Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action reboot of “Mulan” has found a director in “Whale Rider” helmer Niki Caro, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project, which was announced in March 2015, will be produced by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s” Bill Kong. This is the second “Mulan” live-action film planned, with rival studio Sony Pictures currently on the hunt for an Asian director for its version.
Prior to the hiring Caro, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and “Game of Thrones” director Michelle MacLaren, who was originally set to helm the forthcoming “Wonder Woman” film, were also in contention.
Caro’s hiring is notable as she is now the second female director to tackle a big budget film — budgeted over $100 million — at the studio, with “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay being the first. With Caro now on board to direct “Mulan,” it’s safe to assume she’s no longer in the running for “Captain Marvel.”
While Disney opted to not go with an Asian director for their adaption in the end, the studio hopes to assure fans they are seeing to it that the live-action version of “Mulan” will be “culturally authentic.” To ensure this, they plan to have “extensive conversations with Chinese cultural consultants” while also making it a point to work closely with its own China-based team.
Caro is perhaps best known for directing the movie “Whale Rider,” as well as Disney’s “McFarland, USA.”
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