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

14 February 2017 2:50 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

One of many upcoming live-action Disney remakes has just found its director, as The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Niki Caro will helm 2018’s Mulan. In so doing, Caro will make history, becoming only the second woman in the studio’s history (and third in all) to direct a film with a budget over $100 million.

Reportedly, Disney saw it as important to hire a female for the job and looked at such other candidates as Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad). Caro’s hiring likely means that she’s out of the running for another major studio tentpole, Captain Marvel, which will be the first female-led superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Caro’s name was previously on a shortlist alongside Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).

Since delivering a critical and moderate commercial hit for Disney with McFarland, »

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Newswire: Disney’s live-action Mulan has found its director

14 February 2017 2:38 PM, PST | | See recent The AV Club news »

The saga of the dueling live-action Mulan movies has taken another step forward, with Variety reporting that Disney’s version of the classic Chinese tale has tapped Niki Caro to direct. Caro—who’s also apparently on the list of directors the company’s eyeing for its upcoming Captain Marvel movie—is best known for her 2002 coming-of-age story Whale Rider.

Taking on a job that was initially offered to Ang Lee, Caro will be facing off against Sony’s version of the story of legendary, secretly female Chinese soldier Hua Mulan. That film is being directed by Game Of ThronesAlex Graves, and will allegedly be much more of a war movie; it’ll be interesting to see how Graves’ bloody style contrasts with Caro’s, whose other recent projects include North Country and McFarland, USA. Disney’s Mulan is expected to hit theaters on November 2, 2018.


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