There has been a lot of buzz around the live-action remake of the critically acclaimed Disney film Mulan. The news of a big screen adaptation began swirling around the media back in the 2000s, and Hollywood actress Zhang Ziyi was set to take on the titular role. Those plans were eventually canceled until Disney began talks for a reboot again in 2015. And now it looks like production has gone full swing for the beloved Chinese tale as news has surfaced that Kiwi director Niki Caro will be directing the upcoming remake coming to the big screen in November 2018.
Disney Taps Niki Caro to Direct ‘Mulan’ Remake
Nikola Jean “Niki” Caro may not be a household name yet, but she certainly is set to make it big in Hollywood. Caro’s filmography includes the 2002 family film Whale Rider. Her next project that’s hitting cinemas this year is The Zookeeper’s Wife, which is based on the non-fiction novel of the same name.
Directing Mulan will make the New Zealander the fifth woman to direct a movie with a budget over $100 million. The first woman to direct a feature with a budget over the hundred-million mark was Kathryn Bigelow for the American war movie The Hurt Locker. Another female director that will be joining Bigelow and Niki Caro on that list is Ava DuVernay as she is slated to direct the Disney adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.
Budget aside, the pressure of bringing Mulan to the big screen will be a daunting task for Niki Caro and the rest of Disney studios. Fans of the beloved movie are closely watching how the production company will try to make a film as beautiful and powerful as the hit animated film. The original Mulan went on to gross over $400 million in the global box office and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
The lead star for Mulan is yet to be announced. Disney led a global search back in 2016 for a Chinese actress to take on the titular role. While the rest of the cast is still kept under wraps, Disney did confirm that they are looking to hire mostly Chinese actors for the lead roles.
Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have penned the script for Mulan. The two are also writing a screenplay for the upcoming Avatar sequel.