Niki Caro attached to direct Disney’s live-action Mulan

Disney is working on a live-action Mulan film, and it has found its director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Niki Caro (Whale Rider) will be helming the upcoming film.

This will make Caro the second female director to work on a movie with a budget over $100 million. The first goes to Ava Duvernay with A Wrinkle in Time.

Caro’s other works include the upcoming The Zookeeper’s Wife, a film starring Jessica Chastain as Antonina Żabińska about a woman and her husband who helped rescue the lives of 300 Jewish people during World War II.

Other female directors were eyed including Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones). This means Marvel Studios will probably have to take Caro off the list of potential female directors for the upcoming Captain Marvel film.

Disney has been doing great with creating authentic worlds (see Moana), and it aims to do the same with Mulan. Ang Lee was a potential director but couldn’t do it due to scheduling conflicts. Jiang Wen, who starred in Rogue One, was another contender who has directed Chinese films.

The company has brought on Hong Kong producer Bill Kong (Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as executive producer to help consult with the Chinese culture.

Sony is also working on a Mulan film. It had plans of hiring an Asian director, but in the end Alex Graves (Game of Thrones) was brought on.

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