Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre meldet...
[...] Work is expected to begin on Michelle's Hua Mulan early next year, right after the Chinese New Year. The film will depict the epic journey of the legendary young woman who took her father's place and led her country into battle.
The script is written by Wang Hui-Ling, one of the scriptwriters for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The first draft was completed in March. An enhanced version was sent to China Film Co-production Corporation over the summer and the script has been approved by the authorities. Filming will take place in China, and the scenes that will be shot include battles on the frozen Yellow River and in snow covered mountains.
The budget of the film is about US$30 millions. It's a bigger and more challenging film than The Touch. Michelle herself has said that "Mulan will be the best, the meatiest and most challenging role on all levels".
The news of Michelle portraying Hua Mulan came out as early as July 2001 and got confirmed at December 2001. [...]
DVD & Video
Special Edition (2 DVDs)
Ton: Deutsch, Englisch & Italienisch (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Bild: 1.66:1, 16:9
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 11. November 2004
DVD Extras: 6 geschnittene Szenen; Fotogalerie; Hinter den Kulissen: Eine Reise nach China, Wie eine Szene entsteht; Making of: Design der Figuren, Die Entstehung von Mulan;
Mulan in verschiedenen Sprachen; Musikvideos von Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder and 98 Degree Music Video, Jackie Chan, CoCo Lee, Christian, Lucero;
Sing mit uns; Vergleich von Storyboard und Film; Wissenswerte Kleinigkeiten
Disney's Mulan 2
Ton: Deutsch & Englisch (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Bild: 1.66:1, 16:9
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 11. November 2004
Disney's Mulan & Mulan 2
Mulan Box-Set (3 DVDs)
Bild: 1.66:1, 16:9
DVD Erscheinungstermin: 17. November 2005
Erscheinungstermin: 3. Februar 2006
14 Titel: u.a. Angriff auf die chinesische Mauer; Ehre für das Haus
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