Mulan Remake is Not a Musical

UPDATE: Niki Caro clarified her comments on the lack of songs in the Mulan remake. Our original story follows with an update at the end.

Ever since Maleficent was released in 2014, Disney has been obsessed with giving their animated classics the live-action remake treatment. However, out of the four that have followed, only Beauty and the Beast has been a full fledged musical. And as of now, it sounds like the lack of signature tunes in Disney’s live-action remakes will continue with the Mulan remake that’s in the works.

Mulan has Niki Caro attached to direct the live-action remake of the movie about a young girl who impersonates a man in order to join the Chinese military so that her ailing father won’t be drafted and sent to war. The film is in the final stages of pre-production, and that’s enough for Caro to know what kind of remake we’re looking at, and fans might be disappointed to hear that the original songs from the animated film are not part of the plan. Read More »

Mulan remakeWith Beauty and the Beast currently dominating at the box office, we’re looking ahead to one of Disney’s next live-action remakes of their animated classics: Mulan. We found out yesterday that it won’t be a musical, but the new film’s director just revealed what her version of the movie will be, and her description just might make up for the fact that we won’t be hearing “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” this time around.  Read More »

Mulan

With Beauty and the Beast just around the corner, Disney’s getting down to business on their next live-action remake. Mulan has just locked down a director in Niki Caro, who just recently worked with the studio on McFarland, USA. In addition, they’ve set Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) to serve as executive producer.  Read More »

The Zookeeper's Wife trailer - Jessica Chastain

Focus Features has unveiled the first trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife, the based-on-a-true-story World War II drama from Niki Caro (Whale Rider). Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh star as Antonina Zabinska and Jan Zabinski, who run a zoo in Warsaw. When Poland is invaded by Nazis, the couple heroically work with the Resistance to secretly shelter Jews who’ve escaped from the Warsaw ghetto — right under the nose of the Reich’s chief zoologist, played by Daniel Brühl.

Watch The Zookeeper’s Wife trailer below. Read More »

Captain Marvel director shortlist

Now that Captain Marvel has its Captain Marvel, it’s honing in on a director to bring the superhero to life. Marvel Studios has reportedly whittled down the list of contenders, and emerged with a shortlist that includes Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lesli Linka Glatter (TV’s Homeland and Mad Men), and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World). However, it may be a while yet before Marvel Studios makes its final decision.

UPDATE: One more contender has emerged for the Captain Marvel directing gig. According to reporter Jeff SneiderRebecca Thomas is also in the running. Learn more about her below. Read More »

Captain Marvel director

It looks like Captain Marvel is preparing to take some big leaps forward. Yesterday Brie Larson emerged as the frontrunner for the title role, and now we have word on which filmmakers could take charge behind the scenes. While Marvel has yet to announce anything official, a new report says Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) are among the directors being eyed for the gig.  Read More »

McFarland USA trailer

Disney has a solid legacy of family-friendly inspirational sports movies, and McFarland, USA looks to be the latest. Kevin Costner stars as a coach who begins work at a relatively cash-poor and predominantly Latino high school in Central Valley CA. Inspired by a true story from 1987, Costner’s coach finds himself working with a promising group of young runners, and they all eventually forge a competitive cross-country team. Whale Rider and North Country director Niki Caro calls the shots; check out the McFarland USA trailer below. Read More »