Whale Rider helmer Niki Caro has been tapped by Disney to direct their upcoming live-action adaption of the 1998 animated feature Mulan.
Prior to her hiring, Disney had also considered the likes of Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Michelle MacLaren of Breaking Bad for the job. The studio had initially sought an Asian director, meeting with the likes of Ang Lee and Rogue One star Jiang Wen, a hit director in his native China. Sony, who is also working on a live-action version of the Chinese legend, had also hoped for an Asian director, but ended up hiring television veteran Alex Graves.
Disney is also bringing on Hong Kong-based super-producer Bill Kong as executive producer. Kong is responsible for producing some of most successful Chinese films to cross over — Hero, House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which he received an Oscar nomination. He also worked on some of China's biggest hits including Monster Hunt, Wolf Totem and Journey to the West.
The studio promises that Mulan and all primary characters in the movie will remain Chinese. This following reports that Disney had originally purchased a script featuring non-Chinese characters, including a white male lead.
Jurassic World duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver wrote the most recent version of the script.
Source: THR Heat Vision
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