The remake of “Mulan” may be inappropriate for very young viewers.
Disney’s upcoming retelling of the 1998 classic has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), making it the first time one of the studio’s live-action remakes has secured anything above a PG rating, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the MPAA, the film secured the rating due to “sequences of violence."
Unlike recent adaptations of Disney animated films like “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast,” “Mulan” won’t feature any of the musical numbers of the original, instead emphasizing the story’s battle scenes.
In addition, the update has removed many of the comedy elements of the animated film, including the dragon character Mushu, voiced by Eddie Murphy in the original.
Mulan will also be the first Walt Disney Pictures release to get a PG-13 since “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” in 2017.
While some are concerned that the more adult content may hinder “Mulan's" performance at the box office, others believe it could motivate audiences to roll up to the theater who might not normally see a more youth-oriented movie.
Released in the summer of 1998, the OG “Mulan” was an instant blockbuster hit earning over $304 million at the box office with Ming-Na Wen voicing the character.
The upcoming remake stars Liu Yifei in the title role and a supporting cast that includes Jason Scott Lee, Gong Li, Rosalind Chao and Jet Li.
Directed by Niki Caro, the live-action PG-13 version of “Mulan” hits theaters on March 27.