Chinese firms pounce on live-action 'Mulan'


A $30 million live-action version of "Mulan," the legend of a heroic Chinese girl-warrior popularized by the Disney's 1998 animated movie, will be among the first films made by Xinhua Media Entertainment in partnership with the state-run China Film Group.

A Hollywood-China co-production with MoviePlus and Arclight, the film is set to begin shooting in China in the spring, Christopher Brough, head of MoviePlus Canada, told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.

Brough and Stephen Waterman, of MoviePlus in Los Angeles, will produce with XME managing director David Lee, former head of the Weinstein Co.'s Asia film fund.

"China Film and Xinhua came in with significant funding to make this a co-production when we met them at Cannes in May," Brough said. "They liked that we were taking a Hollywood approach to a classic Chinese story." (partialdiff)