The HBO smash Game of Thrones has served as something of a launchpad for directors these last few years. Alan Taylor made the jump from Thrones to blockbuster movies when he helmed Marvel's Thor: The Dark World. Michelle MacLaren was all set to make the same jump before she bailed from DC's Wonder Woman. Now another Game of Thrones director is being handed the reins of a big studio picture: Sony's live-action Mulan.
Deadline is reporting that Alex Graves has signed a deal with Sony Pictures, and will direct Mulan- the latest film adaptation of the Hua Mulan Chinese legend. To be clear, this is not the already-announced live-action 3D film that Disney is working on; This is a totally different movie, and it looks like it's going to be geared more towards international audiences than Disney's.
Graves has signed on for Sony's Mulan, which already has a script in place that was written by Jason Keller (Mirror Mirror). Deadline points out that since this production will be aimed at the lucrative international market- with Chinese co-producers, a Chinese lead, and will be produced through Sony's International Productions department- it isn't really concerned about Disney's movie, or affected by any progress on that end of things.