It's official! The upcoming live-action version of Mulan is one-step closer to fruition!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, filmmaker Niki Caro (whose previous projects include The Zookeeper's Wife and McFarland, USA) and executive producer Bill Kong (who is well-known for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) were just recently named to respectively direct and produce the highly anticipated remake of the classic animated Disney film that tells the story of Fa Mulan, a woman who serves in place of her aging father in the Chinese army and becomes a hero.
Although Caro is not of Asian descent, she is still making history as Disney's second woman to direct a movie with a budget of over $100 million (Selma's Ava DuVernay is the first, with the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time). THR also reported that after recent controversy broke out about rumors of having non-Chinese main characters in Mulan, Disney is trying to reassure audiences about the cultural authenticity of the film by having "extensive conversations with Chinese cultural consultants and working closely with Disney’s own China-based team."
This version of Mulan, which is based off the legend of Hua Mulan, was first announced back in 2015, and will follow in Disney's latest trend of taking their classic animated films and giving them a live-action facelift. And we are soooooo pumped for it!