Disney’s MULAN: MCFARLAND, USA Director Niki Caro Set To Helm Disney Live-Action Remake!

The Disney train keeps on chugging along, and nowadays, it seems like they can do little wrong. They seem to have a monopoly on big budget, family friendly fare. They have their animated films, Pixar’s animated films, Star Wars, and of course, Marvel Studios, and between all those, they’ll likely be largely responsible for the nostalgia of those growing up in today’s filmosphere.

Like any good company, they’re working hard to capitalize on that. Given that they already hold many of our childhood’s in the palm of their hands like delicate flowers, they’ve taken to remaking those old properties that captured our imaginations as kids. Thus far, we’ve had films like Cinderella and The Jungle Book prove that some good could come from revisiting this old material.

Up next, we have Beauty and the Beast, and Disney has even longer laundry list that includes the likes of Mulan, a film that seems handcrafted for a live-action reimagining.

Of course, upon first announcing that Mulan would be making a comeback, fans were worried it would suffer the same whitewashing problem of many Hollywood films, but the studio seems intent on making sure that isn’t a problem. Apart from those types of controversies, thinks have been pretty darn quiet. So what’s the deal? Is Mulan gaining any momentum.

Thanks to a new report from THR, we can now confirm that yes, the flick is gaining some pretty solid momentum. The outlet reported that Disney has hired Whale Rider’s Niki Caro. While the name may not sound instantly familiar, it’s worth nothing that she was on the rumored shortlist of directors to helm the Captain Marvel flick, so it goes without saying that she’s been on Disney’s radar for a bit.

In addition to Whale Rider, Caro also helmed the well received sports drama McFarland, USA — another production with Disney (are you starting to see a trend?). Not only is Caro very clearly a talented director, but she’s also made friends with the right people at the House of Mouse. Given that she’s continued to put out good films, there’s really nothing here to complain about, and you’ll likely be able to file this under Disney’s long list of smart decisions.

Sure, it’s important to realize highlight the diversity in a Mulan remake, but it’s also important to get a female perspective on the story, as it tells the tale of a woman set to excel in a man’s world. 

What do you think of this decision to bring Niki Caro in as director? Let us know in the comments down below!

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