The film was announced to be in development on March 30, 2015, to be produced by Chris Bender and J.C. Spike, with a script having been bought from writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hayneck. On October 4, 2016, the film was confirmed by Disney with a release date set for November 2, 2018. In February 14 2017, Disney chose Niki Caro to direct the film and Bill Kong as executive producer, due to familiarity of the Chinese culture for the film.
At the 2017 D23 Expo, it was announced that Mulan had been delayed, pushed from its November 2, 2018 release, to its December 20, 2019 release. Production will reportedly start early next year and has its filming locations picked out.