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Whale Rider director Niki Caro is now set to make a movie about wave riders. Big wave riders, to be more specific.

Caro, who recently directed Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, is teaming up with Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron (MonsterMad Max: Fury Road) to make an untitled movie for Netflix that centers on four women and their fight to compete in big wave surfing.
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the mother jennifer lopez

Jennifer Lopez will play an assassin who gets back in the game to protect the child she gave up years ago in The Mother. The Netflix movie comes from director Niki Caro, who helmed the live-action Mulan remake, and writer Misha Green, who created Lovecraft Country and who was recently announced as the writer and director of the Tomb Raider sequel. This is the second Netflix project Lopez is involved with – she’s also set to produce and star in the Netflix thriller The Cipher.

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Mulan director on set

Until the next round of Marvel movies come along, Disney’s new live-action remake of Mulan stands as the highest budgeted live-action film with a female director behind it, costing a reported $200 million. It was New Zealand-born director Niki Caro who brought the ancient story to life, but many potential audience members were hoping to see someone with Chinese heritage in the director’s chair for this remake, since the project is so inherently linked with Chinese folklore. Caro addressed that criticism, but ultimately agrees that “more diverse people need to be allowed to tell stories.” Read her quotes below.
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beautiful ruins movie

Mulan director Niki Caro has found her next project. The filmmaker has signed on with Amblin Partners to direct Beautiful Ruins, a social satire of Hollywood based on the New York Times bestseller written by Jess Walter.

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Mulan Featurette

Unfortunately, Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan was one of the movies pushed back amidst the growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the United States. It’s not clear when the movie will get released in theaters, but we can bide our time with a new Mulan featurette and a couple clips from the movie. Check them out below. Read More »

Mulan Q&A Yifei Liu Niki Caro

Disney’s new version of Mulan features plenty of familiar beats from the 1998 animated film, but unlike the myriad of practically shot-for-shot remakes the studio has produced over the past few years, this one feels like it has an identity of its own. Eddie Murphy’s cute dragon Mushu is nowhere to be found this time, the movie is basically a full-on wuxia film, and the villain works with a witch who begins to find herself ideologically aligned with Mulan as the adventure unfolds. More than any of that, though, the biggest difference between the two versions is that in this iteration, Mulan’s journey is not about finding herself. Instead, it’s about shedding her disguise to embrace her power and become the warrior she’s always been.

This past Saturday, I attended a screening of the film at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, and afterward, Mulan director Niki Caro and star Liu Yifei participated in a Q&A, talking about how the film came to life, their biggest challenges with the project, and much more.
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mulan box office

Earlier this week, we learned that Disney has delayed the release of Mulan, its live-action remake of the 1998 animated movie, in “certain foreign markets” due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. But the film is locked in to its March 27, 2020 release date here in the United States, reportedly because the studio has already spent lots of money on advertising for it, and early estimates suggest that advertising may help drive the movie to an $85 million domestic opening weekend. Read More »

Streamer's Guide to March 2020

(Welcome to The Streamer’s Guide, a new monthly feature recommending at-home viewing options from filmmakers with new movies arriving in theaters this month.)

March is when the movie year feels like it really kicks off in earnest. The studios start putting their best foot forward, not just taking out their trash. The indie labels put out some of prior year’s festival hits that weren’t quite built for an Oscar run – but are nonetheless incredibly impressive titles. Last year’s films finally start to surrender their screens at the multiplex and head to streaming, leaving audiences with many exciting new options.

This year, we’re getting two Cannes competition entries, a (potentially) bold reimagining of a Disney classic, a movie recently feared canceled, a sequel to one of 2018’s biggest original hits, a standout feature from an American indie legend and a movie about how a deerskin jacket turns a man on to crime. And that’s just what I covered here! Read on to find out not only what to see in March 2020 but also what you should be watching at home now to prepare for some of the month’s highest profile releases.

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mulan footage reaction

Just when you thought you’d gotten jaded with the slew of Disney live-action remakes, the House of Mouse rolls out Mulanwhich sets itself apart from the crowd of shot-for-shot nostalgia grabs by giving us a stylish, non-musical adaptation of the famous Chinese legend. Liu Yifei stars in the film as Hua Mulan, a young woman who disguises herself as a man in order to take her father’s place in the Imperial Army.

The first trailer for Mulan teased a brooding, beautiful take on the 1998 animated classic, but new footage from D23 gives us a longer look at the highly anticipated remake directed by Niki Caro. Read our Mulan footage reaction below.

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Mulan Remake cast

The casting process for Disney’s live-action Mulan remake is picking up steam. After recent news that Donnie Yen has joined the film, word comes that Gong Li and Jet Li have joined the cast as well.

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