It looks like Disney is sparing no expense when it comes to its live-action remake of the animated movie Mulan, with Pursue News reporting that the Mouse House has set aside a $290 million budget for the movie.
Mulan is being helmed by Nika Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife), who – assuming these numbers are accurate – will become the first female filmmaker to direct a movie with a budget in excess of $200 million.
Pre-production is underway in New Zealand ahead of an August start date, and Pursue News reports that the film’s sets – which being constructed by the team who worked on Thor: Ragnarok – are of an unprecedented scale.
Mulan is based on a Chinese legend about Hua Mulan, a young female warrior who disguises herself as a man in order to join the Chinese military, taking the place of her aging father, to protect her country from the threats they face.
Featuring in the cast of the film are Liu Yifei (The Chinese Widow) as Mulan alongside Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Jet Li (The Expendables), Gong Li (Ana) and Xana Tang (Filthy Rich).
Mulan is set for release on March 27th 2020.