The upcoming fantasy epic Mulan
is the latest in the long line of Disney live-action remakes that have been lighting up the big screen over the last few years. Though, where some of these remakes have stuck very closely to their animated predecessor, Mulan is looking to do something different. Mulan producer Jason Reed has discussed recently the decision to split Li Shang into two different characters, and how this was influenced by both the passage of time and the #MeToo movement.
"I think particularly in the time of the Me Too movement, having a commanding officer that is also the sexual love interest was very uncomfortable and we didn't think it was appropriate. And we thought that in a lot of ways that it was sort of justifying behavior that we're doing everything we can to get out of our industry."
In the original animated movie, Li Shang is Mulan's commanding officer,