Hollywood never met an idea it didn't want to revisit over and over again, and that's once again the case, as another live-action adaptation of "Mulan" is in the works.

This version, from Sony Pictures International Productions, is completely separate from the currently in-development Disney remake of its animated classic "Mulan." Deadline reports that Sony's take will also tell the story of the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a young woman who takes her father's place in the Imperial Army, though it will be a co-production with China, and will be developed specifically with the international market in mind. (That plan should head off any potential issues with whitewashing, which Disney had to deny would become a problem with its production.)

According to Deadline, Sony's version will not base any of its production decisions on Disney's reboot, which is currently slated for release in November 2018. And though comparisons between the two projects are inevitable and unavoidable, this second flick is distinguishing itself by already securing a director: Alex Graves, known for his work on hit HBO series "Game of Thrones."

It will be interesting to see how both films progress through development and whether both will make it into theaters -- perhaps in the same year. It's a surprisingly common occurrence, with famous examples including the 2012 release of "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Mirror Mirror," the back-to-back Truman Capote biopics "Capote" (2005) and "Infamous" (2006), and the dueling disaster flicks "Volcano" and "Dante's Peak" in 1997.

Stay tuned to see how the two "Mulan"'s continue to battle it out.

[via: Deadline]
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