Niki Caro Directing Disney's Live-Action Mulan
The new take on the story of the legendary warrior woman who disguises herself as a man to take her aged father's place in the army has been in the works for a while now, and faces competition from a Sony project. Disney, acutely aware of cultural sensitivity about the film (especially when the original spec was criticised for adding in several white characters including a male lead who seemed to have more of the focus than Mulan herself) has been working with Chinese cultural consultants and hired Hong Kong-based producer Bill Kong.
Though it originally approached both Ang Lee and Rogue One's Jiang Wen (who, when he's not killing Imperial Stormtroopers is a busy, award-winning filmmaker), the studio then began looking for a female director, including a short list of Patty Jenkins, Michelle MacLaren and Leslie Linka Glatter, with Caro winning out and becoming only the second woman to direct a Disney film costing more than $100 million (after A Wrinkle In Time's Ava DuVernay).
Caro's next film to see screens will be true-life tale The Zookeeper's Wife, which will be out on 5 May this year.