How Will Live-Action Mulan Defeat The Huns If There Are No Songs?

No more getting down to business.

Among the many worries we’ve had with Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan, the biggest sticking point is what the filmmakers will do with regards to adapting the animated movie’s songs and singing sequences. After all, the only reason Mulan defeated the Huns was because of the masterpiece that is ‘I’ll Make A Man Out Of You.”

But while previous reports stated that Mulan will have instrumental versions of the animated movie’s songs, it appears the final product won’t even have that.

During a Q&A about Mulan (via Buzzfeed), director Niki Caro revealed that not only will there be no singing but there won’t be any songs in the film either.

As for why she made the choice to not include songs from the original animated masterpiece, Niki explains that the tunes didn’t fit into the “realistic” direction she and Disney had in mind for Mulan, saying “we don’t tend to break into song when we go to war.”

Okay fair, most soldiers don’t break out into songs like ‘A Girl Worth Fighting For’ when marching to battle against the Huns. But I’m pretty sure “realistic” battles don’t involve shape-shifting witches and phoenixes either so I’m not entirely sure what Niki’s definition of “realism” means in this context. Maybe it’s code for “no one can sing ‘I’ll Make A Man Out Of You’ so we had to cut the songs.”

But having said that, Niki did say Mulan will “honour the music from the animation in a very significant way” though she didn’t elaborate further. That could literally mean anything from having orchestral renditions of original movie’s songs be sprinkled into the soundtrack to some background character playing ‘Reflection’ in the background.

To be fair to Disney and Niki Caro, there’s no way to make everyone happy with a live-adaptation of Mulan. There will be a contingent of fans who will be upset that the movie wasn’t faithful to the original animated film and there’ll also be a contingent of folks who will be upset that the movie was too faithful to the original. It’s a lose-lose situation really.

We’ll just have to see how the finished version of Mulan will look and how the titular heroine will defeat the Huns without the power of songs like ‘I’ll Make A Man Out Of You’ when it comes out on March 2020.

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Ne-Yo Is The Only One With Ne-Yo On His Sex Playlist

"Mid-stroke I'm like 'ah that verse could have been better.'"

Here’s a question for you: when was the last time you listened to or even just thought of Ne-Yo? Probably not since at least the mid-2000s, which was when he last did something that warranted our attention.

While he’s been keeping himself busy by releasing new music and appearing as a judge on TV shows, Ne-Yo has reached that point in pop-culture where the mention of his name gets responses such as “oh yeah, I remember him, that was ages ago” and “the guy from The Matrix?

Anyway, the reason I bring Ne-Yo up out of the blue is because of some weird comments he made that make it seem like he’s desperate to recapture some attention.

The singer delved into his personal life to Lilly Singh and revealed that he listens to his own tunes when he has sex with his partner. That… actually sort of makes sense. After all, there has to be someone out there who is still listening to Ne-Yo and it might as well be the man himself because as he explains: “Ain’t nobody gonna love me like me, damnit.”

Ne-Yo’s bedroom playlist warranted a follow-up because the thought of someone banging to his own bangers is too weird to just drop and TMZ decided to ask the singer what is up with his sex music of choice.

After admitting again that he does listen to his own music during sex, he does say that hearing his own voice gets irritating, not because it takes him out of the mood but because it makes him critical of his own music.

“I’m gonna be very honest. Half the time I don’t like it because I can’t listen to my music without critiquing, so like, mid-stroke I’m like ‘ah that verse could have been better.'”

As for what songs of his he has on his bedroom playlist, Ne-Yo says he gets freaky to his own tunes “by request only” (ugh) and it’s usually his wife who sets the playlist. Having said that, he does say he likes banging to his 2006 tune ‘Mirror’ and says that it “gets the job done.

Good to know.

Of all the things we didn’t think we wanted to know, Ne-Yo getting in on to his own songs ranks within the top 10. It is strange that he’s decided to put this little tidbit out there in the world though. Then again, maybe he’s just taking a page from the Jason Derulo PR handbook: get a lot of attention for a big upcoming project by talking about your dong.

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'Morbius' Looks Awful But It Carries Big Implications For Spider-Man And The MCU

You either die a villain or you live long enough to see yourself become, uh, another villain.

With that Disney/Sony Spider-Man debacle behind us, it’s time to look to the future and Sony has decided to drop the first (official) look of its own Marvel film: the Jared Leto-starring Morbius.

And to be honest, it looks pretty crappy.

Morbius sees a long-haired Jared Leto play a bloke suffering from a rare blood disorder and he discovers a cure for the illness which has the side-effect of turning him into a, uh, vampire.

That brief period where vampire movies were all the rage in Hollywood wasn’t exactly great or entirely profitable (outside of Twilight), and it’s highly Morbius will usher in a new obsession with blood-sucking anti-hero protagonists. That being said, it’ll likely still make a heap of money on the strength of the Marvel name and it seems fitting that Jared Leto is playing a vampire since he, well, is basically one anyway.

But while Morbius doesn’t really offer anything new in the way of vampire or comic book movies, Sony saved the most interesting bit for last because they brought Michael Keaton in for one small scene at the end of the trailer and his appearance raises several big questions regarding Spider-Man and the MCU.

We know that Disney has the MCU while Sony has its own roster of Marvel characters from the Spider-Man comics it can make films about (hence all the arguing over Peter Parker). But having Michael Keaton – who’s already been in Disney’s MCU as Adrian Toomes/Vulture – appear in Morbius suggests that Sony’s own Marvel universe could soon be crossing over with the MCU.

If that is indeed the case, then that’s a huge deal because it means a heap of Spider-Man characters could appear in the MCU, including Tom Hardy’s Venom. But beyond the crossing over of Sony’s Marvel universe with Disney’s MCU, the Michael Keaton scene in Morbius also suggests that Sony has some big world-building plans of its own.

Sony had previously intended to make a supervillain team-up film consisting of Spider-Man’s enemies titled Sinister Six, but ended up cancelling that project when they struck up that MCU deal with Disney.

However, it appears that plan could be back on the cards as there’s no reason why Sony would have Vulture in Morbius other than to plant the seeds of a future Sinister Six film.

Of course, there’s the possibility that Michael Keaton could be playing a completely different character and all the aforementioned Sony/MCU universe crossover speculation is wrong.

But it’s hard to deny the appeal of seeing Tom Holland going up against Jared Leto’s Morbius, Michael Keaton’s Vulture, Tom Hardy’s Venom and three other unconfirmed villains in an epic ensemble battle royale, and it’s hard to not think that Sony and Disney struck up some deal for this team-up to happen when there were arguing about Spider-Man.

We’ll just have to wait and see whether this is indeed the case when Morbius drops on July 2020.

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