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.
- Ming-Na Wen actually voiced Fa Mulan in the animated version of Mulan. If the deal makes, she will return for this live-action remake. James Earl Jones voiced Mufasa in The Lion King, but is expected to reprise his voice as the same character in the live-action remake of The Lion King.